DEP Awards Grants to
Local Environmental Agencies
(03/50) TRENTON -- The Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded 71 local environmental
agencies a total of $165,000 in grants through its Environmental
Services Program (ESP). These grants are used to enhance
projects developed by local environmental commissions and
soil conservation districts including open space planning,
natural resource inventories, trail designs, watershed protection,
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping and educational
Specific examples of projects funded by
this year's grants include: the development of a river "blueway"
brochure to assist Chatham Borough in Morris County in implementing
its Open Space Plan; storm drain marking and locating in
Raritan Township in Hunterdon County; development of a recycling
community outreach program in Irvington Township in Essex
County; and natural resource mapping using computerized
GIS in Weymouth Township in Atlantic County.
Grants range from $1,000 to $2,500 and
require a 50-percent match from the local governing body.
Formal agreements between the grant recipients and DEP will
be finalized by the end of June.
A full list of this year's statewide recipients
is posted on the DEP website at http://nj.gov/dep/esp.