Episode 21-Don’t Waste Our Open Space with Project Manager Artie Zanfini

August 26, 2016

Although the vast majority of those who use our state's open space use this precious  resource responsibly, some people illegally treat  New Jersey's public lands as dumping grounds, threatening our state’s natural beauty and ecosystems. In 2014, DEP launched ‘Don’t Waste Our Open Space,’ a program that combines enforcement, education, and stewardship to prevent and decrease incidences of illegal dumping. Artie Zanfini, project manager of ‘Don’t Waste Our Open Space,’ joined Bob Bostock to discuss this program, the benefits it provides to the community, and how concerned citizens can get involved.

For more information about the Don’t Waste Our Open Space program, please visit: http://www.stopdumping.nj.gov.

If you have witnessed an incidence of illegal dumping, visit the website above or call 1-877-WARN DEP.

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Episode 20-Watershed Education Urban Fishing Program with Harold Nebling

August 19, 2016

Urban communities have benefitted from the Watershed Education Urban Fishing Program, now in its 20th year. This hands-on, experiential learning program introduces students to their watersheds through fishing. Students involved learn more about water quality, fish consumption advisories, and how their actions can improve water quality and the watershed communities. Harold Nebling, Environmental Specialist at DEP, joined Bob Bostock to discuss this program and the benefits it provides to the students and the community.

For more information about the Watershed Education Urban Fishing Program, please visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/urbanfishing/ and http://www.state.nj.us/dep/dsr/njmainfish.htm.

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Episode 19-Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs with Senior Information Specialist Liz Jackson

August 11, 2016

“Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs” is a program that was created by the Future Fisherman Foundation. Governor Christie signed legislation in 2012 establishing the statewide implementation of the HOFNOD program. HOFNOD encourages school-aged children to avoid tobacco, drug and alcohol usage by providing them with alternative activities that help them appreciate New Jersey’s incredible aquatic and environmental resources. Liz Jackson, Senior Public Information Specialist in the Division of Fish and Wildlife program in DEP, joined Bob Bostock to discuss this unique and nationally recognized program as well as the opportunities and benefits that it has for the young people of New Jersey.

For more information about the HOFNOD program, please visit: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/hofnodnj.htm and http://njfishandwildlife.com/.

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Episode 18-AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program with coordinator Kathy Giordano

August 5, 2016

The AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program is going into its 17th year. This program gives 20 college graduates each year the opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of watersheds and environmental stewardship, and to channel that awareness into action within their communities. The chosen participants monitor the stream health of their assigned watershed by performing visual and biological assessments. Kathy Giordano, coordinator for the Watershed Ambassador program, joins Bob Bostock to discuss this program and the incredible opportunities that it provides.

For more information on the Watershed Ambassador program, please visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/wms/bears/americorps.htm and https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do;jsessionid=letQFF_oq2gn5hWlqxsQfuGQOlULzKWqi1Jxjx4fc9xVSAEQltFU!399265864?id=68288&fromSearch=true.

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Episode 17-Piping Plover with Environmental Specialist Christina Davis

July 29, 2016

The piping plover is a shore-loving bird that delights beach-goers of all ages. Although it is on the threatened species list nationally, the piping plover is endangered in the state of New Jersey. Christina Davis, piping plover expert and environmental specialist in the Endangered and Nongame Species Program within DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, joins Bob Bostock to discuss this little bird and its life at the Jersey Shore.

For more information on the piping plover, please visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/ensp/beachnester_info.htm and http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/ensp/pdf/end-thrtened/plover.pdf.

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Episode 16-Clinging Jellyfish with Research Scientist Joe Bilinski

July 22, 2016

The clinging jellyfish, an invasive species native to the Pacific Ocean, has made an appearance in New Jersey for the first time ever this summer.  Although this dime-sized creature has only been found in limited numbers in two rivers, it is  important to be informed about its potential effects on New Jersey’s ecosystems as well as its powerful sting. Joe Bilinski, a research scientist at DEP, joined Bob Bostock to discuss the clinging jellyfish and the measures DEP is taking to learn more about this unwelcome visitor to our state.

For more information on the clinging jellyfish, please visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/docs/clinging-jellyfish.pdf and http://njdep.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=b675e280405540a1b212d63be734345b.  

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Episode 15-New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust with Executive Director David Zimmer

July 15, 2016

The New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust (NJEIT) provides low-cost financing for the construction of environmental infrastructure projects that enhance and protect ground and surface water resources to ensure the safety of drinking water and to facilitate responsible, sustainable economic development. NJEIT was the first program of its kind in the country. David Zimmer, Executive Director of NJEIT, came in to discuss this innovative program with Bob Bostock.

For more information on the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, visit: www.njeit.org.

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Episode 14-Red Knot with Dr. Amanda Dey

July 8, 2016

In 1999, the Red Knot, a medium sized shorebird,  was listed as a threatened species in New Jersey under the New Jersey Endangered Species Conservation Act. Dr. Amanda Dey, Principal Zoologist who works in the Endangered and Nongame Species program at DEP, sits down to talk with Bob Bostock about this bird’s important yearly stopover in the Delaware Bay during its migration to the Arctic, as well as actions that are being taken to help protect the Red Knot.
 
 
For more information on Red Knots, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/ensp/redknot.htm.

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Episode 13-Emerald Ash Borer with Regional Forester Rosa Yoo

July 1, 2016

The Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect, poses a threat to New Jersey’s 24.7 million ash trees. This shiny green beetle can be hard to detect in the wild, but the damage it causes soon becomes all too obvious. This insect’s larvae can bore through the bark of ash trees, cutting off the flow of nutrients and eventually killing the trees. Rosa Yoo, Regional Forester, joins Bob Bostock to discuss the Emerald Ash Borer infestation, why residents should be concerned about this, and what they can do to combat this issue.

For more information on the Emerald Ash Borer, visit: www.emeraldashborer.nj.gov

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Epsiode 12-Zika virus and mosquitoes with Deputy Commissioners David Glass (DEP) and Dr. Arturo Brito (DOH)

June 21, 2016

The Zika virus is fast becoming a growing concern for people around the world, and as summer approaches, New Jerseyans are becoming more conscious of the virus. The DEP and the NJ Department of Health have been coordinating through their #zapZika campaign to better inform the public on how they can help control the mosquito population and protect themselves against the virus. DEP Deputy Commissioner David Glass and DOH Deputy Commissioner Dr. Arturo Brito joined Bob Bostock to discuss the Zika virus and the preparations that their respective departments have made to protect New Jerseayns.

This episode can be found at: http://www.nj.gov/dep/podcast/

For more information on Zika, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/mosquito/docs/zika-fact-sheet.pdf

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