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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2004

Contact: Elaine Makatura
(609) 292-2994

DEP AWARDS GRANTS TO LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCIES

(04/27) TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded forty-three local environmental agencies a total of $100,000 in grants to support a wide-variety of environmental improvement projects, including open space planning, natural resource inventories, trail designs, watershed protection, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping and educational programs.

DEP awards these grants to environmental commissions and soil conservation districts throughout the state.

"These local projects will help to preserve open space, protect our watersheds and support Governor McGreevey's overall emphasis on environmental stewardship," said DEP Commissioner Bradley Campbell. "Environmental commissions and soil conservation districts play a key role in generating grass roots support and action to improve environmental quality in our state."

"These Environmental Services Grants will enable many deserving municipal environmental commissions to carry out essential projects that protect natural resources and curb pollution in their towns," said Sandy Batty, Executive Director of Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions. "Over the last 14 years, the combined efforts of local commissions under these grants have resulted in significant environmental improvement statewide."

The Environmental Services Matching Grants Program (ESP) helps local environmental agencies to inventory environmental resources, develop practices to improve those resources and to prepare and disseminate information about how the public can protect the environment.

Since the program's inception in 1990, over $2 million has been awarded to environmental agencies statewide. Grants range from $1,000 to $2,500 and require a 50 percent match from the local governing body.

For more information about this grant program, contact the DEP Environmental Services Program at (609) 984-0828, or visit the website at http://www.state.nj.us/dep/esp. A full list of the recipients statewide is posted on the website.

 

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