02/17/19

Winners of the 2018 Rainforest Photo Contest

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Frogs Are Green Rainforest Photo Contest.
 

1st Place, Keeled slug eating snake, Pareas Carinatus, photographed by Kris Bell

1st Place, Keeled slug eating snake, Pareas Carinatus, photographed by Kris Bell.

2nd Place, Asian Vine Snake, Ahaetulla Prasina, photographed by Shani Cohen

2nd Place, Asian Vine Snake, Ahaetulla Prasina, photographed by Shani Cohen

3rd Place, A nonchalant frog by Elliot Pelling, photographer

3rd Place, A nonchalant frog by Elliot Pelling, photographer

Maned Forest Lizard (Broncochela jubata), Farits Alhadi

Maned Forest Lizard (Broncochela jubata), Farits Alhadi

Harlequin Tree Frog (Rhacophorus pardalis)-South Kalimantan, Zain Basriansyah

Harlequin Tree Frog (Rhacophorus pardalis)-South Kalimantan, Zain Basriansyah

Farits Alhadi, Chiromantis vittiger, The male guarding his eggs until hatching, Indonesia

Farits Alhadi, Chiromantis vittiger, The male guarding his eggs until hatching, Indonesia

Cave Racer - Orthriophis taeniurus, photographed by Elliot Pelling

Cave Racer - Orthriophis taeniurus, photographed by Elliot Pelling

1st-Place-Keeled-slug-eating-snake-Pareas-Carinatus-Photographed-by-Kris-Bell thumbnail
2nd-Place-Asian-Vine-Snake-Ahaetulla-Prasina-photographed-by-Shani-Cohen thumbnail
3rd-Place-a-nonchalant-frog-Elliot-Pelling-photographer thumbnail
Maned Forest Lizard (Broncochela jubata), Farits Alhadi thumbnail
Harlequin Tree Frog (Rhacophorus pardalis)-South Kalimantan, Zain Basriansyah thumbnail
farits alhadi, Chiromantis vittiger, The male guarding his eggs until hatching, Indonesia thumbnail
Cave Racer - Orthriophis taeniurus, Elliot Pelling thumbnail

 

Winners:

1st Place – Kris Bell, Keeled slug-eating snake (Pareas carinatus), photographed in Thailand.
2nd Place – Shani Cohen, Asian Vine Snake – Ahaetulla prasina, photographed at Krabi Province, Thailand.
3rd Place – Elliot Pelling, A nonchalant frog. A green vine snake (Ahaetulla nasuta) having just caught a frog (Fejervarya kudremukhensis).
 

Honorable Mentions:

Farits Alhadi, Maned Forest Lizard (Broncochela jubata) This lizard was photographed in West Java, Indonesia.
Zain Basriansyah, Harlequin Tree Frog (Rhacophorus pardalis)-South Kalimantan
Farits Alhadi, Chiromantis vittiger – The male guarding his eggs until hatching, Indonesia.
Elliot Pelling, Cave Racer – Orthriophis taeniurus
 

02/3/19

Winners of the 2018 Frogs Are Green Kids Art Contest

We are so pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 kids art contest. We are publishing the results of the age group categories first (3-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-17) with more winners/categories to follow in the coming weeks.

Frogs Are Green received 2700 artworks from more than 35 countries and from states in the USA coast-to-coast! Full description forthcoming!

Winners – Age group 3-6

1st-place-Rose-Golestan-6-yrs-Iran

1st place, Rose Golestan, 6 yrs old, Iran

2nd-place, Ananya Atul Bajpayee, 5 years old, India

2nd-place, Ananya Atul Bajpayee, 5 years old, India

3rd-place, Trapa Choudhury, 5 yrs old, India

3rd-place, Trapa Choudhury, 5 yrs old, India

4th-place, Kirill Zhukov (6 years old), Russia, St. Petersburg

4th-place, Kirill Zhukov (6 years old), Russia, St. Petersburg

Ja Aswaa, 6 years old, India

Ja Aswaa, 6 years old, India, Honorable Mention

Minul Demitha Singappuli , 5 years old, Sri Lanka

Minul Demitha Singappuli , 5 years old, Sri Lanka, Honorable Mention

Abraham Pramanik, 6 years old, Canada

Abraham Pramanik, 6 years old, Canada, Honorable Mention

1st-place-Rose-Golestan-6-yrs-Iran thumbnail
2nd-place-Ananya Atul Bajpayee, 5 years old, India thumbnail
3rd-place-Trapa Choudhury, 5 yrs old, India thumbnail
4th-place-Kirill Zhukov (6 years old), Russia, St. Petersburg thumbnail
Ja Aswaa, 6 years old, India thumbnail
Minul Demitha Singappuli , 5 years old, Sri Lanka thumbnail
Abraham Pramanik, 6 years old, Canada thumbnail

1st Place, Rose Golestan, 6 years old, Iran
2nd Place, Ananya Atul Bajpayee, 5 years old, India
3rd Place, Trapa Choudhury, 5 years old, India
4th Place, Kirill Zhukov, 6 years old, Russia
  Honorable Mentions:
Ja Aswaa, 6 years old, India
Minul Demitha Singappuli, 5 years old, Sri Lanka
Abraham Pramanik, 6 years old, Canada
 

