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RELEASE: 8/31/01

CONTACT: Loretta O'Donnell or Amy Collings
(609) 984-1795 or 609-292-2994


New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Shinn today announced that DEP is expanding its year-old watershed awards program to include county and regional organizations.

“The purpose of the awards program is to recognize the state’s leaders in watershed improvement for their innovative and exceptional achievements,” said Shinn. “The work of the honorees should inspire others to make a more vigorous commitment to watershed management.”

Nomination forms will be available September 4. The submission deadline is January 12, 2002.

In addition to the newly added categories of county and regional organizations, the awards program covers businesses/industries, municipalities, educational institutions and watershed groups. DEP will present three awards for each category.

Mary Sheil, director of DEP’s Division of Watershed Management, added, “Because of the positive results of last year’s program, we are enthusiastic about expanding this opportunity to broaden public support of watershed management by showcasing the examples of the honorees.”

Segments of the watershed community will be recognized for their exceptional achievements with emphasis on innovation, leadership and responsibility.

The watershed management process is a holistic approach to restoring and maintaining water quality, water supply and ecosystem health by taking into account all potential point and nonpoint sources of pollution, such as runoff from roads and development, as well as pesticides and fertilizers from landscaping and agriculture. Plans are being developed for each of New Jersey’s 20 watershed management areas.

Organizations and individuals interested in obtaining forms or more information should contact Eileen Thornton, awards coordinator, at 609-633-0634, (fax 609-292-0687), or, or P.O. Box 418, Trenton, NJ 08625-0418.



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