DEP EXTENDS DEADLINE
OF WATERSHED AWARDS PROGRAM UNTIL FEB.1
The New Jersey Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) is extending the deadline for its second
annual Division of Watershed Management Awards Program,
which recognizes exceptional achievement in watershed protection.
The deadline has been extended from January
12 to Friday, February 1.
"The award program's goal is to salute
and thank segments of the watershed community for their
innovative achievements," said DEP Commissioner Bob
Shinn. "The honorees' works are models for others.
Their results can inspire and instruct other groups on ways
to make a strong commitment to proactive watershed management."
This year, the categories have been expanded
to include county and regional organizations. The other
categories are businesses/industries, municipalities, educational
institutions and watershed groups. Three awards will be
presented in each category. Because of strong participation
in last year's awards program, DEP was pleased to widen
the opportunity to acknowledge and stimulate more public
support of watershed management.
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.
Nomination forms are available by contacting
Eileen Thornton, awards coordinator, at 609-633-0634, by
fax 609-292-0687, by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or by mail, P.O. 418, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0418. The
forms are also available on the Internet at www.state.nj.us/dep/watershedmgt.