Winners – Age group 7-9

1st place-Selena-Chen-9-yrs-Canada

1st place, Selena Chen, 9 years old, Canada

2nd place-Michelle-Law-8-yrs-old-Hong-Kong

2nd place, Michelle Law, 8 years old, Hong Kong

3rd place, Wimootta Aramsaengchan, age 7, Thailand

3rd place, Wimootta Aramsaengchan, age 7, Thailand

4th place, Kira Orlova, Age 8, Russia

4th place, Kira Orlova, Age 8, Russia

Ceylin Soyoğlu, 7-9 age group, Turkey

Ceylin Soyoğlu, 7-9 age group, Turkey

Lindsay Choe, 8 years old, CA

Lindsay Choe, 8 years old, CA

Naysita-Nurcahyan-9-yrs-Indonesia

Naysita Nurcahyan, 9 years old, Indonesia

Teddy-Huang-9-yrs-CA-USA

Teddy Huang, 9 years old, CA, USA

Worth-Logriga-9-yrs-old-Philippines-Saving-The-Rainforest-Oil-Pastels

Worth-Logriga-9-yrs-old-Philippines-Saving-The-Rainforest-Oil-Pastels

Krushna P. Prabhu, 9 Years, India

Krushna P. Prabhu, 9 Years, India

1st place-Selena-Chen-9-yrs-Canada thumbnail
2nd place-Michelle-Law-8-yrs-old-Hong-Kong thumbnail
3rd place, Wimootta Aramsaengchan, age 7, Thailand thumbnail
4th place, Kira Orlova, Age 8, Russia thumbnail
Ceylin Soyoğlu, 7-9 age group, Turkey thumbnail
Lindsay Choe, 8 years old, CA thumbnail
Naysita-Nurcahyan-9-yrs-Indonesia thumbnail
Teddy-Huang-9-yrs-CA-USA thumbnail
Worth-Logriga-9-yrs-old-Philippines-Saving-The-Rainforest-Oil-Pastels thumbnail
Krushna P. Prabhu, 9 Years, India thumbnail
1st Place, Selena Chen, 9 years old, Canada
2nd Place, Michelle Law, 8 years old, China
3rd Place, Wimootta Aramsaengchan, 7 years old, Thailand
4th Place, Kira Orlova, 8 years old, Russia
  Honorable Mentions:
Ceylin Soyoglu, 7-9 age grp, Turkey
Lindsay Choe, 8 years old, CA, USA
Naysita Nurcahyan, 9 years old, Indonesia
Teddy Huang, 9 years old, CA, USA
Worth Lodriga, 9 years old, Philippines
Krushna P. Prabhu, 9 years old, India
 

Winners – Age group 10-12

1st-place, Andrew Tao, 12 years old, Canada

1st-place, Andrew Tao, 12 years old, Canada

2nd-place, Eva Zeng, 11 Years old, Canada

2nd-place, Eva Zeng, 11 Years old, Canada

3rd-place, Hiranyika Aphithanang, age 10, Thailand

3rd-place, Hiranyika Aphithanang, age 10, Thailand

Wing-Lam-Mok-10-yrs-old-Big-House-Art-Workshop-China

Wing-Lam-Mok-10-yrs-old-Big-House-Art-Workshop-China

Anna Bashirian, 12 years, Wisconsin, USA

Anna Bashirian, 12 years, Wisconsin, USA

Teresa Tao, 12 years old, CA, Frog still-life, black and white,

Teresa Tao, 12 years old, CA, USA, Frog still-life, black and white,

Tamacinchi Maria-Magdalena, 12 years, Moldova

Tamacinchi Maria-Magdalena, 12 years, Moldova

Picnic by the bank, Jane Ser, 10 years old, CA

Picnic by the bank, Jane Ser, 10 years old, CA

Natchapat Nakkham , age 11, Thailand

Natchapat Nakkham , age 11, Thailand

1st-place, Andrew Tao, 12 years old, Canada thumbnail
2nd-place, Eva Zeng, 11 Years old, Canada thumbnail
3rd-place, Hiranyika Aphithanang, age 10, Thailand thumbnail
Wing-Lam-Mok-10-yrs-old-Big-House-Art-Workshop-China thumbnail
Anna Bashirian, 12 years, Wisconsin, USA thumbnail
Frog still-life, black and white,Teresa Tao, 12 years old, CA thumbnail
Tamacinchi Maria-Magdalena, 12 years, Tropical, tea-r Ciusova Ecaterina,Cahul,Moldova thumbnail
Picnic by the bank, Jane Ser, 10 years old, CA thumbnail
Natchapat Nakkham , age 11, Thailand thumbnail

1st Place, Andrew Tao, 12 years old, Canada
2nd Place, Eva Zeng, 11 years old, Canada
3rd Place, Hiranyika Aphithanang, 10 years old, Thailand
  Honorable Mentions:
Wing Lam Mok, 10 years old, China
Anna Bashirian, 12 years old, WI, USA
Teresa Tao, 12 years old, CA, USA
Tamacinchi Maria-Magdelena, 12 years old, Moldova
Jane Ser, 10 years old, CA, USA
Natchapat, 11 years old, Thailand
 
1st place, Hailin Zheng, 13 years, Canada

1st place, Hailin Zheng, 13 years, Canada

2nd place, Fitri Nuraliza, 14 years old, Indonesia

2nd place, Fitri Nuraliza, 14 years old, Indonesia

3rd Place, Sahana Hariharan, 13 years old, CA, USA

3rd Place, Sahana Hariharan, 13 years old, CA, USA

Gulnaz Serikbay, 16 years old, Kazakhstan

Gulnaz Serikbay, 16 years old, Kazakhstan

Alpieva Altynai, 14 yrs, Kazakhstan

Alpieva Altynai, 14 yrs, Kazakhstan

Cioclea Nicoleta, 17 years, Moldova

Cioclea Nicoleta, 17 years, Moldova

Yash Kashyap, 13 years old, Singapore

Yash Kashyap, 13 years old, Singapore

Siva Shankar V-14-yrs-old-India

Siva Shankar V, 14 yrs old, India

1st place, Hailin Zheng, 13 years, Canada thumbnail
2nd place, Fitri Nuraliza, 14 years old, Indonesia thumbnail
3rd Place, Sahana Hariharan, 13 years old, CA, USA thumbnail
Gulnaz Serikbay, 16 years old, Kazakhstan thumbnail
Alpieva Altynai, 14 yrs, Kazakhstan thumbnail
Cioclea Nicoleta, 17 years, Moldova thumbnail
Yash Kashyap, 13 years old, Singapore thumbnail
Siva Shankar V-14-yrs-old-India-2 thumbnail

1st Place, Hailin Zheng, 13 years old, Canada
2nd Place, Fitzi Nuraliza, 14 years old, Indonesia
3rd Place, Sahana Hariharan, 13 years old, CA, USA
  Honorable Mentions:
Gulnaz Serikbay, 16 years old, Kazakhstan
Alpieva Altynai, 14 years old, Kazakhstan
Cloclea Nicoleta, 17 years old, Moldova
Yash Kashyap, 13 years old, Singapore
Siva Shankar, 14 years old, India
 

Winners: Best Rainforest Scenic Art

1st Place, Worth Lodriga, 9 yrs old, Philippines, Saving The Rainforest, Oil Pastels

1st Place, Worth Lodriga, 9 yrs old, Philippines, Saving The Rainforest, Oil Pastels

