Would you like to get a better understanding of basic “boilerplate” information about Galloway Township?
Well, check out the Environmental Resource Inventory.
This detailed document, replacing an original, basic version from 1976, was created through grant funding obtained by Go Green Galloway in 2011 from Sustainable Jersey.
The document can be accessed by typing in www.gtnj.org, clicking on the "Search" tab and typing in Environmental Resource Inventory.
What you will find is what your environment — the place where you live, work and play — is based upon. There is a historical overview, a description of how we are affected by Pinelands and state Coastal Area Facility Review Act of 1973; zoning and land use information; watershed, waterways, wetlands, floodplains and drainage areas; geology; soils; landscape; wildlife; sewer infrastructure; contaminated sites (brownfields); historic sites; recreation and open space; agricultural and farmland preservation; renewable energy; and a whole section of technical, detailed maps and charts showing many of these topics.
The Environmental Resource Inventory is valuable not only for government’s planning use, but also for citizens and business people to look for home, property, quality of life issues or places to locate a business venture. It is helpful to visitors to get an overview of just how massive, diverse, worthwhile to explore and historically significant this township is.
So, after reading this over — keeping in mind that updates are needed and will be coming — realize that newer online tools have become available. For a deeper dive, look into the NJ Conservation Blueprint project at www.njmap2.com and the NJ Floodmapper project at www.njfloodmapper.org.
Studying this information gives us a better background for understanding how Galloway works and what its strengths and vulnerabilities are.
For more information, you can contact the Galloway Office of Sustainability, Environmental Commission, Planning Board, township planner, township manager or the Galloway Township Historical Society.