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July 29, 2005

 

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DEP TO HOLD WORKSHOPS TO HELP LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND NONPROFITS OBTAIN OPEN SPACE ACQUISITION FUNDING

(05/104) TRENTON -- The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Green Acres Program and the Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program will hold six informational workshops in August and September to guide municipal and county officials and nonprofit organizations through the state-funding application process.

Topics to be discussed at the workshops include Green Acres Funding for Land Preservation and Park Development, Elements of a Land Transaction, Stewardship Issues, Historic Preservation Trust Funding and the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program (EIFP).

During the workshops, DEP will encourage municipal and county government applicants who have a project with a water quality benefit to apply to the EIFP for acquisition funds. The EIFP is a partnership between the DEP and the NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust (Trust). The EIFP provides low-cost financing to municipal, county, and other local government units as well as to water purveyors for the construction of wastewater, drinking water and stormwater or nonpoint source pollution management projects, including open space acquisition that provides a water quality benefit.

This year's workshops are scheduled for:

  • August 3 at the Holland Activity Center at Tatum Park, Middletown, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • August 9 at the Haggerty Education Center at Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morristown, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • August 17 at the State House Welcome Center, Trenton, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • August 24 at the Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, Elmer, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • September 13 at the Battleship New Jersey, Camden, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • September 20 at the Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. There is a registration fee, which covers materials, lunch and refreshments, of $25 per person and $20 for each additional member from the same municipality or organization.

 

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