NJDEP-News Releases

Murphy Administration Accepting Nominations for 25th Annual Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards

The Murphy Administration invites the public to submit nominations for the 25th Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards, the state's foremost environmental awards program that honors the accomplishments of individuals, businesses, organizations, and communities to protect New Jersey's air, land, water and natural resources.

Murphy Administration Proposes Removing Bald Eagle and Osprey from New Jersey's Endangered Species List

The Murphy Administration is proposing to remove the bald eagle and osprey from the state's list of endangered species, reflecting decades of work to restore these iconic birds to New Jersey’s landscape, Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Commissioner LaTourette Declares New Jersey Beaches, Lakes Ready as Memorial Day Weekend Approaches

New Jersey's shore and lake communities are summer-season ready for visitors, Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette said today during the State of the Shore event in Asbury Park that followed his annual observation flight ahead of Memorial Day weekend. The Commissioner also encouraged visitors and residents to be mindful of the health effects of extreme heat this summer, a growing concern as climate change impacts worsen.

Murphy Administration Awards More Than $27 Million in Clean Communities Grants for Local Litter Removal Programs

The Murphy Administration has awarded more than $27 million in annual Clean Communities grants to municipalities and counties across the state to fund litter removal programs that clean up neighborhoods, prevent trash from entering waterways and protect wildlife and their habitats, Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

DEP Accepting Nominations Through July 19 to Recognize Those Making a Difference by Recycling and Advancing Sustainability

The Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting nominations for its annual recycling awards program that honors individuals, agencies and businesses that are making a difference to advance recycling and sustainability in New Jersey, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Praise Comes in for Murphy Administration's First-in-Nation Suite of Reforms to Build Resilience to Coastal Flooding and Better Protect Communities From Climate Change Impacts

On Friday, May 10, Governor Phil Murphy and Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette announced the Administration’s intent to modernize a suite of DEP regulations to better protect New Jersey communities from coastal flooding, sea-level rise, and other public health and safety risks that are increasing due to climate change.

NJDEP Hosts Public Open House on Revitalization of Liberty State Park South

In its continuing commitment to expanding access to open space and recreation, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection today hosted the third in a series of open house-style events to engage directly with the public and seek feedback on conceptual plans for the revitalization of Liberty State Park.

DEP Caps Earth Week and Celebrates Arbor Day by Awarding Nearly $8.7 Million in Urban and Community Forestry Grants to Overburdened Communities

Building upon the Murphy Administration’s commitment to advancing environmental justice and addressing the impacts of climate change on public health, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection today marked Arbor Day and capped its celebration of Earth Week by awarding nearly $8.7 million in grants to support tree management programs and urban and community forestry training for municipal employees and community volunteers in overburdened communities.

Murphy Administration Celebrates Earth Week by Proposing $117 Million in Green Acres Program Investments in Parks, Community Recreation and Open Space

Governor Phil Murphy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette today announced $117 million in recommended Green Acres funding for development and enhancement of parks and preservation of open space. Representing the highest level of Green Acres project funding since 2009, the DEP’s recommended funding package reflects the Administration’s commitment to overburdened communities and inclusive recreation.

New Jersey Interagency Council on Climate Resilience Releases Draft Extreme Heat Resilience Action Plan, Launches Updated Heat Hub NJ

To kick off the Murphy Administration's celebration of Earth Week, New Jersey's Interagency Council on Climate Resilience today released the draft Extreme Heat Resilience Action Plan for public review and feedback.

Residents Urged to Be Aware of Black Bears and Take Steps to Reduce Risk of Encounters This Spring

As black bears emerge from their dens this spring, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is reminding residents and outdoor enthusiasts to take steps to reduce the potential for encounters, including reducing food sources, such as unsecured trash, that can attract bears.

Governor Murphy, Commissioner Latourette Statements on U.S. EPA's Landmark Adoption of Federal PFAS Standards

Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette issued the following statements today on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's landmark adoption of federal PFAS standards.

NJDEP Forest Fire Service Urges Vigilance During Peak Wildfire Season, Highlights Enhanced Information Resources

As climate change leads to longer wildfire seasons, the NJDEP Forest Fire Service is providing more tools and resources than ever before to help the public understand and mitigate wildfire risk and have access to timely safety information on ongoing wildfires. Peak wildfire season typically runs from mid-March through mid-May.

Spring Tradition Gets Underway With Opening Day of Trout Season on Saturday, April 6

New Jersey waterways will be freshly stocked with more than 180,000 rainbow trout, as well as larger broodstock, for anglers eagerly awaiting the beginning of spring trout season on Saturday, April 6.

Murphy Administration Announces $3.7 Million in Funding for Offshore Wind Research and Monitoring Initiative

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette and New Jersey Board of Public Utilities President Christine Guhl-Sadovy today announced the award of nearly $3.7 million in funding for scientific research projects being undertaken to ensure ecologically responsible development of offshore wind energy, an integral part of the Murphy Administration’s climate change response and resilience strategy.

NJDEP Forest Fire Service Highlights Partnership With Department of Defense Protecting Developed Areas Near Military Installations in Wildfire-Prone Pinelands

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Forest Fire Service and local officials today showcased a partnership with the Department of Defense that is helping to protect properties adjacent to military installations in the Pinelands from the increased risks of wildfire due to a changing climate.

Murphy Administration Awards $16 Million in Grants to Advance Recycling and Waste Reduction Goals

As part of its commitment to promoting sustainability and clean communities, the Murphy Administration is awarding nearly $16.2 million in grants to communities across the state to support waste reduction and recycling programs, Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

New Jersey State Parks Seeking Applicants to Fill at Least 800 Part-time Jobs Ahead of Peak Spring and Summer Seasons

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has begun accepting applications for more than 800 peak-season part-time jobs throughout state parks, forests and historic sites, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

DEP Forest Fire Service Ramps Up Annual Prescribed Burning Program, Unveils New Jersey Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Forest Fire Service's annual prescribed burning program is ramping up as part of a proactive strategy to mitigate the risk of more frequent and intense wildfires in a changing climate, enhance habitats for plants and animals, and safeguard ecosystems. As part of that plan, a new online information portal is designed to help the public understand and reduce fire risk, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

DEP Seeks Partners to Help Youth From Overburdened Communities Become Tomorrow's Environmental Leaders

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is seeking to partner with up to five community-based organizations for the fourth year of its successful Youth Inclusion Initiative to help young people in overburdened communities get involved in environmental protection and support a more diverse workforce, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Public Invited to Feb. 8 Informational Meeting on $37.5 Million Restoration of Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area

The public is invited to attend a Thursday, Feb. 8 meeting to learn about and comment on a $37.5 million ecological restoration project expected to begin later this month at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area in Cape May County.

Murphy Administration Announces Launch of Groundbreaking School Bus Electrification Program To Protect Health of Children and Communities

Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette today announced the launch of a groundbreaking program that will protect school children from harmful air pollutants, particularly in overburdened communities, by providing grants for school districts and school bus operators to purchase electric school buses and install charging infrastructure.

DEP Opens Online Public Comment Period, Holds Open House on Proposed Wharton State Forest Visiting Vehicle Use Map

Building upon its commitment to robust public engagement, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting online comments from the public for the proposed Wharton State Forest Visiting Vehicle Use Map. The proposed map, released today, designates legal driving routes within New Jersey’s largest state forest.

Put Your Best Foot Forward in 2024 With a First Day Hike in State Parks, Forests and Historic Sites on New Year’s Day

The public is encouraged to take in the beauty of New Jersey’s diverse landscapes and learn more about nature and history by starting the new year with a free, guided First Day Hike in one of New Jersey’s state parks, forests and historic sites on Jan. 1. More than 30 hikes will be available that provide a unique opportunity for people of all skill levels to connect with nature, discover local treasures and boost their physical and mental health as they enter the new year.

Murphy Administration Announces Tools to Protect New Jerseyans from Increasing Flood Risks Brought by Climate Change

To address New Jersey’s increasing flood risks under climate change, Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette, Department of Community Affairs Acting Commissioner Jacquelyn A. Suárez, and Division of Consumer Affairs Acting Director Cari Fais today unveiled new and enhanced tools and technologies designed to provide prospective homebuyers and renters with critical information needed to make better informed decision on where they choose to live and how best to protect their property from flood damage.

Murphy Administration Drives Toward Zero Transportation Emissions Future With Nearly $13 Million Investment

Leveraging proceeds from New Jersey’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), Governor Murphy has announced a nearly $13 million investment to further protect residents, the environment and the economy from the worsening impacts of climate change. The latest round of auction proceeds will be used to increase the number of electric trucks and buses that traverse communities overburdened by air pollution, Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette said.

Murphy Administration Announces Winners of 24th Annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards

Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette today announced the winners of the 24th Annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards as well as the recipient of the prestigious Richard J. Sullivan Award during an awards ceremony at the Historic Masonic Temple in Trenton.

Commissioner Latourette and Dep Mark 50th Anniversary of New Jersey Endangered and Nongame Species Conservation Act

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette today joined with DEP staff and conservationists across the state to mark the 50th anniversary of the New Jersey Endangered and Nongame Species Conservation Act. This landmark legislation protects hundreds of wildlife species, including raptors such as bald eagles and ospreys, threatened shorebirds such as the piping plover and red knot, rare amphibians and reptiles such as the Eastern tiger salamander and timber rattlesnake, and even butterflies and freshwater mussels.

Murphy Administration Advances Greenway Development Plans

A nine-mile former rail line through parts of Hudson and Essex counties is one step closer to becoming a new state park, Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette announced today. Following an extensive months-long public engagement process, the Murphy Administration is sharing the initial development and construction plans for the Greenway. The first phase of the multimillion-dollar project will be focused on a nearly two-mile span through Newark, Essex County, and Kearny, Hudson County.

Murphy Administration Announces 2024 Green Acres and Urban Parks Funding Round

Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette today announced the availability of Green Acres and Urban Parks grants and loans to local governments and nonprofits to develop or update parks and preserve open space. The 2024 funding round includes an expanded initiative to fund construction of completely inclusive playgrounds, specifically developed to encourage municipalities to apply for funding.

Murphy Administration Unveils Report Highlighting State Government Climate Resilience Accomplishments

The Murphy Administration’s Interagency Council on Climate Resilience has released a Two-Year Anniversary Accomplishments Report highlighting New Jersey state agencies’ climate resilience success stories covering a spectrum of initiatives ranging from financial and tax implications of mitigation strategies to new flood protection measures for inland communities, Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

DEP Relaunches Brownfield Development Area Program at Former Industrial Site in Sayreville

Renewing its commitment to a fairer and greener New Jersey, Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette today announced the relaunch of the DEP’s nationally recognized Brownfield Development Area Program, which aims to assist selected communities across the state in designing and implementing comprehensive remediation and redevelopment plans for underutilized contaminated properties.

NJ Departments of Human Services and Environmental Protection Tour Recreational Area in Pinelands to Spotlight Making Nature Accessible to All

New Jersey Department of Human Services Commissioner Sarah Adelman and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection today highlighted the implementation of Inclusive Healthy Communities (IHC) grant funding through a tour and hike at the Atsion Recreation Area, which is part of Wharton State Forest in the heart of the Pinelands National Reserve.

DEP Among New Jersey Organizations, Agencies Slated to Receive More Than $4.8 Million in Usepa Funding to Support Environmental Justice Work

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced over $4.8 million to fund six projects across New Jersey that advance environmental justice as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, including $1,000,000 to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Commissioner Latourette Congratulates NJ Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership on its 20th Anniversary, Emphasizes Importance of Wetlands in Climate Change Fight

As climate change continues to adversely affect wetlands across the globe, New Jersey must continue to advance efforts at restoring and enhancing these critical ecosystems, Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette said today to mark the 20th anniversary of the New Jersey Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership (NJCWRP).

New Jersey Honors Recycling and Sustainability Leaders During Annual Awards Program

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection today honored businesses, organizations and individual recycling leaders during an annual symposium hosted by the Association of New Jersey Recyclers (ANJR). Award winners include a Bergen County health facility that is reducing food waste, a Union County business that has been recycling foam materials since the early 1970s, and Marie Kruzan, the recently retired longtime Executive Director of ANJR.

Commissioner LaTourette Joins with State and Local Officials to Launch Construction on Landmark North Jersey Resilience Projects

Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette today joined with state and local officials to mark the beginning of construction of landmark Rebuild by Design projects that will increase climate resilience for Hudson River communities and the Meadowlands, two highly populated areas of the state that were devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

Murphy Administration Breaks Ground on Liberty State Park Cleanup, Hosts Public Open House on Revitalization Effort

The Murphy Administration today broke ground on the cleanup of legacy pollution that has long left approximately 235 acres of Liberty State Park inaccessible to the public, marking a significant milestone in the history of New Jersey’s most visited state park.

NJDEP, NJDOT Remind Motorists to Be Alert as Deer Mating Season Gets Underway

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and New Jersey Department of Transportation remind motorists to be alert for white-tailed deer as days get shorter and deer become more active with the mating season getting underway.

Property Owners and Outdoor Enthusiasts Reminded to Secure Trash and Other Potential Food Sources as Black Bears Enter Fall Feeding Period

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Fish and Wildlife reminds property owners and outdoor enthusiasts throughout the state to reduce potential encounters with black bears this fall by taking steps to properly manage trash and reduce other potential food sources around their properties or while outdoors. Black bears are entering into a period of increased feeding activity in preparation for the winter denning season.

AG Platkin and DEP Commissioner LaTourette Announce Resolution of Four Environmental Lawsuits and Announce Six Recent Enforcement Actions in Environmental Justice Communities

New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette are proud to announce today several recent advancements protective of public health and the environment and new case filings targeting polluters across the State whose toxic legacies continue to threaten New Jersey’s overburdened communities. Begun under the Murphy Administration in 2018, this initiative seeks to remedy past inequities in environmental law enforcement affecting communities of color, low-income communities, low-English-proficiency communities, and those subject to cumulative environmental stressors.

Commisioner Latourette Thanks Governor Murphy for $10 Million Boost in State Funding to Advance New Jersey’s Electric Vehicle Transportation Goals

Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette today thanked Governor Phil Murphy for a $10 million boost in state funding to accelerate development of electric vehicle charging-station infrastructure in New Jersey, advancing the Administration’s bold vehicle electrification and climate mitigation goals.

Commissioner LaTourette Congratulates Communities that Received $22 Million in Federal Urban Forestry Funding as DEP Caps Climate Week

As trees become increasingly important in mitigating the effects of climate change, especially in urban areas, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette is congratulating New Jersey communities and partner organizations for obtaining U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service grant funds for urban and community forestry initiatives.

Marking Climate Week, DEP, TCNJ and Sustainable Jersey Announce Award of $4.55 Million in Trees for Schools Grants

Marking Climate Week, Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette, Sustainable Jersey and The College of New Jersey today announced the award of $4.55 million in grants to fund the planting of trees at 34 public schools, colleges, and universities in the state.

DEP Launches Project to Help Burlington County Municipalities Assess and Become More Resilient to Climate Change Hazards

To mark Climate Week, Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette today announced the launch of a project that will help 11 Burlington County municipalities assess climate change-related hazards and develop planning efforts that will make them more resilient to the impacts of flooding and severe storms. Climate Week provides an opportunity for the public to learn about climate change and actions that can be taken to become more resilient and mitigate its impacts.

Murphy Administration Announces $3 Million Budget Boost to DEP's Forest Fire Service as State Faces Increasing Wildfire Risks From Climate Change

With New Jersey facing increasing wildfire risks due to climate change, Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette today announced that the Murphy Administration is providing an additional $3 million to the New Jersey Forest Fire Service budget to enhance protection of lives and property through investments in new equipment and staff.

Milestones in Resilience: New Jersey Marks Climate Week by Announcing Nearly $298 Million in Construction Contracts for Landmark Flood-Resilience Projects for Hudson River and Meadowlands

In conjunction with Climate Week, Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette today announced the award of nearly $298 million in construction contracts for two landmark flood-resilience projects in northern New Jersey funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rebuild by Design competition grant program. Climate Week provides an opportunity for the public to learn about climate change and actions that can be taken to become more resilient and mitigate its impacts.

DEP Unveils Draft Agency-wide Strategic Climate Action Plan for Advancing Climate Work

In furtherance of its ongoing commitment to address the worsening impacts of climate change in New Jersey, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has developed a comprehensive plan to guide actions in seven key areas to protect public health, lives and property in the immediate and near future, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

DEP Commissioner Latourette Marks Climate Week by Unveiling Climate Change Learning Stations in Four State Parks

Marking Climate Week, Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette unveiled the first of five Climate Change Learning Stations in New Jersey's state parks at Cheesequake State Park in Middlesex County.

Murphy Administration Launches Resource to Help Teachers Incorporate Climate Change Into Lesson Plans

First Lady Tammy Murphy and Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette today kicked off Climate Week by announcing the release of the Summary of Climate Change in New Jersey, an important resource developed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to help teachers throughout the state understand and incorporate climate science into their lesson plans. Climate Week runs from Sept. 17 through Sept. 24, providing an opportunity for the public to learn about the impacts of climate change and actions that can be taken to become more resilient.

DEP Launches Online Mapping Tool to Target and Coordinate Coastal Resilience Projects

The Department of Environmental Protection today announced the launch of an online mapping tool that will help the public, stakeholders and government officials advance work that is needed to bolster the resilience of New Jersey’s coastal areas to climate change.

Commissioner Latourette Statement on the Passing of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities President Joseph L. Fiordaliso

I am deeply saddened by the sudden passing of my friend and partner in climate policy, Joseph Fiordaliso. Joe was a kind and thoughtful man, who will be sorely missed.

September is National Preparedness Month: NJOEM and NJDEP Remind the Public to Be Prepared for More Weather Emergencies Due to Climate Change

To recognize the start of National Preparedness Month and the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, State Police Superintendent and Director of Emergency Management Patrick J. Callahan and Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette today urged the public to practice responsible planning for before, during and after hurricanes and other extreme weather events that have become more frequent as a result of climate change.

Murphy Administration Accepting Nominations for 24th Annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards

New Jersey’s premier program to honor environmental protection leaders in a variety of categories is accepting nominations through Sept. 10 for the 24th Annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Program, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

DEP Accepting Applications for 2023-2024 Americorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program

The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking recruits for its 24th year of the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program that helps protect New Jersey watersheds while creating environmental career opportunities for young people, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Murphy Administration Releases Its Second RGGI Strategic Funding Plan Continuing Investments in Climate Change Reduction, Environmental Justice and Clean Energy Through 2025

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) today released the second iteration of the RGGI Strategic Funding Plan, outlining the state's investments of auction proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

DEP Launches Third Annual Youth Inclusion Program to Empower Next Generation of Environmental Leaders from Overburdened Communities

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection today launched its third annual Youth Inclusion Initiative summer program to engage young people from overburdened communities that have disproportionately less open space by providing hands-on training and exposure to career opportunities within the environmental field, announced Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette.

DEP Announces Upgrades to Play Structures Across State Parks

As part of the Murphy Administration’s commitment to expand healthy recreation opportunities for all New Jerseyans, Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette today cut the ribbon on the State Park Service’s first inclusive playground at Atsion Recreation Area, and announced that two additional inclusive playgrounds in Middlesex and Sussex counties, and equipment replacements at 24 additional State Park Service playgrounds will be completed by the end of 2024.

DEP’s Forest Fire Service Presents Rudy Wendelin Gallery of Smokey Bear Paintings at Locations Across New Jersey

A special collection of original work by Rudy Wendelin, the artist whose brushstrokes and fine pencil drawings brought Smokey Bear to life on canvas and in posters recognized by millions, across multiple generations, is visiting several locations across New Jersey this summer, Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Murphy Administration Urges Public to Conserve Water Heading Into Summer as Dry Weather Persists

The Murphy Administration is reminding residents and businesses to use water wisely entering the summer season.

NJDEP Reminds Public to Be Cautious of Clinging Jellyfish in Coastal Estuaries and Rivers

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection reminds the public to be aware of clinging jellyfish, a small jellyfish capable of inflicting an extremely painful sting that is found in some bay and estuarine waters of New Jersey.

Murphy Administration Awards $7 Million in Stormwater Assistance Grants for Projects to Reduce Flooding and Improve Water Quality

The Murphy Administration has awarded $7 million in grants for projects across the state that will enhance and modernize local stormwater management practices and infrastructure in the face of worsening impacts from climate change, Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette announced today. The goal of the projects, many of which use green infrastructure technology and natural solutions and are in overburdened communities, is to mitigate localized flooding and improve the ecological health of waterways.

Barnegat Lighthouse to Reopen to Visitors this Weekend Following Completion of $1.3 Million Restoration

More than a year after closing for an extensive $1.3 million exterior and interior renovation project, Barnegat Lighthouse will fully open on Saturday, June 10 for park visitors to climb or tour the iconic structure, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Commissioner LaTourette Encourages Public to Participate in National Trails Day Events this Saturday, June 3

To spur interest in hiking and equitable outdoor recreation, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is coordinating more than 30 organized recreational, educational and stewardship events across the state to mark National Trails Day this Saturday, June 3.

Commissioner LaTourette Declares Jersey Shore and Lakes Ready for Summer Season

New Jersey's coastal beaches and inland lakes are ready for the summer season, New Jersey Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today during the annual State of the Shore event in Asbury Park.

Murphy Administration Advances Liberty State Park Revitalization Program at Open House

During an open house at Liberty State Park on Wednesday, May 24, Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette, joined by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Colonel Matthew W. Luzzatto, shared plans to advance a multi-phase revitalization program for the park, with an initial groundbreaking anticipated by early fall.

Murphy Administration Announces New Jersey State Parks are Ready for 2023 Summer Season

As summer approaches, the State Park Service is ready to kick off the season with lifeguards on duty during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend at Island Beach State Park, picnic areas ready for families and friends to gather, and electric vehicle charging stations available at several state parks and forests, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

DEP Accepting Nominations Through July 21 to Honor Those With Extraordinary Commitment to Recycling

An annual recognition program to honor excellence in recycling is accepting nominations for awards in 11 categories, including a new one recognizing businesses and institutions with programs aimed at specifically using post-consumer recycled products, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Murphy Administration Kicks Off Infrastructure Investment Tour by Announcing $1 Million in Grants for Green Infrastructure Projects in Hudson-Raritan Watershed

Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette today kicked off the Murphy Administration’s Infrastructure Investment Tour by announcing the award of more than $1 million in grants to local government agencies in the Hudson-Raritan watershed for neighborhood green infrastructure projects that will reduce stormwater flooding and enhance water quality. The announcement comes during national Infrastructure Week.

Murphy Administration Awards $24 Million in Clean Communities Grants for Local Litter Removal Programs

Municipal and county governments are receiving more than $24 million in annual Clean Communities grants to fund litter removal programs that spruce up communities, improve water quality, reduce localized flooding and protect natural habitats, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

NJDEP Launches Interactive Dashboard to Provide Regularly Updated Information on Water Infrastructure Investments

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection today launched an interactive dashboard that provides regularly updated information to help local governments and the public track the progress of funding for much-needed drinking water and clean water infrastructure projects that are important to the health and economic vitality of the Garden State.

Murphy Administration Marks First Anniversary of Law Limiting Single-use Plastics in New Jersey

One year after New Jersey implemented a law restricting single-use plastic bags and straws, and limited use of other products including paper carryout bags and polystyrene foam food containers, the Murphy Administration is celebrating a significant decrease in the use of these products and resulting reductions in litter, Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced.

On Arbor Day, DEP, TCNJ and Sustainable Jersey Launch Trees for Schools Grant Program

In celebration of Arbor Day, New Jersey Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette and Sustainable Jersey Director Randall Solomon today planted two white oak trees with students at the Morris Avenue Early Childhood Learning Center in Long Branch to launch a new grant program to spur the planting of trees at schools across the state. Funded by Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auction proceeds, the $2.5 million Trees for Schools program will emphasize the benefits of planting more trees in overburdened communities.

Murphy Administration Announces Funding for Offshore Wind Environmental Studies, Entry Into Responsible Offshore Wind Science Alliance

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and New Jersey Board of Public Utilities today announced nearly $2 million in additional funding for efforts to ensure the safe and ecologically responsible development of offshore wind energy to combat the worsening impacts of climate change.

Spring Tradition Gets Underway with Opening Day of Trout Season on Saturday, April 8

Anglers may cast their hopes for a great catch this weekend, as New Jersey waterways – freshly stocked with more than 180,000 rainbow trout – are ready for the beginning of spring trout season on Saturday, April 8.

Forest Fire Service Reminds Residents to be Careful with Fire as New Jersey Enters Peak Wildfire Season

With New Jersey now in peak wildfire season, the Forest Fire Service is reminding the public of important safety tips to help reduce the possibility of wildfires across the state.

Murphy Administration Awards $1.1 Million in Urban and Community Forestry Grants to Enhance Management of New Jersey's Urban Trees and Forests

The Department of Environmental Protection is awarding 23 Urban and Community Forestry grants totaling $1,106,934 to local governments and non-profit organizations to help municipalities advance the stewardship of their urban and community trees and forests, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

NJDEP Statement on East Coast Whale Mortalities

In consultation with NOAA Fisheries, the lead federal agency responsible for evaluating potential impacts to marine life and habitats from human activities in federal waters, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been monitoring an unusual humpback whale mortality event that has been affecting Atlantic coast states since January 2016. In January of this year, the DEP began receiving concerns from stakeholders that the development of offshore wind energy infrastructure off New Jersey’s coast is causing whale mortality. All offshore wind survey activities have been permitted by NOAA Fisheries and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and deemed safe for marine mammals, i.e., no injurious activities have been permitted for offshore wind developers.

DEP Public Outreach Campaign Offers Safety Tips as Bears Emerge from Winter Dens

The Department of Environmental Protection is reminding residents and outdoor enthusiasts to take steps to reduce the potential for encounters with black bears as the animals emerge from winter dens. The DEP is also expanding its multimedia “Know the Bear Facts” outreach campaign to enhance information on ways for property owners and outdoor enthusiasts to stay safe throughout the year.

In Case You Missed It: Hundreds of Seasonal Jobs Available Throughout New Jersey's State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites

People interested in applying for seasonal jobs at New Jersey’s State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites are encouraged to do so as soon as possible, DEP Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Murphy Administration Launches NJ-TAP to Help Disadvantaged Communities Deliver Safe and Reliable Drinking Water

New Jersey Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette today announced the launch of NJ-TAP, a groundbreaking initiative providing enhanced technical assistance to help disadvantaged communities provide safe and reliable drinking water to residents.

DEP Seeks Partners to Build Next Generation of Environmental Leaders from Overburdened Communities

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is seeking to partner with up to five community-based organizations to continue its award-winning Youth Inclusion Initiative to help youth in overburdened communities become part of the next generation of diverse environmental professionals, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

DEP, Trust for Public Land Launch Online Survey Seeking Public Input on Recreation Needs, With Emphasis on Overburdened Communities

The Department of Environmental Protection is launching an online survey to identify how to best enhance and expand outdoor recreation and open space opportunities that focus on the needs of overburdened communities as part of the Outside, Together! initiative, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

In Case You Missed It: March 1 Application Deadline Approaching for Funding Green Acres Land Acquisition, Park Development, Stewardship, Jake's Law and Urban Parks Projects

Local governments and eligible nonprofit organizations interested in acquiring open space, creating or rehabilitating parks, completing stewardship projects, or creating inclusive playgrounds are invited to apply for Green Acres grant and loan funding, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

New Jersey Receives $995,000 Federal Grant for Wildfire Mitigation Efforts in Area of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is set to receive $995,000 from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to reduce wildfire risk in the areas surrounding Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Warren Grove Range, Naval Weapons Station Earle and Sea Girt National Guard Training Facility, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Murphy Administration Offering $19 Million in Grants to Assist Municipalities With New Stormwater Permitting Requirements

The Murphy Administration today announced the availability of $19 million in grants to help municipalities with the transition to new municipal stormwater permitting system requirements designed to better protect New Jersey’s waterways from pollutants in stormwater.

New Jersey Forest Fire Service Plans Prescribed Burning Across Thousands of Acres in State Forests

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service's annual prescribed burning program to reduce wildfire risk and manage natural resources by burning the buildup of potential fuels such as undergrowth, leaves, branches and pine needles on forest floors is underway, Department of Environmental Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Murphy Administration Awards $16 Million to Reduce Waste and Promote Recycling Across New Jersey

The Murphy Administration is awarding nearly $16.2 million in grants to communities across the state to help them enhance waste reduction and recycling programs, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Hundreds of Seasonal Jobs Available Throughout New Jersey's State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites

The Department of Environmental Protection is looking forward to another year of robust visitation to New Jersey’s State Parks, Forests and Historic Sites and is hiring for hundreds of seasonal jobs, DEP Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Webinar Dates Approaching for Overview on Developing New Jersey Extreme Heat Resilience Action Plan

New Jersey’s Interagency Council on Climate Resilience is seeking public input on how the state should address extreme heat priorities and concerns as part of the Interagency Council’s development of a series of plans outlining how state agencies will incorporate climate resilience into their policies, programs and regulations.

February Webinar Dates Approaching for Overview on Green Acres Program Funding Applications for Land Acquisition, Park Development, Stewardship, Jake's Law and Urban Parks Funding Projects

Local governments and eligible nonprofit organizations interested in acquiring open space, creating or rehabilitating parks, completing stewardship projects, or creating inclusive playgrounds are invited to apply for Green Acres grant and loan funding, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Commissioner Latourette Joins Vice President Harris to Announce New Jersey’s Participation in Program to Accelerate Lead Service Line Replacements in Underserved Communities

Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette will join Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan at a White House Lead Action Summit today to announce New Jersey’s participation in a federal program helping local governments identify and replace lead service lines that impact the safety of drinking water in homes and businesses across the country.

NJDEP Set to Release Results of Wharton State Forest Visitor and Vehicle Use Survey During February 8 Virtual Public Meeting

Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today the Department of Environmental Protection will present the results of its Wharton State Forest Visitor and Vehicle Use Survey and gather public input during the second in a series of virtual public meetings on the development of a plan for public access while protecting natural resources and ensuring public safety in the state forest. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Pre-registration is strongly recommended due to expected high public interest.

New Jersey Interagency Council to Release Series of Action Plans on How to Strengthen Climate Resilience

New Jersey’s Interagency Council on Climate Resilience is seeking public input on how the state should address extreme heat priorities and concerns as part of the Interagency Council’s development of a series of plans outlining how state agencies will incorporate climate resilience into their policies, programs and regulations.

New Jersey Bald Eagle Population Continues to Climb, with 250 Active Nests Identified in 2022

The bald eagle population in New Jersey continues to climb, according to the 2022 New Jersey Bald Eagle Project Report developed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Fish and Wildlife and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, with 250 active nests identified last year, Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Murphy Administration Awards $24.3 Million Through Its Natural Climate Solutions Grant Program

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette today announced the award of $24.3 million in Natural Climate Solutions Grants to local governments and nonprofits to create, restore, and enhance New Jersey's green spaces and tree canopies in urban areas, salt marshes and forests.

Murphy Administration Announces More Than $8 Million to Build Diversive, Inclusive Green Jobs Sector

Governor Phil Murphy’s Office of Climate Action and the Green Economy (OCAGE), in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), has announced the release of a Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) to support innovative pilot programs focused on building a diverse, inclusive green workforce. Through the Building our Resilient, Inclusive, and Diverse Green Economy (NJ BRIDGE) initiative, a total of $5 million is available to fund scalable projects to support residents entering the green workforce or climbing the green career ladder, with a focus on engagement in overburdened communities

Green Acres Program Accepting Applications for Land Acquisition, Park Development, Stewardship, Jake's Law and Urban Parks Funding Projects

Local governments and eligible nonprofit organizations interested in acquiring open space, creating or rehabilitating parks, completing stewardship projects, or creating inclusive playgrounds are invited to apply for Green Acres grant and loan funding, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Ring in the New Year With One of More Than 40 First Day Hikes in New Jersey's State Parks, Forests and Historic Sites on January 1

Residents are invited to put their best foot forward in the new year by starting off 2023 with a First Day Hike in New Jersey’s state parks, forests and historic sites on Jan. 1, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Murphy Administration Announces Winners of 23rd Annual Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards

Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette today announced the winners of the 23rd Annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards, as well as the recipients of the Richard J. Sullivan Award and the inaugural James J. Florio Emerging Environmental Leader Award, honoring the memory of the former Governor and Congressman.

Green Acres Program Accepting Applications for Land Acquisition, Park Development, Stewardship, Jake's Law and Urban Parks Funding Projects

Local governments and eligible nonprofit organizations interested in acquiring open space, creating or rehabilitating parks, completing stewardship projects, or creating inclusive playgrounds are invited to apply for Green Acres grant and loan funding, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Murphy Administration Marks Milestone in Improving Health of Urban Waterways by Issuing First Permits Implementing Long-Term Combined Sewer Reduction Plans

 The Murphy Administration marked a milestone in improving the health of New Jersey’s waterways by issuing draft permits to address combined sewer overflows from the North Bergen Municipal Utilities Authority Woodcliff Sewage Treatment Plant and the adjoining Town of Guttenberg along the Hudson River in Hudson County, Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Required Four-Day Extension of Black Bear Hunting Season Begins Wednesday, Dec. 14

The Department of Environmental Protection’s New Jersey Fish and Wildlife today announced that the December black bear hunting season will be extended by four days this week per state regulations. The season extension will begin a half-hour prior to sunrise on Wednesday, Dec. 14 and will end a half-hour after sunset on Saturday, Dec. 17.

Murphy Administration Awards $9.95 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds for Water Quality Improvement Projects

The Department of Environmental Protection is awarding $9.95 million in grants to local government agencies, nonprofit groups, universities, and others to fund projects that will improve water quality and reduce the impacts of nonpoint source pollution from stormwater on publicly accessible lakes throughout New Jersey, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

DEP Invites Public Comment on Historic Settlement To Restore Damaged Natural Resources at Site of Former Ciba-Geigy Chemical Plant in Toms River

New Jersey Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette today announced a proposal to restore natural resources damaged by decades of industrial pollution and illegal dumping at the Ciba-Geigy Superfund Site in Toms River through a negotiated settlement with BASF Corporation, the successor to the Ciba-Geigy Chemical Corporation.

National Park Service Awards DEP a Combined $1 Million Grant for Indian King Tavern, Wallace House Historic Sites

The National Park Service has awarded the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection a combined $1 million for two state historic sites in the inaugural round of funding for the Semiquincentennial Grant Program commemorating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Governor Murphy, NJDEP Commissioner LaTourette Announce Proposal of Inland Flood Protection Rule to Better Protect Communities From Extreme Weather

Governor Phil Murphy and Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette today announced the Administration’s intent to propose an Inland Flood Protection Rule to better protect New Jersey’s communities from worsening riverine flooding and stormwater runoff. The proposed rule would update New Jersey’s existing flood hazard and stormwater regulations by replacing outdated precipitation estimates with modern data that accounts for observed and projected increases in rainfall. These changes would help to reduce flooding from stormwater runoff and increase the elevation of habitable first floors by two feet in certain new developments located in flood-prone inland areas.

Four Regions of New Jersey Release Climate Resilience Action Plans Following Community Development Process

Four regional groups have released regional climate action plans in advance of the 10th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Climate Resilience announced today. The “Resilient NJ” plans are an outgrowth of a National Disaster Resilience Competition award to New Jersey intended to advance regional planning in areas most impacted by Sandy. The plans set forth resilience actions across 24 communities in the four regions.

Active Fall Period for Black Bears Begins; New Jersey Residents Urged to Secure Trash, Other Potential Food Sources

Residents and outdoor enthusiasts throughout New Jersey are encouraged to strictly adhere to guidelines for eliminating or securing potential food sources for black bears as they actively forage for food in preparation for the winter denning season, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

DEP, NJDOT Warn Motorists to Drive with Extra Caution as Deer Activity Increases, Daylight Decreases Due to Earlier Twilight

Drivers are reminded to be extra vigilant on roadways this fall as the mating season for white-tailed deer gets underway and daylight is limited during peak commuting hours, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced today.

Online Resources for Inland Flood Protection Rule Available; Virtual Engagement Sessions Announced for the Week of October 17

Following an initial stakeholder engagement and feedback on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s plan to propose an Inland Flood Protection Rule to better protect New Jersey residents, their property, and communities from dangerous flooding that continues to worsen due to increased precipitation resulting from climate change, the Department will hold a pair of engagement sessions to provide an additional opportunity for attendees to better understand the basis, specifics and implications of riverine flood threat protections statewide as well as engage in conversation regarding considerations in implementing changes in elevation and flood hazard standards to protect public safety.

DEP Accepting Nominations for 23rd Annual Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is accepting nominations for the 23rd Annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards, which this year adds a category to honor achievements in building healthy communities, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

DEP Accepting Nominations for 23rd Annual Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is accepting nominations for the 23rd Annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards, which this year adds a category to honor achievements in building healthy communities, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Murphy Administration Announces Plans to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Six State Parks, Forests

New Jersey state parks are among the latest recipients of funding to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure, giving visitors the opportunity to both appreciate and protect the environment while quietly charging their vehicles during outings, Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Statement by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette on the passing of former Governor James J. Florio

With the passing of former Governor James J. Florio, New Jersey and the nation have lost a visionary champion for the protection of our environment and public health. As a State Legislator, Congressman, Governor, and beyond, Jim Florio fought for and advanced laws that have promoted environmental cleanup and revitalized communities. As a Congressman from 1974 to 1990, he rose to the challenges of his times by authoring the federal Superfund law and leading the way in the creation of the Pinelands National Reserve. As Governor, he continued to rise to the many environmental challenges affecting the Garden State, pushing groundbreaking laws and initiatives to improve the quality of New Jersey’s air and water and to protect our natural resources. We are saddened by the loss of Governor Florio, but his career of selfless service will long continue to improve the lives and environment in New Jersey and across the nation. Through our work, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will honor and carry forth his legacy every day.

Murphy Administration Marks Climate Week by Announcing Second Round of Research Projects to Ensure Environmentally Responsible Offshore Wind Development

To mark Climate Week, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities today announced the selection of additional research projects designed to ensure environmentally responsible development of wind energy off New Jersey’s coastline.

DEP Urges Residents to Check Trees for Beech Leaf Disease, Which is Confirmed in 12 New Jersey Counties

The Department of Environmental Protection is urging New Jersey residents to check trees on their property for signs of beech leaf disease and report their findings to the New Jersey Forest Service, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today. Beech leaf disease was first detected in Bergen and Essex counties in summer 2020 and is now confirmed in 10 additional counties.

NJOEM and NJDEP Mark Hurricane Preparedness Month by Urging the Public to Plan for Increasing Storm Threats Caused by Climate Change

As the state marks Hurricane Preparedness month and the peak of hurricane season, New Jersey State Police Superintendent and State Director of Emergency Management Patrick J. Callahan and New Jersey Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette today reminded the public about the vital importance of being prepared as the risks from these powerful storms increase as a result of climate change.

DEP Announces Virtual Public Meeting to Launch Wharton State Forest Visitor and Vehicle Use Survey

The Department of Environmental Protection will host the first in a series of virtual public stakeholder meetings at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, launching a Visitor and Vehicle Use Survey to develop an access and use plan for Wharton State Forest, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

NJDOH, NJDEP and NJDA Urge Precautions to Protect Against West Nile Virus

The New Jersey Department of Health has confirmed the state’s first human cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) this year.

Acting AG Platkin, DEP Commissioner LaTourette Announce Seven New Environmental Enforcement Actions, Six in Environmental Justice Communities

Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and Commissioner of Environmental Protection (DEP) Shawn M. LaTourette announced today the filing of seven new environmental enforcement actions across the state.

Commissioner LaTourette Delivers Remarks on Climate Change Adaptation to Joint Meeting of Senate, Assembly Environment Committees

Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette today testified before a joint meeting of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee and the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee about the importance of addressing climate change and coastal resilience in New Jersey.

Murphy Administration Drives Toward Zero Transportation Emissions Future with $10.8 Million Investment

Leveraging proceeds from New Jersey’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), Governor Murphy has announced an additional $10.8 million investment to further protect residents, the environment and the economy from the worsening impacts of climate change. The latest round of proceeds will be used to increase the number of electric trucks and buses that traverse communities overburdened by air pollution and expand the number of community fast charging locations, Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette said.

Acting AG Platkin, DEP Commissioner LaTourette Announce Natural Resource Damages Lawsuit against Monsanto and other Corporate Defendants over PCB Contamination

Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and Commissioner of Environmental Protection (DEP) Shawn M. LaTourette announced today that DEP has filed a lawsuit against Monsanto Co. and two other corporate defendants over extensive damage to New Jersey’s natural resources caused by contamination from toxic chemical compounds known as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls).

Murphy Administration Encourages New Jersey Residents and Businesses to Conserve Water

The Murphy Administration today asked residents and businesses to conserve water as the state continues to experience a persistent period of hot and dry weather.

Murphy Administration Awards $9.4 Million in Grants for Projects to Improve Water Quality and Reduce Impacts of Climate Change

The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $9.4 million in grants to local government agencies, nonprofit groups, universities and others to fund projects that will improve water quality and reduce the impacts of nonpoint source pollution from stormwater, Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced today. In many cases, the projects will help mitigate local flooding problems that are increasing due to more severe storms resulting from climate change.

NJDEP and State Police Investigate Vandalism to Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring Buoys

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is working with the State Police to investigate vandalism to harmful algal bloom monitoring buoys in several northern New Jersey lakes, specifically the detaching of buoys from anchor lines, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Murphy Administration Inspires Interest in Environmental Careers While Promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Through DEP's Youth Inclusion Initiative

The Department of Environmental Protection has launched a pilot workforce development program to help the State of New Jersey develop the next generation of environmental protection, conservation and stewardship leaders while also providing an avenue for young adults from open space-constrained communities to engage with nature as they provide valuable stewardship services to the public through seasonal jobs at DEP. Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette launched the inaugural program in the summer of 2021 and is expanding its reach this year with a cohort of young adults from three of New Jersey’s urban centers.

Murphy Administration Launches Healthy Community Planning New Jersey Website to Assist Municipalities in Understanding and Addressing Environmental Threats to Public Health

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) today announced the launch of the Healthy Community Planning New Jersey (HCPNJ) website, which provides municipal-level reports to help local governments and the public better understand and address environmental threats to public health faced by their communities.

Commissioner LaTourette Attends Facility Opening for All-Electric Ambulances Coming to New Jersey

Furthering the Murphy Administration’s commitment to reduce air pollution in overburdened communities, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette helped unveil the prototype of an electric ambulance that will be purchased with New Jersey Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auction proceeds and housed in the City of Paterson.

Murphy Administration to Hold Webinar this Thursday to Gather Public Input on Three-Year Plan for Spending Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Auction Proceeds

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Board of Public Utilities and Economic Development Authority are hosting a virtual public webinar on Thursday, June 9 to gather public comment about how the state should develop its next RGGI Strategic Funding Plan for projects supporting the Murphy Administration’s climate change, clean energy and environmental justice goals.

Ahead of National Trails Day, Murphy Administration Opens New Trail at Bulls Island Recreation Area

New Jersey today opened a new trail at the Bulls Island Recreation Area where visitors may enjoy the subtle sounds and stunning vistas of the Delaware River, the Department of Environmental Protection announced.

Murphy Administration Extends Deadline for $10 Million Public Lakes Management Grants Program to June 10

Building on the Murphy Administration's investments in environmental infrastructure, the Department of Environmental Protection recently launched a $10 million lakes management grants program that will fund projects to mitigate stormwater and runoff pollution, improving recreation or conservation at public lakes throughout New Jersey. The deadline for submitting applications has been extended to June 10.

Murphy Administration Releases Water Infrastructure Funding and Project Priorities Plans for Fiscal Year Beginning July 1

New Jersey's Water Infrastructure Improvement Plan (WIIP) took a significant step forward this week with the Department of Environmental Protection's release of final Intended Use Plans that include billions of dollars of requests for water-quality improvement and public-health protection projects, DEP Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Murphy Administration Invests $21.4 Million to Reduce Litter Statewide

The Department of Environmental Protection is enhancing statewide efforts to remove litter, beautify neighborhoods and improve water quality across New Jersey by distributing $21.4 million in Clean Communities grants this year, an approximate $700,000 increase over 2021’s disbursement, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

DEP Commissioner LaTourette Declares Jersey Shore and Lakeshores Ready for Summer

Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette says New Jersey is ready for a stellar summer season following review of water quality monitoring and visits to both the Jersey Shore and North Jersey lakeshores ahead of Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of the outdoor summer season.

DEP, EPA, I-Bank Announce Water Infrastructure Funding Package Benefitting 5.8 Million NJ Residents

Today, at an event with New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette and other local officials, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox announced a $221 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to the New Jersey Infrastructure I-Bank. With this loan, the New Jersey State Revolving Fund (SRF) Program, a partnership between the NJDEP and the I-Bank, is investing in 28 water infrastructure projects to modernize water systems to protect public health and the environment for over 5.8 million people in the State.