2nd Place, Mary Petushchak, 15 years. Ukraine

2nd Place, Mary Petushchak, 15 years. Ukraine

3rd Place, Kaya Yuzseven, 13 Years old, Turkey

3rd Place, Kaya Yuzseven, 13 Years old, Turkey

4th Place, Martin Boyd, 12 yrs old, Canada

4th Place, Martin Boyd, 12 yrs old, Canada

Simerjeet Mudhas, 15 yrs old, Chill Frog, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Simerjeet Mudhas, 15 yrs old, Chill Frog, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Paphamat Napattalung,age 7, Thailand

Paphamat Napattalung,age 7, Thailand

Aayushi-Sen, 8 yrs old, India

Aayushi-Sen, 8 yrs old, India

Sayee Ghoderao, 9 years old, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

Sayee Ghoderao, 9 years old, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

1st Place, Worth-Lodriga-9-yrs-old-Philippines-Saving-The-Rainforest-Oil-Pastels thumbnail
2nd Place, Mary Petushchak, 15 years. Ukraine thumbnail
3rd Place, Kaya Yuzseven, 13 Years old, Turkey thumbnail
4th Place, Martin Boyd, 12 yrs old, Canada thumbnail
Simerjeet-Mudhas-15-yrs-old-Chill-Frog-Jersey-City-NJ-USA thumbnail
Paphamat Napattalung,age 7, Thailand thumbnail
Aayushi-Sen, 8 yrs old, India thumbnail
Sayee Ghoderao, 9 years old, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA thumbnail

1st Place, Worth Lodriga, 9 years old, Philippines
2nd Place, Mary Petushchak, 15 years old, Ukraine
3rd Place, Kaya Yuzseven, 13 years old, Turkey
4th Place, Martin Boyd, 12 years old, Canada
  Honorable Mentions:
Simerjeet Mudhas, 15 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA
Aayushi-Sen, 8 years old, India
Paphamat Napattalung, 7 years old, Thailand
Sayee Ghoderao, 9 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA
 

Winners: Best Rainforest Wildlife Art

1st Place, Nazarova Marina 11 years Russia Volzhskiy

1st Place, Nazarova Marina 11 years Russia Volzhskiy

2nd Place, Naina Surana, 11 years old, India

2nd Place, Naina Surana, 11 years old, India

3rd Place, Hiranyika Aphithanang, age 10, Thailand

3rd Place, Hiranyika Aphithanang, age 10, Thailand

4th Place, Shitikova Yekaterina, 11 years old, Russia, Oryol, A pretty frog

4th Place, Shitikova Yekaterina, 11 years old, Russia, Oryol, A pretty frog

Dasha Nilova, 16 years old, Russia

Dasha Nilova, 16 years old, Russia

Gulnaz Serikbay, Kazakhstan, 16 years old, Kazakhstan

Gulnaz Serikbay, Kazakhstan, 16 years old, Kazakhstan

LI Ngok Tung, 5 years old, Hong Kong, China

LI Ngok Tung, 5 years old, Hong Kong, China

Roya Tasnin, 9 years old, USA, Rainforest and Circle of Mother Nature

Roya Tasnin, 9 years old, USA, Rainforest and Circle of Mother Nature

1st Place, Nazarova Marina 11 years Russia Volzhskiy thumbnail
2nd Place, Naina Surana, 11 years old, India thumbnail
3rd Place, Hiranyika Aphithanang, age 10, Thailand thumbnail
4th Place, Shitikova Yekaterina, 11 years old, Russia, Oryol, A pretty frog thumbnail
Dasha Nilova, 16 years old, Russia thumbnail
Gulnaz Serikbay, Kazakhstan, 16 years old, Kazakhstan thumbnail
LI Ngok Tung, 5 years old, Hong Kong, China thumbnail
Roya Tasnin, 9 years old, USA, Rainforest and Circle of Mother Nature thumbnail

1st Place, Nazarova Marina, 11 years old, Russia
2nd Place, Naina Surana, 11 years old, India
3rd Place, Hiranyika Aphithanang, 10 years old, Thailand
4th Place, Shitikova Yekaterina, 11 years old, Russia
  Honorable Mentions:
Dasha Nilova, 16 years old, Russia
Gulnaz Serikbay, 16 years old, Kazakhstan
LI Ngok Tung, 5 years old, Hong Kong, China
Roya Tasnin, 9 years old, USA
 

Winners: Best Environmental Message Art


1st Place, Taffy Chen, 11 yrs old, USA, Vicious circle of drought in forest

1st Place, Taffy Chen, 11 yrs old, USA, Vicious circle of drought in forest

2nd Place, Natchapat Nakkham , age 11, Thailand

2nd Place, Natchapat Nakkham , age 11, Thailand

3rd Place, Eileen-Nyaba-16-yrs-old-Save-the-Rainforest-Jersey-City-NJ-USA

3rd Place, Eileen Nyaba, 16 yrs old, Save the Rainforest, Jersey City, NJ, USA

4th Place, David-Guo, 11 years old, Canada

4th Place, David-Guo, 11 years old, Canada

Alpieva Altynai, 14 years old, Kazakhstan

Alpieva Altynai, 14 years old, Kazakhstan

Ananya Aloke, 14 years old, India, Frogs_Are_Green

Ananya Aloke, 14 years old, India, Frogs_Are_Green

Daniel Organ, 14 years old, USA, El Nino Fire in Amazon

Daniel Organ, 14 years old, USA, El Nino Fire in Amazon

Mana Sorahi, 16 yrs old, Iran, Frogs Are Green contest 2018

Mana Sorahi, 16 yrs old, Iran, Frogs Are Green contest 2018

Selena-Chen-9-yrs-Canada

Selena Chen, 9 years old, Canada

Tanaporn Suparuksuebwong, age 10, Thailand

Tanaporn Suparuksuebwong, age 10, Thailand

Cynthia Zou, 16 years old, Maryland, USA

Cynthia Zou, 16 years old, Maryland, USA

1st Place, Taffy Chen, 11 yrs old, USA, Vicious circle of drought in forest thumbnail
2nd Place, Natchapat Nakkham , age 11, Thailand thumbnail
3rd Place, Eileen-Nyaba-16-yrs-old-Save-the-Rainforest-Jersey-City-NJ-USA thumbnail
4th Place, David-Guo, 11 years old, Canada thumbnail
Alpieva Altynai 14 years old Kazakhstan thumbnail
Ananya Aloke, 14 years old, India, Frogs_Are_Green thumbnail
Daniel Organ, 14 years old, USA, El Nino Fire in Amazon thumbnail
Mana Sorahi, 16 yrs old, Iran, Frogs Are Green contest 2018 thumbnail
Selena-Chen-9-yrs-Canada thumbnail
Tanaporn Suparuksuebwong, age 10, Thailand thumbnail
Cynthia Zou, 16 years old, Maryland, USA thumbnail

