OFFICIALS GATHER AT STONY BROOK-MILLSTONE WATERSHED PRESERVE
TO ANNOUNCE FORMATION OF NEW CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL INDICATORS
State, local and academic interests in environmental preservation,
monitoring and management all merged at the Stony Brook-Millstone
Watershed Association Reserve where formation of a new environmental
research center and a recent land acquisition were announced today.
The New Jersey Center for Environmental Indicators is a new joint
venture of the Rutgers University/UMDNJ Environmental and Occupational
Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI), the state Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP), and Rutgers' New Jersey Agricultural
Supported by a $50,000 DEP grant and in-kind contributions from
Rutgers/UMDNJ, the center-without-walls will develop and analyze
environmental trend data for New Jersey. These indicators will provide
critical measures for New Jersey's new, results-based environmental
management system. Under the umbrella of this center, a dozen
indicator-related research studies are underway, involving DEP and
"This unique partnership with academic scientists will assist us
in measuring the effectiveness of our efforts to improve the
environment," said State Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob
Shinn. "As a primary participant in the creation of the National
Environmental Performance Partnership System (NEPPS), New Jersey is
benchmarking its progress in improving the environment. This new
partnership with leading academic researchers will assist us in making
and reporting those essential indicator measurements."
"We are delighted with this opportunity to broaden our research
partnership with DEP," said EOHSI Director Dr. Bernard D. Goldstein.
"This collaborative effort will enhance the scientific basis for
measuring our progress toward realizing New Jersey's environmental
The center also will further the use of environmental indicators in
land use planning and the development of sustainable communities
through a variety of research projects.
The announcement was made at the Stony Brook-Millstone reserve where
volunteers conduct extensive water monitoring and where $261,470 in
Green Acres funds contributed to the recent $1.2 million acquisition
of 200 acres of open space.
The purchase will help preserve watershed lands and will be the
centerpiece for a continuous greenway connecting Hopewell with
Pennington and Mercer County Park. The lands will be used for
environmental research, environmental education and passive
recreation. The acquisition was made by the watershed association in
cooperation with Mercer County.
"The Center for Environmental Indicators can be an invaluable tool
for local governments as we plan future growth so as to sustain our
diversity and protect environmentally sensitive areas," stated Mercer
County Executive Robert D. Prunetti. "Through Green Acres and the
Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed, we will not only protect our
watershed lands, but preserve a unique area for future generations."
The watershed association conducts a wide variety of environmental
education programs focusing on water quality and educates citizens
about the State Development and Redevelopment Plan.