To Ensure Public Awareness of Air Quality, New Jersey Launches Color-Coded Flag System

As New Jersey recognizes Air Quality Awareness Week from Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6, the State's Department of Environmental Protection is launching a user-friendly system of color-coded flags to help keep New Jersey residents and visitors aware of outdoor air quality conditions to reduce exposure to air pollution and improve public health outcomes, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

On Arbor Day, DEP Commissioner LaTourette Announces Availability of $2.2 Million in Urban and Community Forestry Grants

In celebration of the 150th Arbor Day this Friday, New Jersey Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette and Highland Park Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler planted a seedling from the iconic Salem Oak, one of New Jersey's heritage trees, as the Department of Environmental Protection announced $2.2 million for Urban and Community Forestry grants to support planning, planting and maintenance of community trees and forests across the state.

On Earth Day, Murphy Administration Launches "Outside, Together!" a Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

To expand upon the Murphy Administration's historic investments in local parks, open space and natural resource restoration, the Department of Environmental Protection is launching Outside, Together!, a recreational initiative that will bring the public, local leaders, conservation organizations and ecotourism industry together to produce a Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today, Earth Day, at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus.

Murphy Administration Announces Additional $6 Million in Vehicle Electrification Funds to Reduce Climate Pollution

Furthering its commitment to protect all New Jerseyans from the worsening impacts of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, the Murphy Administration is announcing an additional $6 million investment to offset the cost of electric trucks in vulnerable communities, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Murphy Administration Celebrates Earth Week with New $15M Investment in Nature-Based Infrastructure That Will Help New Jersey Fight Climate Change

As Earth Week is celebrated this year with the theme of Invest in Our Planet, the Murphy Administration is launching a new blue and green carbon grant program that will invest $15 million in projects across New Jersey that create, restore and enhance salt marshes, sea grass beds, forests and urban parks that sequester atmospheric carbon in the fight against climate change.

During Earth Week, Murphy Administration Launches Extreme Precipitation Projection Tool to Help State Better Prepare for Climate Change

As part of its commitment to making the state more resilient to the impacts of climate change, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection today launched an online tool that will help planners, local governments, developers and residents better understand that extreme precipitation events are increasing, as confirmed by recent studies by the Northeast Regional Climate Center. Improved understanding will help decision-makers and the public take informed actions necessary to adapt to a changing climate.

DEP to Celebrate Earth Week, Kick off 50+2 Anniversary with Family Friendly Party, Activities at Liberty State Park

A celebration of the environment and the Department of Environmental Protection’s half-century legacy in New Jersey is planned on Saturday, April 23 at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced.

Murphy Administration Launches $10 Million Public Lakes Grants Program to Improve Water Quality and Enhance Environmental Infrastructure

Building on the Murphy Administration’s investments in environmental infrastructure, State Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette has announced the launch of a $10 million lakes management grants program that will fund projects to mitigate stormwater and runoff pollution, improving recreation or conservation at public lakes throughout New Jersey. Local governments, lake commissions, nonprofit organizations and other entities established specifically to manage publicly accessible waterbodies are eligible for funding and applications are due by Saturday, May 28.

Spring Tradition Gets Underway with Opening Day of Trout Season on Saturday, April 9

Anglers will have approximately 250,000 freshly stocked rainbow trout to catch in waterways across the state when trout season opens on Saturday, April 9, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

New Jersey Prepares to Get Past Plastic

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette today urged the public to get ready for the state’s plastic bag and polystyrene foam food-service container law that takes effect May 4, just 30 days away, by stocking up on reusable bags and visiting the DEP’s Get Past Plastic website. He also reminded food-service businesses that another provision of the law requires that single-use plastic straws to be distributed only at the customer’s request has been in effect since late last year.

Acting AG Platkin, DEP Commissioner LaTourette Announce Groundwater Contamination Lawsuit in Environmental Justice Community

Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette announced today that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has filed suit against a Connecticut-based chemical company that, the complaint alleges, is responsible for damaging New Jersey’s precious natural resources by contaminating groundwater at the site of its former manufacturing plant in Lodi, Bergen County. The community surrounding the Hexcel site has a significant low-income and minority population and is considered “overburdened” under New Jersey’s Environmental Justice Law.

Murphy Administration to Provide Covid-19 Relief Funding to New Jersey Seafood Processors and Dealers

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Marine Fisheries Administration is receiving $826,807 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program to create the NJ Seafood Processor COVID-19 Assistance Program, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Murphy Administration Awards $1.3 Million on Urban and Community Forestry Grants to Enhance Tree Stewardship Statewide

The Department of Environmental Protection is awarding 38 grants totaling $1.3 million to promote the stewardship of urban and community trees and forests throughout New Jersey, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today. The grants support Governor Phil Murphy’s environmental justice initiatives in vulnerable neighborhoods, with 75 percent of the funds awarded to municipalities with at least one overburdened community.

Murphy Administration Announces Award of Funding for Offshore Wind Environmental Studies, Entry Into Regional Science Collaborative

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and New Jersey Board of Public Utilities today announced the award of funding for studies, and will release shortly a request for proposals, to provide enhanced scientific information on the impacts of offshore wind energy development off New Jersey’s coastline as well as the state’s entry into a regional offshore-wind science collaborative.

Barnegat Lighthouse Will Close through October to Undergo $1.3 Million Restoration

Barnegat Lighthouse will close to visitors for the next seven months as the Department of Environmental Protection embarks on a $1.3 million restoration of the historic lighthouse, DEP Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

DEP Commissioner LaTourette Hails U.S. EPA Decision Restoring Stringent California Clean-Air Authority for Vehicles

Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette welcomes a decision today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to restore a California air emissions authority that will allow New Jersey and other states to implement the same clean-air standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

Murphy Administration Improves Planning and Access to New Jersey's Recreational Trails with Innovative Data Analytics

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, in partnership with the Trails Task Force of the New Jersey Geospatial Forum, today announced the release of the first phase of a statewide inventory of public trails in New Jersey. This first-of-its-kind dataset, using information provided by government agencies and nonprofits, will advance the capabilities of the DEP and other government agencies, trail planners, and advocates to improve, expand and better connect the state’s extensive network of trails, improving access for all of New Jersey’s residents.

New Jersey State Parks to Fill Hundreds of Summer Jobs

The Department of Environmental Protection is hiring for hundreds of summer jobs across New Jersey’s State Parks, Forests and Historic Sites, DEP Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Murphy Administration Awards $16+ Million to Reduce Waste and Promote Recycling Across New Jersey

The Murphy Administration is awarding nearly $16.2 million in grants to communities across the state to help them enhance waste reduction and recycling programs, a slight increase over the previous year's total, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Murphy Administration Releases New Tool for Brownfield Cleanup and Redevelopment to Improve Economic and Environmental Outcomes for New Jersey Communities

The Murphy Administration is making it easier to identify once contaminated and blighted properties that present unique opportunities for economic development and environmental improvement. In collaboration with the Department of Community Affairs and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, the Department of Environmental Protection has enhanced its Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping application, creating a Brownfields Inventory mapping layer that makes valuable information about brownfields sites easily accessible, helping investors, developers, community leaders, Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs), and the public identify brownfields with redevelopment potential.

DEP Launches Proactive Forest Fire Risk Reduction Program Ahead of Wildfire Season

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service will soon begin conducting prescribed burning to reduce vegetation and debris that may contribute to the start and spread of a wildfire. By actively eliminating sources of fuel that exacerbate forest fire risks through a controlled and prescribed burning program, the Forest Fire Service reduces risk to New Jersey residents, visitors and the environment, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette said.

DEP Offers $9.4 Million to Local Governments and Organizations for Stormwater, Flood Reduction and Water Quality Projects

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is seeking applicants for its latest round of grant funding, which prioritizes projects that will restore and protect New Jersey’s watersheds while better managing stormwater runoff and reducing flooding risks in our communities, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced. Specifically invited are those nonprofit organizations, local governments, community groups and state colleges and universities ready to plan and deploy multifaceted water quality projects in the Delaware River watershed and the northeast region of New Jersey.

DEP Reminds Public of Simple Steps to Reduce Air Pollutants When Burning Wood During Winter

As New Jersey settles into winter, residents are reminded that basic safety practices can reduce the impacts of burning wood on air quality in their homes and neighborhoods, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Murphy Administration Launches Development of $1 Billion Water Infrastructure Investment Plan

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette today announced the launch of the state's Water Infrastructure Investment Plan.

Start the New Year off With First Day Hikes in New Jersey’s State Parks, Forests and Historic Sites on Jan. 1

New Jerseyans are invited to ring in 2022 and kick off the new year with a healthy hike in a state park or forest, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

DEP Honors Winners of 22nd Annual Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards

People and organizations that protect New Jersey’s environment through sustainable practices, education and partnerships are among the eight winners of 2021 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards and the prestigious Richard J. Sullivan Award, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

DEP Commissioner LaTourette Announces Adoption of Clean Truck Rules, Setting New Jersey on Path for Zero-Emission Vehicle Future

The Department of Environmental Protection today announced the adoption of the Advanced Clean Truck and Fleet Reporting rules, important components of the Murphy Administration’s comprehensive strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, fight climate change and improve air quality in the state. The adoption of these rules establishes New Jersey as one of the first states to require phasing in of clean electric commercial trucks to replace polluting diesel-powered trucks.

NJDEP Announces Plans to Remove Somerset County Dam Using Natural Resource Damages Funds

The obsolete Headgates dam on the Raritan River in Somerset County will be removed using natural resource damages funds secured by the state, opening significant stretches of the river’s North and South branches to fish passage for the first time in nearly two centuries, Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Murphy Administration Advances Efforts to Sequester Carbon, Fight Climate Change with Release of Framework to Guide Management of Natural and Working Lands

Complementing the Murphy Administration’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build greater climate resilience, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) have released for public review the outline of a strategy for managing natural and working lands that is intended to reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere contributing to global warming.

Statement From Commissioner Latourette on EPA Water Infrastructure Funding

Statement from Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Water Infrastructure Funding announcement.

DEP Launches Wildlife Supporter Program to Help Conserve and Enhance Wildlife Management Areas Statewide

Nature enthusiasts can help protect habitats and the wildlife that depend on them through a new Department of Environmental Protection Wildlife Supporter program directing contributions to conservation and education efforts across New Jersey’s 122 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced.

New Jersey-Specific Studies Confirm Rainfall Is Intensifying Because of Climate Change

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has released two studies by the Northeast Regional Climate Center, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) partner, confirming increases in precipitation across New Jersey over the last 20 years, and projecting further increases in precipitation intensity through the end of this century due to climate change, Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

DEP Makes $45 Million in Low-Interest Loans Available for Dam Safety and Flood Mitigation Projects that Enhance Climate Resilience

With New Jersey facing unprecedented threats from flooding and severe weather due to climate change, the Murphy Administration is making $45 million in low-interest loans available to county and municipal governments as well as private owners of dams for projects that will ensure these structures properly protect lives and properties by complying with the state’s stringent dam safety standards.

DEP Commissioner LaTourette Launches Additional Environmental Justice Initiatives

As the Murphy Administration continues its work to further the promise of environmental justice for all New Jersey residents, Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn LaTourette is launching a series of initiatives to ensure strong community involvement in state actions intended to improve the environment, public health and quality of life in communities historically overburdened by pollution.

Murphy Administration Releases Mapping Tool to Help New Jersey Residents Identify Lead Exposure Risks in Housing

In recognition of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week from Sunday, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 30, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and New Jersey Department of Health have released the first phase of a statewide online mapping tool that uses publicly available data to indicate potential sources of lead exposure.

Single-Use Plastic Straws to Only be Provided Upon Request, Effective Thursday, Nov. 4, to Help Fight Plastic Pollution

A provision of New Jersey’s commitment to reduce plastics pollution statewide will take effect on Thursday, Nov. 4 when food-service businesses may provide single-use plastic straws to a customer only upon request, the Department of Environmental Protection and NJ Business Action Center announced today.

DEP, NJDOT Urge Motorists to Beware of Deer and Drive with Extra Caution as Daylight Hours Decrease with Earlier Twilight

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) are reminding drivers to be extra vigilant on roadways this fall as mating season for white-tailed deer gets underway and daylight hours decrease.

NJDEP Commissioner LaTourette Recognizes New Jersey's Recycling Leaders

A business that recycles or reuses 98 percent of the waste it generates; a county that created a recycling education program tailored to its millions of summer visitors; and a teenager whose passion for the environment led him to create a website about the importance of electronics recycling are among those honored as New Jersey’s 2021 recycling leaders, Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

DEP Announces Red Bank as Newest Drive Electric Destination, Unveils New Website Detailing Benefits of Green Fleets

The Department of Environmental Protection is celebrating National Drive Electric Week and encouraging New Jersey residents to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by announcing Red Bank in Monmouth County as the third New Jersey town to become a Destination Electric community and unveiling a new and improved website touting the many environmental and economic benefits of electric fleets, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette said.

DEP Hosts Inaugural Meeting of Liberty State Park Design Task Force

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection this week convened the first meeting of a Liberty State Park Design Task Force charged by Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette to consider public feedback when working with the DEP to develop conceptual and detailed design plans for the Jersey City park. The task force, created by Administrative Order, will help ensure that design outcomes are responsive to the needs of the park’s host community, its stakeholders, and the broader public.

Murphy Administration to Restore 10,000 Acres of Atlantic White Cedar Forests, Enhancing State's Resilience to Climate Change

A component of the Murphy Administration’s strategy to ensure New Jersey becomes more resilient to climate change, the Department of Environmental Protection will restore 10,000 acres of globally threatened Atlantic white cedar forests to the state’s Pinelands region, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today as part of the State’s recognition of Climate Week. New Jersey’s Atlantic white cedar forests have been adversely impacted by climate change, including by sea-level rise and storm surge that have brought saltwater into these fragile freshwater ecosystems, leaving ghost forests where thriving Atlantic white cedars once stood.

Murphy Administration Advances Efforts to Implement New Jersey's Landmark Environmental Justice Law

New Jersey Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette has issued an Administrative Order (AO 2021-25) to clarify the Department of Environmental Protection’s permit applications assessment for facilities located or sought to be located in overburdened communities while the Department completes its work to promulgate the regulations necessary to implement the Environmental Justice Law, N.J.S.A. 13:1D-157.

DEP Adds Environmental Justice Category to Annual Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards

The Department of Environmental Protection is accepting nominations in a broad range of categories for the annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards to recognize community leadership and accomplishments in protecting New Jersey’s land, air, water and natural resources, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Murphy Administration Announces Intent to Resume Rahway River Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Following Governor Phil Murphy’s tour of communities in the Rahway River Watershed that were flooded during Tropical Storm Ida, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has announced that it intends to resume the Rahway River Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The DEP will soon deliver its Letter of Intent to serve as the non-Federal sponsor of the study to the Army Corps, which was recently reauthorized by Congress to resume the study under the Water Resources Development Act of 2020. The goal of the study is to identify feasible design alternatives to address flooding problems in the Rahway River Basin and to reduce risks in neighborhoods of Cranford, Springfield, Millburn and Rahway.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, NJDEP Release Study of Coastal Storm Resilience Measures to Protect New Jersey Back Bays from Extreme Weather

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) today released draft study results and a tentative plan for coastal storm resilience measures intended to protect the New Jersey shore from extreme weather and rising sea levels. The USACE is soliciting public comment on the New Jersey Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Study, which includes a tentatively selected plan for reducing the risk of storm and flood damage through storm surge barriers, cross-bay barriers and building elevations in the region that spans 950 square miles from Neptune to Cape May.

Commissioner Latourette Announces NJDEP Will Pursue Cleanup of Lower Hackensack River as a Federal Superfund Site

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette today was joined by Congressional leaders and local officials in announcing that the State will pursue the cleanup of the Lower Hackensack River as a federal Superfund site. This would be the first time that a New Jersey river itself would be proposed for Superfund listing and marks a critical step toward remediation of river sediments contaminated with mercury, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and other pollutants from past industrial practices.

DEP Celebrates Grand Reopening of Liberty State Park Nature Center After $3.5 Million Renovation

The Department of Environmental Protection today is celebrating the long-awaited reopening of the Liberty State Park Nature Interpretive Center in Jersey City, completing the final project to restore park infrastructure heavily damaged in Superstorm Sandy, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced.

DEP Accepting Nominations Through July 30 to Honor Those With Extraordinary Commitment to Recycling

Nominations are being accepted in 10 categories for an annual recognition program to celebrate individuals, businesses and governments for excellence in recycling, and inspiring others to the same commitment, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Shawn LaTourette Statement Upon Being Sworn in Today as Commissioner of The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has launched a new climate resilience toolkit that will help municipal and county governments take actions to protect their communities from adverse climate impacts through sustainable land use planning, Acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced today.

NJDEP Launches Online Toolkit to Help Communities Integrate Climate Resilience and Adaptation Into Local Land-Use Planning

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has launched a new climate resilience toolkit that will help municipal and county governments take actions to protect their communities from adverse climate impacts through sustainable land use planning, Acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced today.

Murphy Administration Invests $386M in Water Infrastructure, Creating 4,600+ Construction Jobs

In the Murphy Administration's continuing commitment to infrastructure investments that enhance public health, protect the environment, and create green jobs, the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank (I-Bank), working in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, has sold $122.5 million of AAA/Aaa rated Environmental Infrastructure Bonds, Acting DEP Commissioner Shawn LaTourette and I-Bank Chairperson Robert Briant, Jr. announced today.

Murphy Administration Celebrates 60th Anniversary of DEP Green Acres, Nation's Longest-running State Conservation Program

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and several partner organizations gathered today at the Holly Farm tract of the Menantico Ponds Wildlife Management Area to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the DEP Green Acres Program that funded the state's acquisition and conservation of this environmentally sensitive land and announce the Cumberland County site as the future southern regional headquarters for the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife.

DEP Acting Commissioner Latourette Declares New Jersey Beaches Ready for Summer Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

The Department of Environmental Protection is working hard to ensure a safe and enjoyable season at the Jersey shore, the backbone of New Jersey's tourism economy. Following a pre-holiday weekend coastal monitoring flight, DEP Acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced that New Jersey beaches are in good shape and water quality is excellent during the annual State of the Shore event in Asbury Park.

Acting Commissioner LaTourette Announces $20.7 Million in Clean Communities Grants, Urges Use of Reusable Shopping Bags in Advance of New Single-Use Plastics Law

During a news conference at Great Falls National Park, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette today announced the award of $20.7 million in grants to help municipalities and counties implement programs to clean up and reduce litter in communities across New Jersey.

DEP Kicks Off Summer Season by Welcoming the Public to Enjoy the Outdoors at State Parks and Forests

New Jersey's state parks, forests, recreation areas and historic sites are gearing up to open swim areas, expand camping amenities and offer numerous outdoor educational programs ahead of Memorial Day weekend, Acting Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Governor Murphy, DEP Urge Residents to Act to Improve Air Quality and Combat Climate Change During Air Quality Awareness Week

Governor Phil Murphy has proclaimed May 3 to May 7 Air Quality Awareness Week in New Jersey, urging residents to learn about the importance of healthy air, make simple changes to reduce air pollution, improve their health and partner with the Department of Environmental Protection to combat climate change.

New Jersey's Ban on Single-Use Plastic Products Takes Effect in One Year

New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette are joining forces today to encourage Garden State business owners to prepare for the launch of New Jersey’s ban on single-use carryout bags and polystyrene foam food service products in stores and food service businesses.

DEP Awards $7.3 Million in Grants to Enhance Ecosystems and Water Quality for Northwestern New Jersey Rivers

To enhance ecosystems and water quality in the Paulins Kill and Pequest River watersheds of northwestern New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $7.3 million in grants to nonprofits and local government agencies Acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced today.

Murphy Administration Announces New Funding Round for Open Space and Parks Development

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Acres program has funded the preservation of nearly 677,000 acres of open space and developed hundreds of parks across New Jersey. Today, DEP Acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette is inviting local governments and eligible nonprofit organizations to apply for future Green Acres grant and loan funding. Applications will be accepted through June 30, 2021.

NJDEP Hosts Legislative Leaders and EPA in Highlighting New Jersey's Commitment to Environmental Justice During Mississippi Flag Raising at Liberty State Park

Acting New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn LaTourette and DEP Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Justice and Equity Olivia Glenn today joined with Senator Sandra Cunningham, Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, and Acting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Administrator Walter Mugdan to call for renewed commitment to inclusion and environmental justice during an Earth Week ceremony to raise the new Mississippi state flag at Liberty State Park.

DEP Announces Start of Trout Fishing Season in New Jersey

More than a half million freshly stocked rainbow trout will be available when anglers cast their lines in New Jersey waters this April, Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced today.

During Peak Season, Follow Eight Tips to Prevent Wildfires

Mid-March through May is peak wildfire season in New Jersey. Nearly all of New Jersey’s wildfires are caused by people, through accidents, carelessness, negligence and even arson.

DEP Awards $16 Million to Enhance Local Government Recycling Programs

To further support local government efforts to ensure that all New Jersey residents enjoy cleaner communities, the Murphy Administration is awarding $16 million in grants to municipalities across the state to enhance waste reduction and recycling efforts, Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced today.

Forest Fire Prevention Measures Under Way Across New Jersey

Active forest fire prevention protects lives, property, and the health of New Jersey's forests and natural resources. To reduce dense undergrowth and other forest debris that have the potential to fuel wildfires this spring, the Department of Environmental Protection's Forest Fire Service is conducting prescribed burns throughout the state, Acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced.

On March 2, New Jersey's Stormwater Rules Get Greener

On March 2, 2021, all New Jersey municipalities and the Department of Environmental Protection will begin implementing new green infrastructure rules to manage stormwater runoff generated by developments across the state, DEP Acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette said today.

DEP Offers Over 700 Seasonal Jobs Throughout the State Parks, Forests and Natural and Historic Sites

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications for hundreds of jobs throughout state parks, forests and natural and historic sites, Acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced today. Beyond providing a fun and engaging summer work experience in New Jersey’s parks, these seasonal jobs can introduce New Jerseyans from all backgrounds to long-term career paths in environmental protection.

DEP Launches Enforcement Project to Help Towns Stop Illegal Dumping

Expanding on the Murphy Administration's commitment to create cleaner, safer communities, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has launched a new initiative to support municipalities in combatting illegal dumping, Acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced today.

Murphy Administration Provides $11 Million Cares Act Grants to Covid-Impacted Commercial and Recreational Fishing Industries

As part of the state's efforts to aid in economic recovery from the COVID-19 public health emergency, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has begun disbursing $11 million in grants funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to commercial and recreational fishing businesses, Governor Phil Murphy and Acting DEP Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced today.

Marking Continued Progress on Lead Remediation in Newark, NJDEP Launches New Resources and Resolves Litigation with Natural Resources Defense Council

Furthering the Murphy Administration’s comprehensive plan to reduce lead exposure and protect the safety of New Jersey’s drinking water, the DEP and the City of Newark have committed to new measures that will better protect public health and increase transparency while also resolving longstanding litigation with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Acting Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

Conservation Success in New Jersey: DEP Reports Record Number of Bald Eagle Nests, with Eagles Confirmed in all 21 Counties

More than 40 years after facing near-extinction, New Jersey’s bald eagle population is soaring and reaching new milestones, including confirmation for the first time of nesting pairs found in each of the state’s 21 counties, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Announces New Circle Hook Requirement to Help Protect Catch-and-Release Striped Bass

To help maintain and grow striped bass levels, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will require anglers to use circle hooks when catch-and-release fishing for striped bass with natural bait, effective Jan. 1, 2021, the DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced.

Murphy Administration Honors Leaders in Environmental Justice, Recycling, Climate Action With 2020 Environmental Excellence Awards

The Murphy Administration is honoring a wide array of environmental leaders with its 2020 Environmental Excellence Awards – from elementary school students who spearheaded an enormous battery recycling effort to the social and racial justice champions who advocated the nation’s most progressive environmental justice law signed by Governor Murphy this September. This year’s honorees have moved the state forward on significant issues, including climate change, recycling, clean drinking water, and environmental justice.

DEP Announces Expansion of New Jersey Artificial Reef System

New Jersey’s artificial reef network has been significantly expanded through a deployment of 6,000 tons of concrete on the Manasquan Inlet reef site, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced.

DEP to Honor New Jersey Recycling Leaders at Virtual Awards Program in November

While the global recycling community continues to face challenges due to weak recycling markets and rising program costs, New Jersey is doing a good job of recycling thanks in part to the efforts of this year's DEP recycling award winners. Among the 2020 honorees are a business that recycles food waste from its cafeterias and plastics from its laboratories; a municipality that recycles 75 percent of its waste, including polystyrene; a university with a comprehensive recycling and reuse program; and an 11 year-old boy who started a successful battery recycling program.

Attorney General, DEP Commissioner Announce Two New Natural Resource Damage Lawsuits over Contamination of Riverfront Sites

As part of the State of New Jersey’s continuing commitment to protect public health and restore natural resources degraded by those who refuse accountability, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe today announced the filing of two lawsuits to compel the clean-up of contamination and recover Natural Resource Damages (NRDs).

DEP Reaches $4.2 Million Settlement with Wyeth Over Somerset Superfund Site, Conserving 250 Acres of Open Space and Funding Future Natural Resource Restoration Projects

Today, DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced that Wyeth Holdings LLC, the owner of the American Cyanamid Superfund site in Somerset County, has agreed to a $4.2 million settlement to compensate the public for natural resource damages through open-space preservation and natural-resource restoration projects that protect and enhance the Raritan River watershed.

DEP, NJDOT Remind Drivers to Be Extra Cautious as Deer Mating Season Begins, Daylight Hours Get Shorter

As deer mating season is approaching and daylight savings is underway, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife and the New Jersey Department of Transportation are reminding motorists to drive with extra caution and watch for white-tailed deer.

Remembering Superstorm Sandy, Murphy Administration Works to Prepare State for More Frequent and Intense Storms

Eight years after the unprecedented storm surge and flooding from Superstorm Sandy devastated many New Jersey communities, the State is taking a new approach to ensuring we remain Jersey Strong. Under the leadership of Governor Phil Murphy, the State is closely studying climate science and taking the necessary long-term steps to protect New Jersey’s residents, businesses and infrastructure from the adverse impacts of climate change, like more frequent and intense storms, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said today.

Murphy Administration Calls for Transformative Actions to Reduce Emissions Fueling Climate Change by 80% by 2050

Climate change is adversely impacting New Jersey now, and steep and steady reductions in the Garden State’s emissions of greenhouse gases are necessary, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection explained today in a report to state lawmakers assessing the state's progress in meeting the 2006 legislative mandate to reduce emissions by 80% by the year 2050.

Murphy Administration Announces $11.2 Million Available to Help Fishing Businesses Impacted by Covid-19

The Murphy Administration is making $11.2 million in financial assistance available to commercial and recreational fishing businesses impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency, Governor Phil Murphy and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

Governor Murphy Directs That State Agency Decisions Be Guided by Environmental Justice Principles

Today, the Department of Environmental Protection issued guidance according to Governor Murphy's Executive Order 23 that will assist all state government agencies in furthering the promise of environmental justice, DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced.

Murphy Administration to Promote "Jersey Strong on Climate"

As part of the international promotion of Climate Week 2020, the Administration of Governor Phil Murphy will promote "Jersey Strong on Climate," a weeklong virtual public education campaign led by the Department of Environmental Protection intended to help inform the public about the current and future climate threats New Jersey faces and the Administration's actions to reduce and respond to climate change.

New Jersey Park Service to Host Programs September 12-13 to Recognize “Girl Scouts Love State Parks” National Campaign

To showcase the importance of nature and get girls involved in the great outdoors, the New Jersey State Park Service is hosting a variety of outdoor activities Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13 in conjunction with the 2nd Annual 'Girl Scouts Love State Parks' campaign, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced.

DEP Seeks Public Input on Landmark Multi-Million Dollar Investment in Liberty State Park; Proposed Design Restores 234 Acres of Natural Resources, Increases Public Accessibility

The Department of Environmental Protection has committed tens of millions of dollars to the ecological restoration of 234 acres of Liberty State Park’s interior, creating knolls with sweeping views of the Jersey City and Manhattan skylines and increasing public accessibility, Governor Murphy and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Appoints Lacey Township Mayor to Safety Advisory Panel Overseeing Decommissioning of Oyster Creek Generating Station

Lacey Township Mayor Steven Kennis is joining a State-led advisory panel of environmental, utility and security experts assisting with decommissioning of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, ensuring that the concerns of the community where the station is located are included in the process.

DEP Approves $3.5 Million for Water-Quality Improvement Projects, Including Efforts to Reduce Harmful Algal Blooms

The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $3.5 million in grants for projects to reduce the impacts of nonpoint source pollution on waterways, including $1 million for the development of lake and watershed restoration plans to mitigate harmful algal blooms, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

Attorney General, DEP Commissioner File Lawsuit Against Nation's Largest Auto Auction Company For Selling Tampered, Super-Polluting Vehicles

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe and Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Director Paul R. Rodriguez today announced multiple legal actions to protect the public from the sale of tampered vehicles that release excessive amounts of air pollution.

DEP Seeks Applicants for $8 Million in Ecological Restoration Grants for Two Northwestern New Jersey River Systems

Using funds recovered from polluters, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is making $8 million in competitive grants available for ecological restoration and enhancement projects along two northwestern New Jersey river systems, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

New Scientific Report Details Climate Change Impacts on New Jersey, Supports Murphy Administration Efforts to Protect the State's Environmental, Public and Economic Health

New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has led a comprehensive effort to synthesize the latest and most reliable scientific information on the current and predicted future impacts of climate change on the Garden State, Governor Phil Murphy and DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today as they released New Jersey's Scientific Report on Climate Change.

Statement by Commissioner McCabe on the Passing of New Jersey State Parks Employee Curtis Mulch

New Jersey State Parks employee Curtis Mulch passed away while working at Lake Hopatcong State Park on Wednesday, June 24. Curtis worked for the State Park Service for more than 10 years.

DEP Launches Interactive Harmful Algal Bloom Map and Detailed HAB Response Strategy to Help Lake Communities Protect Public Health and Their Local Environments

Marking another milestone in the Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) initiative launched by Governor Murphy last fall, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe today announced an enhanced Harmful Algal Bloom Response Strategy that includes an interactive mapping tool to help lake communities better protect public health and to keep the public informed about blooms occurring across the state.

DEP Urges Public to Help Control Mosquito Population by Eliminating Standing Water From Properties

As the phased reopening of New Jersey continues amid the COVID-19 pandemic and warming weather, the Department of Environmental Protection reminds the public that controlling the mosquito population and risk for disease is more important than ever, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said.

DEP Announces Resumption of Camping at State Parks and Forests June 22, Encouraging Protective Health and Safety Protocols

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe today announced that camping will begin in 12 state parks, forests and recreation areas on June 22. The re-opening will be consistent with Governor Murphy’s COVID-19 public health protection goals that stress social distancing and wearing of masks.

Attorney General, DEP File Lawsuit Asking Court to Address Violations at Trenton Water Works that Pose Risks to Public Health

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today that the State has filed a lawsuit against the City of Trenton and Trenton Water Works seeking to compel them to take legally required actions to protect and strengthen the City's water system, including actions necessary to reduce the risk of lead and pathogens in drinking water.

DEP Awards $19.4 Million in Annual Clean Communities Grants to New Jersey Counties and Municipalities

The Department of Environmental Protection is awarding $19.4 million in annual Clean Communities grants to help municipalities and counties remove litter to beautify neighborhoods, improve water quality and enhance quality of life, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Accepting Nominations through July 31 for Annual Program to Honor People, Organizations for Excellence in Recycling

Nominations are being accepted in 10 categories for an annual recognition program to celebrate individuals, businesses and governments for extraordinary commitment to recycling, and inspire similar efforts by others, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

To Protect Public Safety and the Coastal Resources that Protect Against Storms, DEP Orders North Wildwood to Stop Work Being Conducted Without Permits

The Department of Environmental Protection has issued two Notices of Violation to the City of North Wildwood, requiring it to stop development activities being conducted without required DEP permits, including the destruction of vegetated dunes that provide storm protection. The unauthorized construction projects along North Wildwood’s oceanfront and Hereford Inlet were conducted without the required DEP engineering and environmental reviews, and may threaten both the natural ecosystems and public’s safety, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Announces Free Fishing Day to Be Held Saturday, June 6

New anglers and those already hooked on fishing are encouraged to visit their favorite waterway on Saturday, June 6 for the first Free Fishing Day of the year, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced.

Affirming National Leadership Role, New Jersey Publishes Formal Stringent Drinking Water Standards for PFOA and PFOS

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection today officially published its adoption of stringent, health-based drinking water standards for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), chemicals that are extremely persistent in the environment and have been linked to various health problems in people.

Reminder for Visitors: Swimming Closed at State-Owned Beaches, Lakes; Visitors Encouraged to "Mask Up!" for Safety

Swimming at state-owned ocean and lake beaches this weekend will remain closed, but visitors are welcome to enjoy passive recreation while maintaining a 6-foot social distance from others and wearing face masks or coverings, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Provides Enhanced Guidance on Harmful Algal Blooms With Development of Color-Coded Public Health Alert Index

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection today announced that it has developed a color-coded health alert index to provide the public with strong and clear guidance on suitable recreational activities in freshwater lakes and other water bodies impacted by harmful algal blooms, also known as HABs. The DEP is committed to working with local officials to implement the index as soon as possible.

DEP Launches "Mask Up!" Campaign

As part of the state’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has released a communications toolkit to strongly encourage the public to wear face coverings when visiting the state’s open spaces.

DEP Commissioner McCabe Reminds Public on Rules for Visiting State Parks and Forests During COVID-19 Outbreak

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe today strongly reminded visitors to state parks and forests of the urgent need to follow social distancing measures to protect themselves and fellow visitors from COVID-19.

Department of Environmental Protection Extends Public Comment Periods on Permit Applications to Ensure Meaningful Public Engagement During Pandemic

As part of New Jersey’s response to COVID-19, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe signed an administrative order today that extends deadlines for public comment on applications for certain permits and approvals to ensure opportunities for meaningful public engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commissioner McCabe Marks Air Quality Awareness Week by Affirming State's Commitment to Cleaner Air and Addressing Climate Change

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe is marking Air Quality Awareness Week by affirming the state’s commitment to cleaner air and addressing climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions. She also asked residents to be mindful of steps they can take to help make our air healthier, at the same time helping to fight global warming.

New Jersey To Invest Nearly $45 Million in Electrification of Transportation Sector; Focus on Air Quality Improvements in Environmental Justice Communities

In celebration of Earth Day and building off last week’s release of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Strategic Funding Plan, New Jersey will additionally invest nearly $45 million to reduce greenhouse gases produced by the transportation sector, thanks to funds from the national Volkswagen settlement, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

To Celebrate Earth Day, DEP Launches Online Stay-At-Home Activities, Learning Tools and Virtual Park Visits

To celebrate Earth Day and its 50th birthday, the Department of Environmental Protection is introducing new online resources, including stay-at-home activities, virtual tours of state parks and distance-learning opportunities. The online resources were developed and curated to enable New Jerseyans to celebrate Earth Day while still staying at home to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Murphy Administration Releases RGGI Strategic Funding Plan; Announces New Investments in Climate Change Reduction, Environmental Justice and Clean Energy

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and Economic Development Authority (EDA) today released a strategic funding plan for investing the state’s auction proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the cap-and-trade pact among northeastern states dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity generating sector.

With Peak Wildfire Season Underway, DEP Promotes Fire Safety, Files Charges After Investigation of Massive 2019 Pinelands Fire

Now that peak wildfire season is underway in New Jersey, the State Forest Fire Service is reminding residents how they can help to avoid forest fires, which are almost always caused by people.

Statement of DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe on the Closure of State Parks and Forests during Covid-19 Outbreak

DEP takes seriously its many responsibilities to protect the environment and public health, and to act as steward of the public parks, forests and other state lands that are so important to the people of New Jersey.

New Jersey DEP Issues Notice for Agricultural Businesses Using Open Fires or Smudge Pots to Protect Crops from Freezing

With overnight temperatures expected to be colder than seasonal averages, the New Jersey DEP has issued a new notice for New Jersey agricultural businesses for the use of open fires and smudge pots to prevent crops from freezing. However, the DEP cautions against using open burning in high winds.

DEP Adopts New Protections for 600 Miles of Rivers and Streams

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe today announced that 600 miles of New Jersey rivers and streams will be upgraded to Category One (or C1) status, the State’s first such upgrade in over a decade. Through an amendment to the Surface Water Quality Standards that codifies these new C1 streams, their exceptional water quality and ecological diversity will be protected from possible future degradation. The amended rule was published in the New Jersey Register on April 6.

All State Parks and Forests Closed to Help Further Limit the Spread of Covid-19

To limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure social distancing, DEP will close all state parks and forests effective at 8:00 p.m. today, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Offers Seven Tips for Social Distancing While Visiting New Jersey’s State Parks and Natural Areas

New Jersey residents visiting state parks, forests and wildlife management areas are urged to follow specific practices to promote social distancing and prevent the further spread of COVID-19, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe reiterated today.

Open Spaces at State Parks and Wildlife Management Areas Available for Passive Recreation; Enclosed Facilities, Campgrounds at State Parks, Forests and Recreation Areas Closed

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today that public may still access the State Parks, forests, recreation areas and Wildlife Management Areas, including roads, parking areas, trails, lakes and other open space areas for healthful passive recreation.

DEP Approves $2.5 Million for Projects to Evaluate Innovative Harmful Algal Bloom Mitigation and Prevention Strategies

The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $2.5 million in grants for nine local demonstration projects that will implement and evaluate innovative technologies to mitigate and prevent harmful algal blooms in the state, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Celebrates Americorps Week With Watershed Ambassador Events Highlighting Water Quality Stewardship

The Department of Environmental Protection is celebrating 20 years of accomplishments by the state’s AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program with initiatives during national AmeriCorps Week that will reinforce to students and residents the importance of protecting water quality, Commissioner Catherine R McCabe announced.

DEP Adopts Green Stormwater Infrastructure Rules

The Department of Environmental Protection formally adopted groundbreaking amendments to the state’s stormwater management rules to better protect water quality by reducing polluted runoff through implementation of green infrastructure technologies, which also helps to make New Jersey more resilient to storm and flood impacts from climate change, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Launches Environmental Justice Initiative to Clean Up Large Illegal Dumping Area in Trenton Along Assunpink Creek

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe today joined Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora, other city officials and volunteers to launch a community project to remove materials from a large illegal dumping site in Trenton as part of the DEP’s statewide environmental justice efforts.

DEP Announces Registration Deadline for Companies That Haul or Process Soil, Fill Recyclable Material in New Jersey

Businesses conducting soil and fill recyclable material services that do not already possess an A-901 license have until April 20, 2020, to register with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection as a first step to comply with a newly enacted licensing law requiring greater oversight of those activities, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

New Jersey State Forest Fire Service Prescribed Burning Program Underway Across State to Help Reduce Wildfire Risk

The State Forest Fire Service is setting prescribed burns around the state to help reduce forest undergrowth, vegetation and other materials that have the potential to fuel wildfires, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Accepting Applications for Hundreds of Seasonal Jobs at New Jersey State Parks, Forests and Historic Sites

The New Jersey State Park Service and the State Park Police are accepting applications for hundreds of peak-season jobs throughout state parks, forests and historic sites, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today.

New Jersey DEP Begins Reform of Environmental Regulations in Response to Climate Change

One week after Governor Phil Murphy and Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced a comprehensive effort to modernize New Jersey’s environmental regulations to protect our communities and economy against the threats of climate change, the Department of Environmental Protection is moving forward with a collaborative rulemaking process, holding several stakeholder events throughout February and March, to make the New Jersey Protecting Against Climate Threats (NJ PACT) reforms a reality.

DEP Modifies Harmful Algal Bloom Grant Program Requirements, Extends Deadline to Provide More Flexibility to Applicants

The Department of Environmental Protection has extended by 15 days the deadline for submission of applications for a $2.5 million grant program to fund projects to help reduce the occurrence of harmful algal blooms in the state.

DEP Reminds Public to Take Precautions When Burning Wood in Colder Weather to Help Protect Air Quality and Prevent Fires

With colder weather upon us, residents are reminded to practice safety and help reduce the impacts burning of wood on air quality in their homes and neighborhoods, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Awards Urban and Community Forestry Grants Totaling $122,500 to Support Management of New Jersey Trees and Forests

The Department of Environmental Protection is awarding $122,500 in grants to 11 municipalities to promote the stewardship of urban and community trees and forests, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP 2019 Beach Flora Survey Shows Major Increase of Endangered Seabeach Amaranth Plants South of Sandy Hook

An annual plant census along New Jersey's coastal beaches south of Sandy Hook shows a significant surge in the number of seabeach amaranth, a federally threatened and state endangered plant species, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Awards More than $14 Million in Grants to Local and County Governments to Enhance Recycling Efforts

The Department of Environmental Protection is awarding more than $14 million in grants to municipal and county governments to enhance recycling efforts, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Moves Forward on Programs Providing $13.5 Million for Local Projects to Address Harmful Algal Blooms

The Department of Environmental Protection is making $13.5 million in funding available for local projects that will improve water quality and help prevent, mitigate and manage harmful algal blooms (HABs) in New Jersey’s lakes and ponds, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today, building upon the state’s HAB response strategy announced by Governor Murphy on Nov. 18.

Attorney General, DEP Commissioner Announce the Filing of Two New NRD Lawsuits, Marking 12 NRD Lawsuits Filed Since January 2018

Continuing to hold New Jersey's polluters accountable, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe today announced the filing of two new Natural Resource Damage (NRD) lawsuits, one against The Sherwin Williams Company and the other against Handy & Harman Electronic Materials Corp

Ring in the New Year With First Day Hikes in New Jersey's State Parks, Forests and Historic Sites on January 1

The Division of Parks and Forestry will kick off 2020 with a variety of recreational opportunities on New Year's Day as a part of the annual America's State Parks' First Day Hikes program, the Department of Environmental Protection announced.

DEP Announces Garden State Preservation Trust Support of Nearly $87 Million for Green Acres Projects Across State; Commissioner Announces Recommendation at One of the Proposed Grantee Sites

The Garden State Preservation Trust has approved and recommended to the New Jersey State Legislature nearly $87 million in funding for projects to develop or update parks, playgrounds and fields, including $1 million for Vista Park in the City of Paterson, to help enhance quality of life statewide, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Presents New Study Predicting Dramatic Increase in Sea-level Rise Along Jersey Shore by 2050; Report Introduced at First Meeting of Interagency Council on Climate Change

The Department of Environmental Protection today released a new study projecting dramatic sea-level rise in New Jersey. According to the report, sea-level in New Jersey could rise from 2000 levels by up to 1.1 feet by 2030, 2.1 feet by 2050, and 6.3 feet by 2100, underscoring the urgency of the Murphy Administration's adaptation work to make the state more resilient to the effects of climate change.

DEP Honors Leaders During Annual Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Ceremony

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe today presented Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards to those who have spearheaded efforts to help protect and enhance New Jersey’s environment.

Gilded-Era Decorations at Ringwood Manor and Drumthwacket Among Highlights of Annual Christmas Activities at State Parks

An annual slate of activities harkening back to the Christmases of past will be offered at multiple state parks, forests and historic sites this holiday season, the Department of Environmental Protection announced.

Looking for the Perfect Holiday Gift? Consider an Annual New Jersey State Parks Pass

Looking for a holiday gift for the outdoors enthusiast in your life? Consider a New Jersey state parks annual pass.

Public Has Two Additional Opportunities to Offer Input for Developing RGGI's Strategic Funding Plan

The public has two remaining opportunities this year to provide input on how the state should distribute the revenue anticipated from New Jersey's return to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Establishes Environmental Resources Working Group to Achieve Offshore Wind Energy Goals for New Jersey

As part of Governor Murphy's newly expanded goal of reaching 7,500 megawatts of offshore wind generation by 2035, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will lead a newly established working group of fishing and conservation groups to provide guidance to the Administration's overall strategy and approach to achieving its offshore wind goals, New Jersey DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Announces Seedlings Gift to Ensure Legacy of Famous Salem Oak Lives on in Every New Jersey Municipality

In celebration of its 50th birthday and the 50th anniversary of America's first Earth Day on April 22, 2020, the Department of Environmental Protection will give the gift of a prized seedling from the famed Salem Oak to each of New Jersey's 565 municipalities for planting come spring, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

In Recognition of America Recycles Day on Friday, DEP Reminds Public of Recycling Importance for Protecting Environment

As part of America Recycles Day on Friday, Nov. 15, the Department of Environmental Protection is reminding residents across New Jersey that regular recycling will help protect the environment and conserve natural resources.

