Episode 82 - Local Government Assistance with Kerry Kirk-Pflugh

January 16, 2018

The Office of Local Government Assistance plays a crucial role as a liaison between local governments and DEP. This office makes sure that the lines of communication are open between New Jersey’s county and municipal leaders and DEP, and that local issues are heard and addressed. Bob Bostock sits down with Kerry Kirk-Pflugh, the director of Local Government Assistance, to discuss the role DEP plays in local government as well as her experiences and accomplishments as a part of this program.

For more information about the Office of Local Government Assistance, click here: http://www.nj.gov/dep/lga/


Episode 81-Commissioner Bob Martin

January 12, 2018

DEP’s core mission is to protect the air, water, land, and natural and historic resources in the state of New Jersey. At the same time, DEP plays a key role in positively impacting the economic growth of the state. While DEP’s goals have remained the same, this agency has undergone a significant transformation since Commissioner Martin took office in 2010. Commissioner Martin helped kick off Discover DEP’s inaugural podcast in April 2016, and we’re happy to have him back to reflect on his 8 years at DEP. Listen in as Bob Bostock sits down with Commissioner Martin to talk about his experience at DEP and the positive changes that he has encouraged.



Episode 80-Deputy Commissioner David Glass

January 11, 2018

As Deputy Commissioner, Dave Glass serves as second in command for DEP under Commissioner Bob Martin. He is responsible for continuing the agency’s successes in developing and implementing policies that balance strong environmental protection, economic growth, and common sense solutions to environmental issues. Listen in as Dave sits down with Gladys Giron to talk about his role at DEP, offices he oversees, and initiatives he has spearheaded over the past 8 years.

Listed to our podcast on Environmental Trends here: https://njdep.podbean.com/e/episode-66-environmental-trends-and-key-performance-indicators-with-dr-sandra-goodrow-and-jennifer-feltis-cortese/

Check out the Warn DEP App here: http://www.nj.gov/dep/warndep.htm

Download the attached PDF for a full list of DEP’s Social Media pages.



Episode 79-Get the Lead Out Leronda Aviles and Kristin Hansen

January 10, 2018

Over the last several decades, DEP has been ensuring that all New Jerseyans have safe water to drink and all the necessary information. Since the presence of lead in drinking water has become a national matter of concern, DEP’s efforts to ensure that New Jersey’s drinking water is clean and safe are more important than ever. Bob Bostock sits down with Leronda Aviles and Kristin Hansen to discuss lead in drinking water and DEP’s new lead website.

Click here to check out DEP’s new web page on lead in drinking water: http://www.nj.gov/dep/watersupply/dwc-lead.html


Photo (l-r): Kristin Hansen, Leronda Aviles


Episode 78-Land Use Management with Ginger Kopkash

January 9, 2018

Although New Jersey is far from the largest state in the Union, it is the most densely populated, making it a challenge to protect our land. Our 8,729 square miles of land encompass many diverse uses. Land Use Management is a group of programs that protect and enhance New Jersey's environment through implementation of State land use regulations, regional land use planning, coastal resource management and funding projects that result in improvements to the quality of the State's environment. Bob Bostock sits down with Assistant Commissioner of Land Use Management Ginger Kopkash to discuss DEP’s role in ensuring that New Jersey’s land remains diverse and well protected.

Click here to learn more about DEP’s Land Use Management: http://www.nj.gov/dep/lum/        



Episode 77-Environmental Justice with Riché Outlaw and Joseph Donald

December 22, 2017

To help address environmental inequities, DEP launched the Environmental Justice Program to ensure fair treatment for people of all races, cultures, and incomes, in the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies. The Environmental Justice Program aims to empower citizens who are disproportionately impacted by environmental pollution and often outside of the decision-making process of government. Riché Outlaw and Joseph Donald sit down with Gladys Giron to discuss how DEP’s Environmental Justice Program strives to improve the quality of life in New Jersey’s urban communities that are overburdened by environmental stressors.

Click here to learn more about Environmental Justice at DEP.

Click here to listen to the Discover DEP episode on Groundwork Elizabeth with Jackie Albaum and Jonathan Phillips.

Click here to read about DEP’s Fall 2017 volunteer day with Groundwork Elizabeth.

Click here to learn more about volunteering for the New Jersey Tree Foundation in Newark.



Episode 76-Natural and Historic Resources with Rich Boornazian

December 15, 2017

DEP’s  Natural and Historic Resources office is charged with preserving and protecting New Jersey’s natural, ecological and cultural resources, including state parks and forests, wildlife management areas, our fish and wildlife, and state historic sites that are so valued by our residents and visitors to the Garden State. From mountains to beaches, woodlands to rivers, battlefields and open spaces, the professionals at NHR are there to promote the responsible use of these special areas and to safeguard them for this and for future generations. Bob Bostock sits down with Rich Boornazian, Assistant Commissioner of Natural and Historic Resources, to discusses the accomplishments of this dynamic group within DEP.

Click the highlighted links to learn about New Jersey’s parks and forests, fish and wildlife, historic resources and open space.



Episode 75-History and Legends in the Pinelands with Tom Gerber

December 1, 2017

This episode concludes Discover DEP’s three-part series focusing on the Pine Barrens. In this third and final episode, Bob Bostock sits down with Tom Gerber, Section Forest Fire Warden and long-time DEP employee, to talk about the history and legends of the Pine Barrens. A New Jersey native, Tom shares his extensive knowledge of the area including early settlements and industries, forest fires, local folklore and the Jersey Devil.

Click here to learn more about the history of the Pine Barrens.

Click here to learn more about the book “The Pine Barrens” by John McPhee.

Click the highlighted links to learn more about Batsto Village and Wharton State Forest.



Episode 74-Pinelands Fauna with John Heilferty

November 20, 2017

The Discover DEP team is in the midst of a three-part series focusing on the Pine Barrens. This second episode focuses on the fauna of the Pinelands. Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and bugs are important residents of this area and are greatly affected by the region’s ecosystem and climate. Listen in as Bob Bostock sits down with John Heilferty, Supervisor of the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Endangered and Nongame Species program, to talk about the various species found in the Pine Barrens as well as DEP’s conservation and management efforts.

Click here to listen to our first episode, The Flora of the Pinelands with Bernie Isaacson. Stay tuned for our third and final episode in this series to hear about the area’s rich history and legends from Tom Gerber.

Click here to learn more about the animals of the Pinelands.

Click here for a full list of New Jersey’s Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.

Click here to listen to the podcast episode on Bald Eagles with Kathy Clark.



Episode 73 - Pinelands Flora with Bernie Isaacson

November 14, 2017

The Discover DEP team is embarking on a three-part series focusing on the Pine Barrens. The Pine Barrens is a unique part of New Jersey’s landscape. From pygmy pines to “ghost forests,” the flora of the Pine Barrens has an interesting story to tell. Bernie Isaacson, Assistant Regional Forester, sits down with Bob Bostock to kick off this three-part series to give a forester’s assessment of the Pine Barrens, discussing the plants supported by the ecology of the area as well as the challenges that this region faces.

Stay tuned for the next two episodes in this series about the Pine Barrens, which will explain more about the animals and history of this area.

Click here to learn about DEP’s Forest Service.

Click here to learn about the Pinelands Commission.

Click here to read the NJ.com article: “Why sections of the Pine Barrens are turning into ‘ghost forests’”.