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The Root of Your Garden

The Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority (Brick Utilities) is pleased to announce a free Healthy Soil is at the Root of Your Garden workshop on July 21, 2024. The workshop is being held at the Brick Reservoir as part of Brick Utilities’ Weekend at the Reservoir community education program. Participants will learn how healthy soil is key for a thriving garden.


Join Becky Laboy from the Ocean County Soil Conservation District as she explains the importance of soil health for prolific gardens of flowers and vegetables. Through hands-on activities, explore the composition of soil, identify different soil textures, and learn how water reacts and responds to different soil types. Discover how to select appropriate species of plants for your garden based on your own garden soil. Explore the benefits of proper fertilizer usage for a flourishing landscape while reducing impacts to the environment and local waterways. Learn how a native garden can help reduce stormwater runoff and keep pollutants from reaching our streams, rivers and Barnegat Bay.


This program runs from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. Class size is limited, so early registration is recommended. Please contact Shari Kondrup via email at or telephone at 732-701-4282 to register or obtain more information.

“Weekend at the Reservoir” is a free community education program offered by Brick Utilities. Brick Utilities’ educational programs focus on the importance of the Metedeconk River and the Barnegat Bay to the region, and how to conserve and protect these important water resources.


The Metedeconk River drains into Barnegat Bay and its watershed encompasses ninety (90) square miles in both Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Starting at its headwaters in Freehold, Jackson and Millstone, the river flows eastward through Howell, Lakewood, Wall, and Brick Townships before reaching Point Pleasant Borough and Barnegat Bay.


The Metedeconk River is a critical water resource for the region. It serves as the primary water supply source for Brick Utilities, which provides drinking water to more than 100,000 area residents in Brick Township, Howell Township, Point Pleasant Borough, and Point Pleasant Beach Borough. The river is a major source of freshwater to the Barnegat Bay, one of 28 Congressionally designated estuaries of national significance in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program.


To learn more about the Metedeconk River Watershed, please visit


To learn more about the Ocean County Soil Conservation District, please visit

Until next time, peace.


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