Work to Begin Next Week on Project to Protect East Point Lighthouse on Delaware Bay From Storms and Flooding

A contractor for the Department of Environmental Protection will begin work next week on an interim project to protect Cumberland County's East Point Lighthouse – an icon of the Delaware Bay region and the state's second oldest lighthouse – from storm surge and flooding, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

Commissioner McCabe, Mayor Gusciora to Host Public Input Session in Trenton to Hear Environmental Justice Concerns

A public input session to hear the community’s environmental justice issues for Trenton is set for Tuesday, Oct. 29 in the city with Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe and Mayor Reed Gusciora, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced today.

Attorney General, DEP File Six New "Environmental Justice" Lawsuits Targeting Polluters in New Jersey’s Lower-Income and Minority Communities

As part of their ongoing environmental justice (EJ) initiative, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today the filing of six new enforcement actions targeting polluters in minority and lower-income communities across New Jersey.

Murphy Administration Announces Public Process for Developing New Jersey's RGGI Strategic Funding Plan

The Department of Environmental Protection, Board of Public Utilities and Economic Development Authority today released a document designed to educate the public about the possible funding strategies that could receive the revenue anticipated from New Jersey's re-entry to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative early next year, leadership for the three agencies announced.

DEP's Urban and Community Forestry Program Honors 2019 Green Communities Achievement Award Winners

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is honoring three 2019 Green Communities Achievement Award winners for outstanding contributions to urban and community forestry, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Reminds Motorists to Be Extra Cautious on Roadways as Deer Mating Season Begins, Daylight Hours Get Shorter

Drivers are urged to use extra caution and watch for white-tailed deer as deer mating season gets under way and darkness arrives earlier, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today.

Country Living Fair to Be Held Sunday, October 20 at Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest

Celebrating simpler times and the beauty of the Pinelands, the annual Country Living Fair will be held Sunday, Oct. 20, at historic Batsto Village in Burlington County. Visitors will be able to enjoy crafts, music, food, antiques, pony rides, farm equipment and much more.

New Jersey Parks, Forests and Historic Sites to Provide Treats, Some Frights for Visitors in Celebration of Halloween

From mummy duck races to multiple trick-or-treating events and spooky Jersey Devil stories, a frightfully diverse array of Halloween-themed events for children and adults is available this month at state parks, forests and historic sites, the Department of Environmental Protection announced.

Department of Environmental Protection Honors Recycling Leaders, Innovators at Annual Awards Luncheon

A business that recycles almost 80 percent of its waste, a university with a comprehensive waste reduction and recycling program, and a municipal recycling coordinator whose dedication has increased recycling in multi-family housing developments, are among those honored today as New Jersey's 2019 recycling leaders.

DEP Launches Initiative to Help Communities Combat "Dirty Dirt" and Prevent Illegal Dumping of Fill Material

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has launched a new campaign to help municipalities and communities manage fill material -- soils trucked in for developments under construction, landscape projects or for use on private residential properties, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP to Begin Fall Trout Stocking Statewide on October 8; Free Fishing Day for All Ages Scheduled October 19

The Division of Fish and Wildlife is kicking off the start of fall trout season tomorrow, Oct. 8, by stocking many of New Jersey’s rivers, lakes, streams and ponds with thousands of large rainbow trout, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced.

Murphy Administration Establishes Panel to Oversee Decommissioning of Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station

The Murphy Administration today established the Oyster Creek Safety Advisory Panel through an Administrative Order signed by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe to assist with the evaluation of the decommissioning operations at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station.

DEP Releases Comprehensive and Detailed Update to GIS Land Use and Land Cover Mapping

The Department of Environmental Protection has released an important update to its series of Land Use/Land Cover maps, an essential resource in assisting the DEP and numerous other government agencies and organizations in making decisions that affect all residents, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP's 25th Annual Fall Forestry Festival Scheduled Saturday, October 5 in Jackson Township, Ocean County

The Department of Environmental Protection will celebrate trees, autumn and New Jersey's outdoors with the 25th Annual Fall Forestry Festival on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Forest Resource Education Center in Jackson Township, Ocean County.

Department of Environmental Protectio's Blue Acres Program Marks Milestone with 700th Purchase

The Department of Environmental Protection's Blue Acres residential buyout program has reached a milestone with the completion of its 700th purchase, a house in South River, Middlesex County, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

Harmful Algal Bloom Advisories Lifted for Additional Areas of Lake Hopatcong

The Department of Environmental Protection today lifted harmful algal bloom advisories for additional areas of Lake Hopatcong, bringing to about 60 percent the total area of the lake no longer under advisory.

DEP's Green Acres Program Purchases 190-acre Addition to Allaire State Park in Monmouth County

The Department of Environmental Protection's Green Acres Program and the nonprofit Monmouth Conservation Foundation have completed the $3.8 million purchase of 190 acres of forests and forested wetlands that will be added to Allaire State Park in Monmouth County.

Attorney General, DEP Announce Enforcement Action against Plant in Ironbound Releasing "Putrid" Odors Affecting Local Community

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today that the State has filed a lawsuit against a plant in the Ironbound section of Newark that is responsible for multiple community complaints of "putrid" and nausea-inducing odors, including "animal carcass odors."

DEP Looks to Universities and Colleges for Wealth of Research on Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise

Demonstrating the Murphy Administration’s commitment to addressing climate change, the Department of Environmental Protection is requesting that higher-education institutions share climate and sea-level rise research and data that will help the state as it moves forward with strengthening New Jersey’s global warming response and resilience strategies.

DEP Marks National Drive Electric Week by Hailing Increases in Electric Vehicle Sales, Expansion of Charging Infrastructure

An increase in the number of electric vehicles being sold in New Jersey as well as the growing network of charging infrastructure throughout the state are fueling the Department of Environmental Protection’s planned celebration of National Drive Electric Week next week, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair Set for September 14 at Monmouth Battlefield State Park

The Garden State’s historic contributions to the nation will be highlighted at the Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan Township, the Department of Environmental Protection announced.

Lifeguards to Be on Duty at Island Beach State Park Main Swimming Area Every Weekend in September

Lifeguards will be on duty every Friday through Sunday this month at Island Beach State Park in Ocean County so visitors may swim safely while enjoying the final weeks of the summer shore season, the State Park Service announced.

DEP to Host 10th Annual Wild Outdoor Expo September 7-8 in Jackson Township, Ocean County

The 10th Annual WILD Outdoor Expo, showcasing New Jersey's outdoors and opportunities for recreational activities, will be Saturday, September 7, and Sunday, September 8, at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township, Ocean County.

DEP Reminds New Jersey Saltwater Anglers of Shark Fishing Regulations to Help Protect Vulnerable Species

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection reminds saltwater anglers, fishing guides and for-hire vessel operators that it is illegal to target certain shark species while fishing in state or federal waters, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said today.

DEP Opens Nomination Period for 2019 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection invites those on the front lines of protecting New Jersey’s environment to nominate individuals, businesses or organizations in the public and private sectors for consideration of a 2019 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Lifts Harmful Algal Bloom Advisory for Six Beaches on Lake Hopatcong in Area From Byram Bay to Halsey Island

The Department of Environmental Protection's harmful algal bloom advisory has been lifted for six bathing beaches in the area of Lake Hopatcong stretching from Byram Bay to Halsey Island.

NJEDA, DEP Announce List of Communities in Expanded Community Collaborative Initiative

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced the list of municipalities that will be included in the expanded Community Collaborative Initiative (CCI).

New Jersey Forest Fire Service Releases Video Promoting Smokey Bear's 75th Birthday, Party at Liberty State Park in Jersey City

Smokey Bear's milestone 75th birthday on Friday, Aug. 9 is being celebrated in a new video released by the New Jersey Forest Fire Service to remind the public about the importance of wildfire prevention, the Department of Environmental Protection announced.

Swimming Advisory Lifted in Second Area of Lake Hopatcong but Remains in Place for Majority of Lake while DEP Continues Daily Monitoring Program

The Department of Environmental Protection’s advisory about bodily contact with lake water has been lifted in a second area of Lake Hopatcong: Henderson Cove.

DEP Restoring Habitat for Pinelands Plant Found Only Intermittently in Northeastern U.S. and Maritime Canada

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is working to restore habitat in the East Plains Natural Area in Ocean County’s Stafford Forge Wildlife Management Area to boost populations of the state-endangered broom crowberry, a rare plant found only intermittently in the Northeastern U.S. and maritime Canada.

DEP Seeks Recruits for 20th Anniversary of Americorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassador Program to Help Protect Water Quality

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is seeking 20 new AmeriCorps members to serve as Watershed Ambassadors for the 2019-2020 season, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

Swimming Advisory Lifted in the Indian Harbor Area of Lake Hopatcong but Remains in Place for Majority of Lake while DEP Continues Daily Monitoring Program

The Department of Environmental Protection’s advisory about bodily contact with lake water has been lifted in the Indian Harbor area of Lake Hopatcong.

Kearny Residents Advised that Intermittent Odors May Increase During Construction of System Intended to Resolve Hydrogen Sulfide Odor Emissions from Keegan Landfill

The Department of Environmental Protection is advising residents of Kearny that intermittent hydrogen sulfide odors are likely to occur or increase as contractors for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority next week begin drilling vertical wells that are a key component of a system intended to resolve hydrogen sulfide odors at the Keegan Landfill.

DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe Testifies Before Congress on New Jersey's National Leadership in Setting PFAS Standards

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe testified today before a congressional subcommittee about the state's leadership in setting strict standards for the PFAS family of chemicals and cited slow movement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to do the same to safeguard public health and the environment.

Public Advised to Avoid Swimming or Coming in Contact With Water in New Jersey Portion of Greenwood Lake Due to Harmful Algal Bloom

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is advising the public to avoid swimming in or coming in contact with water in the New Jersey portion of Greenwood Lake following water monitoring and aerial remote-sensing surveillance today that confirmed the extensive presence of a Harmful Algal Bloom, or HAB.

New Jersey Forest Fire Service to Celebrate 75th Birthday of Smokey Bear with Big Bash at Liberty State Park in Jersey City

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service will fete the nation’s most famous bear on Saturday, Aug. 10, with a daylong celebration to teach children and remind the public of the many ways they can help prevent wildfires, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced.

High-Tech Buoys Deployed as Part of Multifaceted Response to Lake Hopatcong Harmful Algal Bloom as Swimming and Contact Advisory Remains in Effect

The Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Geological Survey this week deployed high-tech real-time monitoring buoys as part of a comprehensive response to the widespread Harmful Algal Bloom, or HAB, affecting northern New Jersey’s Lake Hopatcong. There is no scientifically sound treatment to eliminate HABs from water bodies, so advanced and continuous monitoring is the key element in protecting health and assessing when the lake is safe for recreation.

New Jersey State Park Service to Host Programs as Part of National "Girl Scouts Love State Parks" Campaign July 13-14

As part of a national campaign to get "every girl outside," nearly 25 state parks, forests and historic sites will be taking part in the "Girl Scouts Love State Parks" initiative this Saturday and Sunday.

Swimming and Recreational Use Advisory Remains in Place for Lake Hopatcong Due to Harmful Algal Bloom

The Department of Environmental Protection’s swimming and bodily contact advisory remains in effect for Lake Hopatcong due to a Harmful Algal Bloom, or HAB.

DEP Invites Public to Open House on Storm-resilience Plan for the Two Rivers Region of Monmouth County

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and officials in the Two Rivers region of northeastern Monmouth County are inviting residents and stakeholders to learn more about and provide input on a regional resilience plan for their communities during an open house on Wednesday, July 10.

DEP Advises Public to Avoid Contact With Lake Hopatcong Water Due to Harmful Algal Bloom

The Department of Environmental Protection is advising the public to avoid swimming in or contact with Lake Hopatcong water due to an extensive Harmful Algal Bloom, or HAB, confirmed this week by aerial surveillance.

DEP Commissioner McCabe and Division of Parks and Forestry Kick Off "I Heart NJ Parks" Campaign

As part of the beginning of summer, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe and Division of Parks and Forestry staff have kicked off the "I Heart NJ Parks" social media campaign.

DEP Launches Social Media Campaign to Remind Public About Importance of Keeping Contaminants Out of Recycling Stream

The Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging local governments and other organizations to use social media to remind the public about the importance of keeping New Jersey's recycling stream free of nonrecyclable items.

DEP and Partner Agencies Issue More Than 40 Violations in Newark During Idling Sweep to Help Protect New Jersey Air Quality

A team of inspection and enforcement officials from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and other agencies have issued more than 40 violations following a two-day environmental enforcement initiative in the City of Newark, Essex County, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced.

DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe's Statement on Trump Administration "Affordable Clean Energy Rule"

'The Trump Administration's so-called Affordable Clean Energy rule is a betrayal of America's future generations.'

Monmouth Battlefield State Park Site to Host Re-enactments of Critical American Revolution Battle on June 22-23

Monmouth Battlefield State Park will be filled with Gen. George Washington’s Continental Army troops and British Redcoats as they prepare to skirmish this weekend for the annual re-enactment of the pivotal Battle of Monmouth, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced.

DEP Announces 4th Annual Statewide Youth Fishing Challenge and Free Fishing Day Scheduled Saturday, June 8

Recreational anglers and those new to the hobby can try freshwater fishing during a statewide challenge and Free Fishing Day, both on Saturday, June 8, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today.

Clinging Jellyfish Confirmed in North Wildwood Beach Salt Pond

The DEP is advising the public that clinging jellyfish have been confirmed in a salt pond near a bathing area in North Wildwood, the first time this species has been found this far south in New Jersey.

Second Round of Volkswagen Settlement Funds to Support Deployment of Heavy-duty Electric Vehicles, with Emphasis on Improving Air Quality in Environmental Justice Communities

Demonstrating its commitment to clean transportation and improving urban air quality, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today that it is requesting approval from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trustee to disburse $16 million for the deployment of electric heavy-duty garbage trucks, school buses, and port-related vehicles.

DEP to Celebrate National Trails Day in New Jersey on June 1 With More Than 30 Outdoor Events Planned Statewide

The Department of Environmental Protection invites residents and visitors to spend time outdoors on Saturday, June 1 in observance of National Trails Day in New Jersey, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced.

DEP Encourages Residents to Take Steps to Improve New Jersey Air Quality

The Department of Environmental Protection reminds individuals that making basic changes in their daily routines can improve air quality across New Jersey while also protecting public health and saving money.

State of the Shore Event Kicks Off Season With Overviews of Water Quality, Public Access, Resilience and Swimming Safety

The state is working hard to ensure a safe and enjoyable season at the Jersey shore, backbone of New Jersey’s nearly $45 billion tourism economy, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said today during the annual State of the Shore event in Asbury Park.

DEP Awards $21.5 Million in Clean Communities Grants to Counties and Municipalities

The Department of Environmental Protection is awarding $21.5 million in annual Clean Communities grants to help municipalities and counties conduct litter cleanups that improve the quality of life in New Jersey's communities, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Issues $712,500 in Penalties Against Firms That Operated Illegal Waste Transfer-Stations and Marketed Material as Clean Fill

The Department of Environmental Protection has issued a total $712,500 in penalties against two waste-transportation companies for setting up illegal solid-waste transfer stations in Sparta, Sussex County, and marketing their materials as clean fill, some of which ended up at residential properties, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Accepting Nominations Through July 26 for Annual Program to Honor Those With Extraordinary Commitment to Recycling

Nominations are being accepted in 10 categories for an annual recognition program to celebrate individuals, businesses and governments for excellence in recycling, and inspiring others to the same commitment, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

Island Beach State Park, Sandy Hook to Offer Free Activities for Ocean Fun Days on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19

A series of fun and educational activities are planned at both Island Beach State Park and Sandy Hook this weekend to remind the public of the importance in protecting New Jersey's coastal environment, the Department of Environmental Protection announced.

Anglers Look to Catch Biggest Fish at 28th Annual Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament May 19 at Island Beach State Park

The 28th annual Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament, a popular competition for anglers of all ages, will be held at Island Beach State Park in Ocean County on Sunday, May 19.

Attorney General, DEP Announce Suit Against 3M, DuPont, Others For Making, Selling Toxic Chemicals in Firefighting Foam Product

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner (DEP) Catherine R. McCabe, and Acting Division of Consumer Affairs Director Paul Rodríguez announced today that the State has filed a lawsuit against companies for manufacturing and selling firefighting foam products in New Jersey for decades despite knowing those products released toxic and harmful chemicals into the environment.

DEP Reminds Beachgoers About Online, Social Media Platforms to Help Them Be Shore Ready for 2019 Beach Season

The Department of Environmental Protection is readying for the upcoming beach season by reminding residents about programs that help maintain New Jersey's excellent beach water quality and the various online platforms available to help the public be shore ready this summer, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

Commissioner McCabe to be on Hand for Electric-Vehicle Test Drive During Princeton Sustainability Event Tomorrow

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe will join Mayor Liz Lempert for a sustainability event in Princeton tomorrow during which the public will have an opportunity to test drive the latest models of electric and hybrid vehicles that help curb emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases.

DEP Launches Connecting Habitat Across New Jersey Project to Link Lands for Wildlife Movement

A new project to make New Jersey’s landscape and roadways friendlier to wildlife seeking food, shelter, mates and other needs is underway to help sustain healthy populations of various species, the Department of Environmental Protection announced.

New Jersey Mosquito Control Commission Marks 500th Meeting with Simple Message: Controlling Mosquito Populations More Important Than Ever

As the New Jersey Mosquito Control Commission marks its 500th meeting and as mosquito season gets underway, the Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Health and Department of Agriculture remind the public of the ongoing importance of controlling populations of the disease-carrying insect.

DEP Awards $10 Million in Grants to Improve Water Quality in the Barnegat Bay Watershed

The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $10 million in grants for local water-quality improvement projects in the Barnegat Bay watershed, an important ecological and economic resource for the state, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

Online Land-use Permit System Will Improve DEP Efficiency and Public Transparency

In an effort that will significantly improve efficiency and transparency while reducing costs for businesses and residents, the Department of Environmental Protection is launching a new system that will allow applications for land-use permits to be submitted online.

DEP and Partner Agencies to Celebrate State Arbor Day on Friday, April 26 with Ceremonies at Rutgers in New Brunswick

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Urban and Community Forestry Program and partner agencies will host Arbor Day activities on Friday, April 26 at the Rutgers University Cook/Douglass campus in New Brunswick, Middlesex County to celebrate efforts to grow resilient urban and community forests across the state, the Department of Environmental Protection announced.

New Jersey Forest Fire Service Prescribed Burning Program and Wildfire Prevention Techniques Garner National Attention

The State Forest Fire Service is receiving national attention for its proactive approaches to reducing wildfire risk, protecting habitats and teaching those innovative techniques to experts that visit New Jersey to study fire behavior, the Department of Environmental Protection announced.

New Jersey Celebrates Environmental Protection with Earth Week Activities Across the State

In honor of Earth Day on Monday, April 22, a diverse array of family friendly Earth Week cleanups, fairs, beautification projects, hikes, tours, competitions and other activities are planned statewide later this month and in May, the Department of Environmental Protection announced.

DEP Offers Safety Reminders for Public as Bears Leave Winter Dens in Search of Food

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is reminding the public of important safety tips to follow as black bears begin emerging from winter dens and searching for food.

Spring Tradition Gets Underway With Opening Day of Trout Season This Saturday, April 6

More than 184,000 freshly stocked rainbow trout will be available when anglers cast their lines on the opening day of trout season this Saturday, April 6, DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

Commissioner McCabe to Help Kick Off Week-long Cleanup of Delaware Estuary Watershed

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe will be on hand this Saturday for the kickoff of the South Jersey Scrub, a week-long volunteer cleanup of the Delaware Estuary.

DEP Strengthens Commitment to Clean Energy Goals by Joining Alliance Working to Expand Use of Zero-emission Vehicles

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is joining the International Zero-Emission Vehicle Alliance, a group focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector by expanding the market for zero-emission vehicles, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Receives $3 Million Grant to Restore Historic Buildings at Waterloo Village in Sussex County

The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Parks and Forestry will use a $3 million grant to rehabilitate three Morris Canal-related buildings at the Waterloo Village Historic Site in Sussex County, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

Spring Hill Wildfire in Pinelands Reaches 100 Percent Containment

A wildfire that consumed 11,638 acres of lands in the Pinelands region of New Jersey is fully contained and all roads around the fire are open, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

Affirming National Leadership Role, New Jersey Proposes Stringent Drinking Water Standards for PFOA and PFOS

New Jersey will be the first state in the nation to sell annual state parks passes through a public lands pass website, giving visitors the opportunity to save gas, time and money by avoiding daily walk-in costs and parking fees, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

New Jersey Will Be First State in Nation to Offer Online Purchase of Annual State Parks Passes Through Public Lands Website

New Jersey will be the first state in the nation to sell annual state parks passes through a public lands pass website, giving visitors the opportunity to save gas, time and money by avoiding daily walk-in costs and parking fees, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP to Provide 60,000 Free Tree Seedlings for Distribution in Communities Across the State Beginning Saturday, March 30

The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Parks and Forestry is providing 60,000 free tree seedlings to residents through the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign, an ongoing effort of the New Jersey Forest Service, the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation and other partners.

DEP Directs Five Chemical Companies to Fund Removal of Extensive PFAS Contamination Throughout State

Citing near daily findings of dangerous chemicals in New Jersey’s air, land and water, the Department of Environmental Protection is identifying five companies it says are responsible for the extensive contamination and directing them to fund millions of dollars in assessment and cleanup efforts, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP's Recycle Coach App Is Making Recycling Easier Than Ever in New Jersey

A little more than a year after its launch, the Department of Environmental Protection's recycling app, Recycle Coach, continues to expand its reach, making recycling easier than ever for many New Jersey residents.

Nonprofits, Universities and Colleges Urged to Apply for Grants for Projects to Enhance Coastal-Resilience Planning Efforts

As part of the state’s comprehensive efforts to make New Jersey more resilient, the Department of Environmental Protection today announced that nonprofits, colleges and universities may apply for grants to develop projects that will assist the department in helping communities prepare for storms and sea-level rise.

DEP Celebrates Americorps Week With Watershed Ambassador-sponsored Events Highlighting Water Quality Stewardship

Protecting water quality is the focus of several events next week by New Jersey’s AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassadors Program to educate the public about environmental stewardship.

New Jersey Forest Service Forester Is Honored for Managing State Lands, Helping Develop National Forest Inventory

A New Jersey Forest Service member whose forestry management and planning skills are helping to protect 775,000 acres of state land is the Allegheny Society of American Foresters Forester of the Year, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

AG, DEP File Natural Resource Damage Suit Against ExxonMobil

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today filed a six-count lawsuit against ExxonMobil, alleging the company is liable for harmful contamination found on and around its 12-acre-plus Lail property in Gloucester County.

DEP Proposes Reclassifying 749 Miles of Waterways to Category One Status, First Significant Upgrade in More Than a Decade

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe today announced the filing of rule amendments that will designate 749 miles of rivers and streams as Category One waterways, marking the first time in more than a decade that the state has designated waterways to this high level of protection.

DEP, Army Corps of Engineers Seek Public Comment on Interim Report for Back Bays Study

The Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are seeking public comment on an interim report that is a milestone in developing a comprehensive flood-mitigation strategy for the state's extensive back bay areas.

DEP to Use First Round of Volkswagen Settlement Funds for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, NJ Transit Electric Buses

Moving forward on its commitment to clean transportation, the Department of Environmental Protection is transmitting to the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust for approval the allocation of $11.2 million from New Jersey’s share of the federal Volkswagen settlement for hundreds of electric-vehicle charging outlets across the state and new electric NJ TRANSIT buses in the City of Camden, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Seeks Applicants for Hundreds of Seasonal Jobs at State Parks, Forests and Historic Sites

Applications are being accepted for hundreds of peak-season jobs at New Jersey's parks, forests and historic sites, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today.

New Jersey State Forest Fire Service Prescribed Burning Program Is Underway to Help Reduce Wildfire Risk

The State Forest Fire Service is setting prescribed burns to reduce undergrowth and other forest floor materials that have the potential to fuel wildfires, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced today.

DEP Statement on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency PFAS Actions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement today is disappointing at a time when there is a critical need to address perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) known to be present in America’s drinking water. The Trump Administration is leaving millions of Americans exposed to harmful chemicals for too long by choosing a drawn-out process that will delay establishing a federal maximum contaminant level (MCL) for PFAS.

New Jersey Schoolchildren Design Calendar With State Forest Fire Service to Honor Smokey Bear's 75th Anniversary

Free calendars designed by New Jersey schoolchildren that highlight the importance of wildfire prevention and celebrate the 75th anniversary of Smokey Bear are available to the public, the Department of Environmental Protection announced.

DEP Requests Input on Proposed Ground Water Quality Criteria for Chemicals of Emerging Concern

Affirming New Jersey's national leadership in addressing chemicals of emerging concern, the Department of Environmental Protection today announced proposed interim ground water quality criteria for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), chemicals that are extremely persistent in the environment.

Public Comment Sessions Set on Murphy Administration Plan for Implementing Environmental Justice in State Actions

Following through on Governor Phil Murphy's pledge that New Jersey take steps to ensure all residents live in a clean and healthy environment, the Department of Environmental Protection today released a plan on how that goal will be achieved across state agencies, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced.

DEP Commends New Members of New Jersey Sustainability Registry for Being Community Leaders

A beachfront restaurant helping protect the ocean with a no-straw policy, a brewery helping to mitigate climate change by keeping waste out of local landfills, and a funeral home supporting New Jersey's clean energy economy by installing solar power are just some of the New Jersey businesses being recognized this year for becoming members of the New Jersey Sustainable Business Registry.

DEP Invites Experienced Vendors to Submit Proposals to Operate Concessions at Seven State Park System Sites

To enhance visitors' experiences, the Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Parks and Forestry is accepting applications from experienced vendors to operate concessions at parks, recreation areas and other units of the state park system.

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife Seeking Ideas for Repurposing of Rockport Game Farm in Warren County

The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife is looking for ideas from individuals and organizations that may be interested in making use of the former Rockport Game Farm in Mansfield Township, Warren County.

DEP Encourages Visits to State Parks, Forests and Historic Sites on Jan. 1 to Celebrate the Outdoors with First Day Hikes

Local governments will share $14.3 million in grants to further enhance recycling efforts, based on 2016 recycling performance in their communities, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Encourages Visits to State Parks, Forests and Historic Sites on Jan. 1 to Celebrate the Outdoors with First Day Hikes

The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry will offer multiple recreation opportunities across the state on New Year's Day as part of the annual America's State Parks' First Day Hikes program.

Seaside Heights Installs Six Electric-vehicle Charging Stations in Borough as Part of Settlement Agreement

Seaside Heights has six new electric-vehicle charging stations in its downtown area as part of a settlement agreement reached with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to resolve air-monitoring issues in the borough, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

New Jersey to Participate in Design of Regional Approach to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Transportation Sector

New Jersey has committed to working with Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states in designing a new regional low-carbon transportation policy proposal that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

New Jersey Geological Survey Unearths Interesting Facets of Mastodon Paleontology in New Jersey

One of the largest land mammals ever to roam what is today New Jersey, the mastodon lorded over a lush, spruce-forested environment along the icy edges of glaciers before a warming climate and glacial retreat spelled its doom.

Annual Soldiers' Christmas Program at Fort Mott State Park and Wreath Placement Ceremony at Cemetery to Honor Veterans

The dedicated service and sacrifices of America's troops and veterans will be commemorated on Sunday, Dec. 15 with the annual Soldiers' Christmas program at Fort Mott State Park in Salem County and the placement of wreaths at a nearby national cemetery, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced.

New Jersey Releases Spending Plan and Begins Evaluating Projects to Improve Air Quality Using Volkswagen Funds

The Department of Environmental Protection today announced its spending plan and will begin evaluating projects to improve New Jersey's air quality using the state's allocation from the national Volkswagen settlement.

DEP Commissioner McCabe Says Federal Proposal to Roll Back Water Rule Protections Could Harm Public Health

A Trump Administration proposal to severely limit the number of wetlands and waterways protected by the federal Clean Water Act would penalize states that prioritize clean water and public health, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Honors 11 Recipients at Annual Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program in Trenton

The winners of the 19th Annual Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards given today in Trenton were honored for various areas of environmental stewardship, from protecting water quality to improving access to electric vehicle charging stations and preserving natural resources, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced.

Murphy Administration Reverses Christie-era Standards on Septic Density, Protecting Water Quality in the New Jersey Highlands

The Department of Environmental Protection is reversing Governor Chris Christie-era rules on septic density in the Highlands Region, consistent with Concurrent Resolutions passed by the New Jersey Legislature in 2018.

Holiday Activities at State Parks Include Victorian Christmas, Re-enactment of Washington Crossing the Delaware River

Historic Christmases in New Jersey ranging from the American Revolution to the Victorian era and modern day are among the highlights of annual holiday activities planned this month at state parks.

Park Service Issues Flooding Advisory for Wharton State Forest

Due to flooding from persistent rainfall, the New Jersey State Park Service is advising visitors that many of the unimproved roads within Wharton State Forest are impassable and that they should consider postponing their visits if they plan to use these roads.

DEP Encourages Public to Renew Commitment to Recycling on America Recycles Day

As part of America Recycles Day today, the Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging residents across New Jersey to renew their commitment to recycling as a way to protect the environment and conserve natural resources throughout the year.

DEP Expands Landlocked Salmon Stocking Program, Increasing Opportunities to Catch Hard-fighting Fish

The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife is expanding its popular landlocked salmon stocking program to a fourth northern New Jersey lake – the Merrill Creek Reservoir in Warren County.

Conserve Wildlife Matching Grants Now Available to Nonprofit Organizations; Applications Due to DEP by December 14

Nonprofit groups that work on projects advancing wildlife diversity and education in New Jersey are eligible to apply to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for matching grants to help support their initiatives, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Documents Surge of Seabeach Amaranth Plants, Extremely Rare Species Found Only in Beach Habitats

Department of Environmental Protection biologists have documented a nearly doubling of the state’s population of a rare beach plant, demonstrating the resilience of nature, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today

DEP Honors Businesses, Educators and Nonprofits at Annual Awards Luncheon for Their Leadership in Recycling

A business that recycles typical as well as unusual materials, a county government recycling program that creatively uses social media and its website to promote recycling, and a high school student whose battery recycling initiative at school is now a town-wide initiative are among those honored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection as 2018 recycling leaders.

DEP Launches Radio and Social Media Campaign Reminding Residents to Not Feed Black Bears

The Department of Environmental Protection today announced the launch of a statewide radio and social media campaign as part of its efforts to help New Jersey residents learn more about living with black bears and heighten public awareness about the risks of feeding them.

DEP's Urban and Community Forestry Program Honors 2018 Green Communities Achievement Award Winners at Cherry Hill Event

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is honoring four 2018 Green Communities Achievement Award winners for outstanding contributions to urban and community forestry, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

American Shad Spawning Confirmed in Millstone River Following 2017 Dam Removal in Manville, Somerset County

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has confirmed that American Shad are migrating and spawning in the Millstone River for the first time in 173 years, a year after removal of the waterway's Weston Mill Dam in Manville, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

Country Living Fair on Tap for Sunday, Oct. 21 at Batsto Village in Pinelands of Burlington County

One of the most popular events in the Pinelands - the annual Country Living Fair - will be Sunday, Oct. 21 at historic Batsto Village in Burlington County, providing visitors a chance to experience the joys of country living.

DEP Urges Drivers to Be Cautious on Roadways as Deer Mating Season Begins and Days Get Shorter

Motorists are reminded to drive with extra caution and watch for white-tailed deer as deer mating season gets under way and darkness arrives earlier, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife announced.

DEP, Partner Agencies Preserve More Than 2,200 Acres of Forested Property Across Three Sussex County Communities

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Highlands Council and nonprofit partners today announced a $5.1 million agreement preserving more than 2,200 acres of picturesque woodlands in Sussex County.

New Jersey State Parks and Forests to Offer Frights and Delights for All Ages in Celebration of Halloween

Ghosts, spooky train rides, scary science experiments and the Jersey Devil are waiting for visitors to New Jersey State Parks this month looking for Halloween fun and fright.

Fall Trout Season to Begin October 9 With Statewide Stocking; Free Fishing Day for All Ages Scheduled October 20

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife is kicking off the fall trout season today by stocking rivers, streams, lakes and ponds across the state with thousands of large rainbow trout.

Commissioner McCabe Announces Launch of Comprehensive Coastal Resilience Plan During Summit at Monmouth University

During a summit today at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is launching work on a comprehensive plan to make coastal areas more resilient to the impacts of severe storms and sea-level rise.

DEP to Host Annual Forestry Festival on Oct. 6 at Forest Resource Education Center in Jackson Township, Ocean County

A celebration of forests, fall and the outdoors will highlight the 24th Annual Forestry Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Forest Resource Education Center in Jackson Township, Ocean County.

New Jersey Moving Forward With Plans to Improve Air Quality Using Volkswagen Settlement Funds

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is seeking public input on a draft plan that will direct how the state uses money from the national Volkswagen settlement to improve air quality.

With West Nile Virus Cases at Record Level and Persistent Warmth and Rain, State Urges Residents to Reduce Mosquito Risks

With reports of West Nile virus illnesses in people at a record level and persistent warm and rainy weather, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and New Jersey Department of Health are urging property owners to take steps to reduce mosquito populations and to protect themselves against the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses.

Fort Mott State Park to Provide Fitting Backdrop for Annual Historic Soldiers Weekend This Saturday and Sunday

Fort Mott, once a strategic Army fort on the lower Delaware River, will be the backdrop for Historic Soldiers Weekend, honoring the service of the military throughout history.

Nearly $400,000 in Urban and Community Forestry Grants Awarded to Support the Management of New Jersey Trees and Forests

The Department of Environmental Protection is awarding nearly $400,000 in grants to 20 municipalities and two counties to promote the stewardship of urban and community trees and forests.

DEP to Host Workshop for Restaurant Industry on Best Green Practices, Sustainability Measures to Reduce Food Waste

As part of its efforts to address climate change and air pollution, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is co-hosting a free workshop on Monday, Sept. 17 on incentives and green best practices to help the restaurant industry become more sustainable.

DEP Celebrates National Drive Electric Week by Expanding Grant Program to Fund Elecric-Vehicle Charging Stations

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will mark National Drive Electric Week next week by expanding a grant program to fund installation of electric-vehicle charging stations around the state.

DEP's Blue Acres Program Expands Into Atlantic County

The state's Blue Acres program has expanded into Atlantic County, recently holding a kickoff meeting with eligible property owners in Pleasantville who are interested in participating in this effort that moves residents away from areas that are impacted by severe storms.

DEP to Increase Nonlethal Bear Management Tactics as Fall Bear Hunting Season Approaches

The Department of Environmental Protection has announced it will increase and enhance nonlethal management of black bears.

Island Beach State Park to Have Lifeguards on Duty at Main Swimming Area Every Weekend Throughout September

Extended swimming and lifeguard service will be available every weekend this month at Island Beach State Park in Ocean County for visitors enjoying the final weeks of summer, the State Park Service announced.

New Jersey Forest Fire Service Developing New Prescribed Burning Guidelines Following Signing of Legislation by Governor Murphy

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service is developing new guidelines for prescribed burning following the signing of legislation by Governor Phil Murphy providing the service with more tools to conduct these operations that are critical to protection of public safety and forest-health management.

Island Beach State Park to Host Beach Plum Festival on Sunday, September 9 to Support Educational Programming

A delectable delight will highlight the 21st annual Beach Plum Festival on Sunday, Sept. 9 at Island Beach State Park in Ocean County.

DEP to Host 9th Annual Wild Outdoor Expo at Colliers Mills September 8-9 in Jackson Township, Ocean County

A celebration of the outdoors and fun activities around the state will be showcased Sept. 8 and 9 during the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's 9th Annual WILD Outdoor Expo in Jackson Township, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP and Army Corps of Engineers to Hold Public Meetings in Ventnor and Toms River on Back-bay Flooding Study

The Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers next month will host public meetings in Ventnor, Atlantic County, and Toms River, Ocean County, on a comprehensive flood-risk mitigation study for the state's back-bay areas.

DEP Botanist Discovers Rare Plant in Warren County Not Seen in New Jersey Since 1918

A rare and endangered plant species last seen in New Jersey a century ago has been discovered growing north of Worthington State Forest in Warren County, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Commissioner McCabe Gives Welcome Remarks at American Fisheries Society Annual Conference in Atlantic City

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe welcomed the largest international gathering of fisheries scientists and professionals in the country to New Jersey today as the American Fisheries Society opened its 148th annual conference at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

DEP Efforts to Save State's Last Wild Population of Endangered Grassland Herb Showing Signs of Promise

The Department of Environmental Protection has high hopes for steps taken this year to improve the survival chances for New Jersey's last remaining wild population of American chaffseed, a flowering perennial herb with highly specialized habitat needs. The species' last stronghold is in a state forest in the Pinelands of Burlington County.

DEP Announces Applications Are Available for 2018 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program

New Jersey's leaders in a variety of public and private sectors are invited to submit nominations showcasing their environmental accomplishments by applying for consideration in the annual Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards program.

Share the Passion: Endless Opportunities for Fun, Educational and Rewarding Experiences at State Parks and Forests

Even as summer is winding down, endless opportunities for fun, educational and rewarding experiences await visitors to state parks and forests across New Jersey.

New Jersey Forest Fire Service Dispatches Crews to Assist in Battling Wildfires in Colorado and California

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service today dispatched a crew of 20 firefighters to assist in battling a wildfire in Colorado and is also sending two wildfire engines to assist in fighting California wildfires.

DEP Seeks Recruits for 2018-2019 AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassadors Class to Cultivate Future Environmental Leaders

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is seeking 20 recruits for its 2018-2019 class of AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors, a program that engages communities to protect and improve water quality, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

New Jersey Forest Service Encourages Landowners to Help Spread Shortleaf Pine Trees Across Pinelands Region

As a partner in a multistate initiative, the Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging landowners in the Pinelands to use technical assistance and expertise available through the New Jersey Forest Service to help restore shortleaf pine trees to the region.

New Jersey Updates Fish Consumption Advisories for Lower Delaware River Watershed, Expands Testing to Include PFAS

The Department of Environmental Protection, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Health, has updated recreational fish advisories for tributaries, lakes and ponds in the lower Delaware River watershed as part of the state's ongoing fish-safety monitoring program.

DEP Reminds Residents to Eliminate Standing Water on Properties to Reduce Mosquito Population

With a wet spring coupled with the arrival of a hot summer, the Department of Environmental Protection is reminding property owners of common-sense steps they can take to help reduce mosquito populations and the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said today.

Removal of Columbia Lake Dam in Warren County to Restore Large Portion of Paulins Kill to Free-Flowing Conditions, Benefiting Migratory Fish and Public Recreation

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe today joined other partners, including The Nature Conservancy, to launch a $7 million project to remove the Columbia Lake Dam in Knowlton Township, Warren County, making a large stretch of the Paulins Kill free-flowing again.

In the interest of public safety, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection reminds visitors to swim only at beaches where lifeguards are on duty, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

In the interest of public safety, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection reminds visitors to swim only at beaches where lifeguards are on duty, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Extends Recreational Advisory on Clinging Jellyfish to Entire Barnegat Bay

Clinging jellyfish, a nonnative species with a powerful sting, have been confirmed in the north-central region of Barnegat Bay, prompting the Department of Environmental Protection to expand a recreational-use advisory to the entire bay.

DEP Discovers Globally Rare Orchid in Sussex County's Stokes State Forest

Biologists with the Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Natural Lands Management have confirmed a new occurrence of a globally rare orchid, the small whorled pogonia, within Sussex County's Stokes State Forest.

DEP Accepting Nominations Through July 27 to Honor People, Organizations for Outstanding Commitment to Recycling

Nominations are being accepted for the Department of Environmental Protection's annual recycling awards program that honors individuals, businesses and governments for excellence in recycling, and inspires others to do the same, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP Seeks Public Input on Update to Delaware Estuary Plan That Will Serve as Roadmap to Protect Unique Natural Resource

The Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging the public to provide input on revisions to the Delaware Estuary Program's Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the Delaware Estuary, a roadmap that will guide regional conservation and water-quality enhancement decisions for the coming decade.

DEP Extends Recreational Use Advisory on Clinging Jellyfish to Northern Barnegat Bay

The Department of Environmental Protection is advising recreational users of northern Barnegat Bay to exercise caution following confirmation of the presence of clinging jellyfish, a non-native species with a powerful sting, in this estuary that is popular for boating, fishing, swimming, crabbing and other recreational activities.

Statement From Catherine R. McCabe Upon Being Sworn in as Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe released the following statement upon being sworn in today

DEP Urges Motorists to Watch for Turtles Crossing Roadways as Vehicle-Strike Risk Increases During Nesting Season

The Department of Environmental Protection is asking motorists to drive with caution this summer because New Jersey's turtles are active and moving across roadways to find places to lay eggs.

DEP Offers Boating Tips to Protect Barnegat Bay's Ecologically Sensitive Marshes and Wildlife Habitats

The Department of Environmental Protection is urging boaters and users of personal watercraft to exercise care to reduce damage to Barnegat Bay's saltmarshes and seagrass beds this summer.

Monmouth Battlefield State Park to Host Annual Re-enactments of Pivotal American Revolution Battle on June 16 and 17

The pivotal Revolutionary War Battle of Monmouth will be re-enacted this Saturday and Sunday at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan, the DEP announced today

DEP Extends Recreational Use Advisory on Clinging Jellyfish to Ocean County's Metedeconk River

The Department of Environmental Protection is advising recreational users of Ocean County's Metedeconk River to exercise caution following confirmation of the presence of clinging jellyfish, a non-native species with a powerful sting, in this coastal waterway

Acting Commissioner McCabe Leads Thousands of Volunteers in Barnegat Bay Blitz, Raising Awareness of Natural Treasure

Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe today is spearheading the annual Barnegat Bay Blitz, leading thousands of volunteers, many of them students, in the watershed-wide cleanup that draws attention to the ecologically fragile bay and encourages others to help protect it.

DEP Recognizes Efforts that Preserve New Jersey History

The Department of Environmental Protection is joining the New Jersey Historic Sites Council and Preservation New Jersey in honoring projects that preserve the state’s history, Acting Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Announces 3rd Annual Statewide Youth Fishing Challenge and Free Fishing Day on Saturday, June 9

The Department of Environmental Protection is awarding $19.4 million in annual Clean Communities grants to assist municipalities and counties with litter cleanup activities and programs that beautify communities and enhance quality of life, Acting Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Announces 3rd Annual Statewide Youth Fishing Challenge and Free Fishing Day on Saturday, June 9

Recreational anglers and those new to the pastime can try their hand at freshwater fishing during a statewide challenge and Free Fishing Day, both on Saturday, June 9, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today

DEP Reminds Public to Be Aware of Clinging Jellyfish in Monmouth County's Shrewsbury River

The Department of Environmental Protection is reminding recreational users of the Shrewsbury River to be aware of the possible presence of clinging jellyfish, a small non-native species that appears to be limited to a small population in this Monmouth County waterway.

Annual Pequest Trout Hatchery Open House Showcasing Fishing and Outdoor Recreation to Be Held June 2 and 3 in Warren County

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is hosting its annual Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center Open House and outdoors recreation flea market on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3.

State of the Shore Event Kicks Off 2018 Beach Season

New Jersey, consistently a national leader in ocean water quality and monitoring, is looking forward to another great beach season, Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said today during the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium's 16th Annual State of the Shore event in Asbury Park.

DEP Is Making $10 Million in Grants Available to Improve Water Quality in the Barnegat Bay Watershed

The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking applications for $10 million in grants to fund local projects to improve water quality in the Barnegat Bay watershed, an important ecological and tourism resource for the state.

DEP Announces Competition for $200,000 Flood-resilience Planning Grants to Help Communities Impacted by Superstorm Sandy

Municipalities in the nine counties most impacted by Superstorm Sandy can form teams to compete for $200,000 resilience-planning grants to address coastal and river-related flooding, Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today

$250,000 Federal Grant to Help Protect Globally Rare Swamp Pink

The Department of Environmental Protection has received a $250,000 federal grant to help acquire land to preserve and protect an endangered member of the lily family found primarily in New Jersey.

DEP Encourages Residents to Take to the Trail on Saturday, June 2

The Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging residents and visitors to enjoy the outdoors and the state's extensive network of trails by participating in National Trails Day hikes and related activities on Saturday, June 2.

Ocean Fun Days This Weekend at Island Beach State Park, Sandy Hook to Offer Plenty of Family Friendly Activities

Many exciting and educational activities celebrating New Jersey's coastal environment - fiddler crab races, casting nets in local bays for fish, and marine-life touch tanks, to name a few - will be offered as part of the 15th annual Ocean Fun Days this weekend.

Hundreds Angling to Land Biggest Fish at 27th Annual Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament This Sunday at Island Beach State Park

The 27th annual Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament, a popular competition for anglers of all ages, will be held at Island Beach State Park in Ocean County on Sunday, May 20.

DEP Encourages Public to Learn More about the Potential for Lead in Water during National Drinking Water Week

As part of national Drinking Water Week, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is working to educate residents about how lead enters drinking water and the steps they can take to reduce any risk to their families.

DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife Offers Safety Tips as Black Bears Enter Active Spring Period

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is providing property owners and outdoor enthusiasts with safety tips as black bears search for food after emerging from winter dens.

DEP Marks Air Quality Awareness Week by Urging Residents to Make Changes That Benefit Public Health and the Environment

The Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging residents to help improve air quality by making some basic changes in their daily routines as New Jersey marks Air Quality Awareness Week, which runs through this Friday, May 4.

DEP Celebrates Arbor Day With Ceremony Spotlighting Efforts to Protect Trees and Restore Them to Urban Communities

The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Parks and Forestry today celebrated Arbor Day with tree plantings and an awards ceremony in Riverton spotlighting efforts across the state to grow healthy, safe, and resilient urban and community forests.

Twin Lights Museum Opens New Exhibits on 125th Anniversary of First Official Reading of the Pledge of Allegiance

The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Parks and Forestry today celebrated the 125th anniversary of the nation's first official reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance by unveiling new museum exhibits at the Twin Lights of the Navesink Historic Site in Highlands, Monmouth County.

First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy and DEP Acting Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe Mark Earth Week by Visiting School that Is Developing Environmental Leaders

First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy and Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe today celebrated Earth Week at a Long Branch elementary school that is developing the next generation of environmental leaders through green-focused programs that have earned national recognition.

DEP Marks Earth Week by Preserving 1,155 Acres of Southern Pinelands Forests and Wetlands in Atlantic County

As part of its commitment to advancing New Jersey as a national leader on environmental protection, the Department of Environmental Protection today helped mark Earth Week by announcing the preservation of more than 1,100 acres of forests and wetlands in the ecologically sensitive Great Egg Harbor River watershed in the southern Pinelands.

Berkeley Students Join Acting Commissioner McCabe for Earth Week Planting of Atlantic White Cedars at Double Trouble State Park in Ocean County

The Department of Environmental Protection today marked Earth Week by planting a portion of Double Trouble State Park in Ocean County with Atlantic white cedar seedlings as part of special state reforestation efforts designed to repopulate this stately but ecologically stressed species.

New Jersey Moves Into New Era of Environmental Protection With Earth Week Celebrations in Communities Across the State

A wide range of Earth Week cleanups, fairs, school activities and other celebrations are planned as New Jersey moves into a new era of environmental leadership.

New Jersey Forest Fire Service Urges Public to Exercise Caution as Wildfire Season Begins

As New Jersey heads into the spring forest fire season, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service is urging the public to be extra vigilant to help reduce the risk of wildfires.

Long Pond Ironworks State Park to Dedicate New Footbridge and Mark Installation of New Museum Exhibits This Saturday

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Parks and Forestry this Saturday, April 14, will dedicate a new footbridge linking key trails at Long Pond Ironworks State Park in Passaic County. The opening of new museum exhibits enhancing the public’s appreciation of the park’s history also will be marked.

Water-quality Dye Test Planned for Upper Delaware Bay as Part of Work to Evaluate Possible Upgrades to Oyster Beds

The Department of Environmental Protection is advising the public that a study calling for applications of reddish dye in the upper Delaware Bay is planned for the week of April 9. Weather permitting, up to two dye applications will be made in the upper bay in Salem County to measure water flow and dispersion in waters used for harvesting of shellfish.

DEP Completes $18.4 Million Project to Repair Southern LBI Beaches and Dunes Using Sand Dredged From Little Egg Inlet

A contractor for the Department of Environmental Protection has completed an $18.4 million project to rebuild storm-damaged beaches and dunes in southern Long Beach Island while creating a safe navigation channel for nearby Little Egg Inlet.

Annual Rite of Spring, Opening Day of Trout Season to Reel in More Than 100,000 Anglers on Saturday, April 7

More than 184,000 freshly stocked rainbow trout will be available as anglers cast their lines on the much-anticipated opening of trout season at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, Acting Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

DEP's New Jersey Forest Service Providing Tree Seedlings to Municipalities for Free Distribution to Residents

The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Parks and Forestry is making 90,000 free tree seedlings available to residents through the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign, an ongoing effort of the New Jersey Forest Service, the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation and other partners.

DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife Postpones Annual Pequest Trout Hatchery Open House Due to Predicted Nor'easter

Due to significant snow cover and adverse ground conditions anticipated from the nor'easter forecast for Wednesday, the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife is postponing to June 2 and 3 the annual Open House and Flea Market at the Pequest Trout Hatchery scheduled this weekend.

DEP Seeking Nominations for 28th Annual New Jersey Historic Preservation Awards Program

The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking nominations for New Jersey Historic Preservation Awards, a prestigious honor that acknowledges the dedication of those whose work advances historic preservation in the Garden State.

DEP Marks AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassadors Week with Events Highlighting Water Quality Stewardship

The Department of Environmental Protection is marking nearly two decades of efforts by the state's Watershed Ambassadors Program with initiatives this week to bring the importance of protecting water quality to students and residents.

DEP Invites Experienced Vendors to Submit Proposals to Operate Concessions at Nine State Parks and Forests

The Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications from experienced vendors to operate concessions at nine state parks and forests that will enhance visitors' experiences.

DEP Sets March 29 Informational Meeting on New Jersey's Return to Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold an informational meeting for the public and stakeholders on March 29 to discuss New Jersey’s plan to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a climate-change effort made up of states in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions.

Governor Murphy Notifies RGGI Governors of New Jersey's Commitment to Rejoining Climate-change Compact

Following up on his pledge to advance New Jersey as a national leader in addressing global warming, Governor Phil Murphy has formally notified governors of states that belong to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative of his administration's commitment to rejoining the regional climate-change compact.

New Jersey and Delaware Ease Consumption Advisories for Certain Fish Caught in Lower Delaware River and Delaware Bay

The Department of Environmental Protection has eased consumption advisories on certain fish species caught in the lower Delaware River and Delaware Bay, an indication of improving ecological conditions as levels of contaminants decline, Acting Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

New Jersey State Park Service Launches Series of Promotional Videos Featuring Music from the Band Phish

The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Parks and Forestry has launched a series of social media videos featuring music performed by the improvisational rock band Phish to promote outdoor recreation at New Jersey's parks, forests and recreation areas.

Applicants Sought for Hundreds of Peak-Season Jobs at State Parks, Forests and Historic Sites

The New Jersey State Park Service is seeking applicants for hundreds of peak-season jobs at parks, forests, recreation areas and historic sites throughout the state, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today.

DEP and Trenton Reach Agreement Resolving Infrastructure, Operational and Staffing Issues at Trenton Water Works

The Department of Environmental Protection and the city of Trenton have reached an agreement detailing a series of steps to address infrastructure, staffing, operational and public notification needs at the Trenton Water Works, Acting DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

Harbinger of Spring: Washington Crossing State Park Hosts Hands-on Maple Sugaring Demonstrations

The art of maple sugaring, a harbinger of spring, will be featured in a series of educational programs for groups and the public at Washington Crossing State Park from the middle of this month through early March.

Acting Commissioner McCabe Names Debbie Mans as Deputy Commissioner of Department of Environmental Protection

Debbie Mans, who served as Energy Policy Advisor to Governor Jon Corzine, will become Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection effective February 14, Acting Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today.

New Jersey State Forest Fire Service Prescribed Burning Program is Under Way to Reduce Wildfire Risk

The New Jersey State Forest Fire Service seasonal prescribed burning program is under way. The annual program reduces wildfire risk by burning the buildup of potential fuels such as undergrowth, leaves, branches and pine needles on forest floors.

DEP Launches Project to Repair Beaches on Long Beach Island Using Materials Dredged to Make Little Egg Inlet Channel Safe

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Coastal Engineering has launched a major project utilizing sand dredged to create a safe boat channel for Little Egg Inlet to repair beaches and dunes on southern Long Beach Island that have sustained significant erosion from storms.

DEP Welcomes Catherine R. Mccabe as Acting Commissioner

Fulfilling Governor Phil Murphy’s commitment to pursue clean energy and place the state at the national forefront of environmental protection, longtime federal environmental leader Catherine R. McCabe has assumed her duties as the Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

State Parks System Offer Slate of Family Friendly Nature Activities, History Programs in January, February

Several state parks are offering a variety of outdoor events through February for children and adults that promote nature, exercise and New Jersey’s rich history with George Washington.

Christie Administration Releases Department of Environmental Protection Accomplishments Report

From taking a lead role in making the state more resilient to storms such as Superstorm Sandy to improving protections for the state’s air, water, land, and natural resources, the Department of Environmental Protection under Governor Chris Christie has amassed many environmental accomplishments that are outlined in a report released today.

Christie Administration Announces Restoration of Natural Areas at Liberty State Park

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today announced a project that ultimately will transform 240 acres of Liberty State Park - closed to the public for decades due to low levels of contamination from historic fill - into a mosaic of freshwater wetlands, salt marshes, forests, and grasslands to benefit both people and wildlife.

New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife's Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery Stocks New Record Number of 5 Million Fish in 2017

The Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery in Warren County stocked a record five million cold, cool, and warm water fish consisting of 15 species in 2017, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Purchases Online Platform to Promote Recycling Education, Increase Outreach Statewide

The Christie Administration is purchasing an online program to centralize recycling information for towns and counties in a single app that New Jersey residents may access through their smart devices and computers, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Announces Bayonne is Fourth City to Join DEP's Community Collaborative Initiative Program

Bayonne in Hudson County is the fourth city to join the Department of Environmental Protection's Community Collaborative Initiative (CCI), creating a partnership that will help the community advance longstanding water infrastructure issues, redevelop brownfields, and improve waterfront access, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

State Park Service Kicks Off 2018 With First Day Hikes Program

The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry will offer a variety of fun and invigorating recreational opportunities across the state on New Year’s Day as part of the annual America’s State Parks First Day Hikes program designed to get people outdoors.

New Jersey State Park Service Launches New Online Campground Reservation System

The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Parks and Forestry has launched a new online campground reservation system as part of the DEP's overall effort to improve customer service, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Re-enactment of Washington's Crossing of the Delaware River To Be Held Christmas Day

Visitors can relive a crucial turning point in American history with the annual re-enactment of General George Washington's Crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Day, the 241st anniversary of the iconic crossing that helped turn the tide of the Revolutionary War at a time when the fledgling nation's prospects seemed hopeless.

Christie Administration Announces Plans to Redevelop Camden Landfill into Waterfront Park

The Christie Administration is beginning the next phase of transforming a Camden landfill into a scenic waterfront park with trails, a stabilized shoreline and a fishing area after requesting bids for the multimillion-dollar project, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Offers New Mobile Sport Fishing Permit at North Brigantine Natural Area in Atlantic County, with Timing Restrictions

Mobile Sport Fishing permit offerings will be expanded for the 2018 season to include the North Brigantine Natural Area, allowing visitors the same vehicle and user guidelines as those offered at Island Beach State Park and Corson's Inlet State Park, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today.

DEP Announces America's Veterans to Be Honored on December 16 With Soldiers' Christmas Program at Fort Mott State Park

The sacrifices of America's troops and military veterans will be honored on Saturday, December 16 with the annual Soldiers' Christmas event at Fort Mott State Park in Salem County, and a wreath-placement ceremony at a nearby national cemetery, the Department of Environmental Protection's State Park Service announced.

Christie Administration Helps Newark and Essex County Officials Mark Completion of Third Phase of Riverfront Park Project

The Christie Administration today helped mark the completion of a milestone in the ongoing development of Newark's Riverfront Park, an effort that is spurring revitalization and improving the quality of life in New Jersey's largest city

Commissioner Martin and DEP Staff Deliver Gifts for Children to the Salvation Army in Trenton as Part of Governor Christies Season of Service Campaign

Commissioner Bob Martin today joined with Department of Environmental Protection staff to deliver more than 1,000 holiday presents to 240 children through The Salvation Army Corps in Trenton as part of Governor Christie's annual Season of Service campaign that helps families in need during the holidays

Christie Administration Honors 10 Winners at Annual Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program in Trenton

The Christie Administration today honored a diverse group of environmental stewards for their leadership and efforts to improve their communities through green practices designed to protect the environment.

DEP Seeks Public Comment on Major Update to State Wildlife Action Plan

The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public comment on a major revision of the State Wildlife Action Plan, a blueprint that will guide wildlife conservation decisions and efforts in New Jersey over the next decade.

Christie Administration Marks 500th Blue Acres Demolition With Removal of House Along Delaware Bay

The Christie Administration's Superstorm Sandy Blue Acres Buyout Program has reached another milestone with its 500th demolition, a house that was taken down in Cumberland County’s Lawrence Township, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Division of Fish & Wildlife Announces Four Day Extension of Bear Harvest; Hunting Activities to Resume December 13

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife today announced that the December portion of the bear hunt will be extended by four days per state regulations to achieve harvest objectives that protect public safety and maintain a sustainable bear population.

DEP and NJDOT Announce $9.5 Million Grant Program to Improve Air Quality Through Projects Reducing Mobile-Source Emissions

The Christie Administration today marked the state's continued success in improving air quality in New Jersey by announcing a partnership between the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) to fund three new air-quality enhancement projects targeting mobile sources of pollutants.

DEP Awards $18.4 Million Contract to Repair Southern LBI Beaches and Dunes Using Sand Dredged From Little Egg Inlet

The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded an $18.4 million contract for the replenishment of beaches and dunes on southern Long Beach Island using sand dredged from Little Egg Inlet, a major thoroughfare for boat traffic between southern LBI and Brigantine that has experienced serious shoaling, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Popular Annual Victorian Christmas, Holiday Open House Events Scheduled at Ringwood State Park in Passaic County

The elegance of the Gilded Age and the magic of Christmas will be showcased in December during annual holiday events at Ringwood Manor and Skylands Manor, both in Ringwood State Park, the New Jersey State Park Service announced.

Christie Administration Awards $14.3 Million in Grants to Enhance Local Recycling Efforts

The Christie Administration today announced that New Jersey’s local governments will receive $14.3 million in state grants to enhance recycling efforts in their communities. The grants are based on 2015 recycling performance and are awarded through the state’s Recycling Enhancement Act.

Allaire State Park Gets in Holiday Spirit with Annual Programs

The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry this Sunday, December 3, will host its first public nighttime viewing of the Twin Lights of the Navesink Historic Site since lighting was installed to illuminate the 155-year-old brownstone structure.

Public Invited to View New Lighting for Twin Lights Historic Site Up Close this Sunday, December 3

The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry this Sunday, December 3, will host its first public nighttime viewing of the Twin Lights of the Navesink Historic Site since lighting was installed to illuminate the 155-year-old brownstone structure.

New Jersey Joins Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact Effective December 1

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife will have a new tool to use in its ongoing efforts to enforce wildlife laws as the state joins the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Launches Trail Tracker Smart Device Tool to Enhance Visits to State Parks and Forests

The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry today officially launched a new smart device tool to enhance visits to state parks by helping users plan visits around the state park system’s vast network of trails.

DEP Encourages Participation in America Recycles Day Events to Help Boost New Jersey Recycling Rates

In an effort to boost residential recycling rates statewide, the Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging communities across New Jersey to participate in activities for the national America Recycles Day tomorrow, Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

More Than 50 DEP Employees Participate in Volunteer Event to Prepare Community Gardens in Elizabeth for Spring 2018 Plantings

Deputy Commissioner David Glass joined 52 DEP employees to harvest vegetables, tidy gardens, and spread mulch as part of a volunteer effort undertaken in partnership with Groundwork Elizabeth to prepare community garden plots in the City of Elizabeth, Union County.

Department of Environmental Protection Honors Recycling Leaders, Innovators at Annual Awards Luncheon

A construction recycling program with a 95 percent waste diversion rate, a school that consistently ranks as state champion in a recycling competition, and a nonprofit organization that supports economic development in low-income countries by collecting and shipping used or unwanted bicycles overseas, are among those honored as New Jersey recycling leaders.

Department of Environmental Protection Seeks Proposals to Bring New Food Vendors, Concessions to Liberty State Park

The state is issuing a Request For Proposal to bring high-quality food and retail concessions to three locations at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, Hudson County, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today.

Christie Administration Takes Action to Enhance Protection of New Jersey’s Drinking Water

The Christie Administration is enhancing protection of the state’s drinking water by moving forward with stringent standards for two chemicals that are persistent in the environment and have been linked to various health concerns, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced during a news conference today.

Spring and Summer Surveys Show Strong Rebound of American Shad in the Delaware River

Biological surveys conducted this year suggest American shad are making a strong comeback in the Delaware River, historically famous for a once-prodigious population of this important fish species, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Receives Prestigious Planning Award for Outreach Efforts Helping Communities With Innovative Resilience Strategies

The Department of Environmental Protection, working with numerous partners, has been recognized for outreach efforts that are helping coastal municipalities understand and implement innovative strategies to become more resilient to storms and flooding, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Releases $230 Million for Hudson River Flood-resilience Project

The construction of a flood-resistance system to protect Hoboken as well as parts of Weehawken and Jersey City moved another step forward with the federal government’s release of $230 million in project funding, the Departments of Environmental Protection and Community Affairs announced today.

New Jersey Among Top Five States for Tree City USA Communities

The Arbor Day Foundation reports that 154 New Jersey communities have earned the prestigious Tree City USA award, placing New Jersey in the top five states with the most communities in this distinguished environmental program, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today.

DEP’s Urban and Community Forestry Program Announces 2017 Green Communities Achievement Awards

The Department of Environmental Protection’s is honoring four people and organizations today with the 2017 Green Communities Achievement Award, recognizing them for outstanding contributions to urban and community forestry, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

New Jersey State Parks to Offer Tricks, Treats and Fun for All Ages to Celebrate Halloween

A slate of Halloween activities planned this month at several New Jersey state parks and forests will offer trick-or-treaters of all ages a bit of fright, things that go bump in the night, and other delights to celebrate the fall season.

Batsto Village to Host Annual Country Living Fair on October 15

Historic Batsto Village in Burlington County will again host the annual Country Living Fair that offers visitors to the South Jersey historical area many opportunities to experience the joys of country life from the property’s founding in 1766 through present day.

New Jersey’s Wildlife Management Area System Reaches 350,000-acre Mark During Division of Fish and Wildlife’s 125th Anniversary

The state’s network of Wildlife Management Areas has reached an important milestone with recent land acquisitions increasing the size of the system to 350,000 acres, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Division of Fish and Wildlife Urges Motorists to Be Alert to Deer as Mating Season Gets Under Way and Days Get Shorter

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is reminding motorists to be alert for white-tailed deer as days get shorter and deer become more active with mating season under way.

Fall Trout Season Gets Under Way with Statewide Stocking Starting Tuesday, October 10

The fall trout season will get under way next week as the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife begins stocking rivers, streams, and lakes across the state with thousands of large, two-year-old fish on Tuesday, October 10, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Black Bear Archery and Muzzle-loading Rifle Season Segment to Be Held Next Week in Northwestern and West-central New Jersey

The fall black bear hunt – an integral part of the state’s comprehensive policy to keep bear populations sustainable and enhance public safety – will take place Monday, Oct. 9 through Saturday, Oct. 14, in northwestern and west-central New Jersey.

23rd Annual Fall Forestry Festival to Be Held Sat. October 7th

Outdoor enthusiasts, crafting devotees, and fans of all things arboreal will gather again on Saturday October 7 at the Department of Environmental Protection’s Forest Resource Education Center in Jackson Township, Ocean County for the 23rd Annual Fall Forestry Festival. The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Admission and parking are free.

DEP, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Break Ground September 22 on Project to Daylight Portion of Assunpink Creek in Trenton

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in a project partnership with the Christie Administration and Trenton, will kick off a project September 22 to remove a section of culvert that carries part of the Lower Assunpink Creek under a portion of downtown Trenton, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Sacrifices of U.S. Troops to Be Honored During Historic Soldiers Weekend Activities at Fort Mott State Park in Salem County

Visitors will be able to honor the bravery and sacrifices of U.S. troops throughout history during the 13th Annual Historic Soldiers Weekend from September 23 to 24 at Fort Mott State Park in Salem County, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

Traditional Harvest Songs Mark the Turning of the Seasons at Historic Site in Somerville, Somerset County, on Sept. 30

A concert featuring traditional harvest songs performed by balladeer Linda Russell will help mark the turning of the seasons at the New Jersey State Park Service’s Old Dutch Parsonage-Wallace House historic site in Somerville, Somerset County, on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Christie Administration Awards Perth Amboy $7.1 Million to Transform Former Scrap Yard on Raritan River Into Community Open Space

The Christie Administration has awarded Perth Amboy $7.1 million in grants toward a project to convert a former scrap yard into a green space that will provide public access to the Raritan River and help improve water quality, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Island Beach State Park to Host 20th Annual Beach Plum Festival on Sunday, September 10

The bounty of Island Beach State Park will be showcased on Sunday, September 10 during the 20th Annual Beach Plum Festival.

Eighth Annual Wild Outdoor Expo Returns September 9-10

New Jersey’s great outdoor locales and activities will be featured Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 during the Department of Environmental Protection’s eighth annual WILD Outdoor Expo at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Island Beach State Park to Have Lifeguards on Duty Every Weekend Through October 1

Island Beach State Park in Ocean County will have extended swimming and lifeguard service throughout September for beach visitors enjoying the last weeks of summer.

DEP Announces Response Strategy for Freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms, Seeks Public’s Help to Identify Suspected Incidences

Seeking to minimize health risks for people and animals, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has developed a strategy for a unified statewide approach in responding to incidents of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in freshwater bodies across the state.

Christie Administration Announces Almost $400,000 in State Urban and Community Forestry Grants

Commissioner Bob Martin announced today that the Department of Environmental Protection is awarding almost $400,000 in grants to 18 municipalities in 10 counties across the state to promote robust stewardship of community trees and forests.

Christie Administration Reasserts Opposition to Industrialization of the Jersey Shore

In formal comments submitted today to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the Christie Administration affirmed its continued, steadfast opposition to natural gas and oil exploration in Atlantic Ocean waters off New Jersey, affirming that the State opposes any industrialization of our coast that could negatively impact natural resources, coastal communities or the economy.

DEP Lifts Drought Warning in Hunterdon & Somerset Counties Ending Year-long Statewide Drought Designation

DEP Commissioner Bob Martin today announced the lifting of the drought warning for the central part of the state including all of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, which brings to an end the series of statewide initiatives which were first issued just over a year ago.

Christie Administration Marks 600th Blue Acres Purchase with Acquisition of New Milford Home

The Christie Administration’s Blue Acres Program has reached another milestone with its 600th acquisition, a house in New Milford, Bergen County, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Harvest the Bay Day Returns Saturday to Island Beach State Park

Harvest the Bay Day, an eco-tourism event to raise public awareness of the sustainability of the Barnegat Bay Estuary, returns to Island Beach State Park on Saturday, August 12.

DEP and Partners Launch Removal of Millstone River’s Weston Mill Dam to Benefit Fish, Ecology and Recreational Safety

The Department of Environmental Protection, in cooperation with various partners, has launched a project to remove the obsolete Weston Mill Dam between Manville and Franklin Township, an effort that will open a stretch of the Millstone River in Somerset County to migratory fish, enhance overall river health and improve safety for recreational use, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Promotes Campaign Asking Two Rivers Area Residents to Help Identify Properties as Part of Flood Resiliency Planning

The Department of Environmental Protection and officials in the Two Rivers region of northeastern Monmouth County are encouraging the public to identify buildings and other facilities in their communities that should be part of focused flood-resiliency planning efforts.

Christie Administration Distributes 20,000 Free Hooks to Help Educate Recreational Anglers on Protecting Summer Flounder

The Department of Environmental Protection has begun distributing 20,000 free larger J-hooks to help reduce summer flounder mortalities as part of its campaign to educate the fishing public on how to safely release summer flounder that do not meet minimum size requirements.

Christie Administration Accepting Nominations for Annual Recycling Awards Program

Nominations are being accepted for an annual recognition program to honor individuals, businesses and governments for excellence in recycling, and inspiring others to do the same, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Preserves Cumberland County’s Sheppards Mill Property in $1.26 Million Deal

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Acres Program, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Natural Lands Trust and the Open Space Institute, has closed on the 417-acre Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey’s Sheppards Mill property in Hopewell Township and Greenwich Township, Cumberland County for a total purchase of $1.26 million.

NOAA Affirms New Jersey’s Current-season Summer Flounder Length and Bag Limits

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has affirmed New Jersey’s summer-flounder fishing size, bag limits and season, meaning all rules adopted by the state earlier this year will remain in effect through early September, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

New Jersey State Park Service to Celebrate 60th Anniversary of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park on Monday, July 10

The New Jersey State Park Service is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park on Monday, July 10, with events showcasing the historic and natural significance of the landmark lighthouse and park on the northern tip of Long Beach Island.

All Municipal, County, Federal and Privately OperatedLifeguarded Beaches in New Jersey Are Open for Swimming

The Department of Environmental Protection is reminding New Jersey residents and visitors that all lifeguarded ocean and bay beaches along the Atlantic Coast are currently open, except for state-operated beaches at Island Beach State Park in Berkeley Township and Corson’s Inlet in Ocean City, due to the current shutdown of state government.

Division of Fish and Wildlife Offers New Outdoor-recreation Skills Program Geared Toward Women and Families

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife is accepting registrations for a new program designed to teach outdoor skills to people of all ages, particularly women and families.

New Jersey’s Contaminated-site Cleanup Program Hits Milestone

The state’s overhauled contaminated-site cleanup program has marked a milestone – 10,000 Response Action Outcomes issued by Licensed Site Remediation Professionals. A Response Action Outcome (RAO) is a certification that site contamination has been addressed in accordance with state law and Department of Environmental Protection regulations and standards.

DEP Offers Tips for Boating with Caution Through Ecologically Sensitive Areas of Barnegat Bay

The Christie Administration is continuing efforts to protect and restore ecologically fragile Barnegat Bay by asking boaters to navigate the waterway with caution to reduce the impacts of boating and personal watercraft on the most critical of ecosystems.

Christie Administration Announces Applications Now Available for 2017 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Program

Leaders in New Jersey’s environmental, academic, business, science, government, nonprofit and youth sectors are encouraged to showcase their environmental accomplishments by submitting nominations for consideration in the annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards (GEEA) program.

DEP Announces Garden State Preservation Trust Approval of Nearly $81 Million for Green Acres Projects

The Christie Administration today announced the Garden State Preservation Trust’s approval of nearly $81 million in funding for projects that will enhance the quality of life in New Jersey by improving and expanding parks, protecting and conserving open space, increasing public access to waterways, and enhancing land for public enjoyment.

American Shad Return to Musconetcong River in Hunterdon and Warren Counties after More than a Century

After an absence of at least a century, American shad have returned to the Musconetcong River in Hunterdon and Warren counties, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today.

Christie Administration Publishes Comprehensive Guide on How to Protect and Grow Declining Monarch Butterfly Population

The Department of Environmental Protection has published a monarch butterfly conservation guide to educate the public about the insect’s significant population decline and what steps can be taken to expand its presence in New Jersey, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Continues Capital City Investments with Groundbreaking of Picnic Grove, Enhanced Playground at Trenton Historic Park

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin joined Trenton Mayor Eric E. Jackson and other officials today to break ground for the first phase of restoration work at Cadwalader Park, designed by landscape architecture master Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. in the 1890s to be a calming oasis in the middle of New Jersey’s bustling capital city.

Monmouth Battlefield to Come Alive With Sights and Sounds of Revolutionary War During Annual Reenactment

The rolling fields and woodlands of Monmouth Battlefield State Park will once again reverberate with the rattle of musket fire and roar of cannons as General Washington’s Continental Army clashes with British redcoats and their allies during the annual reenactment of the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Monmouth this weekend.

DEP Launches Project to Encapsulate 1970s-era Landfill in Heavily Traveled Transportation Hub in Kearny

Contractors for the Department of Environmental Protection this week are launching a project to cap and contain pollution from a 1970s-era landfill in Kearny in the middle of a major metropolitan rail and highway hub along the Passaic River.

DEP to Celebrate National Marina Day With June 10 Ribbon Cutting for New Office at Leonardo State Marina in Monmouth County

Officials from the Department of Environmental Protection will join with boaters, local officials and summer visitors to celebrate National Marina Day on Saturday, June 10 by cutting the ribbon on the new office at Leonardo State Marina in Middletown Township, Monmouth County.

Department of Environmental Protection Prepares for Mosquito Season with Increased Insect Monitoring and Testing

The Department of Environmental Protection is working closely with New Jersey’s county mosquito control agencies to step up public education efforts to reduce mosquito-breeding habitats and combat illnesses such as West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and the non-native Zika virus, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Commissioner Martin Leads Thousands of Volunteers in Eighth Barnegat Bay Blitz

Thousands of volunteers, many of them students, are joining Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin and department staff today for the eighth Barnegat Bay Blitz, a watershed-wide cleanup that draws attention to stewardship of the ecologically fragile bay.

DEP, Montclair State University Resume Study of Clinging Jellyfish in Monmouth and Ocean County Rivers and Bays

Montclair State University is resuming the second phase of a Department of Environmental Protection-funded study of clinging jellyfish, a small, invasive jellyfish that packs a powerful sting, which was reported in Monmouth County waters last year.

Christie Administration Awards $20.2 Million in Clean Communities Grants to Municipalities and Counties

The Christie Administration is awarding $20.2 million in annual Clean Communities grants to help municipalities and counties conduct litter cleanups to beautify New Jersey’s communities and roadsides.

Re-enactment of Pivotal Skirmish During American Revolution Set for Saturday, June 3 at Indian King Tavern in Haddonfield

Re-enactors portraying Loyalists to the King of England and Colonialists will bring history alive in downtown Haddonfield, Camden County, on Saturday, June 3 to mark the 239th anniversary of the British encampment.

Christie Administration Annnounces June 3rd as National Trails Day in New Jersey

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today announced that June 3, 2017 will be celebrated at National Trails Day in New Jersey and noted that outdoors events will be held at over 30 locations across the state on that day.

DEP, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Begin Northern Ocean County Beach Replenishment Work at Ortley Beach in Toms River

Sand pumping and other work to better protect exposed beaches in the Ortley Beach section of Toms River is under way, marking the start of the long-awaited northern Ocean County beach replenishment project to protect coastal communities vulnerable to significant storm damage, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Annual Open House at Pequest Trout Hatchery Scheduled for June 3 and 4 in Warren County

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is hosting its annual free Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center Open House and Sportsmen’s Flea Market on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4.

Christie Administration Announces 2nd Annual Statewide Youth Fishing Challenge and Free Fishing Day Set for Saturday, June 10

The Christie Administration hopes to hook people on a favorite recreational pastime in New Jersey with free fishing and a statewide Youth Fishing Challenge on Saturday, June 10. A second free fishing day is planned for October.

New Jersey Summer Flounder Season to Start on Thursday, May 25 with 18-inch Minimum Size Intact

The recreational summer flounder season will begin tomorrow, May 25, which keeps intact an 18-inch minimum length requirement for the fish, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Kicks Off Shore Tourism Season at State of the Shore Event in Long Branch

New Jersey, consistently a national leader in ocean water quality and monitoring, is looking forward to another great tourism season as the state’s final two major beach and dune projects get under way, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin said today during the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s 15th Annual State of the Shore event in Long Branch.

Christie Administration Dedicates New Marine Research Vessel to Former DEP Commissioner Robert C. Shinn Jr.

During ceremonies today at the Frank S. Farley State Marina in Atlantic City, the Department of Environmental Protection dedicated a new 32-foot water-quality research vessel to former Commissioner Robert C. Shinn Jr., who devoted much of his career in public service to protecting the environment.

26th Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament Set for Sunday, May 21 at Island Beach State Park

The competition for the 26th Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament on Sunday, May 21 at Island Beach State Park will be a bit stronger this year with the addition of a new participation category for high-school-aged students, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Teams with City of Trenton for Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 3

Registrations are being accepted for a fishing competition at the Youth Fishing Derby, to be held on Saturday, June 3 at Stacy Park.

Island Beach State Park to Host Annual Ocean Fun Day on Saturday, May 20

Island Beach State Park, the jewel of New Jersey’s State Park System, will give visitors an opportunity to watch the release of young diamondback turtles into their natural habitat, as well as other youth-oriented environmental activities during Ocean Fun Day on Saturday, May 20.

Christie Administration Recognizes 27th Annual New Jersey Historic Preservation Award Winners

To celebrate May as National Historic Preservation Month in New Jersey, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Historic Preservation Office, and the New Jersey Historic Sites Council announced recipients of the 27th Annual Historic Preservation Awards to honor projects, groups or persons dedicated to preserving the state’s history.

Annual Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair Canceled Due to Forecasted Heavy Rains on Saturday

The 13th Annual Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair scheduled Saturday, May 13 is canceled due to expected heavy rains, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today.

New Jersey, Delaware Team Up to Deploy Famed Zuni/Tamaroa as Part of Artificial Reef Site Comprised of Former Military Ships

A 205-foot vessel immortalized for its service as a Coast Guard cutter that conducted daring rescues during a brutal 1991 East Coast storm was deployed today off Cape May to become part of an artificial reef comprised of old military ships that is enhancing fishing opportunities off New Jersey and Delaware.

Christie Administration Celebrates New Jersey’s Rich Past During Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair This Saturday

New Jersey’s rich and diverse history will be showcased during the 13th Annual Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair this Saturday, May 13, at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan Township, Monmouth County.

DEP, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Announce Launch of Beach and Dune Project for Atlantic County’s Absecon Island

The Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) today announced that work on a project to build beaches and dunes on Atlantic County’s Absecon Island will begin next week with work in Atlantic City, followed soon thereafter by construction in Ventnor, Margate and Longport.

Life During Great War to Be Highlighted at Fort Mott State Park

Life during World War I will be showcased this Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 at Fort Mott State Park in Salem County, marking the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the conflict.

Christie Administration Designates May 1-5 Air Quality Awareness Week in New Jersey

The Department of Environmental Protection marks Air Quality Awareness Week the first week of May by encouraging residents to use common-sense measures to reduce pollution and improve air quality in their communities.

Christie Administration Celebrates Arbor Day at Ceremony Honoring Camden’s Urban Airshed Reforestation Program

The New Jersey Forest Service, within the Department of Environmental Protection, today joined Camden officials and the New Jersey Tree Foundation to celebrate Arbor Day with tree plantings at the Camden Day Nursery School and an annual awards recognition ceremony near the historic Walt Whitman House.

DEP Secures Army Corps Permits to Build New Artificial Reefs

The Department of Environmental Protection’s artificial reef program has secured a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit to proceed with construction of two new reefs for recreational fishing, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Blues Festival Coming to Fields at Waterloo May 20-21

The Bourbon Street Blues Festival, a family-oriented outdoors concert featuring a bounty of rhythm and blues artists, is coming to the Fields at Waterloo Village in Sussex County on Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Staff Participates in Volunteer Day Event Preparing Community Gardens in City of Elizabeth for Planting

Deputy Commissioner David Glass and a host of DEP employees helped ready two gardens in the City of Elizabeth, Union County, for the spring planting season as part of a volunteer effort today in partnership with Groundwork Elizabeth.

New Jersey Forest Fire Service Urges Caution With Start to Wildfire Season

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service is urging the public to exercise caution with spring wildfire season getting under way.

Commissioner Martin Lifts Drought Warning and Watch Advisories for Most of New Jersey

Following months of sufficient precipitation, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today lifted a drought warning for 12 of 14 counties in the northern, central and northern coastal regions of New Jersey and removed a drought watch for four counties in the southwestern part of the state.

DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Offer Tips to Help Reduce Encounters With Black Bears

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is providing property owners and outdoors enthusiasts with precautions that should be followed to reduce the potential for encounters with black bears, which are emerging from winter dens and are searching for food and mates.

Christie Administration Makes $40 Million in Low-interest Loans Available for Projects Improving Dam Safety

The Christie Administration is making $40 million in low-interest loans available to county and municipal governments as well as private owners of dams for projects that will ensure these structures comply with current dam safety standards, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration to Provide 112,500 Free Tree Seedlings to Municipalities for Distribution to Residents

Some 112,500 free tree seedlings will be available to state residents in 128 municipalities through an ongoing partnership among the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign, State Forest Service and the non-profit Arbor Day Foundation Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

New Jersey’s Trout Season Gets Under Way This Saturday, April 8

More than 180,000 freshly stocked rainbow trout will be awaiting anglers when they cast their lines on the opening day of trout season this Saturday, April 8, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Don’t Waste Our Open Space Illegal Dumping Crackdowns Continue as Program Marks Completion of Third Year

State Park Police and Division of Fish and Wildlife conservation officers have logged more than 130 arrests in cases involving illegal dumping in state parks, forests and wildlife management areas since the launch of the Department of Environmental Protection’s “Don’t Waste Our Open Space” campaign three years ago this week, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife Releases Bobcat Rehabilitated from Vehicle Strike Into the Wild

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife today released into the wild a young bobcat that had been rehabilitated from a serious leg injury after being struck by a car late last year in Passaic County.

New Jersey Files Formal Appeal of Summer Flounder Quota Reductions

New Jersey representatives to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission have filed an appeal requesting the commission reconsider its vote significantly reducing the state’s recreational-fishing quota for summer flounder this year, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Open House at Pequest Trout Hatchery in Warren County Postponed Due to Lingering Snow Cover

Due to lingering snow cover, the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife is postponing the annual Open House at the Pequest Trout Hatchery in Oxford, Warren County.

DEP, Department of Agriculture Extend Allowance of Controlled Open Burns to Protect Crops From Frost Threats

With the state expected to experience more freezing temperatures tonight and Thursday night, the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Agriculture will again allow farmers to do controlled open burning or use specialized torches known as smudge pots to protect flowering crops from damage.

Christie Administration Seeking Applications for Projects to Improve Water Quality

The Christie Administration is seeking applications from nonprofit groups, government agencies, and state colleges and universities for grants funding projects that help improve water quality in New Jersey.

Annual Planting of Dune Grass Is Scheduled Saturday, March 25 at Island Beach State Park in Ocean County

In cooperation with several volunteer groups, the State Park Service will host the annual dune grass planting event at Island Beach State Park this Saturday, March 25.

Northern Ocean County Beach Project to Start at Vulnerable Ortley Beach

Ortley Beach in Toms River, one of the most exposed and vulnerable stretches of New Jersey’s coastline, will be the first beach to receive sand protection for the long-awaited northern Ocean County beach and dune construction project, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

State-local Partnership Eliminates Significant Source of Wastewater Pollution to Monmouth County’s Shark River

Working in collaboration, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Protection, Monmouth County and Neptune City have tracked down and repaired a significant source of bacterial contamination that affected water quality and contributed to the closure of shellfish beds in the Shark River late last year

$88 Million Christie Administration Loan Spurs Flood Resiliency Project for MCUA’s Sayreville Pump Station

The Christie Administration today announced that work has begun on a 1,700-foot flood wall and other measures to protect the Middlesex County Utilities Authority’s Sayreville pump station from storm surge and flooding as a result of an $88 million low-interest bridge loan provided by the state.

DEP Issues Guidelines for Local Governments on Proper Snow Removal, Ahead of Upcoming Storm

With much of New Jersey expected to see significant snowfall during a nor’easter that begins tonight, the Department of Environmental Protection is reminding local and county governments to plan now for removal of large amounts of snowfall in the best interests of community and environmental safety.

DEP, Department of Agriculture Team Up to Allow Farmers to Protect Flowering Crops Against Deep Freeze This Weekend

With the state expected to plunge into a deep freeze tonight and for the next several days, the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Agriculture are working cooperatively to allow farmers to do controlled open burning or use specialized torches known as smudge pots to protect flowering crops from damage.

DEP Preparing Plans to Dredge Boat Channel for Little Egg Inlet

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Coastal Engineering is expediting a project that will clear dangerous shoals from Little Egg Inlet, a major thoroughfare for boat traffic between southern Long Beach Island and Brigantine to the south. The sand will be used to replenish beaches on portions of southern Long Beach Island lost to storms over the past several months.

Christie Administration Marks 125th Anniversary of New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife today is marking its 125th anniversary by rededicating itself to its mission of conserving wildlife and providing recreational opportunities for future generations of hunters, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts.

State Park Service Launches Pilot Project to Protect Intermittent Ponds in Wharton State Forest from Off-road Vehicle Damage

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Parks and Forestry has launched a pilot project to install wooden barriers to protect ecologically sensitive intermittent ponds in Wharton State Forest from damage caused by illegal use of off-road vehicles as part of a comprehensive enforcement and education effort to protect ecologically sensitive resources in the park.

Christie Administration Petitions New U.S. Commerce Secretary to Put Hold on Cuts to Summer Flounder Recreational Fishing

The Christie Administration has formally requested the new U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, to put a hold on severe restrictions on recreational summer flounder fishing adopted recently by a regional fisheries commission, a move that would effectively cripple the state’s fishing industry and have far-reaching impacts on the shore tourism economy, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Eagle, Osprey Populations Continue to Climb to Record Highs

Bald eagle and osprey populations continue to reach record highs in New Jersey, according to surveys conducted by the Department of Environmental Protection’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.

Benchmark U.S. Geological Survey Study Shows Water Quality Improving in New Jersey

A benchmark study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and commissioned by the Department of Environmental Protection and Delaware River Basin Commission shows that levels of algae-causing nutrients in waterways are largely declining or holding steady, a positive sign for water quality in New Jersey, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

New Jersey State Forest Fire Seasonal Prescribed Burning Program Is Under Way

The New Jersey State Forest Fire Service advises residents that its seasonal prescribed burning program – which reduces wildfire risks by burning away the buildup of undergrowth, fallen trees and branches, leaves, pine needles and other debris on forest floors – is under way. Residents are advised that they may see large plumes of smoke in areas where these controlled burns are being conducted.

DEP Wins International Award for Mobile App That Lets Public Report Non-emergency Environmental Incidents

The Department of Environmental Protection’s WARN NJDEP mobile device app, launched late last year, has been awarded an AVA Digital Gold Award from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Preserves Delaware Bay Wetlands in Cumberland County

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Acres Program has completed the $620,000 purchase of a wetlands area along Delaware Bay in Cumberland County that will protect habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife.

Commissioner Martin Joins Fishing Interests in Rally to Oppose Proposed Cuts to Summer Flounder Recreational Harvest

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today joined federal and state lawmakers, leaders of the state’s recreational and commercial fishing industries, anglers, and people whose livelihoods rely on fishing to rally in opposition to proposed drastic recreational harvest reductions for summer flounder, saying the changes would devastate the state’s fishing industry and have far-reaching economic impacts on shore tourism.

DEP Preserves Important Site Near Paterson Great Falls

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today announced that the Green Acres Program has purchased a tract of land near the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park to preserve the viewshed and support visitation to this important landmark.

Christie Administration Announces Award of Contract for Construction of Northern Ocean County Beaches and Dunes

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, working in partnership with the Department of Environmental Protection, has awarded a contract to construct long-awaited engineered beaches and dunes for the northern Ocean County peninsula, one of the areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Administration Approves Plan to Remove Low-level Radioactive Slag From Shieldalloy Site in Newfield, Gloucester County

The Christie Administration today announced that the Department of Environmental Protection has approved a plan that requires the removal of approximately 50,000 tons of slag and baghouse dust containing low levels of radioactivity from the Shieldalloy Metallurgical Corp. site in Newfield, Gloucester County.

High Point State Park in Sussex County Offers Slate of Outdoor Family Friendly Programming Throughout January

The highest point in New Jersey will be the backdrop for a variety of invigorating and family-friendly outdoor activities this month at High Point State Park in Sussex County, the northern most of New Jersey’s 40 state parks.

Christie Administration Awards $14.3 Million in Recycling Grants to Promote Local Recycling Efforts

New Jersey's local governments will receive $14.3 million in state grants to help implement and further enhance recycling efforts in their communities, the Christie Administration announced today.

State Park Service Kicks Off New Year with First Day Hikes

The New Jersey State Park Service invites residents and visitors to start 2017 on the right foot by taking part in fun, invigorating and educational outdoor activities to be offered statewide as part of the annual America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative on New Year’s Day.

Christie Administration Announces Completion of Major Project to Improve Emissions from Newark Waste-to-energy Plant

Residents of Newark and surrounding areas are breathing cleaner air as a result of new pollution-control equipment that has been installed at the Covanta Essex Resource Recovery Facility in Newark under an equipment-modernization plan reached between the facility and the Christie Administration, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Re-enactment of Crossing of the Delaware River to Be Held Christmas Day

Visitors can relive a crucial turning point in American history with the annual re-enactment of General George Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Day, the 240th anniversary of the iconic crossing that helped turn the tide of the Revolutionary War at a time when the fledgling nation’s prospects seemed hopeless.

Christie Administration Awards $2.7 Million Grant to Mitigate Flooding and Protect Public Safety in Stone Harbor

The Christie Administration today announced that Stone Harbor has been awarded a $2.7 million grant to fund a stormwater and storm-surge mitigation project that will protect the flood-prone downtown area as well as the major evacuation route for the Cape May County shore community.

