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NJ DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3/25/02
02/16

CONTACT: Rachel Hamilton 609 984 1795

State Awards Grants to Local Environmental Agencies
Funds to Implement Grassroots Projects

TRENTON 03/25 -The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) awarded 65 local environmental agencies a total of $165,000 to promote local environmental endeavors. These locally created projects range from a vernal habitat study, a schoolyard habitat project and an educational native landscaping project to surface water sampling and evaluation and the Thomas Pond bio-filtration project.

"The recipients of this year's grants help us statewide in achieving our goals," said DEP Commissioner Bradley Campbell. "The stewardship of local environmental agencies has helped the Department achieve a goal of working in partnership with local governments on innovative ideas for grassroots projects."

The grants are awarded to environmental commissions and soil conservation districts through DEP's Office of External Affairs.

The Environmental Services Program (ESP) matching grants assist local environmental agencies and soil conservation districts to inventory and document environmental resources. Funds are also used to develop practices to improve those resources and to prepare and distribute information on how we can directly protect the environment.

Other projects that received funding from this year's grants include: natural resource inventories and updates; a restoration plan for Drakes Brook; chemical testing of Washington Township's rivers and tributaries; a rail/trail projects; storm sewer mapping in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) format and environmental awareness newsletters.

Formal agreements between the DEP and the grant recipients will be finalized by the end of June. Since the program's inception, more than $2 million has been awarded to local agencies statewide. Grants range from $1,000 to $2,500, and applicants must match at least 50 percent of the total cost of the project. Applications must be received by December 1, and applicants are notified in mid-March.

For more information on the ESP matching grants, contact the DEP Environmental Services Program at 609 984 0828, or visit the web site at http: www.state.nj.us/dep/esp. A full list of the recipients statewide is posted on the web site.

 

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