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Earth Day 2023

Our community’s natural beauty is why many of us moved here. This year the Ecology, Communications, and Clubhouse Committees joined forces to offer Highland Lakes members a chance to participate in a day that was both informative and fun.

In the morning members took to their sections and participated in a Community-Wide #RoadsideCleanUp.

At noon, members gathered at the Clubhouse for lunch, which was followed by a special presentation. Lisa Chiariello, from #Rutgers Cooperative Extension, discussed Landscaping Design Tips for Lakeside Communities – Protecting Water Quality while Benefiting Wildlife. 

Following the presentation, Barbara Jaggi, Jason Tribiano, and Glenn Kamp answered questions in the Lake Room about their gardening methods – Composting, Country Yards, and Water Runoff Management.

Stuart Blank had a model that demonstrated how water runoff affects our lakes. 

Collectively the volunteers put together a list of resources for members who are interested in learning more about how to contribute to the greater cause – #ProtectOurLakes. 

We hope you enjoyed yourself at this year’s Earth Day event and we look forward to seeing you in July at our Lake Appreciation Day!





2018-10-24 Brochure_RainGarden_8.5×14.indd (rutgers.edu)

FS1140: Incorporating Native Plants in Your Residential Landscape (Rutgers NJAES)

Rain Gardens (rutgers.edu)

2023 Cost of a Rain Garden – Estimates and Prices Paid (costhelper.com)

Landscaping at the Water’s Edge [book] | Extension (unh.edu)

Landscaping at the Water’s Edge (unh.edu)

Lakescaping For Wildlife & Water Quality | University of Minnesota Bookstores (umn.edu)