Episode 66-Environmental Trends and Key Performance Indicators with Dr. Sandra Goodrow and Jennifer Feltis-Cortese

August 25, 2017

In a data-driven organization such as the DEP, long-term environmental trend reports can help employees understand how their work affects the environment and determine where resources should be directed to achieve DEP priorities and goals. Trend reports also inform the public whether we’re meeting our mission to preserve and protect New Jersey’s air, land, water and natural and historic resources. In addition to the importance of these reports, Governor Christie’s Performance Center initiative tracks the operations and performance of each department of state government with a focus on effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness and service quality. Listen to the latest DEP podcast where Dr. Sandra Goodrow, a Research Scientist in DEP’s Division of Science, Research and Environmental Health, and Jennifer Feltis-Cortese of DEP Water Resource Management and co-coordinator of the DEP Performance Indicator Team talk with Bob Bostock about how metrics such as performance indicators and long-term Environmental Trend Reports serve the public.

To view the Environmental Trends Reports and Performance Indicators, visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/citizen_mynj.html and http://www.yourmoney.nj.gov/transparency/performance/dep/index.html

Jennifer Feltis-Cortese (left) and Dr. Sandra Goodrow (right)


Episode 65-Freshwater Mussels with Jeanette Bowers-Altman

August 18, 2017

Freshwater mussels inhabit rivers, streams, lakes and ponds. They are vital to their ecosystems, filtering water and cleaning our waterways. Jeanette Bowers-Altman, Principal Zoologist in DEP’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program, sits down with Gladys Giron to discuss this fascinating mollusk and its status in New Jersey, role in the environment, and how DEP aids in its conservation.

To learn more about freshwater mussels in New Jersey, click here.



Episode 64-Fish and Headwaters’ Index of Biotic Integrity with John Vile and Brian Henning

August 11, 2017

DEP is responsible for monitoring the quality of New Jersey’s water. One way by which this is done is through biological monitoring. The Fish and Headwaters’ Index of Biotic Integrity monitoring programs, also known as FIBI & HIBI, use fish and other aquatic species as measures of water quality. John Vile and Brian Henning, research scientists in DEP’s Division of Water Monitoring and Standards, Bureau of Freshwater & Biological Monitoring, sit down with Bob Bostock to discuss how the health of fish in streams can help scientists to assess the health and condition of the water, as well as to identify ecological changes.

To learn more about these programs visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/wms/bfbm/ibipagemain.htm


Photo: John Vile (left) and Brian Henning (right)


Episode 63-Ticks with Jim Occi, PhD Graduate Student in Entomology at Rutgers University

August 4, 2017

It’s tick season, and those little buggers are biting with a vengeance this year. For many, ticks and other outdoor pests can put a damper on our favorite outdoor summer activities. It’s important to follow safety precautions to avoid these unwelcome guests on your summer adventures. Jim Occi, PhD graduate student in Entomology at Rutgers University, sits down with Bob Bostock to tell us more about these pesky pests.

To learn more about how DEP deals with mosquitoes, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/mosquito/

To learn more about Rutgers’ Center for Vector Biology, please visit http://vectorbio.rutgers.edu/

To view Jim Occi’s website and tick photography, please visit http://jimocci.photoshelter.com/gallery/Ticks-of-the-World/G0000SbPGLWQHnPU/

Dog Deer Ticks with Safety Pin-Photo Courtesy of Jim Occi

Photo Courtesy of Jim Occi