DEP, New Jersey Department of Labor Provides Interview Training and Resume Building Tips for Veterans in Need

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin and Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) Deputy Commissioner Catherine Starghill provided homeless veterans resume-building and interviewing tips to homeless U.S. military veterans today, as part of the Christie Administration’s annual Season of Service campaign that helps state residents in need during the holidays.

Christie Administration Awards More Than $53 Million in Grants for Projects Reconnecting Public to Passaic River and Newark Bay Complex

The Christie Administration is awarding more than $53 million in grants to communities within the watershed of the lower Passaic River and the Newark Bay complex to improve public access and restore wetlands ecosystems, reconnecting residents, workers and visitors to these urban waterways, Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Announces Fort Mott Soliders’ Christmas Lantern Tours on Saturday, December 17 to Honor Veterans, Military Service

Military veterans and those who died in the nation’s wars will be honored with a Soldiers’ Christmas lantern-guided tour at Fort Mott State Park and a wreath-laying ceremony on December 17 at nearby Finn’s Point National Cemetery, the Department of Protection’s State Park Service announced.

DEP Delivers Holiday Gifts for 231 Children to the Salvation Army in Trenton for Annual Season of Service Tour

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin and staff delivered more than 1,000 holiday presents for 231 children at the The Salvation Army Corps in Trenton today, as part of Governor Christie’s annual Season of Service campaign that helps state residents in need during the holidays.

DEP Offers Tips on Reducing Pollutants and Safety Threats from Burning of Wood During Colder Months

With colder weather and the holidays approaching, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin reminds residents to practice safety and take steps to reduce the impact burning of wood has on air quality in their homes and neighborhoods.

Christie Administration Honors Winners of Annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Program

The Christie Administration today honored a broad selection of environmental groups, scientists, companies, educators and students from across New Jersey for their leadership to protect and improve the environment.

Christie Administration Wins Appeal to Extend Sandy-Related State Channel Dredging Efforts

The Christie Administration has won an appeal with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that will provide more time and Federal funds to complete the dredging of State channels clogged with sand and silt by Superstorm Sandy. This victory will improve the safety of New Jersey’s navigable coastal waterways for recreational and commercial boating and provide a long-term commitment to New Jersey’s marine transportation system. Under the favorable ruling, the State will receive an estimated $60 Million or more for vital waterway recovery projects.

Old World Christmas Spirit Is in the Air With Holiday Programming at Allaire State Park in Monmouth County

A series of popular and beloved Old World Christmas events are scheduled through much of December at the Historic Village at Allaire State Park, the New Jersey State Park Service announced today.

Ringwood State Park, Skylands Manor to Host Annual Holiday Events Over Three Weekends in December

A popular Christmas event that celebrates the holiday in both Victorian and modern themes will be showcased this month at Ringwood Manor and Skylands Manor, both located in Ringwood State Park in Passaic County, the New Jersey State Park Service announced.

$63 Million Contract Awarded to Bolster Beaches and Dunes on Atlantic County’s Absecon Island

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $63.3 million contract to build engineered beaches and dunes in Margate and Longport and to replenish beaches in Atlantic City and Ventnor, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Take Public Input on Strategies to Protect Back Bay Areas from Storms

The Department of Environmental Protection is partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to host a meeting next week to gather input on a comprehensive study that will evaluate ways to better protect back bays and other tidal coastal areas from storms and flooding.

Christie Administration Announces $67.4 Million Available for Open Space, Recreation and Stewardship Projects

The Christie Administration is making $67.4 million in Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres program funding available for open space, recreation and stewardship projects across the state, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Marks Completion of Flood-control Culvert for Monmouth County’s Wreck Pond

The Department of Environmental Protection today joined with federal and local officials to mark the completion of a state-of-the-art flood-control culvert that will protect communities surrounding Monmouth County’s Wreck Pond as part of the Christie Administration’s comprehensive efforts to make New Jersey more resilient to storms and floods.

DEP Launches Pilot Mobile Application for Reporting of Non-emergency Environmental Incidents

The Department of Environmental Protection has launched a pilot mobile application that will enhance protection of public health and the environment by enabling the public to use smartphones and other mobile devices to conveniently report non-emergency environmental incidents, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Encourages Participation in America Recycles Day Events to Help Boost New Jersey Recycling Rates

In an effort to boost residential recycling rates statewide, the Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging communities across New Jersey to participate in activities for the national America Recycles Day tomorrow, Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

New Jersey Honors Recycling Leaders, Poetry Contest Winners

A printing firm that employs green initiatives such as having a recycling program for waste paper and other materials, as well as having honeybee hives and using wind turbines; a partnership among a government, nonprofit groups and businesses to reduce waste; and the diligent efforts of a municipal employee to increase community recycling are among the honorees at the state’s recent Recycling Symposium and Awards Luncheon.

Conserve Wildlife Grants Now Available to Nonprofit Groups

Nonprofit groups working on projects directly related to wildlife diversity and education in New Jersey may now apply to the Department of Environmental Protection for matching grants to help support their endeavors, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

New Jersey’s Pet Friendly Camping Program Expands to Nine State Parks

The New Jersey State Park Service has expanded its Pet Friendly Camping program to include nine state parks, including locations in the central and northern parts of the state, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

Christie Administration Announces $22 Million in Coastal Resilience Grants for Wildwood and North Wildwood

The Christie Administration today announced that Wildwood and North Wildwood will receive a total of nearly $22 million in grants for projects that will make them more resilient to flooding and storms as part of the state’s overall goal of providing robust protections to coastal areas.

Christie Administration Launches $3 Million Grant Program to Reduce Construction Equipment Diesel Emissions

As part of its ongoing efforts to improve air quality in New Jersey, the Christie Administration is launching a grant program with more than $3 million in available funding to help owners of off-road construction equipment install pollution-control devices or replace this equipment with newer models, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Awards Nearly $24 Million in No-interest Loans to Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission

The Christie Administration is funding nearly $24 million in interest-free loans for the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Commissioner Martin Signs Administrative Order Designating Drought Warning for 14 Counties in Northern, Central and Northern Coastal New Jersey

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today placed 14 counties encompassing the northern, central and northern coastal areas of New Jersey under a drought warning due to ongoing precipitation deficits and deteriorating water-supply conditions, particularly storage levels in reservoirs.

Commissioner Bob Martin Joins DEP Staff for Volunteer Day at Liberty Hall Farm at Kean University in Union County

Department of Environmental Protection staff are helping prepare an urban farm for harvest as part of a Volunteer Day effort at Liberty Hall Farm on the campus of Kean University in Elizabeth.

Batsto Village Hosts Country Living Fair on October 16th

Batsto Village, a beautiful historic village nestled in Wharton State Forest, will once again host the annual Country Living Fair on October 16, 2016, as part of the Village’s 250th anniversary celebrations.

DEP Seeking Firms to Run State’s First Mountain-biking Park

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Parks and Forestry is soliciting bids for a private operator to manage the state’s first park for mountain bike riders, which would be located at the site of a former drive-through jungle safari in Passaic County that thrilled visitors in the 1970s.

New Jersey Parks and Forests Offer Family Friendly Fun for All Throughout October to Celebrate Halloween

Ghost stories, goblins, haunted hayrides and things that may go bump in the night are among the scary offerings for Halloween throughout October at several New Jersey state parks.

Fall Trout Season to Get Underway with Statewide Stocking Starting Tuesday, October 11

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife will begin stocking rivers, lakes and streams across New Jersey with thousands of large two-year-old trout on Tuesday, October 11, providing anglers with opportunities for great fall fishing, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Urges Motorists to Use Caution While Driving as Deer Breeding Season Approaches

With the arrival of the fall breeding season, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is reminding motorists to be alert for white-tailed deer, which may unexpectedly dart onto roads and cause accidents.

Black Bear Archery and Muzzleloader Rifle Season to Be Held Next Week in Northwest and West-central New Jersey

The fall hunting season for black bears – part of a comprehensive policy to keep bear populations sustainable and enhance public safety – will take place next Monday through Saturday in northwest and west-central New Jersey.

Christie Administration Announces Groundbreaking for Nearly $8 Million Expansion of Newark’s Riverfront Park

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin joined with Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka and The Trust for Public Land today to announce the groundbreaking for a nearly $8 million expansion of the city’s Riverfront Park, an urban greenway that is once again connecting city residents to its Passaic River waterfront.

DEP Schedules October 20 Public Hearing for Possible Drought Warning for Much of New Jersey

The Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled an Oct. 20 public hearing in anticipation of designating a formal drought warning for 12 counties in the northeastern, central and northern coastal regions of New Jersey, a step that will enable the DEP to work with suppliers to balance storage among reservoir systems.

Long Pond Ironworks in Passaic County, Which Made Iron for U.S. Troops, to Host Civil War Living History Weekend October 1-2

Life during wartime as seen through the eyes of Union soldiers will be the focus of the annual Civil War Living History Weekend this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and Oct. 2, at Long Pond Ironworks State Park in West Milford, Passaic County, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

DEP to Fund Reduction of Submerged Tree Stumps from Greenwood Lake in Passaic County

The Department of Environmental Protection has agreed to fund a tree stump reduction project on the New Jersey side of Greenwood Lake that will reduce boating hazards and enhance public safety on the popular waterway, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Announces Bid Opening for Long-awaited Construction of Northern Ocean County Beaches and Dunes

A long-awaited U.S. Army Corps of Engineers beach and dune construction project that will protect homes, businesses and infrastructure in coastal northern Ocean County – one of the areas hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy – has gone out to bid, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced during a news conference today.

22nd Annual Fall Forestry Festival to Be Held Saturday, October 1st

Outdoor enthusiasts and fans of all things arboreal will gather again on October 1 at the Department of Environmental Protection’s Forest Resource Education Center in Jackson for the 22nd Annual Fall Forestry Festival.

DEP Receives $850,000 Endangered Species Act Grant

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded the Department of Environmental Protection an $850,000 grant under the federal Endangered Species Act Grants Program, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Two More Vessels Being Sunk as Part of Revitalized Artificial Reef Program

The Department of Environmental Protection’s artificial reef program is sinking two more vessels to enhance recreational fishing opportunities and enhance ocean habitat for fish.The program, back in gear following restoration of federal funding, sank the 68-foot trawler, Austin, today as part of the Axel Carlson Reef, 4.4 nautical miles southeast of Manasquan Inlet.The 115-foot surf clam vessel, Lisa Kim, is scheduled to be sunk as part of the Wildwood Reef, 8.3 miles northeast of Cape May Inlet this Friday, weather permitting.

Historic Soldiers Weekend Returns to Fort Mott State Park in Salem County to Honor the Sacrifices of U.S. Troops

An historic and strategic Army fort on the Delaware River will be the backdrop to the 12th Annual Historic Soldiers Weekend at Fort Mott State Park, where the bravery of U.S. troops during wartime will be honored, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

Nominations for Annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Due on September 28

Nominations for the 2016 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards are due by the end of business on Wednesday, September 28 to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Christie Administration Moves Forward with $230 Million Project to Protect Hoboken and Parts of Weehawken and Jersey City from Storm Surge

The Christie Administration has marked another milestone in making the state more resilient against storms such as Superstorm Sandy by recommending the construction of a strategically placed flood-resistance system that will protect Hoboken and parts of Weehawken and Jersey City from storm surge.

Island Beach State Park to Have Lifeguarded Beaches Every Weekend Through September 30

Although Labor Day has passed, Island Beach State Park will continue to keep one of its swimming areas open and staffed with lifeguards on a limited schedule for the enjoyment of visitors until the end of this month.

Island Beach State Park to Host 19th Annual Beach Plum Festival Sunday, September 11

A popular annual festival that supports programming and ongoing conservation efforts at one of the jewels of the State Parks System is scheduled for Sunday, September 11 at Island Beach State Park, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

Annual WILD Outdoor Expo Returns on September 10-11

New Jersey’s great outdoor locales and activities will be featured Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11 during the Department of Environmental Protection’s Seventh Annual WILD Outdoor Expo at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Absecon Island Beach and Dune Project Goes Out to Bid

A long-awaited beach and dune project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that will bring critical coastal protection for homes, businesses and infrastructure between Brigantine Inlet to Great Egg Inlet is going out to bid, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP to Host ‘Adopt a Minnow’ Event at Hunterdon County 4H Fair as Part of Continued Mosquito Control Efforts

The Department of Environmental Protection will be providing free minnows to visitors at Hunterdon County 4H and Agricultural Fair at the South County Park in East Amwell and West Amwell townships on Friday, August 26, from 1-6 p.m., as part of the state and counties’ continuing mosquito-control efforts.

Musical Performances Featured This Weekend During Evening Concerts at Ringwood State Park and Allaire State Park

Fans of live music have two opportunities this weekend to enjoy concerts offered Friday, August 19 at Ringwood State Park in Passaic County, and on Saturday, August 20 at Allaire State Park in Monmouth County.

Christie Administration Dedicates Bound Brook Flood-Control System

Governor Chris Christie today marked a milestone in the Administration’s efforts to make the state more storm-resilient by dedicating the completion of the Bound Brook phase of the Green Brook Flood Risk Management Project. A $143 million system of levees, floodwalls, floodgates and pumping stations will help protect Bound Brook, long one of the most flood-prone communities in the state, as well as a densely populated portion of north-central New Jersey. Governor Christie was joined by Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin, Brigadier General William H. Graham, Colonel David Caldwell, Commander of the Army Corps’ New York District, and Bound Brook Mayor Robert Fazen.

Christie Administration Announces More Than $1.5 Million in State Urban and Community Forestry Grants

The Department of Environmental Protection is awarding more than $1.5 million in grants to 32 municipalities across the state, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Harvest the Bay Day Returns Saturday to Island Beach State Park

Harvest the Bay Day, an eco-tourism event to raise public awareness of the sustainability of the Barnegat Bay Estuary, returns to Island Beach State Park on Saturday, August 13.

DEP’s Artificial Reef Program Resumes Deployments

The Department of Environmental Protection’s artificial reef deployment program is back on course as a result of restoration of federal funding made possible by a compromise the Christie Administration reached between recreational anglers and commercial fishermen over access to the popular reefs.

Christie Administration’s Blue Acres Buyout Program Surpasses 500 Property Acquisitions in Flood-prone Areas Across New Jersey

Nearly four years after Superstorm Sandy, the Blue Acres Buyout Program has reached milestones of more than 500 property buyouts completed, including a closing on its first property in Downe Township, Cumberland County, and more than 800 buyout offers made, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Seeks Americorps Watershed Ambassadors for 2017

The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking 20 recruits for its 2017 class of AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors, a program that engages watershed communities with the shared goal of protecting and improving water quality.

Drought Watch Issued for Most of Northern New Jersey

As a result of continued dry weather, the Department of Environmental Protection has issued a water supply drought watch for most of northern New Jersey, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Liberty State Park Commemorates 100th Anniversary of Sabotage Attack That Rocked Region And America

One hundred years ago this month, German saboteurs set fire to a munitions depot at what today is now part of Liberty State Park, triggering a massive explosion and fires that left seven dead, shook the surrounding region with the force of an earthquake, was heard as far away as Philadelphia, and damaged the Statue of Liberty.

Christie Administration Launches Recognition Program for Employers Who Install Electric-Vehicle Charging Stations

Workplaces that install electric-vehicle charging stations are eligible for special state recognition, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin and New Jersey Board of Public Utilities President Richard S. Mroz announced today.

DEP Unveils New Gazebo at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park

DEP Commissioner Bob Martin today joined Ocean County and local officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony dedicating the official opening of a new gazebo at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, the result of efforts by the State Park Service and the park’s official Friends’ group to create a new amenity for events and celebrations at the landmark on the northern tip of Long Beach Island.

DEP Promotes Environmentally Friendly Trips for Boating Through Ecologically Sensitive Areas of Barnegat Bay

The Department of Environmental Protection is asking boaters to be cautious this summer as they navigate a number of ecologically sensitive areas of Barnegat Bay.

DEP Announces Increased Mosquito Control Resources Statewide

The Department of Environmental Protection is providing increased resources to county mosquito commissions throughout New Jersey – including $500,000 in grants for mosquito control expenditures, more than 20,000 mosquito dunks and traps, and more than 500,000 mosquito larvae-eating fish - to aggressively combat the threat of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Reading of Declaration of Independence to Highlight July 4 Celebration at Ringwood Manor in Ringwood State Park

News of the country’s freedom will spread throughout Ringwood State Park and beyond on Monday, July 4 when a dramatic delivery and reading of the Declaration of Independence takes place to herald its adoption and the nation’s birth 240 years ago.

Christie Administration Announces Applications Available for 2016 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program

Leaders in New Jersey’s environmental, academic, business, science, government, nonprofit and youth sectors are encouraged to showcase their environmental accomplishments by submitting nominations for consideration in the annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards (GEEA) program.

DEP, Launches Study of Water Quality in Navesink River

The Department of Environmental Protection has launched a comprehensive study looking at ways to address diminishing water quality in Monmouth County’s Navesink River, which may be due to increasing nonpoint source runoff, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP, Montclair State University to Conduct Study of Clinging Jellyfish in Monmouth and Ocean County Rivers and Bays

The Department of Environmental Protection has authorized a study in partnership with Montclair State University to determine the distribution and prevalence of clinging jellyfish, a dime-to-quarter sized and invasive jellyfish that packs a powerful sting that has been reported mostly in the Shrewsbury River in recent weeks.

Christie Administration Celebrates Official Reopening of Iconic Terminal Building at Liberty State Park

The Christie Administration today celebrated the official reopening of the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal at Liberty State Park following extensive repairs and renovations made necessary when Superstorm Sandy slammed the iconic building along the Hudson River in Jersey City.

Christie Administration Dedicates Site of Former Golf Course as Tall Pines State Park, First in Gloucester County

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today joined local officials and community preservationists to formally dedicate the Tall Pines State Park, a former golf course that has become the State Park in Gloucester County.

Christie Administration Announces Grant Program to Help Fund Installation of Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles

Improving New Jersey’s air quality is the impetus for a new grant program that can help employers offset the installation cost for electric vehicle charging stations across the state, and a new website portal to educate the public about electric vehicles, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin and Board of Public Utilities (BPU) President Richard S. Mroz announced today.

Monmouth Battlefield State Park Celebrates 238th Anniversary of Continental Army Victory During June 18-19 Festivities

Cannons will roar and bayonets will clash once more in the fields and hills of northern Monmouth County as Continental Army and British-led re-enactors descend on Monmouth Battlefield State Park this weekend, June 18 and 19, at the site of a critical Revolutionary War battle.

Christie Administration Announces $60 Million in Competitive Grants Available for Public Access Improvements and Wetlands Restoration along Passaic River and Newark Bay Complex

The Christie Administration is making $60 million in competitive grants available for projects along the Lower Passaic River and associated tributaries and the Newark Bay Complex that will improve public access to these waterways and result in restoration of wetlands, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

“Discover DEP” Podcasts Provide Public with Friendly and Familiar Format for Learning about DEP’s Mission

The Department of Environmental Protection has launched a series of audio podcasts designed to provide the public with insights on initiatives and activities the department takes to protect and enhance the state’s environment.

Cheesequake State Park Kayak Tours Offer Close-up Views of a Special Ecosystem

The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry has launched a kayaking eco-tour program that gives participants a close-up perspective on the ecosystems of Cheesequake State Park, a unique oasis of coastal marshes and forests tucked away amid heavily developed Middlesex County.

Christie Administration Announces Free Fishing Day, Statewide Youth Fishing Challenge on Saturday, June 11

The Christie Administration hopes to hook New Jerseyans on a new recreational pastime by offering free fishing as well as a statewide youth fishing challenge on Saturday, June 11, and an additional day of free fishing in the fall.

Commissioner Martin Leads Volunteers in Seventh Barnegat Bay Blitz

Thousands of volunteers, many of them students, are joining Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin today for the seventh Barnegat Bay Blitz, a day-long cleanup that draws attention to efforts to protect and enhance the bay and its watershed.

Skirmish on Kings Highway Re-Enactment Set for Saturday, June 4 at Indian King Tavern in Haddonfield

Re-enactors portraying Loyalists to the King of England and Colonialists will bring history alive as they square off in downtown Haddonfield on Saturday, June 4 to mark the 238th anniversary of the British encampment in the Camden County borough.

DEP Unveils Interactive Public Access Map During Annual State of the Shore Event

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin heralded the start of the Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of the summer season, by announcing a new, interactive public access map for visitors to locate more than 2,900 coastal, bay and river access points in four counties.

New Jersey’s Contaminated-Site Cleanup Program Hits Milestone

The state’s overhauled contaminated-site cleanup program has marked a milestone with an overwhelming majority of responsible parties complying with a recent deadline to submit remedial investigation reports, a key step toward remediation work.

Christie Administration Announces National Trails Day Activities Across New Jersey on June 4

New Jersey residents and visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the state’s splendid scenery and great trails by participating in a variety of recreational activities in conjunction with the 24th Annual National Trails Day to be celebrated statewide and nationally Saturday, June 4.

Christie Administration Completes Project Restoring Degraded Delaware Bay Wetlands Using Dredge Materials

The Christie Administration today announced the completion of the third in a series of pilot projects designed to gauge the effectiveness of beneficially reusing silt and sand dredged for navigation improvement projects to restore degraded salt marshes as protective buffers against severe storms, while enhancing habitat for wildlife.

Department of Environmental Protection Launches Aggressive Program to Protect State-Owned Lands from Emerald Ash Borer Infestation

The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry is targeting state-owned lands in at least nine counties for aggressive emerald ash borer prevention measures in a comprehensive effort to stem the spread of the destructive insect and protect the beauty and health of wooded landscapes, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Invites Residents to Celebrate Memorial Day and Flag Day by Visiting “Seeing Stars” Exhibit at Twin Lights Historic Site

As much as the nation has seen over the centuries – peace, conflict, prosperity, social change, expansion, the pain of terrorism – one thing has remained constant:. The American flag continues to stand as the world’s symbol of hope and freedom.

Christie Administration Announces Milestone in New Approach to Improving Urban Waterways

The Christie Administration marked a milestone in its efforts to reduce combined sewer overflows in urban areas by providing a $1.2 million interest-free loan for Elizabeth for planning a long-term control effort to reduce discharges of wastewater and stormwater that occur during heavy rainfall, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Free “Ocean Fun Day” Slated for Saturday, May 21, at Island Beach State Park

Island Beach State Park, one of the most popular destinations in the New Jersey State Park System, will kick off its summer event season by partnering with the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium in hosting a free Ocean Fun Day on Saturday, May 21.

Department of Environmental Protection Teams with City of Trenton for Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, May 21

A fishing competition for youngsters in grades 2 through 8 will be among the highlights at the Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, May 21 at Stacy Park.

Christie Administration Proposes Rule to Close All Harvesting of Diamondback Terrapins

Due to continued pressures on northern diamondback terrapins in coastal areas of New Jersey, the Department of Environmental Protection has proposed regulations to close all harvesting of the species, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration’s Camden Collaborative Initiative Program Receives EPA Environmental Champion Award

A partnership between the Christie Administration and several agencies to improve environmental challenges and quality of life in the City of Camden is the recipient of a prestigious Environmental Champion Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today.

Christie Administration’s Blue Acres Buyout Program Purchases First Property in Rahway, Union County

The city of Rahway, in Union County, is the latest community to join the growing list of flood-prone towns to seek and accept buyouts from the Department of Environmental Protection’s Superstorm Sandy Blue Acres Buyout Program.

Christie Administration Recognizes 26th Annual New Jersey Historic Preservation Award Winners

As part of its celebration of May as National Historic Preservation Month, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Historic Preservation Office and the New Jersey Historic Sites Council today announced recipients of the 26th Annual Historic Preservation Awards honoring projects, groups or people dedicated to preserving the state’s history.

Christie Administration Announces Record $23.7 Million in Clean Communities Grants for Municipalities and Counties

The Christie Administration is awarding a record $23.7 million in Clean Communities grants to help municipalities and counties conduct litter cleanup efforts to help beautify New Jersey’s communities and roadsides.

Unique Effort Between DEP, USDA under Way to Preserve Historic Tree in Perth Amboy, Middlesex County

A Department of Environmental Protection program that identifies redevelopment opportunities in New Jersey’s urban centers, is looking to the future to preserve an important part of Perth Amboy’s history – a 200-year-old English elm tree in front of City Hall, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

25th Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament Set for Sunday, May 15, at Island Beach State Park

The 25th annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament, a popular competition for anglers young and old, will be held at Island Beach State Park on Sunday, May 15, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Celebrates New Jersey’s Rich past During Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair This Saturday

New Jersey’s rich and diverse historic heritage will be celebrated this Saturday, May 14, during the 12th Annual Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan Township, Monmouth County.

Barnegat Bay Bulkhead Blitz Pilot Program Resumes This Month in Ocean County

In its ongoing efforts to protect the ecological health of Barnegat Bay, the Department of Environmental Protection will host a series of Barnegat Bay Bulkhead Blitz events this month to demonstrate simple steps waterfront property owners can take to help reduce populations of sea nettles, a type of stinging and highly predatory jellyfish that can diminish recreational enjoyment of the bay and create ecological imbalance.

Long Beach Island Beach and Dune Construction Resumes

A $138 million U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ project to construct beaches and dunes on Long Beach Island which was temporarily suspended over the winter has resumed, with three dredges currently pumping sand in the Borough of Beach Haven and work continuing throughout the barrier island this summer, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

Christie Administration Proclaims Air Quality Awareness Week Today Through May 6

The Department of Environmental Protection is marking the 10th anniversary of Air Quality Awareness Week in New Jersey this week by highlighting the successes that have improved New Jersey’s air quality, while reminding residents of basic steps they can take to also improve the air in their communities.

Christie Administration Celebrates Arbor Day as Parsippany-Troy Hills Marks 40th Anniversary as Tree City

The State Forestry Services within the Department of Environmental Protection today joined Parsippany-Troy Hills Township in Morris County and the New Jersey Community Forestry Council to celebrate Arbor Day 2016 with two ceremonial tree plantings and an annual special awards recognition ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park.

Volunteers Join Forces to Post Signs as Part of Enhanced Enforcement Effort for Wharton State Forest

Volunteers from various recreational user and environmental groups joined together today to post signs at entrances to Wharton State Forest as part of an enhanced effort by the Department of Environmental Protection’s State Park Service to enforce protection of natural resources from illegal off-road motorized vehicle use.

DEP to Host BBQ and Brew Fest Saturday, April 30 at Historic Village in Allaire State Park

The Department of Environmental Protection will host a fun afternoon of music, barbecue and beer on Saturday, April 30 as the Historic Village in Allaire State Park hosts its first-ever BBQ and Brew Fest to raise money for educational programming, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Offer Tips to Help Reduce Encounters with Black Bears During Active Spring Period

With black bears emerging from winter dens and entering a very active period of the year in search of food and mates, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is reminding residents, particularly in the northwest region of New Jersey known as “bear country,” of basic precautions this spring to reduce the risk of potential encounters.

Island Beach State Park to Host First May Day Celebration on Sunday, May 1

Island Beach State Park will host the first May Day celebration, featuring a series of fun, athletic events, on Sunday, May 1, to benefit the non-profit volunteer group, Friends of Island Beach State Park, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP to Propose Science-based, Common Sense Revisions to Highlands Septic Density Standards

Based on comprehensive new scientific information, including extensive data compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Department of Environmental Protection plans to propose amended septic density standards for northern New Jersey’s Highlands region.

Christie Administration Urges Caution During Wildfire Season

With spring wildfire season under way and most fires in the state historically the result of human activity, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service is urging the public to be extra cautious outdoors in order to reduce the risk of fires.

Earth Week Message

It is hard to believe that 46 years have passed since the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970. That event marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement. It also was the launch of what has to be the most successful grass-roots movement in history. Never before, and never since, has one day so galvanized the public and moved governments at every level, to action.

DEP Partners with Groundwork Elizabeth and Kean University for Community-based Sustainable Agriculture Initiatives

The Department of Environmental Protection is working with Groundwork Elizabeth and communities in Union County to transform brownfields and underused properties into healthier, sustainable areas through an initiative focused on environmental stewardship efforts, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

New Jersey Forest Fire Service Warns of Danger in Using Drones near Wildfires as State Enters Peak Firefighting Season

As New Jersey heads into peak forest fire season in April, the State Forest Fire Service is warning owners of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones, to keep their equipment away from active wildfire areas so they do not interfere with firefighting efforts.

DEP, Department of Agriculture Extend Allowing Farmers to Use Open Burns and Smudge Pots to Protect Crops Against Continued Overnight Frost Threats

With overnight temperatures in many parts of the state expected to continue to be near or below freezing for the foreseeable future, the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Agriculture will continue to allow farmers to conduct controlled open burning or use specialized torches known as smudge pots to protect flowering crops from frost damage.

Christie Administration Providing Residents More than 102,000 Seedlings to Replace Trees Lost During Superstorm Sandy

The New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign, a partnership including the New Jersey State Forest Service and the non-profit Arbor Day Foundation, is providing some 102,000 free tree seedlings to state residents in 145 municipal distribution locations across the state as part of an ongoing effort to replace trees destroyed during Superstorm Sandy, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP and NJDOT Working to Ensure Protection of Barnegat Bay Water Quality During Route 35 Stormwater System Sealing Operations

The Department of Environmental Protection is continuing to work with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) to ensure protection of water quality in Barnegat Bay as the NJDOT works to seal pipe and manhole connections for its Route 35 stormwater drainage system.

DEP to Hold College Recruitment Fair on Friday, April 8

College students interested in career or internship opportunities with the Department of Environmental Protection are encouraged to attend a recruitment fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 8 in the Public Hearing Room at the DEP Headquarters Building, 401 East State Street, in Trenton.

DEP, Department of Agriculture Team up to Allow Farmers to Protect Flowering Crops Against Frost Conditions Expected Early next Week

With temperatures in many parts of the state expected to approach freezing over the weekend into early next week, the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Agriculture are working cooperatively to allow farmers to do controlled open burning or use specialized torches known as smudge pots to protect flowering crops from frost damage.

Division of Fish and Wildlife to Host Open House at Pequest Trout Hatchery in Warren County April 2 and April 3; Trout Season Opening Day Is April 9

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is hosting its annual free Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center Open House and Sportsmen’s Flea Market on April 2 and 3, in anticipation of the spring trout fishing season.

Hundreds of Volunteers to Plant Dune Grass at Island Beach State Park on Saturday

More than 300 participants will plant a record 40,000 American Beachgrass plants at Island Beach State Park this Saturday, March 26, as part of the park’s largest annual volunteer effort of planting dune grass.

DEP Annnounces Plan to Protect Wharton State Forest While Maintaining Ample Opportunities for All User Groups

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today announced an enhanced effort to better balance ecological protection with multiple public uses of Wharton State Forest, an ecological and recreational treasure in the heart of the Pinelands.

DEP and Newark Public Schools Provide Update on District Water Status

The Department of Environmental Protection has developed a water testing regimen for the presence of lead in all schools in the Newark Public Schools system, which will begin next week, Commissioner Bob Martin and Newark Superintendent of Schools Christopher Cerf announced today.

Joint Release from DEP and Newark Public Schools on Temporary Use of Alternate Water Sources after Elevated Levels of Lead Found in Recent District Sampling

The Department of Environmental Protection has advised the Newark Public Schools system to temporarily utilize alternate water sources in 30 district school buildings after recent testing found elevated levels of lead at various water taps.

Christie Administration’s Selected Remediation Option for Lower Passaic River Is Finalized by EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued its final Record of Decision for the Christie Administration’s selected remediation plan for the Lower Passaic River, a major step in the long-awaited cleanup of a contaminated eight-mile section of this vital waterway that was once an economic engine for the state and nation.

DEP Announces Key Improvements to Round Valley Reservoir Boat Ramp

The Department of Environmental Protection plans a series of improvements for boating and parking access this summer at the Round Valley Reservoir boat ramp in Clinton Township, Hunterdon County.

Division of Fish and Wildlife Releases Rehabilitated Peregrine Falcon, Highlighting State’s Resurgence of Birds of Prey

The Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Division of Fish and Wildlife today released a rehabilitated peregrine falcon near Spruce Run Reservoir in Hunterdon County, drawing attention to the continuing climb in populations of birds of prey in New Jersey.

New Jersey State Forest Fire Service Prescribed Burning Begins

The New Jersey State Forest Fire Service advises residents that its seasonal prescribed burning program – which reduces wildfire risks by burning buildup of undergrowth, fallen trees and branches, leaves and other debris on forest floors – is now under way.

Christie Administration Approves More than $1.1 Million in Recreational Trail Grants

The Christie Administration has approved 63 applications totaling $1,188,500 for recreational trail projects throughout New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today. The funds come from the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program and are administered by the DEP’s Green Acres Program.

Christie Administration Announces NOAA Grant to Develop Coastal Resiliency Plan for Monmouth County Towns

The Christie Administration today announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded New Jersey a nearly $900,000 Regional Coastal Resilience Grant to help communities in 15 municipalities in northeastern Monmouth County develop a regional plan to address the impacts of coastal hazards and storm surge.

Christie Administration’s Blue Acres Buyout Program Expands into Rahway and Downe Township

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Superstorm Sandy Blue Acres Buyout Program is expanding into Rahway, Union County, and Downe Township in Cumberland County, making buyout offers to get families in repeatedly flooded areas out of harm’s way and to help improve flood resiliency in both communities.

DEP Issues Administrative Order Closing Diamondback Terrapin Season to Ease Harvesting Pressures on Species

Due to continued concerns about harvest pressures on northern diamondback terrapins in coastal areas of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin has signed an Administrative Order immediately closing the remainder of the commercial harvest season for this turtle species.

Department of Environmental Protection Reminds Local Governments about Proper Snow Removal, Ahead of Predicted Nor’easter

With much of New Jersey expected to see significant snowfall during a nor’easter this weekend, the Department of Environmental Protection is reminding local and county governments of steps to keep roadways and neighborhoods as safe and clear as possible while also protecting the environment.

Governor Christie Signs Legislation Restoring State’s Right to Require Public Access to Beaches and Tidalwaterways

Governor Chris Christie today signed legislation that restores the Department of Environmental Protection’s right to require public access to New Jersey’s coastal, bay and tidally driven riverfront areas.

Christie Administration Marks Second Phase of Wreck Pond Restoration Project

Continuing efforts to develop innovative resiliency strategies to protect communities from storms and flooding, the Christie Administration – in conjunction with the American Littoral Society, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Representative Christopher Smith, and local municipalities – today marked the beginning of the second phase of work to restore Wreck Pond, a unique coastal lake that was severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy and has had a long history of flooding and water quality problems.

Christie Administration Awards $14.3 Million in Grants to Support Local Recycling Efforts

New Jersey’s municipal governments will receive more than $14.3 million in state recycling grants to help implement and enhance local recycling efforts, the Christie Administration announced today.

Christie Administration Invites Residents and Visitors to Take Part in First Day Hikes Spotlighting New Jersey’s Spectacular Scenery and Rich History

The Christie Administration and the Department of Environmental Protection’s State Park Service invite New Jersey residents and visitors to get 2016 started on the right foot by taking part in fun, invigorating and educational outdoor activities to be offered statewide as part of the annual America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative.

DEP Commissioner Martin Criticizes Dredging Contractor’s Plans to Suspend Beach and Dune Construction on Long Beach Island

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today sharply criticized a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) contractor for making plans to remove dredging equipment from an ongoing beach and dune construction project on Long Beach Island in order to perform a dredging project in another part the country.

Annual Re-enactment of General George Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware Scheduled for Christmas Day

Residents and visitors can relive a crucial turning point in the American Revolution with the annual re-enactment of General George Washington’s iconic Crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas, the New Jersey State Park Service announced today.

Christie Administration Recognizes New Jersey Environmental Leaders at Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards

A host of environmental groups, students, education leaders, businesses, government agencies, and community activists from across the state were honored today by the Christie Administration today for their commitment to protecting and enhancing New Jersey’s environment.

Department of Environmental Protection Recommends Best Practices for Wood Burning During Colder Months

With colder weather on the way, the Department of Environmental Protection is reminding New Jersey residents to take steps to reduce their impact on air quality when burning wood for heat, whether in fireplaces, wood stoves, or outdoor wood boilers.

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife Extends Black Bear Hunt an Additional Four Days

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today a four-day extension of the black bear hunting season in the northern part of the state based on an analysis of data on the past week’s harvest.

DEP Delivers Holiday Presents to the Salvation Army for more rhan 200 Children during Annual Season of Service Tour

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin and staff delivered holiday presents for more than 200 children to the Salvation Army Corps in Trenton today, as part of Governor Christie’s annual Season of Service campaign that assists state residents in need during the holiday season.

Military Service to Be Remembered with Soldiers’ Christmas Lantern Tour at Fort Mott State Park This Saturday Evening

The New Jersey State Park Service will honor military veterans and those who died in the nation’s wars with a Soldiers’ Christmas lantern-guided tour at Fort Mott State Park this Saturday evening. Earlier in the day, a Wreaths Across America ceremony will be held at nearby Finn’s Point National Cemetery.

Blue Acres Program Completes First Buyout in Old Bridge

The Christie Administration has completed its first Blue Acres Program buyout of a home in Old Bridge Township, Middlesex County, continuing its goal of making flood-prone communities across New Jersey more resilient to devastating storms, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Annual Black Bear Hunt Starts Monday in Northern New Jersey

The state’s annual black bear hunting season will begin just prior to sunrise on Monday morning, December 7, in all or portions of eight northern New Jersey counties.

Ringwood State Park and Skylands Manor to Host Annual Holiday Events the First Two Weekends of December

Christmas in the Victorian and modern eras will be celebrated during the first two weekends in December with seasonal events scheduled at Ringwood Manor and Skylands Manor, both located in scenic Ringwood State Park in northern Passaic County, the State Park Service announced today.

Allaire State Park Continues Annual Tradition of Old World Christmas Events

The New Jersey State Park Service is announcing a series of popular and well-loved Old World Christmas events are scheduled throughout December at the Historic Village at Allaire State Park.

Christie Administration Awards $1.75 Million in Grants for Five Water Quality Improvement Projects

Five projects across New Jersey will share more than $1.75 million in grants to help improve their water quality by using green infrastructure techniques and other measures to control nonpoint source pollution in their communities, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy Adopted

The Department of Environmental Protection today formally adopted a black bear management policy that includes a continuation of the annual December hunting season, with expanded zones in areas where bear incidents have been increasing, and establishes an October hunting season beginning next year.

Christie Administration Takes Actions to Enhance Consumer Health Safety of Shellfish Harvested in New Jersey Waters

The Christie Administration is implementing changes to the state’s shellfish-safety program to ensure that New Jersey meets the highest harvest-to-market public-health protection standards and promotes future growth of shellfish aquaculture, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Files First Eminent Domain Actions Against Beachfront Homeowners in Northern Ocean County

The Christie Administration has filed its first eminent domain actions to attain easements from beachfront property owners in northern Ocean County required by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct a federally funded engineered beach and dune project that will protect one of the areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy from severe storms and flooding, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin and Acting Attorney General John. J. Hoffman announced today.

Hunter Pleads Guilty to Illegally Killing Black Bear in New Jersey

A Passaic County man pleaded guilty today to illegally killing a black bear in New Jersey, transporting it across state lines to New York and veiling the crime by making false statements and staging a fake kill site.

New Interactive Website Offers Practical Advice on Designing of Jersey-Friendly Yards

The Christie Administration today announced the launch of a new interactive website, part of a Jersey-Friendly Yards campaign, that provides practical ways for property owners to reduce the negative impacts of stormwater runoff on waterways through the design and creation of environmentally friendly lawns and gardens.

Christie Administration Preserves Former Golf Course in Gloucester County as State Preserve

The Christie Administration has finalized the $3.2 million purchase of a 110-acre former golf course that will become a state preserve, the first unit of the State Park Service in Gloucester County, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Results of Barnegat Bay Science Studies to Be Presented to Public on November 17

A symposium to review and discuss the results of a comprehensive three-year scientific study assessing the ecological health of Barnegat Bay is scheduled for Tuesday, November 17 at Ocean County College, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Adopts Artificial Reef Plan

The Christie Administration has adopted new rules that will implement a compromise between recreational and commercial fishing interests over access to artificial reefs off the coast of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs Training Program Scheduled November 6-8 for Educators, Volunteers with Youth Organizations

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife will host a free two-day training for educators on the Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs program that shows youth how to participate in constructive outdoor activities while also teaching critical skills such as patience, teamwork and problem-solving.

DEP Announces First Blue Acres Closings in Linden

Continuing its mission to make flood-prone communities more resilient, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced the first Superstorm Sandy Blue Acres property purchases in Linden today, the third anniversary of the historic storm.

DEP, USACE Announce Completion of $57.6 Million Beach and Dune Project in Cape May County

The Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced the completion of the beach and dune portion of a $57.6 million project to construct beaches and dunes in Cape May County today, the third anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.

Christie Administration Seeks Applications for Second round of Grants in Hud-funded Flood Hazard Risk Reduction Program

The Christie Administration today announced that a second round of federal grants totaling $25 million is available through the Department of Environmental Protection for municipalities, counties and local government agencies to improve storm resiliency, with efforts focusing on coastal lakes and inland waterways.

New Jersey Files Suit Against EPA to Stop Clean Power Plan

The Christie Administration today announced the state of New Jersey has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan on the basis of its unlawful extension of the federal agency’s authority, irreparable harm to the state if it can’t manage its own energy future, and its unequal burden on states, like New Jersey, that have already significantly reduced carbon emissions.

Edison Memorial Tower Relighting Set for Saturday, October 24 at Thomas Edison State Park in Middlesex County

The Edison Memorial Tower will shine brightly again Saturday, October 24, when the iconic structure is relighted to commemorate completion of a nearly $3.9 million restoration project, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Ramapo Mountain State Forest Reopens Following Monitoring for Black Bear Activity

Northern New Jersey’s Ramapo Mountain State Forest reopened today following a two-week closure for monitoring of unusual black bear activity in the area.

First Barnegat Bay Bulkhead Blitz Targets Removal of Young Sea Nettles in Barnegat Bay

In its ongoing efforts to protect the ecological health of Barnegat Bay, the Department of Environmental Protection today launched a pilot project to demonstrate simple steps waterfront property owners can take to help reduce populations of sea nettles, a type of stinging and highly predatory jellyfish that can diminish recreational enjoyment of the bay and create ecological imbalance.

Christie Administration Proposes Common Sense Overhaul to Water Quality Management Planning Rule

The Christie Administration today proposed a significant overhaul to the state’s Water Quality Management Planning (WQMP) rule that will provide county and local planning agencies with common sense flexibility to maintain high standards of environmental protection while balancing opportunities for appropriate economic growth, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Reminds Motorists to Be Alert for Deer as Fall Rutting Season Begins

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds motorists to be alert for white-tailed deer with the arrival of the fall breeding season, a time of year when deer may unexpectedly dart onto roads and cause accidents.

Ramapo Mountain State Forest Remains Closed Due to Unusual Black Bear Activity

Northern New Jersey’s Ramapo Mountain State Forest remains closed due to continued unusual black bear activity in the area.

Christie Administration Announces Award of $66 Million FEMA Grant to Build Flood Walls and other Infrastructure to Protect MCUA Wastewater Pump Stations

The Christie Administration today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the state more than $66 million to assist the Middlesex County Utilities Authority (MCUA) with construction of flood walls and related work that will protect two of its critical wastewater pump stations from severe storms and flooding.

Fall Trout Season to Get under Way with Statewide Stocking Starting October 13

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife will begin stocking rivers, lakes and streams across New Jersey with thousands of large two-year-old trout on Tuesday, October 13, providing anglers with opportunities for some great fall fishing, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Ramapo Mountain State Forest Remains Closed Following Reports of Black Bear Encounters

All access points to Ramapo Mountain State Forest will remain closed through at least the end of the week as a precaution resulting from black bear activity in the area, most recently involving five people followed closely by a bear in two separate encounters over the weekend.

Shellfish Beds Statewide to Reopen at Sunset Following Passage of Weekend Nor’easter

The Department of Environmental Protection has lifted an Administrative Order that temporarily closed shellfish harvesting statewide as a precaution in anticipation of heavy rainfall from the weekend nor’easter and Hurricane Joaquin, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

21st Annual Fall Forestry Festival Cancelled Due to Anticipated Inclement Weather

The 21st annual Fall Forestry Festival, a popular event which was scheduled to be held at the Department of Environmental Protection’s Forest Resource Education Center in Jackson on Saturday, has been canceled due to anticipated rainy and windy weather.

Christie Administration Awards $1.66 Million Contract for Dredging of Deal Lake

The Christie Administration has awarded a nearly $1.66 million contract to remove sand pushed by Superstorm Sandy into Deal Lake, the largest in a series of unique coastal lakes in Monmouth County that were severely impacted by the storm, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Historic Soldiers Weekend at Fort Mott State Park to Highlight the Sacrifices of American Troops from Every U.S. Conflict

A historic Army fort that once strengthened coastal defense of the Delaware River will serve New Jersey again when the 11th Annual Historic Soldiers Weekend sets up camp this weekend at Fort Mott State Park in Pennsville, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP to Host Public Hearing on Tuesday in Little Ferry for National Billion-dollar Disaster Resilience Competition

The Department of Environmental Protection is hosting a public hearing at Little Ferry Borough Hall on Tuesday, September 29 to take testimony on the Phase 2 draft application for the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC).