1st Place, Taffy Chen, 11 years old, USA
2nd Place, Natchapat Nakkham, 11 years old, Thailand
3rd Place, Eileen Nyaba, 16 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA
4th Place, David Guo, 11 years old, Canada
  Honorable Mentions:
Alpieva Altynail, 14 years old, Kazakhstan
Ananya Aloke, 14 years old, India
Daniel Organ, 14 years old, USA
Mana Sorahi, 16 years old, Iran
Selena Chen, 9 years old, Canada
Tana Suparuksuebwong, 10 years old, Thailand
Cynthia Zou, 16 years old, Maryland, USA
 

Best Black and White Artwork:


1st-place, Shitikova Yekaterina, 11 years old, Russia, Oryol, Ecological disaster, BW

1st-place, Shitikova Yekaterina, 11 years old, Russia, Oryol, Ecological disaster

2nd-place, Elçin Sefer, 14 years old,Turkey

2nd-place, Elçin Sefer, 14 years old,Turkey

3rd-place, Setthasan Jirathanaprasert, age 13, Thailand

3rd-place, Setthasan Jirathanaprasert, age 13, Thailand

Dashidondokova Adisa, 10 years old

Dashidondokova Adisa, 10 years old

Ekrem Arda KUMUS, 9 years old, TURKEY

Ekrem Arda KUMUS, 9 years old, TURKEY

Kochetova Elizaveta Vyacheslavovna, 12 years old, Frog dreams, Russia-BW

Kochetova Elizaveta Vyacheslavovna, 12 years old, Frog dreams, Russia

Samigulina Damilla, 13-17 age grp

Samigulina Damilla, 13-17 age grp

1st-place, Shitikova Yekaterina, 11 years old, Russia, Oryol, Ecological disaster, BW thumbnail
2nd-place, Elçin Sefer, 14 years old,Turkey-contrast thumbnail
3rd-place, Setthasan Jirathanaprasert, age 13, Thailand thumbnail
Dashidondokova Adisa, 10 years old thumbnail
Ekrem Arda KUMUS, 9 years old, TURKEY thumbnail
Kochetova Elizaveta Vyacheslavovna 12 years old Frog dreams Russia-BW thumbnail
Samigulina Damilla, 13-17 age grp thumbnail

1st Place, Yekaterina Shitikova, 11 years old, Russia
2nd Place, Elcin Sefer, 14 years old, Turkey
3rd Place, Setthasan Jirathanaprasert, 13 years old, Thailand
  Honorable Mentions:
Adisa Dashidondokova, 10 years old
Ekrem Arda Kumus, 9 years old, Turkey
Elizaveta Kochetova Vyacheslavovna, 12 years old, Russia
Damilla Samigulina, 13-17 age grp
 

Best 3D Artwork


1st-place, Julie Knauth, 10 years old, CA, USA, 3D art, 3D amazon creatures, clay

1st-place, Julie Knauth, 10 years old, CA, USA, 3D art, 3D amazon creatures, clay

2nd-place, 3D Save the Rainforest by Isha Deshmukh, 7 yrs, New Jersey, USA

2nd-place, 3D Save the Rainforest by Isha Deshmukh, 7 yrs, New Jersey, USA

3rd-place, Margarita Kovalenko, 8 years, Russia

3rd-place, Margarita Kovalenko, 8 years, Russia

Andrew Qiu, 16 yrs old, Canada

Andrew Qiu, 16 yrs old, Canada

Turtle pond, Yuna Han, 9 years old, CA , 3d art

Turtle pond, Yuna Han, 9 years old, CA , 3d art

Abigail Knauth, 7 years old, CA, USA, 3D art

Abigail Knauth, 7 years old, CA, USA, 3D art

Shchekochikhina Veronika, 6 years old, Russia, 3D

Shchekochikhina Veronika, 6 years old, Russia, 3D

3D Rainforest Life by Vihaan Deshmukh, 7yrs, New Jersey USA

3D Rainforest Life by Vihaan Deshmukh, 7yrs, New Jersey USA

1st-place, Julie Knauth_10 yo_USA_CA 3D art 3D amazon creatures, clay thumbnail
2nd-place, 3D Save the Rainforest by Isha Deshmukh, 7 yrs, New Jersey, USA thumbnail
3rd-place, Margarita Kovalenko, 8 years, Russia thumbnail
Andrew Qiu, 16 yrs old, Canada thumbnail
Turtle pond, Yuna Han, 9 years old, CA , 3d art thumbnail
Abigail Knauth_7 yo_USA_CA_3D art thumbnail
Shchekochikhina Veronika, 6 years old, Russia, 3D thumbnail
3D Rainforest Life by Vihaan Deshmukh, 7yrs, New Jersey USA thumbnail

1st Place, Julie Knauth, 10 years old, CA, USA
2nd Place, Isha Deshmukh, 7 years old, NJ, USA
3rd Place, Margarita Kovalenko, 8 years old, Russia
  Honorable Mentions:
Andrew Qiu, 16 years old, Canada
Yuna Han, 9 years old, CA, USA
Abigail Knauth, 7 years old, CA, USA
Veronika Shchekochikhira, 6 years old, Russia
Vihaan Deshmukh, 7 years old, NJ, USA
 
05/26/18

Frogs Are Green at Jersey City City Council

On Monday, May 21, 2018, Susan Newman addressed the Jersey City City Council about Frogs Are Green’s mission and the children’s artwork up in the Caucus room. A curated selection of the 2017 winners in our Annual kids’ art contest.

Below is a transcript and the video of that event.

“Good afternoon Council President Lavarro and Jersey City City Council members. I am deeply honored to be here today to talk for a few minutes about Frogs Are Green.

We are on an awareness mission to educate the public about the threats to frogs and amphibians. Frogs are threatened by habitat loss, climate change, pollution, and disease. Because they breathe and drink through their skin, they are extremely sensitive to an unhealthy environment. Chemicals, pesticides, ozone, and UV are dangerous, even deadly, to them.

According to the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species, a third of the world’s amphibian species are threatened with extinction.

This spring marks our tenth year and our voice grows stronger each day. Through blogging, interviews, social media and a variety of annual events we have reached millions of people.

