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NJ DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NEWS RELEASE
RELEASE: 11/8/00
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CONTACT: Loretta O’Donnell or Amy Collings
609-984-1795 or 609-292-2994

New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program Underway

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has started a New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors AmeriCorps program to raise awareness about watershed issues across the state.

"This excellent program makes a difference in the environment through river and watershed assessment and by educating residents on why watershed awareness should be important to everyone in New Jersey," said DEP Commissioner Bob Shinn.

AmeriCorps members have been placed with host agencies in watershed management areas across the state. Members assist DEP's Division of Watershed Management in monitoring the rivers and watersheds through River Assessment Teams (RATS) and Biological Assessment Teams (BATS) volunteer monitoring programs.

The members also train community volunteers to assist in these monitoring programs. Through audio-visual presentations, the members provide information and education to community organizations and schools.

The program will address the diverse environmental needs of the state by raising awareness about the state's waterways, which are used as drinking water supplies, agricultural and industrial purposes, and recreation for eight million residents.

"AmeriCorps members work to improve water quality by exploring relationships between people and the environment, nurturing community-based environmental activities and empowering residents to make responsible decisions about their watershed," said Lance Miller, director of DEP's Division of Watershed Management.

AmeriCorps is a national service initiative started in 1993, likened to a domestic peace corps. There are hundreds of AmeriCorps programs nationally with 10,000 citizens serving yearly. AmeriCorps focuses on four issues - education, public safety, human needs and the environment. Members complete 1,700 hours of service in return for a living stipend and an education award. They are full-time and serve out of the assigned host agency office.

For more information about the program, contact Fran Varacalli, Program Manager in the Division of Watershed Management at 609-633-0533 or at fvaracal@dep.state.nj.us

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AMERICORPS HOST AGENCIES & MEMBERS

NORTHWEST Region

HOST AGENCY  
Area 1 North Jersey Resource Conservation & Development
1322 Route 31 North Box 3
Annandale, NJ 08801
Member:

Grace Messinger

Phone number: 908-735-0733
Fax: 908-735-0744
No e-mail at this time

 

Area 2 Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority
34 South Rt. 84
Lafayette. NJ 07848
Member:

Nathaniel Sajdak

Phone: 973-579-6998 ext 111
fax:973-579-7818
e-mail - nsajdak@hotmail.com

 

Area 11

Regional Planning Partnership
Princeton

 

NORTHEAST

HOST AGENCY  
Area 3 North Jersey District Water Supply Commission
1 FA Orechio Dr.
Wanaque, NJ 07456
Member:

Julie Ann Zoleta

Phone:973-835-3600
fax 973-835-6701
e-mail- jzoleta@njwdsc.com

 

Area 4 NJDEP, Compliance & Enforcement Northern Office
1259 Rt. 46 East Bldg. #2
Parsippany, NJ 07054-4191
Member:

Emma Melvin

Phone:973-299-7394
fax:973-299-7712
Emelvin@dep.state.nj.us

 

Area 5 Hackensack River Keeper
1000 River Rd. T090C
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Member:

Christine Hirt

Phone: 201-692-8440
fax: 201-692-8449
Email - chirtriverkeeper@hotmail.com

 

Area 6 Great Swamp Watershed Association
PO Box 300
New Vernon, NJ 07976
Member:

Louisa Lubiak

Phone: 973-966-1900
fax: 973-966-1009
e-mail LLubiak@greatswamp.org

 

RARITAN

HOST AGENCY  
Area 7

Union County Engineering Dept.
Scotch Plains

 

Area 8 Upper Raritan Watershed Assoc.
PO Box 273
Gladstone, NJ 07934
Member:

Kevin Burke

Phone:908-234-1852
fax:908-234-0609
e-mail - Kevin@urwa.org

 

Area 9 NRCS-USDA
1370 Hamilton St.
Somerset, NJ 08873
Member:

Kathleen Bigelow

Phone: 732-246-1171 ext 135
fax: 732-246-2358
E mail: kbigelow@nj.nrcs.usda.gov

 

Area 10

Stony Brook - Millstone Watershed Association
Pennington

 

ATLANTIC

HOST AGENCY  
Area 12 Monmouth County Planning Board
Hall of Records Annex One East Main St.
Freehold, NJ 0772
Member:

Ryan Merritt

Phone: 732-431-7460
fax:732-409-7540
e-mail - none at this time

 

Area 13 American Littoral Society
PO Box 1306
Tuckerton, NJ 08087
Member:

Bridget Bachmann

Phone:609-294-3111
fax: 609-294-8044
e-mail none at this time

 

Area 14 American Littoral Society
PO Box 1306
Tuckerton, NJ 08087
Member:

Christine Giordano

Phone:609-294-3111
fax: 609-294-8044
e-mail - none at this time

 

Area 15 Bureau Of Marine Water Monitoring
PO Box 405, Stony Hill Road
Leeds Point, NJ 08220-0405
Member:

Adriana Calle

Phone:609-748-2000
fax:609-748-2014
e-mail acalle@dep.state.nj.us

 

Area 16 Nature Center of Cape May
Cape May , NJ

 

LOWER DELAWARE

HOST AGENCY  
Area 17

County of Cumberland Dept. of Planning & Development
Bridgeton

 

Area 18 NJDEP Compliance and Enforcement Southern Office
One Port Center 2 Riverside Dr.
Camden, NJ 08102
Member:

Jeremy Greenwood

Phone: 856-614-3609
fax:856-614-3654
e-mail - jgreenwo@dep.state.nj.us

 

Area 19 Mount Holly Municipal Utilities Authority
PO Box 486
Mount Holly, NJ 08060
Member:

Eric Schramm

Phone: 609-267-0015 ext. 16
fax:609-261-4528
e-mail - erichschramm@mhmua.com

 

Area 20 Mercer County Soil Conservation Service
508 Hughes Dr.
Hamilton Square, NJ 08690
Member:

Dan Tonden

Phone: 609-586-9603
fax: 609-586-1117
e-mail :none at this time

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