Water Supply Drought Watch Issued for Three New Jersey Regions

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today issued a drought watch for New Jersey’s Northeast, Central, and Coastal North water supply regions, urging residents in the affected areas to voluntarily conserve water and for the rest of the state to practice wise water use due to continued dry weather and above-average temperatures.

Nominations Due September 30 for Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards

Nominations for the 2015 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards are due by the close of business on Wednesday, September 30 to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

DEP to Auction Farming Leases at 12 State Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold two regional auctions next week for farm leases on land owned by the DEP, managed by the State Park Service and spread across a dozen state parks, forests and recreation areas.

Division of Fish and Wildlife and State Park Service Offer Tips on Reducing Risks from Bear Encounters Following Events at Ramapo Mountain State Forest

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife and State Park Service are reminding residents of ways to reduce bear encounters and offering tips should they come within close range of black bears following a recent bear-human interaction at Ramapo Mountain State Forest.

DEP Seeks Community Input on $230 Million Flood Resiliency Project for Hoboken, Jersey City and Weehawken

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public meeting on Thursday, September 24, to receive community input on the scope and priorities of a $230 million flooding resiliency project for Hoboken, Weehawken and Jersey City.

Island Beach State Park to Host 18th Annual Beach Plum Festival this Sunday, September 13

The 18th annual Island Beach State Park Beach Plum Festival, a popular event that supports programs at one of the most popular destinations in the State Park System, will be held this Sunday, September 13, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP’s Wild Outdoor Expo Scheduled September 12 and 13 in Jackson Township

The great outdoor venues and experiences of New Jersey will be featured September 12 and 13 during the Department of Environmental Protection’s sixth annual WILD Outdoor Expo at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township, Ocean County, Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

Christie Administration Seeks Administrative Stay and Reconsideration of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

The Christie Administration today formally requested an Administrative Stay and Reconsideration of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, stating it constitutes an unlawful extension of authority by the federal agency, threatens New Jersey’s existing authority to manage and oversee its own energy future and disproportionately places an unfair burden on states that have already significantly reduced carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants and other sources over the years.

Division of Fish and Wildlife Experts Successfully Remove Arrow from Muzzle of Deer in Marlboro

Wildlife experts with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife this morning successfully removed an arrow that has been protruding from the muzzle of a female deer that has been seen frequently in the Marlboro area since last winter.

DEP Commissioner Bob Martin Discusses Progress in Hardening Critical Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Against Storms

Legislation Governor Chris Christie signed this week authorizing up to $1.94 billion in state financing for projects to improve drinking water and wastewater infrastructure includes up to $776 million to protect these facilities from storms and flooding such as occurred during Superstorm Sandy, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin said today.

Christie Administration Announces New Interactive Flood Warning Maps for Passaic River Basin

The fourth in a series of online, interactive flood-preparation maps designed to aid emergency management personnel and to inform residents in the Passaic River Basin about flooding events in real time has been launched, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Sending Additional Forest Fire Service Crews to Battle Western Wildfires

Responding to the growing need for support to fight Western wildfires, the Christie Administration is sending an additional 20 members of the New Jersey Forest Fire Service and New Jersey State Forestry Services to assist in the battling of wildfires that are raging across parts of the Northwest, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Sending New Jersey Forest Fire Service Crews to Battle Wildfires in Pacific Northwest

The Christie Administration is sending New Jersey Forest Fire Service crews and equipment to assist in the battling of wildfires that are raging across parts of the Pacific Northwest, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Camden, Trenton and Secaucus Join DEP Efforts to Combat Illegal Dumping

Looking to build on the successes of the Department of Environmental Protection’s crackdown on illegal dumping on state recreational properties, three New Jersey cities have partnered with the state’s “Don’t Waste Our Open Space” program to combat unlawful dumping in their own communities, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP’s Annual Harvest the Bay Festival Returns to Island Beach State Park

The Harvest the Bay Festival, an event that celebrates ecology and its link to the economic resources of Barnegat Bay through family-friendly fun and interactive activities, returns to Island Beach State Park on Saturday, August 8.

New Jersey Park Service Prepares to Launch Motorized Access Plan for Wharton State Forest in Heart of Pinelands

The New Jersey State Park Service is preparing to launch a Motorized Access Plan to protect the environment and encourage responsible use of Off-Road Vehicles, or ORVs, in Wharton State Forest, located in the heart of the Pinelands National Reserve.

Christie Administration Announces Applications Are Available for 2015 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards

The 2015 application for the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards program is now available. Leaders in New Jersey’s environmental, academic, business, science, government, non-profit and youth sectors are encouraged to showcase their environmental accomplishments by submitting a nomination for consideration this year.

New Jersey’s Forest Resource Education Center Offers Free Summer Programs for Families

The bounties of New Jersey forests, from forest stewardship and hiking trails to majestic trees and pollinating bees, can be explored in a series of free programs this summer at the Department of Environmental Protection’s Forest Resource Education Center in Jackson.

Christie Administration Files First Eminent Domain Actions to Secure Easements Needed for Beach Construction Projects

The Christie Administration has filed its first eminent domain actions against beachfront property owners to secure easements that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs to build engineered beach and dune projects to protect lives, homes and businesses in the state’s economically vital coastal communities from severe storms and flooding, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin and Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced today.

Christie Administration Seeks Americorps Watershed Ambassadors For 2016

The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking 20 recruits for its 2016 class of AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors, a program that incorporates a grassroots desire to improve the state and its quality of life for residents.

Christie Administration Adds Land to Princeton Battlefield Park

The Christie Administration today announced a 4.6-acre addition for Princeton Battlefield State Park that was a key to tactical maneuvers during the battle, a turning point in the nation’s War for Independence, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Holds Update Meeting for $230 Million Rebuild by Design Project for Hoboken, Jersey City and Weehawken

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in conjunction with Hoboken, Jersey City and Weehawken, will be holding a public meeting on Tuesday, June 23, as part of the environmental review process for a $230 million project to protect the Hudson River municipalities from flooding.

DEP Encourages Boaters to Be Aware of Ecologically Sensitive Areas of Barnegat Bay

With the summer boating and tourism season kicking into high gear, the Department of Environmental Protection is reminding boaters to use caution while navigating ecologically sensitive areas of Barnegat Bay.

Christie Administration Announces Free Fishing Days to Be Held this Saturday and on Oct. 17

As part of its efforts to introduce freshwater fishing to families and novices across the state, the Christie Administration is holding Free Fishing Days this Saturday, June 13 and Saturday, Oct. 17.

DEP Announces Approval of $102.3 Million for Green Acres Open Space and Recreation Projects

The Garden State Preservation Trust today approved the Christie Administration’s recommended list of $102.3 million in Green Acres open space acquisition and recreational development projects, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

Christie Administration Announces $2.1 Million in Federal Grants to Help Fishing-related Businesses Impacted by Sandy

The Christie Administration today announced that 266 fishing-related businesses will share more than $2.1 million in federal grants to help them recover some costs resulting from damages sustained as a result of Superstorm Sandy.

Christie Administration Seeks Federal Court Ruling to Stop Seismic Research Project

The Christie Administration today filed a complaint in U.S. District Court arguing that a federally funded research project using strong seismic blasts to map ocean sediment deposits should be stopped because it will adversely impact economically vital commercial and recreational fisheries and harm marine mammals.

New Underground Tunnel to Help Wildlife Cross Road Unveiled in Bedminster

Crossing a busy road in Bedminster is about to get much easier for turtles and small mammals, now that a new underground wildlife passageway is open in the township, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife announced today.

Cheesequake State Park to Celebrate 75th Anniversary June 6

Cheesequake State Park will mark its 75th anniversary with an array of festivities open to the public on Saturday, June 6, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Commissioner Martin Leads Volunteers, Students in Barnegat Bay Blitz Cleanup

Thousands of volunteers, many of them schoolchildren, are joining Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin today for the 6th Barnegat Bay Blitz, a day-long cleanup that draws attention to efforts to protect and enhance the bay and its watershed, which sprawls over much of Ocean County and part of Monmouth County.

Christie Administration Announces National Trails Day Celebrations Across New Jersey on June 6

New Jersey residents are encouraged to take advantage of the great outdoors on Saturday, June 6 by participating in a variety of recreational activities in conjunction with the 22nd Annual National Trails Day to be celebrated nationally and statewide.

Christie Administration Proposes Common Sense Revisions to Flood Hazard Area Control Act Regulations

The Department of Environmental Protection today proposed revisions to its Flood Hazard Area Control Act rules that will reduce complexity, correct conflicting regulations, and streamline the permitting process for project applicants while continuing New Jersey’s high standards for flood mitigation and ecological protection of river and stream corridors.

DEP Teams with Trenton to Host Youth Fishing Derby on June 6

A pair of fishing competitions for youngsters from grades 2 through 8 will be among the highlights at the Youth Fishing Derby to be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 pm. at Trenton’s Stacy Park on Saturday, June 6. The Youth Fishing Derby is co-sponsored by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the City of Trenton.

Christie Administration Recognizes New Jersey Historic Preservation Award Winners

To celebrate May as National Preservation Month in New Jersey, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Historic Preservation Office and the New Jersey Historic Sites Council have announced the recipients of the 25th Annual Historic Preservation Awards to honor projects and groups or persons dedicated to preserving the state’s history.

Christie Administration Kicks off Summer Season at State of the Shore Event in Asbury Park

New Jersey, consistently a national leader in ocean water quality and monitoring, is kicking off the unofficial start of summer this Memorial Day weekend with vastly improved beaches, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin said today during the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s annual State of the Shore event in Asbury Park.

Christie Administration Breaks Ground on $28 Million Infrastructure Restoration and Resiliency Project at Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority

A $28 million project to rebuild Superstorm Sandy-damaged facilities at the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority (BRSA) in Union Beach broke ground today. The project is part of the Christie Administration’s continued commitment to provide resiliency to the state’s water and wastewater infrastructure, which was directly impacted by the 2012 storm, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

Christie Administration Announces $20.8 Million in Clean Communities Grants for Municipalities and Counties

The Christie Administration today announced the award of $20.8 million in Clean Communities grants to help municipalities and counties conduct litter cleanup efforts that help beautify New Jersey’s communities and roadsides.

Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament Set for Sunday at Island Beach State Park

The 24th annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament, a popular competition for anglers young and old, will be held at Island Beach State Park on Sunday, May 17, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Announces Free “Ocean Fun Day” on Saturday at Island Beach State Park

Island Beach State Park, one of the crown jewels of the New Jersey state park system, will kick off its summer event season by hosting a free Ocean Fun Day, an annual environmental education event for children and families, on Saturday, May 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Christie Administration Announces Start of $128 Million Beach and Dune Contract on Long Beach Island

The Christie Administration today joined with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District to announce the start of construction on a $128 million contract to complete beach and dune projects for Long Beach Island that will protect lives and property against future storms such as Superstorm Sandy.

11th Annual Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair Set for May 9 at Monmouth Battlefield State Park

The Garden State’s contributions to the nation and world will be highlighted when the 11th “Spirit of the Jerseys” takes place on Saturday, May 9 at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan Township, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Urges Caution During Wildfire Season

With spring wildfire season under way, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service urges the public to be extra cautious when outdoors in order to reduce the risk of fires. Wildfire risk is currently rated as high statewide. Risks are likely to increase during forecasts for warmer temperatures and dry conditions.

DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Offers Tips to Reduce Encounters with Black Bears During Active Spring Period

Having emerged from winter dens, black bears are entering a very active period of the year in search of food, increasing the possibility of encounters with people, especially those living in the “bear country’’ of northwestern New Jersey.

Christie Administration Marks Air Quality Awareness Week Throughout New Jersey

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is encouraging New Jersey residents to make basic changes to their everyday routines to help improve air quality as part of Air Quality Awareness Week, which starts today and runs through May 1.

Christie Administration Celebrates State’s 66th Arbor Day with Ceremony in Burlington County

State Forestry Services within the Department of Environmental Protection today joined Moorestown Township and the New Jersey Community Forestry Council to celebrate Arbor Day with tree plantings and a special awards recognition ceremony in Moorestown’s Wesley Bishop Park.

Earth Day Op-Ed Future of Environmental Stewardship Lies in Its Youth

Today marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, an important day commemorated by events that remind us of the importance of protecting our planet and its natural resources – not just for today, but for future generations.

Christie Administration Announces First Superstorm Sandy Blue Acres Buyout in Manville

New Jersey’s Blue Acres Buyout Program has closed on purchasing its first home in flood-prone Manville as part of the state’s continuing efforts to move property owners out of areas impacted by severe storms, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration, Army Corps Launch Two More Major Beach Construction Projects

The Christie Administration and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today announced the start of major beach construction projects in Cape May and Monmouth counties.

New Southern Swimming Area at Island Beach State Park Announced

In another effort to make visits to New Jersey’s state parks a safer and more enjoyable experience, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today the start of a new, lifeguarded swimming area near the popular A-7 section of the park for the summer season.

Largest Environmental Settlement with Corporate Defendant in New Jersey History Posted in Register

A proposed historic settlement that will require ExxonMobil to pay New Jersey $225 million to resolve its liability for natural resource damages caused by contamination from refinery operations in Bayonne and Linden, on top of separate uncapped costs to remediate, was published today in the New Jersey Register, Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

DEP Publishes Centennial Update of State Geologic Map

A map detailing New Jersey’s statewide geologic formations has been updated with the latest science and mapping information. It commemorates a map first published more than a century ago, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration to Provide Residents More than 130,000 Seedlings to Replace Trees Lost During Superstorm Sandy

The New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign, a partnership between the Department of Environmental Protection’s State Forestry Services and the non-profit Arbor Day Foundation, is distributing some 130,000 free tree seedlings to residents through 178 locations across the state, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Division of Fish and Wildlife Hosts Pequest Trout Hatchery Free Open House This Weekend; Opening Day of Trout Season Is April 4

With trout season just around the corner, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is hosting its annual free Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center Open House this weekend, March 28 and 29.

Fledgling Horseshoe Crab Rescue Effort Seeking Volunteers to Help Out During Spring Spawning Season

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife and a coalition of nonprofit groups are calling on volunteers to help out with this spring’s “reTURN the Favor” initiative, a fledgling effort that is saving tens of thousands of stranded horseshoe crabs whose eggs provide a critical food link in a globally unique shorebird annual migration through Delaware Bay.

Hundreds of Volunteers to Take Part in Island Beach State Park Dune Grass Planting on Saturday

More than 200 volunteers will be taking part in the planting of dune grass at Island Beach State Park this Saturday, March 21, as part of an annual effort to help protect the important dune system while enhancing the natural beauty of one of the state’s most popular parks.

First Woodbridge Homes Demolished in DEP’s Blue Acres Program

The first Woodbridge demolitions in the post-Sandy Blue Acres residential property buyout program are occurring this week, marking another major milestone in the state’s continuing efforts to move homeowners out of harm’s way, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today.

Forest Fire Service Prescribed Burning Program under Way

New Jersey State Forestry Services advises residents that the seasonal prescribed burning program is under way. The controlled burning program, implemented by the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, is an important part of the state’s strategy to reduce risk of wildfires that could threaten property or lives.

Christie Administration Issues Permits to Improve Water Quality in Urban Areas

The Christie Administration today issued 25 final permits to improve surface water quality in urban parts of the state by requiring municipalities and wastewater authorities to develop strategies to reduce pollution from combined sewer overflows, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP’s Green Acres Program Preserves Sandy-ravaged Apartment Complex Site in Sea Bright as Park

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Acres Program has purchased the site of the Anchorage Apartments, a condominium complex along the Shrewsbury River in Sea Bright ravaged by Superstorm Sandy, and will preserve the parcel as a public waterfront park, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Long Beach Island Beach and Dune Construction Project to Begin Ahead of Original Schedule

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District and the Department of Environmental Protection jointly announced today that construction of a $128 million beach and dune project to protect Long Beach Island has been rescheduled to start at an earlier date, with equipment mobilizing in late March and dredging beginning in mid-April.

DEP Now Accepting Applications for Recreational Trail Grants

Local, state and federal agencies, as well as nonprofit groups, may now apply for nearly $1.5 million in federal recreational trail grants made available by the Federal Highway Administration, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Launches New Clean Air Public Outreach Campaign

As part of its commitment to improving air quality in New Jersey, the Department of Environmental Protection has launched CleanAirNJ, a campaign that is designed to educate state residents on steps they can take in their own lives to reduce air pollution for a healthier environment.

New Jersey Fish and Game Council Approves Proposed Updated Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy

Based upon research by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, the New Jersey Fish and Game Council today approved a proposed updated Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy that continues the annual December hunt, adds an October hunt beginning in 2016, and calls for enhanced public education efforts in parts of the state that are experiencing black bear encounters for the first time, among other measures.

DEP Issues Administrative Order Closing Diamondback Terrapin Season Due to Increased Harvest Pressures

Due to pressures from increased harvesting of northern diamondback terrapins in coastal areas of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin has signed an Administrative Order closing the remainder of the commercial harvest season for this turtle species.

DEP to Host Two Public Hearings for $1 Billion National Disaster Resilience Competition

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is hosting two public hearings next week to accept comment on the state’s proposed plan to submit an application for approximately $1 billion in funding for the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC).

Eight More Charged in DEP Crackdown to Combat Illegal Dumping on State Lands

New Jersey State Park Police have charged another eight people in the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) continuing crack down on illegal dumping in state parks and recreational lands, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Issues Permits for Assunpink Creek Environmental Restoration Project in Trenton

The Department of Environmental Protection has approved permits for the removal of a 500-foot long Broad Street culvert that carries the Assunpink Creek under a portion of Trenton, and to realign and stabilize the creek as part of a long-awaited restoration effort, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Seeks Bidders for High-Quality Food Services at Island Beach State Park

As part of the Christie Administration’s goal of making state parks more self-sustaining, the Department of Environmental Protection is seeking proposals from qualified organizations to provide high-quality food services and events at Island Beach State Park, one of the state’s most popular parks.

DEP Moves Forward with Artificial Reef Plan

The Department of Environmental Protection this week proposed new rules that will fully implement a compromise between recreational and commercial fishing interests over access to artificial reefs off the coast of New Jersey, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Restoration of Fisherman’s Walkway at Island Beach State Park Completed

Fisherman’s Walkway, a popular and functional surf fishing access point at Island Beach State Park that was completely destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, has been fully restored and is now reopened, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

With Significant Snowfall Predicted, DEP Reminds Local Governments on Steps for Proper Snow Removal

With much of the state expected to see significant snowfall, the Department of Environmental Protection is reminding local and county governments on steps they can take to keep roadways and neighborhoods as safe and clear as possible while protecting the environment both during and after the storm.

DEP to Host Public Meeting in Atlantic City for Billion Dollar National Disaster Resilience Competition

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is hosting a public meeting at the Chelsea Heights School in Atlantic City on Friday, January 23, to identify future storm vulnerabilities and frame the unmet recovery needs in the Atlantic City region as part of a billion-dollar National Disaster Resilience Competition.

DEP to Host Public Meeting in Lyndhurst for Billion Dollar National Disaster Resilience Competition

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is hosting a public meeting at the Meadowlands Environment Center in Lyndhurst on Thursday, January 22, to identify future storm vulnerabilities and frame the unmet recovery needs in the Meadowlands region of North Jersey as part of a billion-dollar National Disaster Resilience Competition.

NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife Readying Plenty of Healthy Rainbow Trout for Spring Stockings

Some 570,000 healthy and robust rainbow trout will be stocked in waters across New Jersey for the spring trout season. As many as 180,000 of these feisty fish will be stocked by the time the season kicks off April 4.

Christie Administration Announces Award of $38 Million Contract for Monmouth County Beach Project

The Christie Administration, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, today announced the award of a $38 million contract to reconstruct beaches, stormwater outfalls and implement modifications to existing groins in the area of Loch Arbour and Deal in Monmouth County.

DEP to Host Rebuild by Design Meeting for Hoboken, Weehawken and Jersey City

The Department of Environmental Protection, in conjunction with Hoboken, Weehawken and Jersey City, will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, January 20, in Hoboken to gather public input on storm-resiliency projects for the three Hudson County cities to be funded through the federal Housing and Urban Development’s Rebuild by Design competition.

DEP Partners with Drew University and Lake Hopatcong Foundation on a Milestone Survey of Lake Hopatcong Docks

The Department of Environmental Protection has partnered with Drew University and the Lake Hopatcong Foundation on the first ever comprehensive GIS survey of docks on state-owned Lake Hopatcong, which is the state’s largest lake, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Launches Program to Improve Surface Water Quality in Urbanized Areas

The Christie Administration is taking steps to improve water quality in urban areas by requiring sewerage system operators to reduce a type of pollution to waterways known as combined sewer discharges, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Reconstruction of Oakwood Beach in Salem County Completed

Reconstruction of a two-mile stretch of severely eroded shoreline along the Delaware River in Salem County has been completed, making it the second post-Superstorm Sandy beach project in New Jersey to be fully executed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Permanently Preserves 1,500 Watershed Acres in Northern Morris County

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Acres Program has negotiated a $3.1 million purchase of 1,500 acres of pristine watershed buffer land from Jersey City, providing permanent protection to land that surrounds the city’s Split Rock Reservoir located primarily in Morris County’s Rockaway Township, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

State Park Service Invites Public to Learn about Key Battle of Princeton During Special Tour and Living History Event Saturday

The New Jersey State Park Service invites the public this Saturday, Jan. 3, to commemorate the Battle of Princeton, a key struggle in the Revolutionary War that helped establish the Continental Army as a viable fighting force at a time when the nation’s prospects for independence appeared bleak.

Conserve Wildlife Matching Grants Now Available to Non-Profit Groups

The Division of Fish and Wildlife Endangered and Nongame Species Program is offering matching grants to nonprofit groups and agencies for projects directly related to wildlife diversity and education, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Invites State Residents to Join in “First Day Hikes” and Other Free Events at State Parks and Natural Areas Across New Jersey

New Jersey residents can kick off the New Year with some fun, healthy and free outdoor activities to be offered statewide on Jan. 1 by the State Park Service as part of the annual America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative.

Christie Administration Announces That New Jersey Meets New, More Stringent Federal Standard for Harmful Air Pollutant

In yet another positive step for air quality in New Jersey, the Christie Administration today announced that the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has notified the state that New Jersey is in compliance with the new and more stringent federal health standard for fine particles, a type of air pollutant that can cause serious health problems, especially in vulnerable populations.

Popular Annual Re-enactment of Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware Slated for Christmas Day

The New Jersey State Park Service invites residents and visitors to re-live a crucial turning point in the American Revolution with the annual re-enactment of George Washington’s iconic Crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Day.

Christie Administration Awards $15 Million in Municipal Grants to Bolster Local Recycling Efforts

New Jersey’s municipalities will receive more than $15 million in state recycling grants to help implement and enhance local recycling efforts, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Court Approves Final Settlement in Passaic River Litigation; Occidental Chemical to Pay $190 Million to Resolve Liability

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today that a Superior Court judge has approved a $190 million settlement with Occidental Chemical Corp. that resolves the company’s liability for contamination of the Passaic River.

Brick-Mantoloking Sheet Pile Project Resumes Today

The final stage of work has resumed on a coastal steel sheet pile project designed to protect Brick and Mantoloking, and particularly Route 35, after it was determined by an archaeological investigation that the project will not negatively impact the historical remains of an old wooden sailing vessel discovered under the sand during sheet pile driving in late October.

Former Top Official of East Orange Water Commission Sentenced to Prison for Manipulating Test Results to Hide Elevated Levels of a Contaminant in Drinking Water Supplied to Customers

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a former top official of the East Orange Water Commission (EOWC) was sentenced to prison today for conspiring to manipulate testing of the agency’s water supply to falsify results and report lower levels of a regulated contaminant in the drinking water supplied to customers.

DEP Delivers Holiday Presents to the Salvation Army for more than 170 Children During Season of Service Tour

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin delivered donated holiday presents for more than 170 children to the Salvation Army Corps in Trenton this morning, as part of Governor Christie’s annual Season of Service campaign that is designed to call attention to state residents in need during this holiday season.

DEP Commissioner Bob Martin and Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff Announce $600,000 in Grants for Rescue Mission of Trenton During Season of Service Tour

As part of Governor Christie’s annual Season of Service campaign, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin and State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff today announced nearly $600,000 in state grants for the Rescue Mission of Trenton during a tour of the facility.

Holiday Ceremonies Honoring Veterans at Finns Point Cemetery and Fort Mott State Park in Salem County

New Jersey’s military veterans will be honored at a Wreaths Across America ceremony at Finns Point National Cemetery on Saturday, December 13, and later that same day, visitors will be treated to a Soldiers’ Christmas – lantern-guided tours through the history of battles – at nearby Fort Mott State Park in Pennsville. The events are free and open to the public.

Christie Administration Recognizes New Jersey Environmental Leaders at 15th Annual Awards Ceremony at State Museum

The Christie Administration is recognizing environmental, academic, business, government, civic and citizen leaders from across New Jersey for their commitment to protect and enhance the state’s environment. These leaders were honored with the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards at a ceremony today at the New Jersey State Museum.

Black Bear Hunting Season under Way in Northern New Jersey

The Department of Environmental Protection today announced that the state’s annual black bear hunting season opened today just prior to sunrise and will continue until shortly after sunset on Saturday, December 13, running concurrently with the state’s annual six-day firearm deer hunting season.

Week-long Black Bear Hunt Starts Monday in North Jersey

The state’s weeklong black bear hunting season will begin just prior to sunrise on Monday morning, December 8, and continue just past sunset on Saturday, December 13, in portions of six North Jersey counties. The season runs concurrently with the six-day firearm deer hunting season.

Ringwood State Park and Skylands Manor Are Home to Several Holiday Events Starting This Weekend

Holiday cheer will be mixed with history and tradition over the next two weekends in seasonal events scheduled for recently restored Ringwood Manor and nearby Skylands Manor, both located in scenic Ringwood State Park in northern Passaic County.

Allaire State Park to Host Old World Christmas Events

Continuing a holiday tradition that has long provided memories to New Jersey families, Allaire State Park will once again play host to several Old World Christmas events and activities that will take place in the park’s historic village throughout December.

Department of Environmental Protection Urges Safe and Less Polluting Burning of Wood in Cold Weather Months

The Department of Environmental Protection is reminding New Jersey residents to take steps to reduce their impact on air quality when burning wood for heat as the weather turns colder, whether in fireplaces, wood stoves, or outdoor wood boilers.

Eight More Charged in DEP Crackdown to Combat Illegal Dumping on State Lands

The Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) initiative to crack down on illegal dumping in state parks and recreational lands has yielded eight more enforcement actions, all for disposing of debris and other materials in state-owned natural areas.

DEP’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program Playing Key Role in Research on “New” Frog Species

For Division of Fish and Wildlife Endangered and Nongame Species Program zoologist Brian Zarate, having a hand in helping to “discover” a new frog species in a state as populated and urbanized as New Jersey is both a “very cool” and “humbling” experience.

Waterloo Village Staff to Collect Coats for Residents in Need During “Feast on History” Event This Sunday

The staff at historic Waterloo Village in Sussex County will be doing more than celebrating the rich history of Thanksgiving foods during the Feast on History celebration this Sunday. They will also be collecting coats for those in need through Jersey Cares.

Christie Administration Marks 100th Demolition in Sandy Residential Buyout Program

The Christie Administration today unveiled a list of historic properties selected for Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties to fund the preservation, stabilization, rehabilitation and repair of New Jersey historic structures that were damaged by the storm, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Announces Approval of Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties in 12 Counties

The Christie Administration today announced the completion of the 100th demolition in the post-Sandy Blue Acres residential property buyout program, marking another milestone in the highly successful effort that is moving homeowners out of harm’s way of future flooding.

Christie Administration Announces USACE Award of Contract for Key Beach and Dune Reconstruction Project in Cape May County

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week awarded a $57.6-million contract to reconstruct beaches and dunes in Ocean City, Strathmere and Sea Isle City as part of a joint state and federal partnership that is making New Jersey’s coastline more resilient following Superstorm Sandy, the Christie Administration announced today.

Restoration of the Whippany River Is Featured in a New Documentary Film to Be Unveiled Wednesday in Morris County

The successful decades-long effort to clean up and restore the Whippany River, which runs through Morris County, is detailed in a new documentary film, “River’s Journey," which will have its “hometown" premiere in Morris County on Wednesday evening.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Completes Jetty Repair and Resilience Project at Island Beach State Park

A major repair project of the north jetty at Barnegat Inlet, which creates a more resilient navigational channel and safeguards the southern tip of state-owned Island Beach State Park in Ocean County, is now complete, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Announces $50 Million in Grants Available for Local Storm-resiliency Projects

Municipalities, counties and local government agencies may now apply for grants for projects that improve storm resiliency as part of $50 million in federal funding now available through the Department of Environmental Protection, the Christie Administration announced today.

Governor Christie Announces Milestone Purchase of 200th Home as Part of Highly Successful Sandy Blue Acres Buyout Program

Commemorating the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy in Brigantine, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno today announced that New Jersey has surpassed the 1000-mark for grants approved under the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) elevation program. 

Lt. Governor Guadagno Marks 1,000th Approval of Post-sandy Home-elevation Grants

Commemorating the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy in Brigantine, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno today announced that New Jersey has surpassed the 1000-mark for grants approved under the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) elevation program.

Milestones Reached in Christie Administration’s Protective Sheet Pile Beach Project in Mantoloking and Brick

Crews building a 3.5-mile-long steel barrier to protect the northern Barnegat Peninsula, which was devastated by Superstorm Sandy, have completed their steel sheet piling work in Mantoloking and are close to the end of that task in neighboring Brick, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Announces Superstorm Sandy Blue Acres Acquisition Meeting in Pompton Lakes

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a kickoff meeting on Thursday, October 23 for 19 homeowners in Pompton Lakes who have been approved for the state’s Blue Acres acquisition program, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

State Obtains Bulk of Easements Needed for Shoreline Projects; Efforts to Acquire Remaining Easements Continuing

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today that the State has obtained more than 80 percent of the property easements needed to enable construction of shore protection and flood mitigation projects designed to safeguard New Jersey residents against a future hurricane or other significant coastal storm.

New Jersey’s Recycling Leaders Honored Today

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is honoring the state’s recycling leaders as part the 34th Annual Recycling Symposium and Awards ceremony today at Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune.

Division of Fish and Wildlife Confirms Bluetongue Virus in Two Deer; Department of Agriculture Urges Livestock Owners to Report Any Suspected Animal Illnesses

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed New Jersey’s first cases of bluetongue virus in two deer.

Department of Environmental Protection Urges Motorists to Be Extra Cautious with Deer Mating Season Underway

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is urging motorists to be alert for white-tailed deer on roads with the arrival of the fall breeding season.

DEP Commissioner Martin Joins Local Officials in Announcing Completion of Kroc Community Center in Camden

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today joined Camden and Salvation Army officials in announcing the completion of the multimillion-dollar Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center, constructed on a remediated landfill to provide athletic, social, cultural and recreational services to Camden families.

Fall Trout Stocking Set to Begin October 7 Across New Jersey

The Division of Fish and Wildlife will stock state waters with thousands of trout beginning Tuesday, October 7, providing anglers with some great fall fishing, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner (DEP) Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Celebrates 20th Annual Fall Forestry Festival This Saturday

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Forest Resource Education Center in Jackson this Saturday will host the 20th Fall Forestry Festival, a fun and educational experience that provides a wealth of ways for visitors of all ages to learn about trees and gain appreciation for the outdoors. The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.

Christie Administration Announces Superstorm Sandy Blue Acres Acquisition Meeting in Manville

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a kickoff meeting for more than 100 homeowners in Manville who have been approved for the state’s Blue Acres acquisition program, Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

Christie Administration Announces $2.1 Million Grant Program to Assist Small Fishing Businesses with Sandy-related Costs and Damages

Commissioner Bob Martin today announced that the Department of Environmental Protection is making more than $2 million in grants available to certain fishing-related businesses that were affected by Superstorm Sandy.

DEP’s Illegal Dumping Crackdown Yields 20 Charges, Nearly $480,000 in Assessed and Pending Fines in First Six Months

Six months after the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) launched a crackdown on illegal dumping on state parks and recreational lands, the initiative has yielded enforcement actions against 20 people, nearly $30,000 in court-ordered fines and more than $450,000 in pending fines, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Announces Superstorm Sandy Blue Acres Buyout Meetings Set for Old Bridge and Linden

The state’s Superstorm Sandy Blue Acres Buyout Program will hold informational meetings for some 70 homeowners interested in buyouts in Old Bridge and Linden in late September and early October, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Teams Up with Army Corps for Restoration of Oakwood Beach in Salem County

Work on restoring a two-mile stretch of severely eroded shoreline along the Delaware River in Salem County is expected to begin in early November following the award of a project contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Major Perth Amboy Waterfront Project Funded by Christie Administration to Have Formal Grand Opening this Weekend

The completion of a major waterfront repair and re-development project on a storm-battered coastline in Perth Amboy, which was jointly funded by the State Department of Environmental Protection and the city, will mark its grand opening at a ceremony today and a special municipal celebration on Saturday.

Commissioner Martin Names New Deputy Commissioner

David L. Glass, Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Liaison for the Department of Environmental Protection, has been promoted to serve as the Department’s new Deputy Commissioner, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Announces First Post-Superstorm Sandy Blue Acres Buyout in East Brunswick

The Christie Administration has completed the purchase of the first of seven flood-damaged homes in an East Brunswick neighborhood under its post-Superstorm Sandy Blue Acres buyout program, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP’s Job Fair for Military Veterans to Be Held on Wednesday, September 17th

Military veterans are encouraged to attend Wednesday’s special veterans’ job fair sponsored by the Department of Environmental Protection in conjunction with the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DEP headquarters building on 401 East State Street in Trenton.

Attorney General’s Office, DEP Announce $190 Million Settlement with Sole Remaining Defendant Occidental in Passaic River Litigation

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today that Occidental Chemical Corp. has agreed to pay the State $190 million to resolve its liability for past cleanup and removal costs, natural resource damages and other costs and damages related to contamination of the Passaic River.

Exterior Repairs Completed on Sandy Battered Historic Terminal at Liberty State Park

The Department of Environmental Protection’s fifth annual New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo, which celebrates the state’s natural resources and outdoor heritage, will be held this weekend, rain or shine, at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township.

DEP's "Wild Outdoor Expo" Set for Saturday and Sunday

The Department of Environmental Protection’s fifth annual New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo, which celebrates the state’s natural resources and outdoor heritage, will be held this weekend, rain or shine, at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township.

Atlantic County Man Charged with Setting Wildfires in Mullica Township

A joint investigation by the New Jersey Forest Fire Service and the Mullica Township Police Department has led to the arrest of a 38-year-old Atlantic County man for setting at least a dozen small wildfires in Mullica Township during July and August.

Department of Environmental Protection to Hold Job Fair for Military Veterans on September 17th

A job fair for military veterans sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and including the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust (EIT), will be held on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the DEP headquarters building on 401 East State Street in Trenton.

New Visitor Center for Monmouth Battlefield State Park Receives Prestigious International Architectural Award

The Christie Administration today announced that the new visitor center at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan is a recipient of the prestigious International Architectural Award presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

Island Beach State Park to Host 17th Annual Beach Plum Festival

The 17th annual Island Beach State Park Beach Plum Festival, a popular and long-running tradition in the state park system, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 7, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Governor Christie Announce Award of $8.5 Million in State Coastal Protection Funds for Sea Wall in Sea Bright

Governor Christie today announced the award of $8.5 million in state dollars to Sea Bright for a post-Sandy project to construct a portion of new sea wall and repair an adjacent damaged section of sea wall that is vital to the protection of this northern Monmouth County town from future storms.

Christie Administration Announces the Award of 236 More Post-sandy Home Elevation Grants

The Christie Administration today announced the distribution of 236 more federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) awards to assist homeowners with costs incurred in elevating their homes to protect against future flooding and storms, bringing the total awards to nearly 700 in six counties.

Lifeguarded Bathing Area to Be Open at Island Beach State Park Through September

Island Beach State Park, one of the most visited destinations in New Jersey’s state park system, will provide lifeguard protection for beachgoers on extended weekends, from Friday to Monday, throughout September, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP’s Free "Wild Outdoor Expo" to Be Held September 13 and 14

New Jersey’s great outdoor venues and experiences will be featured on the weekend of Sept. 13 and 14, at the Department of Environmental Protection’s fifth annual New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo, which will be held rain or shine at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township.

Six More Charged in DEP Crackdown to Combat Illegal Dumping on State Lands

The Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) initiative to crack down on illegal dumping in state parks and lands has yielded six more enforcement actions, all related to illegal dumping at Brendan T. Byrne State Forest in Pemberton Township, 4-Mile Run Preserve in Winslow Township and the Duck Island section of D%26;R Canal State Park in Hamilton Township.

Deadline Nearing for Submissions for the 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards

The Department of Environmental Protection is reminding state residents that applications for the 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards must be received at DEP by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17.

Christie Administration and Army Corps Launch Pilot Project to Study Storm Resiliency Benefits of New Approach for Restoring Coastal Salt Marshes

The Christie Administration, in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and environmental and academic partners, has launched an $8 million pilot project that will evaluate the effectiveness of a new process that uses clean dredge materials to restore salt marshes to make coastal communities more resilient against future storms.

Christie Administration Announces First Post-Superstorm Sandy Blue Acres Buyouts in Woodbridge

The first closing on the buyouts of flood-threatened homes in Woodbridge, where the Superstorm Sandy Blue Acres Program has approved nearly 200 homes for purchase, was announced today by Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin.

Governor Christie Signs Legislation That Will Provide Protection and Resiliency to Critical Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Impacted by Superstorm Sandy

Governor Chris Christie today signed legislation authorizing $1.28 billion in state financing for much-needed improvements to drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects across the state, including $355 million that will protect and provide resiliency to infrastructure directly impacted by Superstorm Sandy.

Christie Administration Joins Camden in Breaking Ground on New City Park Being Created from Former Industrial Site

Officials from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today joined dignitaries from the city of Camden, the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA) and numerous other partners to break ground on a new city park that will transform a contaminated site into much-needed access to the Delaware River in the city’s Waterfront South neighborhood.

Department of Environmental Protection's "Harvest the Bay Festival" Returns to Island Beach State Park

The Harvest the Bay Festival, an event that celebrates the ecology and its connection to the economic resources of Barnegat Bay through fun, interactive activities for the whole family, returns to Island Beach State Park on Saturday, Aug. 9.

DEP's "Archery in the Schools" Program is Now Established in More Than 180 Schools, Camps and Scout Organizations

New Jersey's National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), which has grown rapidly since its inception by the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife just 9 years ago, has garnered two national awards for its successful launch and expansion, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today. NASP is now part of the curriculum in 147 schools and 36 summer camps, recreational programs, and scout organizations statewide.

Christie Administration, American Red Cross Urge Water Safety as Summer Vacation Season Heads Into Peak Homestretch

As New Jersey heads into the homestretch of the summer season, the Christie Administration and American Red Cross remind the public to always exercise caution and common sense when enjoying the water, whether at a state park or on any of the state’s inland or coastal waters.

Christie Administration Takes Action Against Unregistered Waste Haulers Charged with Illegally Dumping in Newark

The Christie Administration has taken action against an unregistered waste hauler alleged to have dumped piles of asphalt and other construction and demolition debris on city-owned property in Newark, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Environmental Stewardship Program Grows to 1,000 Participants

An innovative Department of Environmental Protection compliance program has hit a significant milestone with the recent recognition of an Elizabeth container company as the 1,000th participant in the DEP’S Environmental Stewardship Program.

Christie Administration Launches Projects to Improve Environment, Health and Quality of Life for Camden Residents

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is teaming up with the city of Camden, the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority and numerous other partners to improve the environment, health and quality of life in the city through a series of projects that will reduce flooding by increasing the city’s inventory of rain gardens, improving and establishing parks, and even restoring a stream to improve drainage to the Delaware River in one neighborhood.

DEP Reminds Public of Ban on Consumption and Harvesting of Blue Claw Crabs from Contaminated Waterways

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Health, municipal governments and local environmental organizations, is again warning anglers and the public not to harvest or consume blue claw crabs from the Lower Passaic River, Newark Bay and surrounding waters this summer and to observe consumption limits in place for fish species in those areas.

Christie Administration Announces Homes Coming Down in South River as Part of Sandy Blue Acres Acquisition Program

Demolition of homes in South River purchased by the state through the Superstorm Sandy Blue Acres Acquisition Program have begun this week, with a dozen houses in South River and Sayreville slated to come down over the next several weeks, Commissioner Bob Martin said today.

Christie Administration Announces the Start of Work on Protective Sheet Pile Project in Mantoloking and Brick

A Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) project to install four miles of steel sheet piling into the beaches of Mantoloking and Brick to protect Route 35 and nearby homes and businesses from future severe storms began today, Commissioner Bob Martin announced in Mantoloking.

Christie Administration to Appeal Federal Ruling Allowing Federal Seismic Ocean Testing to Proceed

The Christie Administration will appeal today’s U.S. District Court ruling that allows seismic testing by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to move forward despite concerns raised by the State that the survey could adversely impact New Jersey’s vital tourism and fishing industries, and harm fish and marine mammals, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin said today.

Christie Administration Taking Legal Action to Stop Seismic Ocean Surveys Scheduled to Start This Month

The Christie Administration is taking legal action to halt a federally approved seismic ocean survey that is scheduled to start this month off the New Jersey coast, and which could adversely impact the state’s vital tourism and fishing industries, and marine life, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Unveils Updated State Parks App for Smartphones

As part of the Christie Administration’s continuing effort to enhance the experience of state residents and tourists who visit our state parks, forests and historic sites, the Department of Environmental Protection today announced upgrades to a smartphone application aimed to help visitors make the most out of their trips to New Jersey’s natural and historic areas.

Christie Administration Announces Applications for the 2014 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Are Available

Environmental, academic, businesses, science, government, non-profit and youth leaders from throughout New Jersey are encouraged to show off their environmental accomplishments by participating in the upcoming 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards, with applications now available.

Seaside Heights Man Charged in DEP Crackdown to Combat Illegal Dumping on State Lands Ordered to Pay $21,000 in Penalties

The Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) new initiative to crack down on illegal dumping in state parks and natural lands has resulted in charges of a Seaside Heights man who has been court-ordered to pay more than $21,000 in penalties.

Christie Administration Announces Completion of Monmouth County Beach Restoration Projects by Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has completed its post-Superstorm Sandy beach repair and restoration projects along the Monmouth County coastline prior to the Fourth of July kickoff of the summer tourism season, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin and USACE officials announced today.

Christie Administration Seeks 2015 AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassadors

New Jersey is seeking its next generation of environmental leaders, young people with a hands-on desire to improve our state and the quality of life for our residents. Some of those potential leaders are likely to come from the Department of Environmental Protection’s AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program, which is seeking twenty recruits for its 2015 class.

DEP Offers Tips on Reducing Conflicts and Encounters with Black Bears in New Jersey

With several prominent sightings of black bears in Central and South Jersey over the past few weeks, the Department of Environmental Protection is reminding residents in all 21 counties to take a few basic precautions this summer to reduce the potential of encounters with black bears, and offering tips on co-existing with the creatures.

DEP Resumes Education and Compliance Sweeps on Barnegat Bay this Summer

As part of the Christie Administration’s continuing effort to protect and restore ecologically important Barnegat Bay, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), with assistance from local law enforcement, is resuming intensive education and compliance sweeps this summer to promote greener and safer boating practices on the bay, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

Christie Administration Kicks Off Blue Acres Buyout Process in Bay Point Section of Cumberland County's Lawrence Township

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is holding a kick-off meeting tonight with property owners in the Bay Point section of Cumberland County’s Lawrence Township who have applied for the state’s Blue Acres acquisition program to guide them through the process of having their homes bought out.

DEP is Seeking Private Company to Assume Operations and Development of South Jersey Off-Road Vehicle Park

As part of the Christie Administration’s goal of making parks more self-sustaining, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is looking for private bidders to take over operations of the Woodbine Off-Road Vehicle Park in Woodbine, Cape May County, currently run by the State Park Service.

Christie Administration Proposes Streamlined Coastal Permitting Process

As part of its commitment to common-sense government, the Christie Administration this week proposed technical revisions to land use rules for coastal areas that will maintain New Jersey’s high standards for protection of natural resources while providing more clarity to people who live and work in these areas, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

Christie Administration Announces Annual Free Fishing Days to be Held on June 14-15

In its annual weekend event to introduce freshwater fishing to families and novices across the state, the Christie Administration is holding Free Fishing Days on Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jetty Repair Project Underway at Island Beach State Park

A major repair project of the north jetty at Barnegat Inlet, which protects the southern tip of state-owned Island Beach State Park in Ocean County, is currently underway, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Announces Next Round of Demolition of 47 Post-Sandy Buyout Homes in Sayreville

The Department of Environmental Protection has announced that 47 Superstorm Sandy-damaged homes in Sayreville will be torn down starting this week as part of the Christie Administration’s $300 million Sandy Blue Acres Buyout Program.