Every fall, Frogs Are Green holds a kids’ art contest for ages 3-17 and a photo contest, open to all ages. Hundreds of entries come in from over 30 countries and as close as Hoboken and Jersey City and this number increases every year. I’m proud to say that this is a yearly project in the JC public school system and the students have entered for the last 4 years.

Children are naturally curious about nature and can express themselves through art in a way they cannot always express verbally. To inspire them we change the theme each year. This past year we received close to a 1000 artworks and the selection on the walls in this caucus room were curated from the winners in 2017. The theme was Amphibians & Reptiles. The contests will open again in September and we will have a new theme and a new selection of judges. I’m very excited about this fall as we will partnering with another organization to raise funds to save the frogs and the rainforest. We do not charge any fees to enter.

In addition to our annual contests and spring exhibitions, we design and publish books for adults and children to learn from and enjoy. These are a few of the books we’ve published and we have more in development.

Our New Jersey nonprofit organization is called FROGS ARE GREEN because we believe that healthy frogs mean a healthy planet. By saving the frogs, we will also save our planet—and ourselves.”

Susan Newman, Founder and President
Frogs Are Green Inc.

04/22/18

Protecting Amphibians Through Correct Silvicultural Practices

Recent findings indicate that frogs could be going the way of the dinosaurs. Studies by scientists from the US Geological Survey (USGS) depicted that the number of amphibians is shrinking by an average rate of 3.7% yearly. Despite environmentalists championing for the protection of frogs, hosting amphibian themed art exhibitions and releasing publications to educate, among many other efforts, there is still a significant decline in the number of amphibians, especially frogs. Blame pollution, diseases, climate change and more importantly incessant deforestation.

Protecting amphibians and frogs through the correct silvicultural activities in forests helps in ensuring their continuity. While tree harvesting is essential for electricity poles, fuel, the paper industry, and construction, it should not be done in a way that it leads to the loss of amphibian habitats.

Photo by Stefan Steinbauer on Unsplash

The Right Pruning Tools

In forest activities such as pruning, trimming, and the harvesting of firewood, chainsaws are preferably the best tools. Why? Unlike harvesters which fell many trees at a time, chainsaws cut down one tree at a time. This ensures animal habitats are not destroyed during the operation and that seedlings and saplings are protected. These machines are portable making pruning among other activities in various locations easier.

While chainsaws come in different sizes, small chainsaws are preferably the best, especially chainsaws powered by a lithium-Ion battery. These particular type of chainsaws are eco-friendly since they don’t release noxious fumes into the atmosphere when pruning or trimming trees. Furthermore, they don’t cause noise pollution and can be operated easily since they are not heavy. However, when operating a chainsaw it is very important to have the knowledge on how to operate one safely. Other brilliant tools you can use when pruning a tree post include loppers and pole pruners.

Correct Pruning

Pruning is done to remove any overgrown tree branches, stems, and any deformed tree parts. When pruning is done in the correct manner it results in high-quality timber which directly reflects on value and price. Correct pruning, according to A-Absolute Tree Services, involves making sure that a third of the living branches are left after pruning. Right timing on when to prune is critical especially if the area to be pruned is a wildlife shelter. Furthermore, it should be done in a proper way such that the game cover is not destroyed.

Recommended Pruning Techniques

Target pruning is one the best methods of pruning, as stated by Research Gate, since one is able to leave tree parts intact and minimize bole’s tissue damage. Canopy pruning is another recommended pruning technique as it enables light penetration. This allows for the growth of grasses and other plants and this encourages survival of amphibians and frogs. During pruning, the windward side should be taken into consideration as amphibians especially frogs which breathe through their skin, could be easily affected by debris-carrying wind.

Utility Poles

In the United States, most utility poles are made of wood, despite the emergence of steel utility poles. This is because wood is a good insulator and is relatively cheap due to the high availability of trees. Among the trees popularly used are red cedars, Southern yellow pines, and Western yellow pines as they produce straight poles. Poles are selected while still standing in the forest, then the felling process begins.

Most of the times the right procedures and techniques are not used in this process. Unfortunately, flush cutting is observed on pruned trees that are meant for utility poles. Tree topping is also another wrong technique that not only gives an ugly view of the forest but also, has zero considerations for potential wildlife habitats. If the right equipment is not used, the forest environment could be adversely affected. This is why knowledge on the right way of pruning and harvesting trees is key, especially with the high demand for poles and timber.

Amphibians and reptiles make the environment greener. They help in natural pest control and act as food for other wildlife. The contribution of frogs to modern medicine is another reason why frogs are so important. With the above-given statistics, it is evident that more needs to be done in order to care of and protect them. Proper environmental care, especially in the forest, and curbing pollution will go a long way in preserving these species for generations to come.

Written and researched by Jennifer Dawson

01/28/18

Winners of the 2017 Kids Art Contest

Announcing the Winners of the Frogs Are Green 2017 Kids Art Contest!

We want to thank all the students, teachers, and parents from across the United States and around the world! We are proud to reach more countries each year and 2017 includes entries from over 30 countries and half the states in the USA.

In addition, children continue to show their creativity and inspiration, encouraging us to protect the environment and the biodiversity of life!

Thanks to our Judges (Devin Edmonds, Beverly D’Andrea, Jerome China, John Dunstan, Gaye Dunstan, and Sam Pesin) who I’m sure had a rough time choosing! Bravo to all the winners. (Wait for images to load).

Contact us to receive your winners certificate via email. 1st Place winners in age groups only should email us their mailing address to receive prizes.

