Episode 48-Well Owners’ ICU - Ensuring the Quality of our Water Supply with Drew Sites

March 17, 2017

New Jersey’s drinking water is regularly tested, and our water systems are clean and up to standard - less than 1% of public water systems incurred maximum contaminant levels or national exceedances in 2016. When anomalies do happen, particularly with private wells, our team here at DEP is ready to respond to these cases of Immediate Environmental Concern. Drew Sites, manager of the Immediate Concern Unit that is part of DEP’s Site Remediation Program, sits down with Bob Bostock to discuss how DEP responds when a New Jerseyan’s water source is not up to standard.

For more information on Immediate Environmental Concern cases, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/srp/guidance/IEC/.

To report an environmental incident impacting NJ, call 1-877-WARNDEP.

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Episode 47-Reptiles and Amphibians in Winter with Senior Zoologist Brian Zarate

March 10, 2017

Although winter is soon coming to a close, it is not yet over. New Jersey’s cold blooded animals have a unique set of challenges to deal with in the cold winter months, but they’ve developed ways to survive and thrive in conditions year-round. Brian Zarate, Senior Zoologist in the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program, sat down with Bob Bostock to talk about how reptiles and amphibians adapt to the change of seasons in New Jersey.

For more information on reptiles and amphibians in New Jersey, please visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/ensp/herps_info.htm.

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Episode 46-AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program with Ismail Sukkar and Alexis Bowman

March 6, 2017

The AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program is now in its 17th year and promotes watershed stewardship through education, direct community involvement and monitoring of stream health through visual and biological assessments. This week is AmeriCorps week and it is a time when individuals, programs and organizations honor and celebrate the contributions that the AmeriCorps volunteers make to their communities. In honor of AmeriCorps week, Ismail Sukkar and Alexis Bowman join Bob Bostock to talk to about their experience so far as Watershed Ambassadors and the projects that they are currently working on.

For more information on the AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador Program, please visit:

Photo-Ismail Sukkar (l) and Alexis Bowman (r)

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Episode 45-Groundwork Elizabeth with Jonathan Phillips and Jackie Park Albaum

February 24, 2017

Groundwork Elizabeth is an innovative initiative that is improving access to sustainably grown local produce for urban communities surrounding Kean University. As one of the 10 winners of the 2016 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards, Groundwork Elizabeth stood out for their Come Grow With Us! Community Farm and Garden Initiative. In this week’s podcast, Jonathan Phillips, executive director of Groundwork Elizabeth, and Jackie Park Albaum, Director of Come Grow With Us! Farm and Garden, joined Bob Bostock to discuss this incredible organization, its current initiatives and the many partnerships – including one with DEP -- that make it possible.

For more information on Groundwork Elizabeth, please visit http://www.groundworkelizabeth.com/ or call (908) 289-0262.  

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Episode 44-Presidential History and New Jersey wtih Director of Strategic Communications Bob Bostock

February 17, 2017

Every year the nation pauses on the third Monday of February to salute all those who have served as president of the United States. To commemorate President’s Day, Bob Bostock, DEP’s Director of Strategic Communications and a student of the presidency, sat down with Gladys Giron, Communications Assistant, to discuss those presidents who have had a close connection with New Jersey, from the first POTUS right down to the present day.

For more information on historical sites associated to the presidents, please see:

Monmouth Battlefield State Park: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/monbat.html
Princeton Battlefield State Park: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/princeton.html
Washington’s Crossing State Park: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/washcros.html
Grover Cleveland's Birthplace: http://www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/historic/grover_cleveland/gc_home.htm

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Episode 43-Community Collaborative Initiative with Chief Project Advisor Lou Valente

February 10, 2017

DEP’s Community Collaborative Initiative works closely with diverse partners in urban communities to support their vision for revitalization and growth. It addresses complex environmental challenges with innovative solutions. Due to the CCI’s successful start in Camden in 2015, it has since expanded to include Perth Amboy and Trenton. Lou Valente, DEP’s Chief Project Advisor, joined Bob Bostock to discuss the CCI’s current and future goals and how these fit in with DEP’s overall mission.

For more information on the Community Collaborative Initiative, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/cci/.

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Episode 42-Brownfield Redevelopmment with Supervising Geologist Bill Lindner

February 3, 2017

One of the ways that DEP strives to protect New Jersey’s land, keeping it beautiful and safe, is assisting in the cleanup of sites that are abandoned or underutilized due to contamination. Bill Lindner, Supervising Geologist in DEP’s Bureau of Brownfield Reuse, joined Bob Bostock to discuss brownfield redevelopment and the positive impact that this has on the surrounding communities.

For more information on brownfield redevelopment, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/srp/brownfields/.

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Episode 41-Bald Eagles with Supervising Zoologist Kathy Clark

January 27, 2017

As a result of the use of the pesticide dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane, commonly known as DDT, the number of nesting pairs of bald eagles in New Jersey declined to only one by 1970 and remained there into the early 1980s. Kathy Clark, Supervising Zoologist for the Endangered and Nongame Species Program, joined Bob Bostock to discuss how our national bird, the bald eagle, has successfully recovered in the Garden State as well as provide insightful information on this majestic bird’s habits, habitats, and life cycle.

For more information on bald eagles, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/ensp/raptor_info.htm.

2016 Eagle Report: http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/ensp/pdf/eglrpt16.pdf

NJN’s Survival of Species Program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHZoTJQHOaE

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Episode 40-The Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University with Dr. Ken Lacovara

January 19, 2017

The Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University contains thousands of 65-million-year-old fossils and provides a unique window into the Cretaceous Period – the heyday of the dinosaurs. Dr. Ken Lacovara, founding dean of the School of Earth and Environment at Rowan University, joined Bob Bostock to dig into the story behind this up-and-coming fossil park, its captivating history, and its boundless future.

Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park: http://www.rowan.edu/fossils/
Dr. Lacovara’s website: www.kennethlacovara.com
TED talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/kenneth_lacovara_hunting_for_dinosaurs_showed_me_our_place_in_the_universe
TED RadioHour: http://www.npr.org/2016/09/30/495638072/whats-the-anthropocene

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Episode 39-Oh Freedom! with Olivia Glenn

January 13, 2017

With Black History Month quickly approaching, DEP will be hosting the exhibit Oh Freedom!: Blacks on the Battlefront and in the Aftermath of the American Revolutionary War in New Jersey. This exhibit powerfully portrays the role African Americans played in the Revolutionary War in New Jersey. Olivia Glenn, South Jersey Metro Regional Manager of the New Jersey Foundation and creator of the Oh Freedom! exhibit, joined Bob Bostock to discuss the discoveries of her research and the impact that this important point in history has had on New Jersey.

For more information on the Oh Freedom! exhibit, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/historic/oh_freedom/.

Oh Freedom! will be on display in the cafeteria hallway in DEP’s 401 building from January 17-30.

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