Episode 78-Land Use Management with Ginger Kopkash

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/        



Episode 77-Environmental Justice with Riché Outlaw and Joseph Donald

December 22, 2017

To help address environmental inequities, DEP launched the Environmental Justice Program to ensure fair treatment for people of all races, cultures, and incomes, in the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies. The Environmental Justice Program aims to empower citizens who are disproportionately impacted by environmental pollution and often outside of the decision-making process of government. Riché Outlaw and Joseph Donald sit down with Gladys Giron to discuss how DEP’s Environmental Justice Program strives to improve the quality of life in New Jersey’s urban communities that are overburdened by environmental stressors.

Click here to learn more about Environmental Justice at DEP.

Click here to listen to the Discover DEP episode on Groundwork Elizabeth with Jackie Albaum and Jonathan Phillips.

Click here to read about DEP’s Fall 2017 volunteer day with Groundwork Elizabeth.

Click here to learn more about volunteering for the New Jersey Tree Foundation in Newark.



Episode 76-Natural and Historic Resources with Rich Boornazian

December 15, 2017

DEP’s  Natural and Historic Resources office is charged with preserving and protecting New Jersey’s natural, ecological and cultural resources, including state parks and forests, wildlife management areas, our fish and wildlife, and state historic sites that are so valued by our residents and visitors to the Garden State. From mountains to beaches, woodlands to rivers, battlefields and open spaces, the professionals at NHR are there to promote the responsible use of these special areas and to safeguard them for this and for future generations. Bob Bostock sits down with Rich Boornazian, Assistant Commissioner of Natural and Historic Resources, to discusses the accomplishments of this dynamic group within DEP.

Click the highlighted links to learn about New Jersey’s parks and forests, fish and wildlife, historic resources and open space.



Episode 75-History and Legends in the Pinelands with Tom Gerber

December 1, 2017

This episode concludes Discover DEP’s three-part series focusing on the Pine Barrens. In this third and final episode, Bob Bostock sits down with Tom Gerber, Section Forest Fire Warden and long-time DEP employee, to talk about the history and legends of the Pine Barrens. A New Jersey native, Tom shares his extensive knowledge of the area including early settlements and industries, forest fires, local folklore and the Jersey Devil.

Click here to learn more about the history of the Pine Barrens.

Click here to learn more about the book “The Pine Barrens” by John McPhee.

Click the highlighted links to learn more about Batsto Village and Wharton State Forest.



Episode 74-Pinelands Fauna with John Heilferty

November 20, 2017

The Discover DEP team is in the midst of a three-part series focusing on the Pine Barrens. This second episode focuses on the fauna of the Pinelands. Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and bugs are important residents of this area and are greatly affected by the region’s ecosystem and climate. Listen in as Bob Bostock sits down with John Heilferty, Supervisor of the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Endangered and Nongame Species program, to talk about the various species found in the Pine Barrens as well as DEP’s conservation and management efforts.

Click here to listen to our first episode, The Flora of the Pinelands with Bernie Isaacson. Stay tuned for our third and final episode in this series to hear about the area’s rich history and legends from Tom Gerber.

Click here to learn more about the animals of the Pinelands.

Click here for a full list of New Jersey’s Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.

Click here to listen to the podcast episode on Bald Eagles with Kathy Clark.



Episode 73 - Pinelands Flora with Bernie Isaacson

November 14, 2017

The Discover DEP team is embarking on a three-part series focusing on the Pine Barrens. The Pine Barrens is a unique part of New Jersey’s landscape. From pygmy pines to “ghost forests,” the flora of the Pine Barrens has an interesting story to tell. Bernie Isaacson, Assistant Regional Forester, sits down with Bob Bostock to kick off this three-part series to give a forester’s assessment of the Pine Barrens, discussing the plants supported by the ecology of the area as well as the challenges that this region faces.

Stay tuned for the next two episodes in this series about the Pine Barrens, which will explain more about the animals and history of this area.