Download a participation certificate here: Frogs Are Green 2017 Kids Art Contest Certificate

– Susan Newman, founder, Frogs Are Green

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2017 Winners based on Age Groups

WINNERS – Age Group 3-6

Paulus Ong Jr., 4.5 years old, Jakarta, Indonesia

Paulus Ong Jr., 4.5 years old, Jakarta, Indonesia

Ipek Liva Gurses, 5 years old, Turkey

Ipek Liva Gurses, 5 years old, Turkey

Minh Khanh Truong, 6 years old, Vietnam

Minh Khanh Truong, 6 years old, Vietnam

Chakshana Thilakarathne, 5 years old, Sri Lanka

Chakshana Thilakarathne, 5 years old, Sri Lanka

Sanuka Basnayake, 6 years old, Sri Lanka. Frogs Harmony

Sanuka Basnayake, 6 years old, Sri Lanka. Frogs Harmony

Susanna Simon Almeida, 6 years old, India

Susanna Simon Almeida, 6 years old, India

Lithika Adigopula, 6 years old, Jersey City, USA

Lithika Adigopula, 6 years old, Jersey City, USA

1-Paulus Ong Jr, 4,5 years old, Jakarta Indonesia thumbnail
2-Ipek Liva Gurses, 5 years old, Turkey thumbnail
3-Minh Khanh Truong, 6 years old, Vietnam thumbnail
Chakshana Thilakarathne ,5 years old ,sri lanka thumbnail
Sanuka Basnayake, 6 years old, Sri Lanka. Frogs Harmony thumbnail
Susanna Simon Almeida, 6 years old, India thumbnail
Lithika Adigopula, 6 years old, Jersey City, USA thumbnail

WINNERS – Age Group 7-9

Lynn Sun, 9 years old, NJ, USA

Lynn Sun, 9 years old, NJ, USA

Rachel Paulus, 9 years old, Florida, USA

Rachel Paulus, 9 years old, Florida, USA

Md Matin Bin Md Zulkarnain, 7 years old, Singapore

Md Matin Bin Md Zulkarnain, 7 years old, Singapore

Mina Buyukgonenc, 9 years old, Turkey

Mina Buyukgonenc, 9 years old, Turkey

Ritvik Patra, 9 years old, CA, 3D frogs

Ritvik Patra, 9 years old, CA, 3D frogs

Viara Pencheva, 8 years old, Bulgaria, Crocodile and Frogs

Viara Pencheva, 8 years old, Bulgaria, Crocodile and Frogs

1-Lynn Sun, 9 yrs old, NJ, USA thumbnail
2-Rachel Paulus, 9 yrs old, Florida, USA thumbnail
3-Red eye Tree Frog, By Md Matin Bin Md Zulkarnain, Age 7, SINGAPORE thumbnail
Mina-Buyukgonenc-9-yrs-old-Turkey thumbnail
Ritvik Patra, 9 years old, CA, 3D frogs thumbnail
VIARA PENCHEVA, 8 years old, Bulgaria, Crocodile and Frogs thumbnail

WINNERS – Age Group 10-12

Shrushti Chavan, 12, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Shrushti Chavan, 12, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Viktoriya Kukarekina, 10, Texas, USA

Viktoriya Kukarekina, 10, Texas, USA

K Chathushka Jeewantha Perera, 12 yrs old, Sri Lanka

K Chathushka Jeewantha Perera, 12 yrs old, Sri Lanka

Defne Akkaya, 11 years old, Turkey

Defne Akkaya, 11 years old, Turkey

U. K. Samadhi Anjanaa, 12 years old, Sri Lanka. Sampath Rekha International Art Academy

U. K. Samadhi Anjanaa, 12 years old, Sri Lanka. Sampath Rekha International Art Academy

Luniva Joshi, age 12, MS4, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Luniva Joshi, age 12, MS4, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Eylem Konuklar, 10 yrs old, Turkey

Eylem Konuklar, 10 yrs old, Turkey

Seah Hong, 10 years old, CA, USA

Seah Hong, 10 years old, CA, USA

1-Shrushti Chavan, 12, Jersey City, NJ, USA thumbnail
2-Viktoriya Kukarekina, 10, Texas, USA thumbnail
3-K-Chathushka-Jeewantha-Perera-12-yrs-old-Sri-Lanka thumbnail
Defne Akkaya -11 years old, Turkey thumbnail
U. K. Samadhi Anjanaa, 12 years old, Sri Lanka. Sampath Rekha International Art Academy thumbnail
Luniva Joshi, age 12, MS4, Jersey City, NJ, USA thumbnail
Eylem Konuklar, 10 yrs old, Turkey thumbnail
Seah Hong, 10 years old, CA, USA thumbnail

WINNERS – Age Group 13-17

Gegea Bianca, 15 years old, Romania

Gegea Bianca, 15 years old, Romania

Richard Alicea, 17 years old, Liberty HS, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Richard Alicea, 17 years old, Liberty HS, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Tanvi Gadre, 13 years old, India

Tanvi Gadre, 13 years old, India

Fatemeh Tabrizi, 16 years old, Iran

Fatemeh Tabrizi, 16 years old, Iran

Antariksha Sethiya, 14 years old, India

Antariksha Sethiya, 14 years old, India

Vanessa Gong, 13 yrs old, USA

Vanessa Gong, 13 yrs old, USA

1-Gegea Bianca, 15, Romania thumbnail
2-Richard Alicea 17, Liberty High School, Jersey City, Nj, USA thumbnail
Tanvi-Gadre-13-India thumbnail
Fatemeh Tabrizi, 16 years old, Iran thumbnail
ANTARIKSHA SETHIYA, 14 years old, India thumbnail
Vanessa Gong, 13 yrs old, USA thumbnail

Specialty Categories:

WINNERS – Best of China

Lau Yat Hei, 5 years old, Hong Kong, China

Lau Yat Hei, 5 years old, Hong Kong, China

Ng Yin Hei, 7 years old, Hong Kong, China, School of Creativity

Ng Yin Hei, 7 years old, Hong Kong, China, School of Creativity

Chan Po Chi Angelo, 4 years old, Hong Kong, China, School of Creativity

Chan Po Chi Angelo, 4 years old, Hong Kong, China, School of Creativity

Chau Tse Yin Celine, 4 years old, Hong Kong, China, School of Creativity

Chau Tse Yin Celine, 4 years old, Hong Kong, China, School of Creativity

1-Lau Yat Hei, 5 yrs old, Hong Kong China thumbnail
2-NG-YIN-HEI-7-yrs-old-Hong-Kong-China-School-of-Creativity thumbnail
3-CHAN PO CHI ANGELO, 4 years old, FROM SCHOOL OF CREATIVITY, HONG KONG, CHINA thumbnail
4-CHAU-TSE-YIN-CELINE-4-yrs-old-Hong-Kong-China-School-of-Creativity thumbnail

