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.


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.


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/.


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.