Click here to learn about DEP’s Forest Service.

Click here to learn about the Pinelands Commission.

Click here to read the NJ.com article: “Why sections of the Pine Barrens are turning into ‘ghost forests’”.




Episode 72-Engineering and Construction with Dave Rosenblatt

October 30, 2017

The Engineering & Construction program is responsible for administering shore protection, dam restoration and flood control projects throughout the State of New Jersey. This program has been responsible for managing more than $1.5 billion in federal post-Superstorm Sandy projects. Bob Bostock sits down with Dave Rosenblatt, Assistant Commissioner of Engineering & Construction, during the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy to discuss this important program area and the work they do to protect the New Jersey’s coastline and inland flood prone areas.

Click here to learn more about DEP’s Engineering and Construction Ppogram.

Click here and here to learn more about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the projects they are completing around the state.



Episode 71-Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Blooms with Victor Poretti and Rob Newby

October 18, 2017

Cyanobacteria are naturally present in lakes and streams, usually in low numbers. However, under suitable environmental conditions, they can form dense blooms. Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Blooms, or CyanoHABs, can discolor water and potentially harm fish and other aquatic organisms. They can also threaten human health and the health of pets that may come in contact with them. Listen in as Bob Bostock sits down with Victor Poretti and Rob Newby from DEP’s Division of Water Monitoring & Standards and Division of Science, Research and Environmental Health as they tell us more about CyanoHABs.

To learn more about CyanoHABs, please visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/wms/bfbm/CyanoHABHome.html

To report a potential harmful algal bloom, call 1-877-WARNDEP (1-877-927-6337) or use the WARN NJDEP mobile app

To learn more about DWM&S’ Bureau of Freshwater and Biological Monitoring, please visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/wms/bfbm/index.html

To learn more about the Division of Science, Research & Environmental Health, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/dsr/

For Drinking Water information, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/watersupply/

Photo: Victor Poretti (l) and Rob Newby (r).


Episode 70-High Points in New Jersey with John O’Brien and Jeff Hoffman

October 5, 2017

Have you ever wondered about why some New Jersey towns have the word “Mount” in their names, such as Mount Holly and Mount Ephraim, when their topography seems so flat? This quirky fact sparked the interest of John O’Brien, cartoonist for the New Yorker and inspired him to draw a cartoon that was published in the New York Times in 1995. Jeff Hoffman, DEP’s State Geologist, saw this cartoon and was, in turn, inspired to write a report entitled “Highest Elevations by County in New Jersey.” Listen in as Bob Bostock sits down with John and Jeff to hear the story behind the cartoon and the report it inspired.

Click here to view the “Highest Elevations by County in New Jersey” report.

Click here to visit the New Jersey Geological and Water Survey website.

Click here to explore John O’Brien’s website.

Photo: John O'Brien (left) and Jeff Hoffman (right).

Cartoon by John O'Brien

Photo: (left to right) John O'Brien, Commissioner Bob Martin, Jeff Hoffman


Episode 69-Fish Smart Eat Smart Guide with Gary Buchanan and Bruce Ruppel

September 20, 2017

The nutritional value of fish is hard to deny – they are full of protein, minerals and vitamins and are a part of a well-balanced diet. However, fish and crabs can harbor contaminants such as mercury, PCBs and dioxin. Scientists have performed numerous studies on the presence of these chemicals in fish and have developed the “Fish Smart Eat Smart” guide. This guide provides consumption advisories for fish and crabs found in the state. Gary Buchanan, Director of the Division of Science, Research and Environmental Health, and Bruce Ruppel, Environmental Specialist, sat down with Bob Bostock to discuss the extensive work that went into the creation of this guide and the recommendations that it provides.

To learn more about the Fish Smart, Eat Smart guide, please visit www.fishsmarteatsmartnj.org


Bruce Ruppel (left) and Gary Buchanan (right)