WINNERS – Best of Turkey

Elcin Sefer, 13 years old, Turkey

Elcin Sefer, 13 years old, Turkey

Ipek Liva Gurses, 5 years old, Turkey

Ipek Liva Gurses, 5 years old, Turkey

Ceren Gunaydin, 9 yrs old, Turkey

Ceren Gunaydin, 9 yrs old, Turkey

Kaya Yuzseven, 12 yrs old, Turkey

Kaya Yuzseven, 12 yrs old, Turkey

Aysel Nur Akar, 8 yrs old, Turkey

Aysel Nur Akar, 8 yrs old, Turkey

1-Elcin Sefer, 13, Turkey thumbnail
2-Ipek Liva Gurses, 5 years old, Turkey thumbnail
3-Ceren Gunaydin, 9 yrs old, Turkey thumbnail
4-Kaya Yuzseven, 12 yrs old, Turkey thumbnail
5-Aysel Nur Akar, 8 yrs old, Turkey thumbnail

WINNERS – Best of Jersey City

Shrushti Chavan, 12 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Shrushti Chavan, 12 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Vibha Jain, 7 years old, Jersey City, NJ

Vibha Jain, 7 years old, Jersey City, NJ

John Rama, 17 years old, Liberty HS, Jersey City, NJ, USA

John Rama, 17 years old, Liberty HS, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Misally Dillard, 17 years old, Liberty High School, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Misally Dillard, 17 years old, Liberty High School, Jersey City, NJ, USA

1-Shrushti Chavan, 12, Jersey City, NJ, USA thumbnail
2-Vibha Jain, 7 years old, Jersey City, NJ thumbnail
3-John Rama 17, Liberty High School, Jersey City, NJ, USA thumbnail
Misally Dillard, 17 Liberty High School, Jersey City, NJ, USA thumbnail

WINNERS – Best of Hoboken

Margaret K, 7 yrs old, Wallace School, Hoboken, NJ USA

Margaret K, 7 yrs old, Wallace School, Hoboken, NJ USA

Mickael Silvestre, 6 years old, Wallace Elementary, Hoboken, NJ, USA 2017

Mickael Silvestre, 6 years old, Wallace Elementary, Hoboken, NJ, USA 2017

Beatrice Holder, 7 years old, Wallace Elementary, Hoboken, NJ, USA 2017

Beatrice Holder, 7 years old, Wallace Elementary, Hoboken, NJ, USA 2017

Molly Lamb, 6 years old, Wallace Elementary, Hoboken, NJ, USA 2017

Molly Lamb, 6 years old, Wallace Elementary, Hoboken, NJ, USA 2017

Penelope Sprague, 6 years old, Wallace Elementary, Hoboken, NJ, USA 2017

Penelope Sprague, 6 years old, Wallace Elementary, Hoboken, NJ, USA 2017

1-Margaret-K-7-yrs-old-Wallace-School-Hoboken-NJ-USA thumbnail
2-Mickael Silvestre, 6 years old, Wallace Elementary, Hoboken, NJ, USA 2017 thumbnail
3-Beatrice Holder, 7 years old, Wallace Elementary, Hoboken, NJ, USA 2017 thumbnail
Molly Lamb, 6 years old, Wallace Elementary, Hoboken, NJ, USA 2017 thumbnail
Penelope Sprague, 6 years old, Wallace Elementary, Hoboken, NJ, USA 2017 thumbnail

WINNERS – Best 3D Art

Ritvik Patra, 9 years old, CA, 3D frogs

Ritvik Patra, 9 years old, CA, 3D frogs

Leyla Zehebi, 13 years old, Turkey

Leyla Zehebi, 13 years old, Turkey

Bartek Burda, 12 years old, Scotland Polish Saturday Primary School

Bartek Burda, 12 years old, Scotland Polish Saturday Primary School

Olek Zoblunda, 4 years old, Scotland Polish Saturday Primary School

Olek Zoblunda, 4 years old, Scotland Polish Saturday Primary School

Thanumi De Silva (3 Years old) & Upali Gunasekara (57 Years old), Sri Lanka

Thanumi De Silva (3 Years old) & Upali Gunasekara (57 Years old), Sri Lanka. (We included this child/elder project).

1-Ritvik Patra, 9 years old, CA, 3D frogs thumbnail
2-Leyla-Zehebi-13-years-old-Turkey thumbnail
3-Bartek-Burda-12-years-old-Scotland-Polish-Saturday-Primary-School thumbnail
Olek-Zoblunda-4-years-old-Scotland-Polish-Saturday-Primary-School thumbnail
Thanumi De Silva (3 Years old) & Upali Gunasekara (57 Years old), Sri Lanka thumbnail

WINNERS – Best Environmental

Ansh Gupta, 15 years old, Edison, New Jersey

Ansh Gupta, 15 years old, Edison, New Jersey

Sharanya Sharma, 10 years old, India

Sharanya Sharma, 10 years old, India

Luniva Joshi, age 12, MS4, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Luniva Joshi, age 12, MS4, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Stop Pollution by Arnav Gandhi, 11 years old, India

Stop Pollution by Arnav Gandhi, 11 years old, India

Varnika Pujari, 5 years old, Jersey City, NJ

Varnika Pujari, 5 years old, Jersey City, NJ

1-Ansh Gupta, 15, Edison, New Jersey thumbnail
2-Sharanya Sharma, 10 years old, India thumbnail
3-Luniva Joshi, age 12, MS4, Jersey City, NJ, USA thumbnail
4-Stop Pollution by Arnav Gandhi, 11 years old, India thumbnail
5-Varnika Pujari, 5 years old, Jersey City, NJ thumbnail

WINNERS – Best Typographic

Lynn Sun, 9 years old, New Jersey, USA

Lynn Sun, 9 years old, New Jersey, USA

Muneeb Alam, 13 years old, Jersey City, NJ

Muneeb Alam, 13 years old, Jersey City, NJ

Anagha Chimmalagi, 6 years old, New Jersey, USA

Anagha Chimmalagi, 6 years old, New Jersey, USA

Ceren Gunaydin, 9 yrs old, Turkey

Ceren Gunaydin, 9 yrs old, Turkey

Miriam Kimani, age 12, MS #4, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Miriam Kimani, age 12, MS #4, Jersey City, NJ, USA

1-Lynn Sun, 9 yrs old, NJ, USA thumbnail
2-Muneeb Alam, 13 years old, Jersey City, NJ thumbnail
3-Anagha Chimmalagi, 6 years old, New Jersey, USA thumbnail
4-Ceren Gunaydin, 9 yrs old, Turkey thumbnail
5-Miriam Kimani age12 MS#4 Jersey City,NJ USA thumbnail

WINNERS – Best Amphibian Art

John Rama 17, Liberty High School, Jersey City, NJ, USA

John Rama 17, Liberty High School, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Claire Lee, 10 years old, CA, environmental

