February 16, 2018
Resource Interpretive Specialists tell the story of New Jersey’s history, nature and our world, helping people connect to their environment through public programs, hikes, exhibits, recreation, ecotourism and education. Bob Bostock sits down with Diane Hewlett-Lowrie, a Resource Interpretive Specialist for New Jersey’s State Park Service, to discuss her experiences as a naturalist at DEP and programs she has spearheaded.
Visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/parkindex.html to learn about New Jersey’s state parks, forests, recreation areas and marinas.
Visit www.spstrailtracker.nj.gov to use the Trail Tracker web app, and stay tuned for an upcoming podcast about it.
Visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/docs/monarch-guide.pdf to view DEP’s Monarch Butterfly Conservation Guide.
February 5, 2018
Maple sugaring is a tradition in the Northeast that began centuries ago with Native Americans and colonists. Now, organizations around the country have maple sugaring programs to bring this tradition to life for people of all ages to see and enjoy. Wayne Henderek, Resource Interpretive Specialist at the Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center, sits down with Bob Bostock to discuss the processes of sap collecting and syrup making, as well as the maple sugaring program at Washington Crossing State Park, a participatory demonstration of the procedures of home maple sugar production.
To reserve a group demonstration or to reserve a spot in the public weekend programs, call the park nature center at (609) 737-0609.
For directions, a map and other information on Washington Crossing State Park, visit: www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/washcros.html
January 22, 2018
With more than 160 federal and state laws passed over the past 20 years dealing with the environment and permits, things can become enormously complex. The Office of Permit Coordination and Environmental Review was established to coordinate and facilitate the permitting of large complex projects across multiple DEP programs. John Gray, Director of the Office of Permit Coordination and Environmental Review and Deputy Chief of Staff, sits down with Bob Bostock to discuss how this office helps to enable timely, predictable and positive permit decisions.
Click the link to find out more about DEP’s Office of Permit Coordination and Environmental Review: http://www.nj.gov/dep/pcer/
January 19, 2018
The mission of Air Quality, Energy & Sustainability (AQES) is to ensure that New Jersey’s air is clean and safe to breathe, evaluate and support the development and implementation of secure and resilient energy systems, and promote sustainable environmental practices. Bob Bostock sits down with Paul Baldauf, Assistant Commissioner of AQES, to discuss his program’s accomplishments in areas such as emissions from out-of-state sources, electric vehicles, and recycling.
Learn more about AQES here: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/aqes/
January 17, 2018
Site Remediation and Waste Management Program (SRWMP) is the DEP’s program area that administers laws and regulations concerning contaminated sites, recycling and disposal of solid wastes in the state. Mark Pedersen, Assistant Commissioner of the Site Remediation and Waste Management Program, sits down with Bob Bostock to discuss the changes set forth by the Site Remediation Reform Act, the LSRP program and regulatory reform.
Learn more about Site Remediation and Waste Management in New Jersey here: http://nj.gov/dep/srp/
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/
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.
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
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/