Christie Administration Announces National Trails Day Across New Jersey this Weekend

A series of recreational, educational and stewardship events are scheduled statewide on Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8, as part of the 21st annual National Trails Day celebration to take place nationally and across New Jersey.

Christie Administration Brings Top of the Line Caterer to Historic Waterloo Village in Sussex County

A full-service catering company is coming to historic Waterloo Village as part of the Christie Administration’s efforts to help revitalize and draw more people to this Sussex County historic site, and as part of an overall state strategy to bring more amenities to the State Park System and make state parks more self-sustaining, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Three More Charged In DEP Crackdown to Combat Illegal Dumping on State Lands

The Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) new initiative to crack down on illegal dumping in state parks and lands has yielded two more arrests and a warrant for a third arrest, all related to illegal dumping at Leonardo State Marina in Middletown Township (Monmouth County), DEP Commissioner Bob Martin has announced.

Christie Administration Announces Launch of Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties

The Christie Administration today announced that Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties are now available to fund the preservation, stabilization, rehabilitation and repair of New Jersey’s historic places. Approximately $8 million in federal funding has been provided by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service for Sandy-impacted properties that are either listed in the National Register of Historic Places or identified as eligible for this listing.

Court Finds Multiple Defendants Share $6.13 Million Liability for Cleanup of Mercury Contamination at Former Day Care Site

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced today that, in a significant legal victory for the State‘s environmental protection efforts, a Superior Court Judge has found multiple defendants liable for a total of $6.13 million to cover the cost of cleaning up mercury contamination at the site of Kiddie Kollege, a former day care center in Franklin Township, Gloucester County.

Christie Administration Announces the State Passes the 100 Mark on Post-Sandy Home Buyouts

The Superstorm Sandy Blue Acres Program has completed 107 closings on Sandy-damaged homes in Sayreville and South River, and is moving towards the first home purchases this spring and early summer in Woodbridge, East Brunswick and Newark, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Reminds Boaters to Think Green and Be Cautious When Boating in Ecologically Sensitive Areas in Barnegat Bay

As we approach the summer boating and tourism season, the Department of Environmental Protection is asking boaters to help our environment by using caution in ecologically sensitive areas while having fun boating on Barnegat Bay, and also using similar restraint when boating in other important ecological areas throughout the state.

Christie Administration Recognizes New Jersey Historic Preservation Awards Winners

The Department of Environmental Protection’s State Historic Preservation Office and the New Jersey Historic Sites Council today announced the recipients of the 24th Annual Historic Preservation awards. The awards, given out during National Preservation Month in New Jersey, honor projects, groups or people dedicated to preserving the state’s rich history.

Christie Administration Kicks Off Improved Water Quality Website as Beach Season Gets Underway

New Jersey’s beach season officially kicks off this Memorial Day weekend and monitoring so far points to another season of excellent water quality. This season the Department of Environmental Protection has launched a revamped coastal water monitoring website to include real-time mapping and data to make it even easier for the public to follow water quality testing.

Christie Administration Announces More Than $17 Million in Clean Communities Grants for Municipalities and Counties

The Christie Administration today announced the award of more than $17 million in Clean Communities grants to help municipalities and counties conduct litter cleanup efforts that help beautify New Jersey’s communities and roadsides.

Christie Administration Welcomes the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Back to Liberty State Park for a Third Consecutive Year

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded a contract to construct and install four miles of steel sheet piling into the beaches of Mantoloking and Brick to protect Route 35 and nearby homes and businesses from future severe storms, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Awards Contract for Protective Sheet Piling Project in Mantoloking and Brick

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded a contract to construct and install four miles of steel sheet piling into the beaches of Mantoloking and Brick to protect Route 35 and nearby homes and businesses from future severe storms, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Teams Up With Trenton to Host Urban Youth Fishing Derby On May 31

A fishing competition for youngsters ages 6 to 12 will kick off a Youth Fishing Derby at Trenton’s Stacy Park co-sponsored by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and City of Trenton on May 31. Youth between the ages of 6 and12 are invited to pre-register for the derby.

State Park Police Arrest Two Passaic County Residents for a Break-in at Ringwood Manor Historic Site

New Jersey State Park Police have arrested two Haskell residents for an April 20 break-in at the Department of Environmental Protection’s Ringwood Manor historic site in Ringwood State Park in northern Passaic County.

Christie Administration Announces $4.5 Million Green Acres Preservation of 293 Acres in the Barnegat Bay Watershed

A 293-acre tract in the Barnegat Bay watershed in Jackson Township, Ocean County, and which lies in the Pinelands National Reserve, has been permanently preserved in a $4.5 million land preservation deal that will offer water quality and habitat protection, while providing new recreation lands, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament Set for Sunday at Island Beach State Park

Island Beach State Park will host the 23rd annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament this Sunday, May 18, marking the first time in the competition’s storied history that it will be held in the spring, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

Christie Administration Announces Free "Ocean Fun Day" On Saturday At Island Beach State Park

Island Beach State Park, one of the crown jewels of the New Jersey state park system, will kick off its summer event season by hosting a free Ocean Fun Day, an annual environmental education event for children and families, on Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Christie Administration and Federal Government to Conduct a Joint Study to Identify Off-Shore Coastal Sand Resources

The State of New Jersey has signed a cooperative agreement with the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) for a $400,000 federally funded study to identify sand resources offshore that can be tapped for future beach restoration and resiliency projects, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Announces Approval of 109 Sandy Elevation Grants in Six Counties from HMGP Elevation Program

The Christie Administration today announced approval of 109 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) awards to assist homeowners with costs incurred in elevating their homes to protect against future flooding and storms. The Department of Environmental Protection approved projects for properties in 28 municipalities, bringing the total of approved post-Superstorm Sandy elevation grant awards to 135.

Christie Administration Announces 2014 round of Green Acres Preservation Program Funding

The Department of Environmental Protection has initiated a new $100 million round of Green Acres Program funding for open space and recreation projects across the state, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

New “Don’t Waste Our Open Space” Initiative to Combat Illegal Dumping on State Lands Yields First Enforcement Actions

The Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) new initiative to crack down on illegal dumping in state parks and natural lands has yielded several arrests and charges throughout the state as investigations of illegal dump sites by State Park Police, Conservation Officers, and the DEP’s Compliance and Enforcement team continue.

Christie Administration Announces State History Fair Will Be Held May 10 at Washington Crossing State Park

The 10th “Spirit of the Jerseys” State History Fair will take place on Saturday, May 10 at Washington Crossing State Park in Hopewell Township, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Offers Tips to Reduce Conflicts and Encounters with Black Bears During Active Spring Period

Black bears have emerged from winter dens and are entering a very active period of the year throughout New Jersey in search of food and mates, which makes encounters with humans more likely, according to Department of Environmental Protection biologists. New Jersey residents, especially families living in “bear country" in Northwest Jersey, are urged to take a few basic precautions this spring to reduce the risk of potential encounters.

Christie Administration Dedicates Braille Trail along Section of the Morris Canal

The New Jersey State Park Service this week dedicated a unique new trail for the visually impaired along a section of the historic Morris Canal that was made possible by a partnership with Mount Olive, Stanhope and fragrance manufacturer Givaudan.

Christie Administration Celebrates the State’s 65th Arbor Day with Ceremony in Mercer County

The Department of Environmental Protection’s State Forestry Service, West Windsor Township, and the New Jersey Community Forestry Council is celebrating Arbor Day today at a special ceremony that included planting trees in Ronald R. Rogers Arboretum in West Windsor, Mercer County.

Christie Administration Outlines Achievements of Barnegat Bay Action Plan as Volunteers Fan Out for Blitz Cleanups

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin today identified the Christie Administration’s accomplishments in its action plan for restoring the Barnegat Bay during the kickoff of the Barnegat Bay Blitz watershed-wide cleanup through Ocean and Monmouth counties.

DEP Encourages Proper Use of Pesticides and Fertilizers for Spring Maintenance of Homes, Lawns and Gardens

With the spring boom in home, landscape and gardening activities kicking up now, the Department of Environmental Protection today urged New Jersey residents to use caution when applying pesticides, and to employ only licensed commercial pesticide applicators when hiring for pest control services that include pesticide product applications.

Christie Administration Announces Distribution of $755,000 in Recreational Trail Grants

The Christie Administration has approved 39 applications totaling $755,054 for recreational trails projects in 15 counties across New Jersey, plus a host of projects that cross many other county and municipal lines, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Announces Appraisals Completed on 96 Woodbridge and East Brunswick Homes for Post-Sandy Buyouts

The Christie Administration today announced the state is closing in on the first buyouts of Superstorm Sandy-damaged homes in Woodbridge and East Brunswick, in Middlesex County, with appraisals completed and offers beginning to be made on 89 homes in Woodbridge and a 7-home neighborhood in East Brunswick.

Earth Day Message

As we celebrate Earth Day, the Christie Administration’s DEP is recommitting itself to the core principles that have guided the agency since its inception on the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. We are committed to protecting our natural resources – our air, our water, our natural lands and historic resources.

Christie Administration Seeking Applications for Grant Program That Helps Local Governments Develop Public Access Plans for Beaches and Other Tidal Waters

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is seeking applications from municipalities for grants to help them develop plans that improve the public's enjoyment of New Jersey's beaches, bays and tidal waterways and to make public access points and related facilities more storm-resilient.

Christie Administration’s Preferred Remediation Option for the Lower Passaic River Is Selected by Federal EPA

The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has chosen the Christie Administration’s preferred remedy as its proposed remediation plan for the Lower Passaic River, a plan that could kick-start a long-overdue cleanup of a contaminated eight-mile section of this vital waterway that was once an economic engine for the state and nation, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Announces Reopening of Ringwood Manor Historic Site in Passaic County

The long-awaited reopening of Ringwood Manor, is scheduled for tomorrow at Ringwood State Park, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced during a pre-opening, ribbon-cutting event today. The 19th century mansion is a National Historic Landmark that captures an important era in North Jersey’s rich ironworks history and its early impact on industrial commerce in the United States.

Christie Administration Announces Approval of First Sandy Elevation Grants from Department of Environmental Protection's HMGP Elevation Program

The Christie Administration today announced approval of the first Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) awards to assist homeowners with costs incurred in elevating their homes to protect against future flooding and storms. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) approved projects for 26 properties in Brigantine, Atlantic County.

Christie Administration Teams up with Trust for Public Land to Preserve 260-acre Dairy Farm Tract in the Andovers in Sussex County

A scenic 260-acre former dairy farm located in southern Sussex County, at the edge of the Highlands Preservation Zone, and once slated for a major residential and commercial development, will be permanently preserved through a $5.8 million agreement announced today by project partners, including the Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Acres Program and The Trust for Public Land, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Announces Program to Replace Trees Destroyed by Superstorm Sandy

The New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign, a joint effort between the Department of Environmental Protection’s State Forestry Services and the non-profit Arbor Day Foundation, is distributing 115,000 tree seedlings to neighborhoods in more than 100 towns and cities to replace thousands of trees lost across the state due to Superstorm Sandy, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Launches New “Don’t Waste Our Open Space” Initiative to Combat Illegal Dumping in State Parks and Natural Lands

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today launched a year-long pilot program to crack down on illegal dumping in state parks and natural lands through a combined tough new enforcement effort and enhanced education initiative, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

DEP Hosts Pequest Trout Hatchery Free Open House This Weekend; Opening Day of Trout Season Just Around the Corner

With the official start of New Jersey’s trout season just around the corner, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is hosting its annual Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center Open House this weekend, March 29 and 30.

DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife Moves to Address Disease Affecting the Pequest Trout Hatchery’s Raceway System

Due to the re-occurrence of a fish disease that has affected a section of the Pequest Trout Hatchery in Warren County, the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife is euthanizing a portion of its brook trout population that was scheduled to be stocked this spring and is taking other steps to protect the overall integrity of the facility.

Christie Administration’s Superstorm Sandy Buyout Program Marks Milestone with Demolition of First Sayreville Homes

A severely flood-damaged home in Sayreville today became the first structure to be demolished as part of the Christie Administration’s $300 million post-Superstorm Sandy buyout program, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

Division of Fish and Wildlife Releases Rehabilitated Bald Eagle in Camden County, Highlighting State’s Resurgence of Birds of Prey

The Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Division of Fish and Wildlife today released a rehabilitated bald eagle at the Winslow Wildlife Management Area in Camden County to draw attention to the continued resurgence of birds of prey in the Garden State.

Christie Administration Awards $3 Million in Stream Cleaning Grants to Passaic River Basin Municipalities

The Christie Administration has awarded $3 million in stream cleaning grants to municipal and county governments in the Passaic River Basin as part of an ongoing, long-term effort to reduce flood impacts in communities in a four-county region of North Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Army Corps of Engineers and DEP Announce Phase 1 Study of Passaic River Basin Flood Management Options

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin and Colonel Paul E. Owen, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' New York District, today announced the release of the first phase of a study evaluating long-term flood risk management alternatives to help Passaic River Basin communities deal with chronic flooding.

Christie Administration Announces First Closings on Buyouts of Sandy-damaged Homes in South River

The Christie Administration today announced the first eight closings on buyouts of Superstorm Sandy-damaged homes in South River, bringing the total number of Blue Acres Superstorm Sandy Program closings in South River and neighboring Sayreville to 44, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Takes Action to Protect Water and Wastewater Systems Against Disasters like Sandy

The New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust (NJEIT), working in partnership with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), has closed on its first-ever disaster-emergency bridge loan, a $2.95 million package that will pay for the replacement and relocation of a sewage pumping station at Monmouth County’s Lake Como that was damaged by Superstorm Sandy, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Announces Annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament Moving to May Beginning This Year

The annual Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament, which has long been an October staple at the Jersey Shore, will move to May starting this year, with the event now planned for Sunday, May 18, at Island Beach State Park

Christie Administration Announces U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Contract Issued for Jetty Repair at Island Beach State Park

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District has awarded a contract for the repair of the north jetty at Barnegat Inlet, which protects the southern tip of state-owned Island Beach State Park in Ocean County, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Announces $26.3 Million in Federal Aid for Post-Sandy Buyouts of 89 Residential Properties in Woodbridge

The Christie Administration today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the state $26.3 million in federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding for the voluntary acquisition of 89 homes in flood-prone sections of Woodbridge. This action is part of the Administration’s plan to buy out homes from willing sellers impacted by Superstorm Sandy to preserve the land as open space and protect against future flooding.

DEP Fines Neptune City Company $495,000 for Misapplying Pesticides in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties and Revokes Firm’s Applicator License

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has fined Zapp Termite and Pest Control, a Neptune City pesticide business, and its owner, Vincent K. Taylor, $495,000 for misapplying pesticides at numerous locations in Monmouth and Middlesex counties, including Red Bank Housing Authority properties and various restaurants. The DEP has also revoked the firm’s pesticide applicator business license and Taylor’s commercial pesticide applicator license.

Division of Fish and Wildlife Releases Rehabilitated Peregrine Falcon, Highlighting State’s Resurgence of Birds of Prey

The Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Division of Fish and Wildlife today released a rehabilitated peregrine falcon from Twin Lights of the Navesink Historic Site in Highlands, Monmouth County, to draw attention to the continued resurgence of birds of prey in the Garden State.

Liberty State Park Hosts Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular with Concert and Fireworks Tonight

New Jersey will host the official Super Bowl XLVIII Kickoff Event at Liberty State Park in Jersey City tonight when the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee and Macy’s team up to produce the “Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular Starring Macy’s Fireworks,” a free, ticketed event featuring performances by Daughtry, the Goo Goo Dolls and The Fray in an outdoor event that will serve as the official launch to the week-long sports celebration.

Owner and Employees of Auto Inspection Business in Paterson Charged with Using Electronic Devices to Falsify Emission Inspection Results

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that three men who operate a private auto inspection business in Paterson were charged today with fraudulently using data simulators to generate false results for motor vehicle emissions inspections. The men allegedly took payments from customers in return for using the electronic devices to generate passing results for vehicles that had failed emissions inspections, which rely on data from onboard diagnostic systems.

Department of Environmental Protection Urges Testing of Homes and Schools During National Radon Action Month

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is urging homeowners and school officials as part of National Radon Action Month to test for radon, a naturally occurring gas that is linked to cancer.

Christie Administration, National Weather Service Announce New Interactive Flood Warning Maps for Passaic River Basin

The latest in a series of online, interactive flood- preparation maps designed to assist emergency management personnel and keep residents in the Passaic River Basin informed about flooding events in real time has been launched, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Makes 272 Post-Sandy Home Buyouts Offers in Sayreville and South River

The Christie Administration today announced that the state’s post-Superstorm Sandy residential property buyout program has made substantial progress, with 272 buyout offers made in Sayreville and South River in Middlesex County, and closings finalized on 22 Sayreville homes, in an effort to move families out of harm’s way and create natural buffers for potential future storm and flooding events.

Christie Administration Moves Ahead on Protective Sheet Piling Project on Mantoloking and Brick

The Federal Highway Administration has approved a post-Superstorm Sandy infrastructure protection project to construct and install four miles of steel sheet piling to be driven deep into the beaches in Mantoloking and Brick to safeguard Route 35 and nearby homes and businesses from future catastrophic storms, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner (DEP) Bob Martin announced.

Christie Administration Urges Residents to Recycle Used Electronic Devices During the Holiday Gift Season

The Department of Environmental Protection is reminding state residents that televisions, computers, electronic tablets, e-book readers, printers and monitors that have been replaced by new electronic holiday gifts cannot be tossed into the trash but must be taken to designated recycling collection points as mandated by state law.

Christie Administration Invites State Residents to Celebrate the New Year by Participating in Free " First Day Hikes" at State Parks

The New Jersey State Park Service will conduct free guided hikes, walks, interpretive tours and other special outdoor activities at 15 locations across the state on New Year’s Day as part of the annual America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Partners with USDA to Preserve Sandy-Impacted Cumberland County Community

The Christie Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have partnered to buy and preserve as open space the Bay Point section of Cumberland County’s Lawrence Township, an area vulnerable to flooding, said Bob Martin, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Court Approves Passaic River Litigation Totaling $165 Million

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today that a Superior Court judge has approved two settlements in the Passaic River litigation that will provide the State with $165.4 million, and permit the DEP to immediately proceed with its substantial legal claims against principal defendant Occidental Chemical Corporation (OCC). Occidental is accused of intentionally dumping dioxin and other chemical waste into the Passaic River for decades.

Christie Administration Remembers the Life Of Richard J. Sullivan, First DEP Commissioner and Longtime Pinelands Commission Chairman

The Christie Administration and New Jersey’s environmental community today are remembering the life and achievements of Richard J. Sullivan, the first Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and former longtime chairman of the New Jersey Pinelands Commission.

Annual Bear Hunt Gets under Way in Northern New Jersey

The Department of Environmental Protection today announced the state’s black bear hunting season opened this morning just prior to sunrise and will continue through shortly after sunset on Saturday, December 14, running concurrently with the six-day firearm deer hunting season.

Week-long Bear Hunt Begins Monday in North Jersey

The Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Division of Fish and Wildlife today announced the state’s weeklong black bear hunting season will begin just prior to sunrise on Monday morning and continue just past sunset on Saturday, December 14 in portions of six North Jersey counties. The season runs concurrently with the six-day firearm deer hunting season.

New Jersey State Park Police Charge Trenton Man with Illegal Dumping in Wharton State Forest

New Jersey State Park Police have charged a 31-year-old Trenton man with illegal dumping in connection with two piles of roofing and other wastes that were found in Wharton State Forest during an annual regional cleanup held by 4-wheel drive groups.

DEP Conservation Officers Arrest Two for Destroying Agricultural Property on State Lands

Conservation officers with the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Division of Fish and Wildlife have charged two New Jersey men with destruction of agricultural property and other motor vehicle offenses after they illegally off-roaded their pickup truck through soybean fields in a state wildlife management area.

Weather May Be Cold but Super-sized Winter Trout Season Is Just Heating up

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife is stocking more than 5,000 “super-sized” rainbow trout today as part of its winter trout stocking program, and what the season lacks in numbers it more than makes up for in size of fish that can be hooked during the fall and winter fishing season.

Christie Administration Takes Action to Force Removal of Illegal Mountain of Construction Debris in Newark

The Christie Administration has taken decisive action to force the removal of an illegal mountain of construction and demolition debris in Newark that has accumulated next to the New Jersey Turnpike, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Announces Liberty State Park Ferry Slip Restoration Project

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded a contract to rebuild the severely damaged ferry slip at Liberty State Park that is essential in transporting state residents and tourists to and from the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Announces Federal Grant for Remediation of Sandy-impacted Underground Storage Tanks

The Department of Environmental Protection is administering a $2.375 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency which will assist owners and operators of regulated underground fuel storage tank (UST) facilities that were impacted by Superstorm Sandy, Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

Christie Administration Recognizes New Jersey Environmental Leaders at 14th Annual Awards Ceremony at State Museum

The Christie Administration is recognizing environmental, academic, business, science, and civic leaders from across New Jersey for their commitment to protect and enhance the state’s environment. These leaders were honored with the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards at a ceremony this afternoon at the New Jersey State Museum.

Christie Administration Awards $18.6 Million in Municipal and County Grants to Bolster Local Recycling Efforts

New Jersey's municipalities and counties will receive more than $18.6 million in state recycling grants to help implement and enhance local recycling efforts, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Takes Enforcement Action Against New Brunswick Water Department for Submitting False Water Data Reports

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has filed Administrative Orders alleging the New Brunswick Water Department and its now-suspended licensed operator, Edward O'Rourke, repeatedly filed false reports for various water quality tests, submitted incorrectly calculated test results, and failed to notify the public when standards were not met, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

State Wildlife Biologists Successfully Remove Arrow Through Head of Young Deer in Rockaway Township and Release It to Wild

Biologists with the Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife on Saturday evening tranquilized a young deer in Rockaway Township and successfully removed a hunter’s arrow that had pierced completely through its head. The deer’s plight has captured national attention.

Christie Administration Urges Safe and Proper Use of Woodstoves and Fireplaces in Cold Weather Months

With colder weather prompting increased use of woodstoves and fireplaces in homes across the state, the Department of Environmental Protection is reminding New Jersey residents to exercise caution and consideration of fellow residents and the environment when burning wood for heat.

Motorists Urged to Be Cautious for Deer on Roads

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is urging motorists to be alert for white-tailed deer on roads across the state with the arrival of the fall breeding season, especially during morning and evening commutes when visibility may be poor and deer are more active.

Christie Administration Honors New Jersey's Recycling Leaders

An Essex County town that has taken a unique approach to recycling odd items such as sports trophies and sneakers, a Holmdel woman who has spearheaded waste reduction efforts in her hometown school district, and a PSEG environmental manager who has led his company’s recycling efforts for more than two decades were among businesses, organizations and individuals honored this month at the state's annual Recycling Symposium and Awards Luncheon.

Island Beach State Park to Host Final Harvest the Bay Festival of the Year

The third and final Harvest the Bay festival of 2013 will be held Saturday, October 12, at Island Beach State Park, giving visitors another opportunity to learn about the clams, crabs and fish that are important to the ecology and economy of Barnegat Bay.

19th Annual Fall Forestry Festival to be Held in Jackson on Oct. 5

The Department of Environmental Protection's 19th Annual Fall Forestry Festival – a free event where can families reacquaint with nature and New Jersey heritage through hands-on activities and inspiring talks - will be held this Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Division of Parks and Forestry's Forest Resource Education Center in Jackson, Ocean County.

Annual Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament Set for October 6 at Island Beach State Park

The Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging anglers of all ages to register now to come out and enjoy a day of fishing at the 22nd annual Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 6 at Island Beach State Park.

Christie Administration Announces Start of $3 Million River and Stream Cleaning Grant Program to Passaic River Towns

The Christie Administration today announced that local and county governments in the Passaic River Basin may now apply for state grants to help them keep streams and rivers clear of snags, debris and shoals under a new $3 million program that will reduce flooding risks in communities throughout the Passaic River region.

Division of Fish and Wildlife Takes Steps to Address Disease Affecting Portion of Pequest Trout Hatchery Raceway System

In order to control a disease that has affected a section of the Pequest Trout Hatchery in Warren County, the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife is euthanizing a small portion of its trout population and taking other steps to protect the overall integrity of the facility.

Christie Administration Announces Post-superstorm Sandy Flood Mitigation Studies by New Jersey Universities

The Christie Administration, through the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Governor's Office of Recovery and Rebuilding (GORR), announced today that six New Jersey colleges and universities are collaborating with the state to evaluate flood mitigation strategies. The studies will focus on areas of the state heavily impacted by Superstorm Sandy that may be vulnerable to future flooding.

DEP's Free "WILD Outdoor Expo" to Be Held This Weekend

New Jersey's great outdoor venues and experiences will be featured this weekend, Sept. 14 and 15, at the Department of Environmental Protection's fourth annual New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo, which celebrates the state's natural resources and outdoor heritage.

Christie Administration Announces Dune Replenishment Project Taking Place at Northern End of Island Beach State Park

A dune replenishment project is underway at Island Beach State Park to bolster a vulnerable beach on the northern section of the park that was washed over during Superstorm Sandy, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Announces State Forestry Grants

The Department of Environmental Protection is announcing the award of $570,000 in a series of grants to 26 municipalities across the state, several residential associations, and one state university through the DEP’s State Forestry Services Grant Program, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Island Beach State Park to Host 16th Annual Beach Plum Festival

The 16th annual Island Beach State Park Beach Plum Festival, a long-running tradition in the state park system, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 8, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP's Free "WILD Outdoor Expo'' Set for Sept. 14 and 15

New Jersey’s residents will be offered a welcoming hand to the state’s great outdoor venues and experiences at the Department of Environmental Protection’s fourth annual New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo, a celebration of the state's bountiful natural resources and rich outdoor heritage that is scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 14 and 15.

Christie Administration Announces Million-dollar Preservation of 130-acre Tract in Hopewell Township, Cumberland County

The Christie Administration today announced the preservation of 130 acres in Hopewell Township that will provide opportunities for recreational pursuits while protecting a stream that feeds into the nearby Cohansey River.

Christie Administration Increases Patrols and Provides State Lab for Investigation of Dolphin Deaths

The Department of Environmental Protection is awarding historic preservation grants totaling $93,000 to four municipalities in Cape May and Essex counties to be used for historic surveys and creation of preservation guidelines in these communities, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today. 

Christie Administration Awards History Grants to Municipalities in Essex and Cape May Counties

The Department of Environmental Protection is awarding historic preservation grants totaling $93,000 to four municipalities in Cape May and Essex counties to be used for historic surveys and creation of preservation guidelines in these communities, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today. 

Christie Administration Announces Attainment of Key EPA Air Polluton Health Standard in Metropolitan Areas

In another positive step for air quality in New Jersey, the Christie Administration today announced that the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has notified the state that New Jersey's metropolitan areas are in compliance with federal standards for fine particles, a type of pollutant that can cause serious health problems, especially in vulnerable populations.

Island Beach State Park to Host Second Harvest the Bay Festival

Island Beach State Park will host a Harvest the Bay festival on Tuesday, August 20, providing visitors an opportunity to learn about the clams, crabs and fish that are important to the ecology and economy of Barnegat Bay while sampling the wide-ranging interpretive programming available at this popular park.

Batsto Village Hosts Civil War 'Second-Saturday' Event; Part of State Park System's Continuing Full Post-Sandy Recovery

Batsto Village, the extensive historic site in Wharton State Forest, will host its Civil War themed Second Saturday program on August 10, featuring educational and interactive activities aimed at providing an authentic look back at an important time in the state's history.

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife Assisting in Investigation of Dolphin Deaths That May be Part of Natural Disease Cycle

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is monitoring an unusually high number of dolphin deaths that have been reported over the past several weeks and is working with the nonprofit Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine to better understand the cause of the mortalities.

Christie Administration Gets $440,000 from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for Habitat Preservation in Sussex County

The Department of Environmental Protection has been awarded two federal grants totaling $440,000 to be earmarked for the purchase of 164 acres of sensitive habitat in Sussex County that will particularly target preservation and protection of the endangered bog turtle population in New Jersey.

Joint Effort of Christie Administration and Duke Farms Spurs Start of Removal of Third Dam from Raritan River

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today the start of the removal of a third dam from the Raritan River in Somerset County that will further open a 10-mile stretch of the middle and upper portions of the river to fish spawning and migration and also allow more recreational opportunities.

Island Beach State Park to Host “Harvest The Bay” Festival

Island Beach State Park, one of the crown jewels of the state park system, is hosting the first of three “Harvest The Bay” festival days on Tuesday, July 23, allowing visitors to learn of the park’s educational and interpretive programing while also sampling locally-caught seafood prepared by chefs from participating restaurants.

Christie Administration Seeks 2014 Americorps Watershed Ambassadors

New Jersey is looking for its next generation of environmental leaders, young people with a hands-on desire to improve their state and the quality of life for all of our residents. Some of those future leaders are likely to be found in the Department of Environmental Protection’s AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program, which is now seeking recruits for its 2014 class.

No Impact to New Jersey Bathing Beaches Caused by New York City Sewage Spill Into Hudson River

There has been no impact to New Jersey’s bathing beaches caused by a New York City sewer plant spill of raw sewage late Monday and early Tuesday into the Hudson River. The Department of Environmental Protection has been working closely with New York officials to assess the situation and has done precautionary water sampling to ensure the health and safety of our residents, Commissioner Bob Martin said today.

Statement from Commissioner Martin on the Passing of Ella Filippone

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today released the following statement on the passing of Passaic River Coalition Executive Director Ella Filippone:

Christie Administration’s Efforts to Raze Sandy Battered Homes Pave the Way for Rebuilding Safer, More Resilient Communities

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin today toured demolition sites in neighborhoods of Brick and Toms River that were among the hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy, providing the mayors of the two towns the state’s plans to help towns like theirs rebuild to be safer and more resilient. Some 3,000 demolitions are taking place across the state, especially in towns across Ocean, Monmouth and Middlesex counties.

Christie Administration Announces Resumption of Ferry Service from Liberty State Park to Liberty Island in Time for Holiday

Ferry service between Liberty State Park and Liberty Island is scheduled to resume tomorrow for the Fourth of July holiday, the Christie Administration announced today.

Christie Administration Announces Island Beach State Park is Now Fully Operational Following Superstorm Sandy

The Christie Administration’s goal of having Island Beach State Park fully operational for the peak summer season has been reached with the official re-opening of the Ocean Bathing Area 1 pavilion, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

John Giordano Named DEP Assistant Commissioner for Compliance and Enforcement

John Giordano, a former deputy secretary at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, has been appointed as the Department of Environmental Protection’s Assistant Commissioner for Compliance and Enforcement, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration’s Clean Shores Program Targeting Urban Waterways as Part of Post-Sandy Debris Cleanup

Officials from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Department of Corrections (DOC) joined with the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) today to showcase the Clean Shores program as inmates worked to remove pieces of lumber and other storm debris from a stretch of Hudson River waterfront at Liberty State Park in Jersey City. As part of an ongoing and successful partnership, the Christie Administration has been utilizing state prison inmates to help clean urban and other shorelines of debris deposited by Superstorm Sandy, as well as other trash and debris.

Department of Environmental Protection Seizes Control of Roxbury Landfill to Conduct Interim Odor Control Project

Acting on an order issued by Commissioner Bob Martin, teams of Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) engineers and inspectors today seized control of the Fenimore Landfill in Roxbury Township, Morris County, launching an emergency remediation project to protect the environment by controlling substances and odors emanating from the site.

Christie Administration Restores Summer Nature Programs at Island Beach as State Park Continues Post-Sandy Recovery

Island Beach State Park, one of the most popular destinations in the state park system, is offering a full raft of nature programs this summer as the park continues to progress toward full reopening of all beaches and facilities following Superstorm Sandy.

Christie Administration Adopts Rules to Expedite Recovery and Rebuilding Projects for Sandy Affected New Jerseyans

As part of its ongoing commitment to help New Jersey’s communities continue to recover and rebuild from Superstorm Sandy, the Christie Administration this week formally adopted rules that streamline Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) permits for various types of vital rebuilding projects.

Medical Examiner Confirms Identity of Woman Found in Passaic County Reservoir

An autopsy by the Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s office has determined that the body found in a submerged car at the Monksville Reservoir as Cathy DeBono of Oakland, who had been missing since March 23, 2008.

Christie Administration Dedicates New Visitor Center at Monmouth Battlefield State Park

Highlighting its commitment to sustainable parks that provide improved visitors’ experiences, the Christie Administration today dedicated a new visitor center at one of New Jersey’s premier historical sites, Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan.

Attorney General’s Office, DEP Announce $130 Million Partial Settlement With Several Principal Defendants in Passaic River Litigation

Acting Attorney General John Hoffman and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today that several principal defendants in the Passaic River litigation have agreed to pay the state $130 million to resolve a portion of the state’s claims related to contamination of the Passaic River.

Christie Administration Announces Annual Free Fishing Days to be Held on June 15-16

In its annual weekend event to introduce freshwater fishing to families and novices across the state, the Christie Administration is holding Free Fishing Days on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Launches New Online Tool to Help Boaters Protect Ecologically Sensitive Barnegat Bay

In time for the summer boating and tourism season, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has launched a new online tool to help boaters protect ecologically sensitive areas in the Barnegat Bay watershed, as well as locate points of interest and available services, such as waste pump-out stations.

Christie Administration Encourages Public to Enjoy Outdoors in Celebration of Great Outdoors Month and National Trails Day

The Christie Administration is encouraging the public to connect with the outdoors in June by visiting a state park, participating in a free fishing day or hitting the trail as part of New Jersey’s dual celebration of Great Outdoors Month and National Trails Day, celebrations made even more important this year because of Superstorm Sandy.

Loyalist, Continental Army Forces to Clash in Haddonfield Saturday as Part of Day-long Revolutionary War Encampment

A New Jersey unit loyal to the British Army will clash this Saturday, June 1, with soldiers from the Continental Army as part of a day-long Revolutionary War re-enactment in Haddonfield, Camden County, coordinated by the New Jersey State Park Service and its partners.

Christie Administration Outlines Efforts to Restore Shore for Summer Season During Annual State of the Shore Event in Belmar

With the upcoming Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start to summer, the Christie Administration today provided an update on the state’s efforts to prepare beach communities and waterways for the first tourism season since Superstorm Sandy during the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s annual State of the Shore event.

Christie Administration Honors Princeton Plasma Physics Lab as New Jersey's Top Environmental Steward

To celebrate May as National Preservation Month in New Jersey, the Department of Environmental Protection's Historic Preservation Office and the New Jersey Historic Sites Council today are announcing the recipients of 23rd Annual Historic Preservation Awards to honor projects and groups or persons dedicated to preserving the state's history.

Christie Administration Recognizes New Jersey Historic Preservation Awards Winners

To celebrate May as National Preservation Month in New Jersey, the Department of Environmental Protection's Historic Preservation Office and the New Jersey Historic Sites Council today are announcing the recipients of 23rd Annual Historic Preservation Awards to honor projects and groups or persons dedicated to preserving the state's history.

Christie Administration Secures Settlement That Will Result in Permanent Cessation of Coal Use at Portland, Pa. Power Plant, Improving Air Quality in New Jersey

The Christie Administration has secured an agreement that will result in the permanent cessation of the use of coal at GenOn REMA's Portland, Pennsylvania power plant, resulting in cleaner air for New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Petty's Run Archeological Site at Capitol Complex Now Open to Public

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Department of Treasury and Mercer County today unveiled the Petty's Run interpretive archaeological site located between the State House and the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton.

Christie Administration Marks Fourth Barnegat Bay Blitz; Watershed Cleanup Reaffirms Governor Christie's Commitment to Barnegat Bay While Emphasizing Volunteerism Following Superstorm Sandy

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin today joined thousands of local schoolchildren, residents and businesses in the fourth installment of the Christie Administration's Barnegat Bay Blitz watershed-wide cleanup.

Christie Administration Launches New Online Services to Expedite Permit Applications and Public Notifications

In its continuing commitment to efficiency and customer service, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has launched a series of new online services that will allow the public to electronically apply for various permits and licenses or to electronically post certain public notices, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Announces Opening of Centenary College Environmental Science Center at State Fish Hatchery in Warren County

The Department of Environmental Protection today announced the grand opening of the new Centenary College Environmental Science Center at the DEP's Charles O. Hayford Fish Hatchery in Hackettstown, which will serve as an experimental learning facility for the school's environmental studies curriculum.

Christie Administration Offers Tips to Reduce Conflicts and Encounters with Bears During Active Spring Period

Black bears have emerged from winter dens and are entering their most active period of the year in search of food and mates, which makes encounters with humans in populated areas more likely. Even though overall bear sightings and encounters are declining again this year, New Jersey residents, particularly those living in 'bear country' in northwest New Jersey, are advised to take a few simple precautions this spring to reduce the risk of potential encounters.

Christie Administration Announces More than $18 Million in Clean Communities Grants for Municipalities And Counties; Funds Will Help in Continuing Post-Sandy Cleanups

The Christie Administration today announced the award of $18.3 million in Clean Communities grants to help municipalities and counties fund litter cleanup efforts that help beautify New Jersey's communities and roadsides.

Christie Administration Encourages Residents to Remove Standing Water on Property to Reduce Mosquito Population

To prevent mosquitoes this summer, the Departments of Health and Environmental Protection are asking homeowners, businesses and contractors working on rebuilding to drain sources of standing water outdoors and routinely check property for containers collecting water where mosquitoes can breed.

Christie Administration Announces State History Fair Will Be Held May 11 at Washington Crossing State Park

The "Spirit of the Jerseys" State History Fair is celebrating New Jersey's agricultural heritage in a daylong event to be held at Washington Crossing State Park in Hopewell Township on May 11, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin and Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher announced today.

Christie Administration Marks Removal of Virtually Intact Homes Swept into Bays by Sandy's Powerful Storm Surge

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today marked a significant milestone in the Christie Administration's work to remove debris from New Jersey's waterways by overseeing the demolition of a Mantoloking home that was swept virtually intact into Barnegat Bay by Superstorm Sandy's record storm surge.

Christie Administration Announces Return of Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic to Liberty State Park

The prestigious Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic will return to Liberty State Park in Jersey City on June 1, bringing the sport's top stars to a star-studded and stylish sporting and social event with the spectacular backdrop of the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline.

Christie Administration Announces Expanded Hours, Additional Beach Access and Boardwalk Reconstruction at Island Beach State Park

With the summer tourism season on the horizon, more areas of Island Beach State Park have reopened in the past few days and hours are expanding this week thanks to continued Superstorm Sandy cleanup and restoration efforts, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Marks Air Quality Awareness Week Throughout New Jersey

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin today marked the start of Air Quality Awareness Week, from April 29 to May 3, by highlighting successes of the Christie Administration in battling air pollution and also stressing the importance of a joint effort by government and the public to improve our air quality.

Christie Administration Celebrates the 64th State Arbor Day in Asbury Park

The Department of Environmental Protection's Community Forestry Program, the New Jersey Community Forestry Council and the New Jersey Tree Foundation celebrated Arbor Day today by planting three dozen trees in Library Square Park in Asbury Park, Monmouth County.

Christie Administration Celebrates 43rd Anniversary of Earth Day; A Host of Earth Week Events Focus on Sandy Recovery

The Christie Administration is celebrating the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day by hosting a variety of green events across New Jersey this week to highlight the importance of preservation and protection of the state's critical natural resources that enhance our quality of life.

Christie Administration Fully Implements Landmark Fertilizer Law to Reduce Pollution and Keep Waterways Clean; Law is Part of Governor Christie's Barnegat Bay Action Plan

The Christie Administration's law aimed at reducing pollution from lawn fertilizers is now being fully implemented this lawn care season, with reformulated products designed to reduce environmental impacts now available through stores and suppliers across New Jersey.

Christie Administration Takes Emergency Action to Expedite Recovery and Rebuilding Projects for Sandy Affected New Jerseyans

As part of its ongoing commitment to helping New Jersey’s communities recover and rebuild from the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy, the Christie Administration today took action to streamline state permits for various types of vital rebuilding projects, a move that will aid reconstruction of impacted homes and businesses, assist the recovery of marinas and shellfish industries, help make coastal areas more resilient in future storms, and expedite dredging of storm-impacted private lagoons and marinas.

Christie Administration Reopens Last of Shellfish Beds Closed Since Sandy Hit New Jersey

Keeping pace with the Christie Administration's goal of having Island Beach State Park fully operational for the peak summer season, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin has announced that more areas of the popular destination will reopen with enhanced amenities starting today.

Christie Administration Announces Additional Areas of Island Beach State Park to Reopen Today

Keeping pace with the Christie Administration's goal of having Island Beach State Park fully operational for the peak summer season, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin has announced that more areas of the popular destination will reopen with enhanced amenities starting today.

Christie Administration Gears Up for Busy Recreational Fishing and Boating Season Along the Jersey Shore; Last of Recreational Use Advisories Lifted for Raritan Bay

With recreational fishing and boating season getting into gear, the Christie Administration today released a "Jersey Shore Open for Boating" fact sheet and flier to educate the public on having a safe time on the water.

Christie Administration Reminds Public to Be Cautious as Wildfire Season Gets Under Way

With spring wildfire season getting under way, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service today urged the public to exercise extra caution when outdoors.

Christie Administration Continues Annual Spring Tradition in New Jersey with Opening Day of Trout Season

More than 180,000 freshly stocked trout will be awaiting anglers when they cast their lines on the opening day of trout season this weekend thanks to the efforts of the Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division of Fish and Wildlife, which for the past two weeks has been stocking nearly 200 streams, lakes and ponds across the state.

Barnegat Bay Rain Barrel Challenge Online Vote Goes Viral; Deadline to Vote on Barrels Made by Ocean County Schools Is April 10

The Barnegat Bay Rain Barrel Challenge, an online poll in which voters can choose their favorite of 10 rain barrels designed by Ocean County students as part of next month's Barnegat Bay Blitz festivities, has garnered more than 253,000 votes from 41 states in just over one week.

Fallen Firefighter Jeffrey Scheuerer Honored for His Service to New Jersey

Firefighter Jeffrey Scheuerer, who died last week in the line of duty while working on a forest fire line in Hunterdon County, was honored today by the Christie Administration for his long-time commitment, dedication and service to ensuring the safety of the residents of New Jersey.

Christie Administration and Partners Work to Restore Delaware Bay Beaches Eroded by Sandy to Help Red Knots and Other Shorebirds During Upcoming Migration

Supported by grants from conservation groups, the Department of Environmental Protection and partners are working to re-establish Delaware Bay beaches that were eroded by Superstorm Sandy in an effort to restore critical feeding habitat for migrating shorebirds, in particular the state-endangered red knot.

Christie Administration Reopens More Sandy-damaged Shellfish Beds in Southern Barnegat Bay

As part of the Christie Administration's continued efforts to restore New Jersey's state parks, the Department of Environmental Protection will host a beach grass planting and cleanup event at Island Beach State Park on Saturday.

Christie Administration Hosts Beach Grass Planting and Cleanup for Island Beach State Park

As part of the Christie Administration's continued efforts to restore New Jersey's state parks, the Department of Environmental Protection will host a beach grass planting and cleanup event at Island Beach State Park on Saturday.

Christie Administration Files Rule Package Establishing New Elevation Standard for New Jersey

The Christie Administration has filed with the Office of Administrative Law an adoption package supporting final rules that will make permanent new statewide elevation standards based on Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps. This action, taken Monday, provides clear direction for residents as they rebuild from the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy.

Christie Administration Will Create Artificial Reef for Recreational Fishing

The Christie Administration has developed a compromise between recreational and commercial fishing interests regarding access to artificial reefs off the coast of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

State Parks Make Great Strides Towards Post-Sandy Recovery; Liberty State Park Now Almost Fully Open; Christie Administration Hires Unemployed Workers to Aid the Parks Cleanup Effort

The Christie Administration announced today that up to 78 unemployed state residents can be hired by the Department of Environmental Protection to help clean up and restore Sandy storm-damaged state parks through a National Emergency Grant obtained by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL).

DEP Conservation Officers Net Three Maine Men in Illegal Eel Harvesting Operation in Atlantic County

Conservation officers with the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Division of Fish and Wildlife have arrested and charged three men from Maine with illegally harvesting more than 24,000 juvenile eels from an Atlantic County creek, Division Director David Chanda announced today.

Christie Administration Celebrates 30 Years of Trout Production at the Pequest Trout Hatchery

The Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold its annual Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center Open House on Saturday and Sunday March 23 and 24, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the state's only trout production facility, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

New Jersey Declares Itself Free From Devastating Tree-Killing Pest

Federal and state agriculture and environmental officials today delivered some welcome news for New Jersey residents in the state's long running battle against the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB).