Claire Lee, 10 years old, CA, environmental

Shrushti Chavan, 12, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Shrushti Chavan, 12, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Claire Kim, 9 years old, CA, USA

Claire Kim, 9 years old, CA, USA

Priya Neil, 16 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Priya Neil, 16 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Sarah Sheik, 9 yrs old, Jersey City, NJ

Sarah Sheik, 9 yrs old, Jersey City, NJ

Tanvi Gadre, 13 years old, India

Tanvi Gadre, 13 years old, India

1-John Rama 17, Liberty High School, Jersey City, NJ, USA thumbnail
2-Claire Lee, 10 years old, CA environmental thumbnail
3-Shrushti Chavan, 12, Jersey City, NJ, USA thumbnail
4-Claire Kim, 9 years old, CA, USA thumbnail
5-Priya Neil, 16 years old, Jersey City, NJ, USA thumbnail
6-Sarah Sheik, 9 yrs old, Jersey City, NJ thumbnail
7-Tanvi Gadre, 13, India thumbnail

WINNERS – Best Reptile Art

Yanbo Feng, age 14, United States, Michigan, USA

Yanbo Feng, age 14, United States, Michigan, USA

Rachel Paulus, 9 yrs old, Florida, USA

Rachel Paulus, 9 yrs old, Florida, USA

Elcin Sefer, 13 years old, Turkey

Elcin Sefer, 13 years old, Turkey

Aneira Pereira, 13 years old, United Arab Emirates

Aneira Pereira, 13 years old, United Arab Emirates

Janna Gapuz, 15 years old, McNair Academic High School, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Janna Gapuz, 15 years old, McNair Academic High School, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Vibha Jain, 7 years old, Jersey City, NJ

Vibha Jain, 7 years old, Jersey City, NJ

1-Yanbo Feng, age 14, United States, Michigan thumbnail
2-Rachel Paulus, 9 yrs old, Florida, USA thumbnail
3-Elcin Sefer, 13, Turkey thumbnail
4-ANEIRA PEREIRA, Age 13, UNITES ARAB EMIRATES thumbnail
5-Janna Gapuz 15 McNair Academic High School thumbnail
6-Vibha Jain, 7 years old, Jersey City, NJ thumbnail

WINNERS – Best Black and White Art

Giwoo Kim, 14 years old, California, USA

Giwoo Kim, 14 years old, California, USA

Tanvi Gadre, 13 years old, India

Tanvi Gadre, 13 years old, India

Justin Tan Chi Yang,11yrs old,SJK(C) Sin Min A,Sungai Petani Kedah Malaysia

Justin Tan Chi Yang,11yrs old,SJK(C) Sin Min A,Sungai Petani Kedah Malaysia

Luniva Joshi, 12 years old, MS #4, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Luniva Joshi, 12 years old, MS #4, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Vitomir Certic, 14 years old, Serbia

Vitomir Certic, 14 years old, Serbia

1-Giwoo Kim, 14 years old, CA thumbnail
2-Tanvi Gadre, 13, India thumbnail
3-Justin Tan Chi Yang,11yrs old,SJK(C) Sin Min A,Sungai Petani Kedah Malaysia thumbnail
4-Luniva Joshi, 12 years old, MS #4, Jersey City, NJ, USA thumbnail
5-Vitomir Certic, 14 years old, Serbia thumbnail

11/19/17

Colorful Catch Basins around Jersey City Star a Red-eyed Tree Frog

Jersey City, have you seen all the colorful images painted on catch basins all around town?

Our city wants residents and business owners to “adopt a catch basin.” When Frogs Are Green heard about this program, in which artists decorate these basins with whatever images you suggest, we claimed a drain, and now the corner of Central Avenue and Bleecker Street boasts a gorgeous, colorful red-eyed tree frog. We also just claimed the opposite corner which we call Biodiversity Matters. Environmental themes make the most sense.

Red-eyed Tree Frog artwork for catch basin in Jersey City Heights.

Red-eyed tree frog artwork for catch basin in Jersey City Heights.

As you walk around Jersey City, you’ll see a lighthouse, fish, turtles, sea turtles, an octopus, and many other original artworks by different artists. When you join the program and adopt a drain, you get to name it and request a certain image.

This is a great way to give artists work, clean up the streets, and show citizens where rain water goes. Once you claim a drain, you become responsible for keeping it clear from trash and, in the colder months, ice and snow. It’s a useful reminder not to throw garbage down there. Year after year I’ve walked around my neighborhood and seen trash and leaves piling up at these catch basins and trees, like a new sign post for trash. Since the city has a limited amount of street cleaners–actual people who only work main streets and only certain days– getting the public involved will help.

 

About the “Adopt a Catch Basin” program from the Jersey City Office of Innovation’s website:

“Catch basins or sewer drains collect storm and rain water from streets and sidewalks, which then travels into the sewer system. Any debris in the street and on the sidewalk can clog and block a catch basin, causing local flooding and potentially polluting our waterways. Our ‘Adopt a Catch Basin’ program empowers local residents and other volunteers to help keep catch basins clean and expand awareness of our sewer system.”

 

Once I made this commitment, I started researching what does go down the drain besides rain water and have discovered some unbelievable facts.

NJ’s sewage systems are old and in serious need of repair. Just read this article about what happened to the Middlesex County Utilities Authority in New Jersey. They were just starting to repair the main pump when Hurricane Sandy hit.

 
…Hurricane Sandy triggered flooding that knocked out the Passaic Valley Utility Authority in Newark—the fifth-largest wastewater treatment facility in the country—for weeks, sending some 840 million gallons of untreated sewage into Newark Bay, according to a 2013 report by the independent research organization Climate Central.

The federal EPA in 2008 estimated the cost of upgrading New Jersey’s CSOs statewide at $9.3 billion.

…Environmentalists warn that the high cost of fixing New Jersey’s ailing sewer systems pales beside the cost of doing nothing. While our ocean waters were deemed swimmable in a July 2013 DEP assessment, 73 percent of the state’s non-ocean waters tested failed due to bacteria indicating the presence of fecal matter. And only 3 percent of 952 watersheds were judged safe to eat, with 38 percent containing dangerous levels of mercury or toxic PCBs…

Please read the entire article here:
https://njmonthly.com/articles/jersey-living/down-the-drain-njs-sewage-system/
 

Just imagine what this means to wildlife. Let’s all do our part in helping the environment be safe for all.