October 21, 2016
No matter where you’re from, environmental emergencies inevitably occur. From droughts to hurricanes to hazardous spills, New Jersey has dealt with it all. Bob VanFossen, Director of DEP’s Emergency Management Program, joined Bob Bostock to discuss the role of DEP’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in assessing environmental emergencies as they arise and addressing them as quickly and thoroughly as possible.
For more information on DEP’s Office of Emergency Management, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/emergency/.
To report an environmental incident or submit a complaint, call 1-877-WARNDEP, use the Warn DEP app, or visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/warndep.htm for more essential numbers.
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October 14, 2016
This year has been particularly dry, which caused DEP to issue a drought watch in late July for most northern and central regions of New Jersey. With continued dry weather, there is now a possibility that the watch may become a warning. Jeff Hoffman, New Jersey’s State Geologist, joined Bob Bostock to discuss the current drought watch and DEP’s role in public awareness, water conservation, and prevention of droughts.
For more information the drought watch and DEP’s involvement, please visit http://njdrought.org/
A Drought Warning Public Hearing will be held on October 20. It will be at 10 a.m. in the Millburn Free Public Library auditorium, 200 Glen Avenue in Millburn, NewJersey. View Notice
October 6, 2016
Fall marks the beginning of deer rutting season, a time of year when deer are especially active. New Jersey is home to over 101,000 deer, which can cause problems for motorists especially during their morning and evening commutes. Dan Roberts, principal wildlife biologist and leader of the white-tailed deer project here at DEP, joined Bob Bostock to discuss deer in New Jersey, DEP’s deer management policies, and how people can stay safe while on the road.
September 23, 2016
September brings about the beginning of autumn and it’s also the time of year when students throughout the Garden State go back to school. DEP actively promotes environmental education information and provides resources through programs or through formal and ongoing partnerships. Tanya Oznowich, Environmental Education Supervisor, joined Bob Bostock to discuss environmental education in New Jersey and the resources DEP provides.
For more information on environmental education resources, please visit SEEDS at www.nj.gov/dep/seeds/. You may also contact Tanya Oznowich at 609-984-9802 or Marc Rogoff at 609-292-1474.
September 16, 2016
The Office of Local Government Assistance troubleshoots and problem solves environmental issues for New Jersey’s 565 municipalities and 21 counties to help them to better understand DEP’s 75+ programs, which include the air we breathe, the water we drink, the land we walk on, and everything in-between. In 2010, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin directed the Office of Local Government Assistance to become more involved with every community in New Jersey so that DEP could become more aware of the local environmental issues. Cindy Randazzo, Director of the Office of Local Government Assistance, joined Bob Bostock to discuss this program and the benefits it provides to New Jersey.
For more information about the Office of Local Government Assistance, please call 609-633-7700.
September 9, 2016
During the week of September 10-18, drivers and advocates of electric vehicles across the nation will be holding events as a part of National Drive Electric Week. These events will increase awareness of electric vehicles and inform consumers about their numerous benefits. Ryan Gergely, from DEP’s Bureau of Energy and Sustainability, joined Bob Bostock to discuss this initiative and New Jersey’s involvement.
For more information about National Drive Electric Week, please visit https://www.driveelectricweek.org/. To learn more about electric vehicles in New Jersey, please visit http://www.drivegreen.nj.gov/.
September 2, 2016
The New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo, taking place on Saturday and Sunday, September 10 & 11, is quickly approaching. From 10 am to 5 pm, people of all ages can come to Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area to participate in a variety of activities and hands-on opportunities to learn outdoor skills. Al Ivany, Chief of the Bureau of Information and Education within DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, joined Bob Bostock to discuss this fun event and its activities.
For more information about the New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo, please visit: http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/expo.htm. If you wish to volunteer at the event, please contact Al Ivany at Alfred.Ivany@dep.nj.gov.
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.
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.
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/.