June 16, 2017
Baseball is the National Pastime, but literally every pitch thrown in both the major and minor leagues carries a piece of the Garden State to the plate. That’s because for more than 75 years every baseball put in play has first been rubbed with a little bit of Lena Blackburn Baseball Rubbing Mud, which takes the shine and slickness off of the ball. This “Miracle Mud,” which is collected from a secret spot right here in New Jersey, is as much a part of baseball as peanuts and Cracker Jack. Chris Adair, part time assistant geologist in DEP’s Division of Water Supply & Geoscience, and Mike Morvay, director of grounds for the Lakewood Blue Claws minor league baseball team, sat down with Bob Bostock to discuss the important link between New Jersey’s geology and baseball.
Check out the Lakewood Blue Claws at http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t427
From left to right: Mike Morvay and Chris Adair
June 9, 2017
This past spring, DEP partnered with Montclair State University’s Marketing Department to create a social media project for the Montclair students. The students were able to analyze 7 of DEP’s Facebook pages, give DEP’s social media administrators feedback, and create social media campaigns for Earth Week 2017. Now that the project is completed, Dr. Patrali Chatterjee and two of her students, Nathan Ellis and Rokhaya Fall, sat down with Bob Bostock to discuss this collaborative project and the positive outcomes it had both for DEP and Montclair State University.
To find out more about Montclair State University’s Feliciano School of Business, please visit https://business.montclair.edu/.
Click the links below to view the seven DEP Facebook pages that were a part of this project:
Photo: (l-r) Nathan Ellis, Dr. Patrali Chatterjee, Rokhaya Fall
June 2, 2017
The Blue Acres Program offers New Jersey residents the opportunity to sell properties that were damaged by Super Storm Sandy, or which lie in areas that are exposed to repetitive flooding damage. DEP works with homeowners in these areas to reduce the risk of future flood damage and to help families move out of harm’s way. Fawn McGee, Director of the Blue Acres Program at DEP, joined Bob Bostock to discuss the successes of this program and the process surrounding it.
To find out more about DEP’s Blue Acres Buyouts, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/greenacres/blue_flood_ac.html.
May 26, 2017
May is Historic Preservation Month. This month is particularly exciting for DEP’s Historic Preservation Office (HPO), which works to preserve, protect and promote New Jersey’s historic resources. Kate Marcopul, Administrator of the Historic Preservation Office, sits down with Bob Bostock to discuss the important role that HPO plays in the state of New Jersey, including review and compliance, administering the National Register Program on behalf of New Jersey, providing technical assistance to developers, surveying and inventorying historic properties across the state, maintaining data, and everything in between.
To find out more about DEP’s Historic Preservation Office and New Jersey’s historic sites, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/hpo/.
May 19, 2017
DEP’s overall mission is to protect New Jersey’s air, land, water, and natural and historic resources. In order to do that, we also need to be regulators, enforcing laws and rules. That’s where Compliance & Enforcement comes in. C&E helps businesses, schools, communities, and homeowners keep the environment clean, safe, enjoyable, and maintained for future generations. Assistant Commissioner Ray Bukowski sits down with Bob Bostock to discuss how DEP works with the regulated community to encourage compliance and resolve cases in order to improve the environment.
To find out more about Compliance & Enforcement at DEP, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/enforcement/.
May 12, 2017
Since 1984, the Bureau of Marine Fisheries has been involved in an intensive program of artificial reef construction and biological monitoring. Artificial reefs in ocean waters along the New Jersey coast provide a habitat for fish, shellfish and crustaceans, fishing grounds for anglers, and underwater structures for scuba divers. This past Wednesday, the famed ‘Perfect Storm’ rescue ship, the Tamaroa, was sunk off the coast of New Jersey to become part of an artificial reef that is enhancing fishing opportunities off the coast of New Jersey and Delaware. Peter Clarke sat down with Bob Bostock to discuss the sinking of the Tamaroa as well as New Jersey’s Artificial Reef Program.
- Click here to get more information on New Jersey’s Artificial Reef Program.
- Click here to read DEP’s press release on the sinking of the Tamaroa.
- Click here to watch the sinking of the Tamaroa.
- Click here for a detailed U.S. Coast Guard history of the Tamaroa.
- Click here for more on Delaware’s Artificial Reef Program.
May 1, 2017
DEP is kicking off Air Quality Awareness week, May 1-5, 2017. The purpose of this week is to raise awareness about air pollution, what DEP is doing to reduce the public’s exposure to air pollution, and to encourage everyone to take action to protect themselves and their families from air pollutants. To celebrate Air Quality Awareness Week, Paul Baldauf, Assistant Commissioner of DEP’s Division of Air Quality, Energy & Sustainability, sits down with Bob Bostock to discuss a large piece of the air quality puzzle – energy.
For more information on DEP’s efforts for Air Quality Awareness week, and to find out more about DEP’s role in air quality and energy, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/cleanairnj/.
Like DEP’s Air Quality, Energy and Sustainability page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NJDEPAQES/.
Check the air quality in your area by visiting http://www.njaqinow.net/.
To learn more about national efforts for Air Quality Awareness Week, please visit https://www3.epa.gov/airnow/airaware/.
April 21, 2017
New Jersey is home to nearly 1,700 regulated dams. DEP’s Division of Engineering and Construction administers the New Jersey Dam Safety program, which ensures the safety and integrity of dams in New Jersey and protects people and property from the consequences of dam failures.
Bob Bostock co-hosted this episode on dam safety with Audrey Miller of NJOHSP’s Preparedness Bureau, host of Intelligence. Unclassified., making this the first episode to feature a partnering state agency as a co-host. Bob and Audrey sat down with John Moyle, Division Director for NJ DEP's Division of Dam Safety and Flood Control, to talk about dam safety in New Jersey in light of the recent failure at the Oroville Dam. Topics of discussion include an explanation of the California Oroville Dam emergency that took place in February, a comparison of dam design, topography, and magnitude of the Oroville Dam and New Jersey dams, and why this type of failure is unlikely to occur in New Jersey.
April 7, 2017
Ringwood Manor is a National Historic Landmark District and a part of Ringwood State Park. It has historical importance spanning from Native American times through the early 20th century. Original historical structures, gardens and landscapes on 582 acres give visitors an inside look at family life, community, industry and culture throughout history. Sue Shutte, Resource Interpretive Specialist at Ringwood State Park, sits down with Bob Bostock to discuss this unique piece of American history.
For more information on Ringwood Manor, please visit http://www.ringwoodmanor.org/.
For more information on Ringwood State Park, please visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/ringwood.html.
March 29, 2017
The bobcat is New Jersey’s only species of wild cat, and is listed as endangered in New Jersey. The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife works with many partners across the state to make sure bobcats are getting the support they need in terms of protection from habitat fragmentation and vehicle strikes. Gretchen Fowles, Geographic Information Specialist within DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, sits down with Bob Bostock to discuss the slow but sure comeback of the bobcat in the Garden State and the work that is being done to ensure its survival.