Christie Administration Announces National Historic Landmark Designation for Paterson's Hinchliffe Stadium

As part of its commitment to improving services for visitors, the State Park Service within the Department of Environmental Protection has launched a new centralized online and telephone reservation system for campsites and cabins in New Jersey's state parks and forests.

Christie Administration Launches Online and Centralized Call-in Reservation System for Camping and Cabins in State Parks and Forests

As part of its commitment to improving services for visitors, the State Park Service within the Department of Environmental Protection has launched a new centralized online and telephone reservation system for campsites and cabins in New Jersey's state parks and forests.

Christie Administration Announces Second Annual "Dash for the Trash" Cleanup of Delaware River and Bay

The second annual Dash for the Trash, a large-scale, volunteer cleanup of sections of the Delaware River and Bay from Sussex to Cape May counties, will be held from March 9-17, with the cleanup effort expanding this year to portions of the Raritan River Basin, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

East Orange Water Commission Fined $402,000 for Violating State Water Quality Regulations

The Department of Environmental Protection has issued two Administrative Orders that include penalties of $402,000 against the East Orange Water Commission (EOWC), alleging the water purveyor in 2010, 2011 and 2012 manipulated water samples and test results so that required reports sent to the state minimized the levels of contaminants in the water supply, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Announces Popular Island Beach State Park Nature Programs to Begin Touring Following Superstorm Sandy

Staff at Island Beach State Park are taking popular nature programs on the road while work continues to restore the partially reopened park following Hurricane Sandy, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Releases Bald Eagle to Draw Attention to 40th Anniversary of State's Endangered Species Protection Law; State Income Tax Check-Off Supports Critical Work Protecting Species

The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife today released a rehabilitated bald eagle at a Morris County golf course to draw attention to the 40th anniversary of the state's endangered species protection law. The annual state income tax check-off provides critical support to efforts such as this.

Christie Administration Announces Annual Work Under Way to Improve Forest Safety and Health

Winter prescribed burns, an integral part of the New Jersey Forest Fire Service’s wildfire risk reduction strategy, are under way throughout the state, with an additional need this year due to felled trees and forest debris caused by Superstorm Sandy, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin said today.

Northern Pike Thriving in New Jersey

New Jersey anglers used to travel north and west, to Minnesota and the Canadian provinces of Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba, to find good northern pike fishing opportunities. Today, thanks to the efforts of the Department of Environmental Protection's Hackettstown Fish Hatchery, run by the Division of Fish and Wildlife, anglers can enjoy superb pike fishing close to home.

Christie Administration Announces Participation in Reuse Marketplace

In conjunction with six other northeastern states, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection today announced New Jersey's participation in the newly launched Reuse Marketplace, a web-based resource aimed at exchanging reusable items, reducing waste, saving money and capturing value of excess or unwanted items by finding new owners for these products, equipment or materials.

Two Top Officials of East Orange Water Commission Charged with Manipulating Water Supply and Test Results to Hide Elevated Levels of a Contaminant in Drinking Water Supplied to Customers

Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced the indictment of two top officials of the East Orange Water Commission (EOWC) – the executive director and the assistant executive director – for allegedly conspiring to manipulate the agency's water supply by shutting down contaminated wells prior to monthly water tests so as to falsify results and report lower levels of a regulated contaminant in the drinking water supplied to customers.

Christie Administration Awards Anti-Idling Grants to Nine Counties; Part of Continuing Effort to Improve The State's Air Quality

The Department of Environmental Protection is issuing $110,000 in grants to nine counties for an Anti-Idling Overtime Project that will help in efforts to educate the public on the negative environmental impacts from excessive idling of motor vehicles, encourage residents to help improve the state's air quality and better enforce anti-idling rules, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Approves Nearly $2.2 Million In Trail Grants

The Christie Administration has approved nearly $2.2 million in grants for projects that will develop and improve passive and motorized trails across the state, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Reopens Additional Shellfish Beds in Barnegat Bay

Shellfish beds in Barnegat Bay south of the Route 37 bridge to Oyster Creek reopened at sunrise today as a result of an order signed by Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin.

Christie Administration to Recognize New Jersey Environmental Leaders During Annual Awards Ceremony at State Museum

The Christie Administration is recognizing environmental, academic, business, science, and civic leaders from across New Jersey for their efforts and commitment to protecting and enhancing the states environment. These leaders are being honored with the Governors Environmental Excellence Awards at a ceremony tonight at the New Jersey State Museum.

Governor Christie Outlines Regulations to Allow Residents and Businesses to Rebuild Faster, Stronger and Safer from Hurricane Sandy; Standards Will Ensure Lower Premiums In The Long Term, Protecting Residents From Out Of Control Costs

Taking action to give New Jersey families, businesses and local governments the best available guidance to quickly and more durably rebuild from Hurricane Sandy, Governor Chris Christie today signed emergency regulations to adopt the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) updated Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFEs) maps as the rebuilding standard for the entire state. These regulations establish requirements and more efficient procedures for residents and businesses to construct, reconstruct, relocate and elevate buildings and other structures in flood hazard areas.

Christie Administration Announces Preservation of More Than 5,000 Acres in Great Egg Harbor Watershed

The Christie Administration announced today that the Department of Environmental Protection in partnership with the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, The Nature Conservancy, and Conservation Resources, Inc., has preserved 5,079 acres of woodlands and wetlands in Atlantic County’s Great Egg Harbor River watershed at a cost of $9.7 million.

Christie Administration Efforts Lead to Removal of Bound Brook Dirt Piles

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today announced that approximately 50,000 cubic yards of fill dirt that was placed illegally within the flood zone of the Raritan River in Bound Brook, Somerset County, has been fully removed as the result of work spearheaded by the DEP's Compliance and Enforcement Program and the Attorney General's Office.

Christie Administration Opens First State-owned ATV Park; Special Preview Scheduled for Sunday

The Christie Administration on Sunday Jan. 13 will hold a special public preview to mark the opening of the first state-owned all-terrain vehicle park, a mostly wooded tract in Woodbine, Cape May County, that once served as a sand mine and later as a private motocross track.

New Fish and Wildlife Application for Smartphones Now Available

The Department of Environmental Protection has launched a new mobile phone application designed to provide information and technology to guide and enhance users' hunting, fishing and wildlife watching experiences, and to provide added safety and enjoyment for outdoor enthusiasts at all of New Jersey's wildlife management areas, state parks and forests, and other public open spaces.

DEP Continues Pine Beetle Battle, Especially in Pinelands; Impact in 2012 Less Than Anticipated

Southern pine beetle infestation remains a significant threat in New Jersey, especially within the million-acre Pinelands National Reserve, but was not as severe last year as initially feared, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin said today.

DEP Reminds Residents to Recycle TVs, Computers and Monitors as Required by Electronic Waste Management Act

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today reminded residents that televisions, computers, electronic tablets, e-book readers, and monitors that have been replaced by new electronic holiday gifts cannot be thrown out with the trash but must be taken to designated recycling collection points as required by state law.

New Jersey State Parks Celebrate the New Year with First Day Hikes

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin has signed an order reopening shellfish beds in the northern end of Barnegat Bay, which became effective at sunrise today.

Christie Administration Reopens Shellfish Beds in Northern Barnegat Bay

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin has signed an order reopening shellfish beds in the northern end of Barnegat Bay, which became effective at sunrise today.

Christie Administration Lifts Water Use Restrictions

A statewide water emergency ordered by Governor Christie following Hurricane Sandy is being lifted today, though voluntary water conservation is still being requested in sections of four New Jersey counties, Department of Environmental Protection Bob Martin announced.

Christie Administration Awards Grant to Volunteers of America Delaware Valley During Season of Service

Furthering the Christie Administration's Season of Service initiative, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today visited the Volunteers of America Delaware Valley's (VOADV) Anna Sample Complex here to announce a $184,096 grant to make improvements to two of the agency's facilities.

Christie Administration Reopens Shellfish Beds in Sandy Hook Bay

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today signed an order reopening shellfish beds in Sandy Hook Bay, effective at sunrise on Saturday, December 15, 2012.

Christie Administration Reopens Shellfish Beds In Navesink And Shrewsbury Rivers

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today signed an order reopening shellfish beds in the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers, effective at sunrise on Saturday, December 8, 2012.

Christie Administration Lifts Recreational Fishing and Boating Advisory for Most New Jersey Waterways

The Department of Environmental Protection is lifting the public health advisory for recreational use of the Hudson River, Passaic River, Hackensack River, Newark Bay, Kill Van Kull and Arthur Kill, and Sandy Hook Bay, as well as upper Barnegat Bay.

Week-long Bear Hunting Season Begins Today in Northern New Jersey

The Department of Environmental Protection today announced the state's black bear hunting season opened this morning just prior to sunrise and will continue through sunset on Saturday, December 8. The season runs concurrently with the six-day firearm deer hunting season.

Christie Administration Black Bear Plan Yields Positive Results; North Jersey Black Bear Population has Decreased and Bear-Human Encounters are on the Decline

The initial results of a five-year Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy (CBBMP) initiated by the Department of Environmental Protection in 2010, offering a mix of education, research and trash management, combined with an annual bear hunt, shows a reduction in the number of black bears living in 'bear country' in Northern New Jersey and a major decline in bear-human incidents, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Pledges Continued Effort to Safely Reduce Massive Volumes of Debris Left by Hurricane Sandy

The Christie Administration is making the safe removal of debris a top priority, working hard with communities to remove these materials to landfills, incinerators and recycling facilities as quickly as possible so that residents can begin to rebuild, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin said today.

Christie Administration Announces Federal Fishery Resource Disaster Declaration for New Jersey

The U.S. Department of Commerce today approved Governor Christie's request for a declaration of a federal fishery resource disaster as a result of the devastation to the commercial and recreational fishing industries caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Christie Administration Announces Reopening of Portions of Liberty State Park by Thanksgiving

Liberty State Park, New Jersey's most popular state park that draws more than five million visitors a year, will partially re-open by Thanksgiving Day after being shut down and seriously damaged by Hurricane Sandy, the Christie Administration announced at a news conference at the park today.

DEP Reopens Atlantic Coast Shellfish Beds from Little Egg Inlet to Cape May Point

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today signed an order reopening shellfish beds in Atlantic coastal waters from Little Egg Inlet south to Cape May Point, effective at sunrise on Thursday.

Christie Administration Requests Declaration of Federal Fishery Resource Disaster Due to Hurricane Sandy Impacts

The Christie Administration today requested a federal disaster declaration for New Jersey's commercial and fishing industries, which sustained significant revenue losses and damages to its fleet and infrastructure as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

Major Progress Made in Containing and Cleaning Up Arthur Kill Fuel Spill Caused by Sandy

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today praised the well-coordinated response by a dedicated team of public and private groups to a major diesel fuel spill in the Arthur Kill caused by Hurricane Sandy, saying it limited what could have been major environmental damage to the waterway and surrounding areas.

Delaware Bay Shellfish Beds to Reopen at Sunrise on Monday Decision by DEP on More Beds Expected Soon

The Department of Environmental Protection will reopen shellfish beds in Delaware Bay that have been closed as a precaution since Oct. 30 as a result of Hurricane Sandy, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today. Commissioner Martin is signing an order reopening the beds in Delaware Bay from Cape May Point to Lower Alloways Creek at sunrise on Monday following water monitoring and tissue sampling that found no issues with bacteria contamination as a result of the storm.

Christie Administration Working with Storm-Affected Counties to Ensure Safe and Environmentally Responsible Debris Removal

The Christie Administration and the Department of Environmental Protection are taking a series of actions to ensure that the massive volume of debris and trash resulting from Hurricane Sandy is removed from storm-affected areas efficiently so affected communities can begin to recover from the storm's unprecedented and widespread devastation.

Customers of PVSC Strongly Advised to Reduce Water Use to Limit Partially Treated Effluent into Newark/New York Harbor

Residents and businesses in the 48 North Jersey cities and towns served by the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission wastewater treatment system are strongly encouraged to minimize water use to reduce stress on the storm-damaged sewage treatment system and help limit partially treated effluent flowing into Newark and New York Harbor.

Boil-water Advisory Lifted by Middlesex Water Company for Customers in Eight Municipalities

The boil-water advisory for 233,000 customers of the Middlesex Water Company in eight municipalities in Middlesex and Union counties has been lifted this afternoon after the system's power was fully restored, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Customers of MCUA Advised to Further Reduce Water Use to Limit Polluting Runoff into Raritan River and Raritan Bay

Residents and businesses in the 38 towns served by the Middlesex County Utilities Authority's wastewater treatment system are advised to further minimize water use to reduce stress on the storm-damaged sewage treatment system and help limit polluting effluent now flowing into the Raritan River and Raritan Bay.

Christie Administration Issues Emergency Order Easing Infrastructure Repair Permit Requirements Following Hurricane Sandy

As a result of the widespread damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin has signed an Administrative Order allowing approvals of DEP permit requirements for in-kind repairs or replacement of critical public infrastructure such as roads, bridges, bulkheads and culverts.

DEP Expands Recreational Fishing and Boating Advisory to Northern Barnegat Bay

As a public health and safety precaution, the Department of Environmental Protection is advising recreational boaters, anglers and crabbers to temporarily avoid the waters of northern Barnegat Bay, from Barnegat Light to Point Pleasant, and is advising residents not to eat any fish, crustaceans or shellfish from these waters due to potential contamination from pathogens – bacteria and viruses.

Christie Administration Begins to Reopen State Parks After Hurricane Sandy

Many state parks and historic sites that were shut down due to Hurricane Sandy have reopened, with more parks across the state to open in the next several days as safety assessments and cleanups are completed, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Issues Recreational Fishing and Boating Advisory

Due to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, several waste water treatment facilities in the state are off-line, resulting in the temporary runoff of effluents into certain waterways. As a public health and safety precaution, the Department of Environmental Protection is advising recreational boaters, anglers and crabbers to temporarily avoid these waterways and is advising residents not to eat any fish, crustaceans or shellfish from these waters due to contamination from pathogens – bacteria and viruses.

Boil-Water Advisory Lifted for Atlantic City as Governor Christie Lifts Evacuation Order and Reinstates Casino Operating Certificates

The boil-water advisory in place in Atlantic City as a result of Hurricane Sandy has been lifted, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Secures EPA Waiver of Gasoline Requirement; Move Will Help More Gasoline Flow into New Jersey Following Storm

The Department of Environmental Protection is advising gasoline suppliers and distributors that they may accept shipments of gasoline from other regions of the country that have less stringent air pollution standards for fuel. This step is being taken to make more gasoline available in New Jersey and ease shortages occurring in many parts of the state as a result of supply disruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Christie Administration Advises Residents to Be Alert for Local Boil Water Advisories

Several New Jersey municipalities have issued boil water advisories to ensure the public health and safety of state residents as a result of the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

DEP Advises Residents Statewide to Conserve Water in Aftermath of Storm

The Department of Environmental Protection is strongly advising residents statewide to conserve water in the wake of Hurricane Sandy because widespread power outages have forced many public and private water utilities to use emergency generators to treat and pump water.

DEP Eases Fuel Requirements for Certain Emergency Generators in Storm Aftermath

The Department of Environmental Protection today advised facilities that operate in the public interest that it is acceptable to use home heating oil in emergency generators instead of diesel fuel as the state recovers from Hurricane Sandy.

Power Restored at Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant

The formal "alert" status at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey Township was terminated at 3:52 a.m. today after the water levels at the plant's intake system decreased to normal levels, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has confirmed this morning.

DEP Working with NRC to Monitor Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant During Hurricane Sandy

The Department of Environmental Protection and the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission are carefully monitoring the impacts Hurricane Sandy on operations at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey Township, which last night suffered power outages, declared an "alert" due to rising water levels, and lost a portion of its warning alarm system.

State Parks to Close at Noon on Sunday

All state parks and historic sites will shut down at noon on Sunday for safety reasons due to oncoming Hurricane Sandy, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Governor Christie Takes Action to Mitigate Potential Impact From Hurricane Sandy; Approves Lowering of North Jersey Reservoirs

Governor Chris Christie today is announcing actions to help mitigate potential flooding from Hurricane Sandy, including directing four reservoir systems in northern New Jersey to be drawn down beginning this evening and for releases to be made from Pompton Lake and Lake Hopatcong on Saturday.

DEP to Temporarily Close Shellfish Beds Statewide as Precaution Due to Anticipated Heavy Rainfall from Hurricane Sandy

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today issued an Administrative Order temporarily closing state waters to shellfish harvesting effective sunrise Monday as a precaution due to expected heavy rainfall from Hurricane Sandy.

Christie Administration Awards $13.1 Million in Grants to Bolster Local Recycling Efforts

New Jersey’s municipalities will receive $13.1 million in state grants to help implement and enhance local recycling efforts, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Thousands of Volunteers Taking Part in Third Barnegat Bay Blitz; Cleanup Effort Advances Governor's Restoration Plan

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today joined thousands of local volunteers and DEP staff who fanned out across Barnegat Bay's watershed today to pick up litter and debris in the third installment of the Barnegat Bay Blitz.

New Jersey's Recycling Leaders and Recycling Poetry Contest Winners Honored at Annual Event in Neptune

A Woodcliff Lake student who worked to recycle plastic bottles at his middle school, a Passaic County firm that made a major investment in developing single-stream recycling facilities, and a statewide organization that is the state's leading recycling advocate are among the businesses, organizations and individuals honored today at the state's annual Recycling Symposium and Awards Luncheon.

Christie Administration Partners with the Trust for Public Land to Enhance Open Space and Recreation in Newark

The $5 million second phase of the redevelopment of Jesse Allen Park in Newark's Central Ward was celebrated today with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the park, which is getting a major recreational and landscaping makeover that will benefit the local community, especially youths who live and attend school nearby, said Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin

Thousands Expected to Participate in Third Barnegat Bay Blitz; Cleanup Effort Advances Governor Christie's Restoration Plan

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin will join thousands of volunteers on Thursday for the third installment of the Barnegat Bay Blitz, the popular watershed-wide trash and debris cleanup effort that is raising awareness of the ecological stresses the estuary faces

Fall Activity for Bears Begins; Residents in "Bear Country" Urged to Secure Trash and Other Residential Food Sources

The Department of Environmental Protection is advising residents and outdoor enthusiasts in New Jersey's "bear country'' that black bears are preparing for winter and are now actively foraging for food as they prepare for the denning season. The DEP urges residents to strictly adhere to guidelines for eliminating or securing potential black bear food sources to reduce potential problem encounters with bears this fall, said Commissioner Bob Martin.

Motorists Urged to be Cautious for Deer on Roads this Fall

The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife is urging motorists to be alert for white-tailed deer on roads across the state with the arrival of the fall breeding season, especially during morning and evening commutes when visibility may be poor and deer are more active.

Fall Trout Stocking Begins Across New Jersey; Brook and Rainbow Trout to be Released at Locations in 17 Counties

More than 20,000 trout are being released by the state Division of Fish and Wildlife to streams and ponds in 17 New Jersey counties over the next two weeks, providing anglers with some good autumn fishing across the state, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

First Garden State Green Hotels Workshop to be Held on October 19

The first workshop of the DEP's new Garden State Green Hotels Project will be held on Oct. 19, providing an opportunity for hotel owners and operators to learn of State programs which pay for energy efficiency improvements, worker training and environmental reviews.

Christie Administration Will Enhance Public Access to Beaches and Tidal Waterways

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin has signed the Public Access Rule, a Christie Administration initiative that provides the state with common sense mechanisms for working cooperatively with local governments to enhance public access to New Jersey's beaches, bays and tidal waterways.

Parvin State Park to Reopen This Weekend Following Three-month Storm Clean-up Effort

Parvin State Park will fully reopen on Friday following a major cleanup effort that was required after a violent windstorm swept through the park in Pittsgrove Township, Salem County in late June, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Connect with Nature and New Jersey Heritage at 18th Annual Fall Forestry Festival This Saturday in Jackson

The Department of Environmental Protection's 18th Annual Fall Forestry Festival – a celebration of the changing of the seasons, nature, and New Jersey heritage – will be held this Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Division of Parks and Forestry's Forest Resource Education Center in Jackson, Ocean County.

Attorney General, DEP Commissioner Announce Settlement That Resolves Allegations Durand Glass Violated Air Quality Laws

Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today that Durand Glass Manufacturing Company, Inc., will pay the State a civil penalty of $150,000 under a joint state-federal settlement that resolves allegations the company violated air pollution control standards at its Millville manufacturing plant.

DEP, USGS Introduce First in Series of Interactive Flood Warning Maps for Passaic River Basin

New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) officials today visited an oyster production area in the Delaware Bay, made possible by a joint effort by the Departments of Agriculture and Environmental Protection.

Innovative Oyster Production Takes a Big Step Forward Thanks to Agriculture/Environmental Protection Partnership

New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) officials today visited an oyster production area in the Delaware Bay, made possible by a joint effort by the Departments of Agriculture and Environmental Protection.

Christie Administration Provides Common Sense Solution that will Help Local Governments Receive Hurricane Irene Disaster Aid

Consistent with the Christie Administration's commitment to providing New Jersey residents with a more efficient government, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin has signed an Administrative Order that eliminates unnecessary red tape and will allow local governments to receive money from FEMA for repairs or replacements of public infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Irene last year. Local governments will also save on unnecessary permit application and fee costs, thus saving taxpayers money.

Hidden Gems: Batsto and Wharton State Forest Provide a Perfect Portal into the History and Ecology of the Pine Barrens

Located at the southern edge of Wharton State Forest near Hammonton, Batsto Village is a portal into the history and ecology of the Pine Barrens, and is a gateway to one the wildest expanses of New Jersey, a landscape of pristine rivers and lakes prime for paddling, sandy trails for hiking, and pine woods for exploring. The annual Country Living Fair celebrating the region's past will take place at Batsto Village on Sunday, October 21.

Christie Administration Announces Approval of Green Acres Projects

The Garden State Preservation Trust today approved the Christie Administration's recommended list of more than $123 million in Green Acres open space acquisition and recreational development projects, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

Public Advised to Be Alert for New Jersey Deer That May Have EHD Virus; Disease Cannot Be Transmitted to People

The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife is advising hunters and other outdoors enthusiasts to be alert for white-tailed deer that may be experiencing symptoms of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD), a virus that spreads among deer though the bites of midge flies but cannot be transmitted to people.

Christie Administration Praises New Agreements that will Improve New Jersey Air Quality

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today issued the following statement regarding a final agreement among Covanta Energy Corporation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and New York City that will result in installation of new air-emissions reduction technology to Covanta's Essex County Resource Recovery Facility in Newark.

DEP's Free "Wild Outdoor Expo" Set for this Weekend

Get connected to New Jersey's outdoors this weekend at the Department of Environmental Protection's third annual New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo, a celebration of the state's bountiful natural resources and rich outdoor heritage.

DEP Approves Permits for Construction of Margaritaville in Atlantic City

The Department of Environmental Protection has issued a required land use permit to DGMB Casino LLC, allowing for the development of a new Margaritaville-themed restaurant and recreation center, plus retail space on the reconstructed Steeplechase Pier in Atlantic City, paving the way for job creation and economic growth in the region.

New Jersey Continues Efforts to Fight West Nile Virus; First Virus-Related Death Reported

As the West Nile Virus season heads into its peak, state and local officials have stepped up efforts to combat the mosquito-borne virus with increased surveillance and control efforts. The number of West Nile Virus cases has increased to 15, including New Jersey's first death, an elderly Burlington County man.

Picnic Pavilions Unveiled at Liberty State Park; Newest Enhancement Marks Administration's Commitment to Make State Parks More Sustainable

A new picnic area featuring eco-friendly amenities and dramatic views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline is being unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony today at Liberty State Park.

Kittatinny Valley State Park Offers Gorgeous Natural Settings, a Maze of Hiking Trails, Lakes, and Even Its Own Airport

It takes just a quick turn off busy Route 206, only a few miles from the Sussex County seat in downtown Newton, onto aptly named Goodale Road, to be transported from the rigors of everyday life into a largely unknown oasis of nature and solitude.

Division of Law Recovered More than $29 Million in Environmental Clean-Up Costs on Behalf of States

Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today that legal efforts by the Division of Law resulted in recovery by the state of more than $29 million in environmental clean-up costs during the past fiscal year.

Christie Administration Officials Urge Residents to Take Precautions Against Mosquitoes, to Safeguard Against West Nile Virus

The Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Health are urging state residents to take precautions to protect themselves from mosquito-borne West Nile Virus by taking some simple steps to reduce populations of the insect on their own properties.

Christie Administration Announces Program to Identify Hazards in Abandoned Buildings

A state pilot program to locate and identify hazardous materials left behind or discarded in abandoned urban buildings, and which may pose a threat to firefighters, emergency responders and residents, has been established by the Department of Environmental Protection's Bureau of Emergency Response, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Continues Preservation of Barnegat Bay Watershed; 544 Acre Scout Camp Preserved in Partnership with NJ Conservation Foundation

An agreement that will permanently preserve a 544-acre tract in the Barnegat Bay watershed in Ocean County was completed today when the Department of Environmental Protection acquired a conservation easement from the Jersey Shore Boy Scout Council and the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

Wild Things to Happen at DEP's Outdoor Expo!

Ever thought about rock climbing, bass or fly fishing, or maybe trap shooting, kayaking, archery, birding or camping, but not quite sure where to start? The DEP's WILD Outdoor Expo is a place to begin. This third annual Expo, to be held on Sept. 15-16 at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township, will offer classes, lessons, demonstrations and exhibits on a host of outdoor activities.

Christie Administration Closes Deal Preserving 1,900-acre Nursery Property; Landmark Effort Protects Farmland and Wildlife Habitat in Heart of Central New Jersey

The Christie Administration has finalized the preservation of a nearly 1,900-acre nursery property in the heart of central New Jersey as wildlife habitat, preserved farmland, and additions to county parks and greenways along historic Crosswicks Creek, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin and Agriculture Secretary Douglas H. Fisher announced today.

835-Acre North Jersey Highlands Tract Preserved

A pristine 835-acre tract located in the heart of the North Jersey Highlands in Jefferson Township, and once slated for residential development, will be permanently preserved through a $4.6 million agreement announced today by project partners, the Department of Environmental Protection, the federal government, the Trust for Public Land, Morris County, and Jefferson Township.

Hidden Gems: Cheesequake State Park offers much to do in a small package

A light breeze rustles tall saltmarsh grasses on Cheesequake Creek as kayakers peer at marsh wrens through binoculars. Diamondback terrapins sun themselves on logs and rocks, while tiny fiddler crabs peek out from the muddy banks.

DEP Joins Partners in Launching Project to Help Delaware Bay Oyster Industry Recover from Last Year's Tropical Storms

The Department of Environmental Protection today joined with its partners – U.S. Representative Frank LoBiondo, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, the oyster industry, Rutgers University and The Nature Conservancy – to launch a project to restore oyster beds that were severely damaged by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee last year.

New Interactive Website Available for New Jersey Boaters

Boaters across New Jersey will have easier access to information about best boating practices, fishing regulations and other vital and helpful facts through NJBoating.org, a new website launched by members of the New Jersey's Clean Vessel Act Program, which includes the Department of Environmental Protection.

DEP Issues Reminder about Ban on Blue Claw Crabbing

As part of a coordinated multi-language community education effort taking place this week, the Department of Environmental Protection is reminding residents that harvesting blue claw crabs from the waters of the Lower Passaic River and Newark Bay is dangerous and prohibited.

Swimming Beach and Day Use Area at Parvin State Park Reopened

The swimming area and adjacent day use area, including the food concession, at Parvin State Park in Salem County have reopened following cleanup of trees knocked down during a violent windstorm on June 30.

Hidden Gems of New Jersey's Park System: Island Beach State Park Offers Much More than the Beach

Island Beach State Park is one of New Jersey's most popular parks, a picturesque strand of coastline visited by a million people each year. A vast majority visit in the summer, drawn to beaches that offer a more natural experience than can be experienced anywhere in New Jersey.

Work Begins to Remove Second of Three Dams from Raritan River Financed by Money From Pollution Settlement

Removal of the second and largest of three dams from the Raritan River in Somerset County, which will help open up a 10-mile stretch of the middle and upper portions of the river to fish migration for the first time in more than a century, has started this morning, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Attorney General Announces Settlement with Chevron That Resolves Allegations It Violated Air Quality Laws

Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today that Chevron U.S.A. Inc. will pay the state a civil penalty of $231,875 under a joint state-federal settlement that resolves allegations the company violated air pollution control laws at its asphalt refinery in Perth Amboy.

DEP Reaches Milestone with Statewide Sewer Mapping Compliance - Christie Administration Pushed Forward Long-Stalled Effort

For the first time, updated sewer maps have been proposed for all 21 counties statewide to provide clear direction on where sewer service and potential development is appropriate, while protecting nearly 210,000 acres of environmentally sensitive lands and better safeguarding the state's water quality, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Hidden Gems of New Jersey's Park System: Round Valley Recreation Area Offers Something for Everyone

Nestled in the rolling hills of Hunterdon County, the Round Valley Recreation Area protects New Jersey's second deepest lake – and a world of natural beauty.

DEP Launches Research Submersible to Gather Data on Ocean Health

The Department of Environmental Protection, Rutgers University and the federal Environmental Protection Agency today launched a research submersible known as the Slocum glider off Sandy Hook that will roam the waters off New Jersey for the next two weeks as it gathers important clues about the health of the ocean.

DEP Green Career Program Yields First Graduates, Job Opportunities in Camden

Students of the Christie Administration's first environmental jobs training program in Camden celebrated their graduation today at a ceremony at the Camden County Regional Emergency Training Center in Blackwood.

Tests for Legionella Bacteria in DEP Building Finds No Trace in Air Cooling System; Building Deemed Safe and Will Be Open Monday

Tests conducted this weekend on the air cooling and ventilation system at the Department of Environmental Protection's 401 East State Street building in Trenton came back negative for signs of legionella bacteria, which had been discovered in a cooling tower atop the building. The cooling tower was 'shocked' with biocides on Friday to kill the bacteria and continues to be chemically treated to eliminate any potential remnants of legionella.

Steps Being Taken to Cleanse Legionella Bacteria from Cooling System at DEP Headquarters; No Illnesses Reported

The Department of Environmental Protection today announced that contractors are testing and chemically treating a recently installed cooling tower atop the Department's 401 East State Street building in Trenton to address traces of the legionella bacteria. The mere presence of the bacteria does not present a health or safety hazard to employees at this time and, in fact, is not uncommon in building cooling systems, according to the state Department of Health.

Commissioner Martin Commends Island Beach Lifeguards for Fourth of July Rescue

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today praised the efforts of six members of the Island Beach State Beach Patrol who participated in a Fourth of July rescue of four people who got caught in a rip current.

DEP Seeks 2013 Americorps Watershed Ambassadors

New Jersey is looking for its next generation of environmental leaders, young people with a hands-on desire to improve their state and the quality of life for all of our residents. Some of those future leaders are likely to be found in the Department of Environmental Protection's AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassadors Program, which is now seeking recruits for its 2013 class.

Christie Administration Disappointed in Federal Ruling on Delaware River Deepening Project

The Christie Administration today expressed disappointment in a federal appeals court ruling upholding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' project to deepen the Delaware River's shipping channel from the mouth of the bay to Camden.

Storm Damage Keeps Parvin State Park Closed

Parvin State Park in Salem County will remain closed indefinitely for safety reasons as work crews continue a massive cleanup effort to deal with devastation caused by a storm with vicious winds that tore through the park early Saturday morning, killing two young campers.

DEP Hosts Urban Recycling Summit; Part of DEP's Effort to Enhance Recycling Statewide to Reach 50 Percent Goal

The Department of Environmental Protection Solid Waste Program and New Jersey Solid Waste Advisory Council are jointly hosting an Urban Recycling Summit today in the DEP's effort to help municipalities develop improved recycling practices designed to boost to local economies, while also helping the state reach its goal of 50 percent recycling.

DEP and New Jersey Department of Agriculture Partner in Battle Against Mosquitoes

As part of the Christie Administration's continuing effort to protect and restore ecologically important Barnegat Bay, the Department of Environmental Protection, along with State Police, Ocean County and local authorities, will initiate a series of intensive education and compliance sweeps this summer to promote greener and safer boating practices on the bay, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP and Partners to Conduct Education and Compliance Sweeps on Barnegat Bay this Summer

As part of the Christie Administration's continuing effort to protect and restore ecologically important Barnegat Bay, the Department of Environmental Protection, along with State Police, Ocean County and local authorities, will initiate a series of intensive education and compliance sweeps this summer to promote greener and safer boating practices on the bay, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Announces Agreement to Drastically Reduce Pollution from Cape May County Power Plant

One of the New Jersey's oldest power plants, B.L. England in Cape May County, will significantly reduce air pollutants by shutting down one of its coal-fired units and converting two others to clean-burning natural gas, steps that will significantly improve air quality while ensuring continued energy reliability for the southern shore region, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Army Corps and DEP Sign Agreement to Reevaluate Flood Control Projects for Passaic River Basin

The Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers have signed a $2.4 million cost-sharing agreement to finance the first phase of a detailed review of potential flood control engineering measures for flood-prone areas of the Passaic River Basin, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin and Army Corps New York District Commander Col. John R. Boulé announced today.

DEP, Local Officials Mark Opening of State-of-the Art Stormwater Basins at Ocean County College

The Christie Administration's commitment to the long-term ecological recovery of Barnegat Bay reached a milestone today with ceremonies marking the opening of three state-of-the-art stormwater basins at Ocean County College that will help address nutrient pollution in the watershed.

Christie Administration Wins Challenge to Federal Rule on Nuclear Waste Disposal Standard

A federal appeals court today upheld a challenge by the Christie Administration, in a joint legal action with New York, Vermont, and Connecticut, to a federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission rule that extended the time allowed for storing spent nuclear fuel at nuclear power plants from 30 years to a new standard of 60 years past the licensed life of a reactor.

Historic Atsion Mansion at Wharton State Forest to Re-Open for Guided Tours

Atsion Mansion, the restored historic manor nestled in the Shamong Township section of Wharton State Forest, and which underwent a $1.3 million renovation, will be open for guided tours every Saturday this summer, starting this weekend.

Peregrine Falcon Cam Offers Unique Look at Endangered Birds

Peregrine Falcons are a recovering species in New Jersey and along the eastern seaboard, coming back from eradication in the 1960s and 70s. So when the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife's "Peregrine cam'' revealed the hatching of three Peregrine chicks atop the Mack-Cali Realty building in Jersey City last month, there was considerable cause for celebration.

Liberty State Park to Host Girl Scout Councils of New Jersey's "Big" Celebration on June 23

Liberty State Park in Jersey City has been selected as the site for the Girl Scouts Council of New Jersey's 100th anniversary celebration – a planned all-day event, concert and fireworks show with the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline serving as the backdrop.

State Commissioners Urge Homeowners to Review their Insurance Policies and Protect their Homes from Wildfires

Although the dry conditions that led to wildfires that burned more than 1,000 acres in New Jersey last month have lessened, wildfires remain a pervasive threat to residents living in rural and heavily wooded areas. The number of wildfires so far in 2012 has already exceeded all of last year's total, and despite recent rainfall, precipitation levels so far this year remain below those of 2011.

Hawk Rise Sanctuary to Open Today After Five-year Restoration

Hawk Rise Sanctuary, a 95-acre ecological preserve and wetland complex in Linden, which was carved out of a former landfill through the combined efforts of the Department of Environmental Protection, the city of Linden, and the New Jersey Audubon Society, opened this morning following a special ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Christie Administration Wins Another Round In Fight to Hold Companies Liable For Lower Passaic River Cleanup

The Christie Administration has won another round in the state's legal fight to hold those responsible for intentionally polluting the lower Passaic River with pesticides, including an extremely toxic form of dioxin, liable for cleanup, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Grenloch Lake Re-Opens Today After Completion of Cleanup

The Department of Environmental Protection, NJ TRANSIT, Washington Township Mayor Barbara Wallace and the Gloucester County Health Department are jointly announcing that Grenloch Lake will re-open Saturday for fishing and other water-related recreational activities following completion of the clean-up of a fuel spill that occurred on Jan. 12.

Centennial Anniversary of Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery to be Celebrated at Open House on June 2-3

The 100th anniversary of the Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery in Warren County will be celebrated with an open house for the public on June 2-3, with visitors to get a behind-the-scenes look at the storied facility that for the past century has raised a wide variety of species to benefit anglers across the state.

Volunteers Brave Downpours as DEP's Barnegat Bay Blitz Gets Under Way

Volunteers from scores of schools and organizations braved off-and-on downpours today as they fanned out across the Barnegat Bay watershed in the second installment of the watershed-wide trash and debris cleanup.

Deadline for Enrollment in LSRP Program Marks Milestone in Reform of Contaminated Site Cleanup System

Today marks a milestone in the state's transition to a new, clear and streamlined approach to the cleanup of contaminated sites – the deadline for those responsible to clean up these sites to enroll in the Licensed Site Remediation Professional Program.

As Many as 5,000 Expected to Take Part in Second Barnegat Bay Blitz; Cleanup Effort Advances Governor's Restoration Plan

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin and nearly 1,000 DEP staff members will join as many as 4,000 volunteers from numerous local groups – including students from dozens of schools, environmentalists, businesses, and local government leaders – in the second Barnegat Bay Blitz watershed trash and debris cleanup Wednesday, May 9.

New Jersey Attracts Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic to Liberty State Park International Event Set for June 2

The prestigious Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic will be moving to Liberty State Park in Jersey City this June, bringing the sport's top stars to a stylish sporting and social event that will feature inspiring backdrops of the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline.

New Jersey Historic Preservation Awards Kickoff National Historic Preservation Month

To mark May as National Preservation Month in New Jersey, the Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Historic Sites Council today are announcing the recipients of 22nd Annual Historic Preservation Awards to honor projects and groups or persons dedicated to preserving the state's history.

Christie Administration Announces $16 Million in Clean Communities Grants for Municipalities and Counties

The Christie Administration today announced the award of nearly $16 million in Clean Communities grants to help municipalities and counties fund litter cleanup efforts that help beautify New Jersey's communities and roadsides.

Christie Administration Targets Better Air Quality; Encourages State Residents to Join in That Effort

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today marked the beginning of Air Quality Awareness Week, from April 30-May 5, by stressing the importance of a combined effort by government and the public to improve air quality in our state.

DEP Urges Residents to Conserve Water

Due to ongoing concerns about below normal precipitation, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today encouraged residents across New Jersey to take steps to conserve water, both inside the home and outside.

DEP Celebrates 63rd State Arbor Day; Honors Haddon Township's Forestry Efforts

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Community Forestry Program, the New Jersey Community Forestry Council, and the New Jersey Tree Foundation celebrated Arbor Day today by planting more than 100 trees along the streets of Haddon Township and in Crystal Lake Park in Camden County.

Settlement with Hess Calls for Major Refinery Upgrades; A Major Win for Clean Air in New Jersey

Under the terms of a legal settlement announced today, the Hess Corporation is expected to make about $45 million in pollution control upgrades at its Port Reading oil refinery near Woodbridge, dramatically reducing polluting emissions and leading to a marked improvement in air quality for the region, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin said today. 

"Spirit of the Jerseys" Returns to Washington Crossing State Park; State History Fair Set for May 12

The "Spirit of the Jerseys" State History Fair is returning to its roots at Washington Crossing State Park in Hopewell Township on May 12, with a daylong series of free educational and hands-on activities aimed at highlighting the long, rich and diverse history of our state, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Paterson Air Study Finds no Sign of Chemical Air Pollutant

The Department of Environmental Protection announced that the second phase of a Paterson air quality study found no evidence of elevated levels of a targeted chemical and no evidence that Paterson's air quality differs from that of other urban communities in the state. This second phase study was necessary to target a chemical pollutant discovered at elevated levels during air sampling in 2006.

New Project Touts Green Practices and Potential Cost Savings For New Jersey Hotels

The Department of Environmental Protection, in concert with several other state and federal agencies, is launching a program designed to assist New Jersey hotel owners and operators increase energy efficiency and cost savings through the utilization of green practices.

New Jersey Updates Recreational Fish Consumption Advisories

As a public service, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Health and Senior Services today reminded anglers to be aware of routine fish advisories that are in place for fish caught recreationally in New Jersey. These advisories allow members of the public to make informed choices about the fish they catch and eat.

Christie Administration Continues Commitment to Flood Mitigation; DEP Commissioner Provides Flood Mitigation Update to Elected Officials

Reaffirming that dealing with flooding is a top priority of the Christie Administration, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin met today with mayors and other elected officials to provide them with an update on the state's efforts to mitigate the impacts of flooding in the Passaic River Basin.

Forest Fire Service Continues to Respond to Wildfires Across the State, Asks Public to Remain Vigilant as Dry Conditions Persist

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service today continues to respond to scattered wildfires as fire conditions across the state remain extremely high because of persistent dry and windy conditions.

Forest Fire Service Continues Efforts to Contain and Extinguish Wildfire in the Pinelands in Burlington County

The forest fire currently burning in Tabernacle and Woodland Township in the heart of the Pinelands has extended to approximately 1,000 acres, but the New Jersey Forest Fire Service and Burlington County firefighters say the blaze was 50 percent contained as of this afternoon.

Forest Fire Service Battling Wildfire in the Pinelands in Burlington County

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service and Burlington County firefighters are working to contain a 600-acre wildfire that was discovered in a rural area early this morning and is currently burning in Tabernacle and Woodland Townships in the heart of the Pinelands.

DEP Offers Tips on Reducing Conflicts and Encounters with Bears During Active Spring Period

Black bears have emerged from winter dens throughout the state and are entering their most active period of the year in search of food and mates, which makes encounters with humans in populated areas more likely. To reduce the risk of potential encounters, New Jersey residents, particularly those living in "bear country''' in northwestern New Jersey, are advised to take a few simple precautions.

Fire Danger Alerts And Campfire Restrictions Issued As Spring Forest Fire Risks Increase

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service has issued fire danger alerts and implemented stage one campfire restrictions throughout New Jersey today as prolonged dry and windy conditions continue in the state.

DEP Reaches New Management Agreement at Two Golf Courses

The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded contracts through a public bidding process to two private companies to operate the state-owned Cream Ridge Golf Course and White Oaks Golf Course.

DEP Hosts 25th Trout Hatchery Free Open House this Weekend; Opening of Trout Season Just Around the Corner

With the official start of trout season just around the corner, the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife is hosting its 25th annual Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center Open House this weekend.

Four Schools in New Jersey Nominated for Federal Green Ribbon Environmental Awareness Program

In recognition of their efforts to bring sustainability to the classroom, four New Jersey schools have been selected to take part in the inaugural federal Green Ribbons Schools Program, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin has announced.

New Jersey Saltwater Anglers Reminded to Register Online for Free Fishing Registry Program

With the return of the spring fishing season, the Department of Environmental Protection is reminding all saltwater anglers and owners of for-hire vessels in New Jersey to register or re-register online with the state's free saltwater fishing registry.

DEP Urges Caution as Spring Forest Fire Risks Increase

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today urged the public to exercise caution as wildfire dangers increase due to dry and windy conditions. Fire danger is currently rated as high throughout most of the state, meaning wildfires, once started, can spread rapidly.

Governor Christie Announces Agreement That Will Improve New Jersey Air Quality

Governor Chris Christie today announced that the Newark community can soon breathe cleaner air as a result of a tentative multi-party agreement that when completed would yield a major commitment by Covanta Energy to install a state-of-the-art particulate emissions control system, called a baghouse, at the Essex County Resource Recovery Facility located in Newark.

DEP Dedicates Cape May Wildlife Management Area, Stocks Trout in State's Southernmost Trout Pond

The Department of Environmental Protection today formally dedicated the Cox Hall Creek Wildlife Management Area, made possible by a Green Acres Program purchase of the former Ponderlodge Golf Course in Lower Township on the ecologically important tip of the Cape May peninsula.

DEP, Department of Agriculture Team up to Allow Farmers to Protect Flowering Crops from Hard Frost

With temperatures across the state expected to drop well below freezing tonight and tomorrow night, the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Agriculture are working cooperatively to enable farmers to do controlled open burning or use specialized torches known as smudge pots to protect flowering crops from being damaged.

All Parties Agree to Suspend Water-related Activies on Grenloch Lake to Accommodate Ongoing Monitoring and Cleanup Response

The Department of Environmental Protection, NJ TRANSIT, Washington Township and the Gloucester County Health Department are advising the public that fishing and all other water-related activities on Grenloch Lake are suspended until further notice while monitoring and cleanup activities related to a Jan. 12 fuel spill from a nearby NJ TRANSIT bus garage continue. Grenloch Lake Park will remain open for all other recreational activities.

First Stage of Long-Awaited Lower Passaic River Cleanup Begins; DEP Stresses Need for a Complete Cleanup of the Passaic River

The first stage of a two-phase project to remove dioxin-contaminated and cancer-causing sediments from the lower Passaic River, adjacent to the Diamond Alkali Superfund site in the Ironbound section of Newark, has begun today.

DEP Proposes Amended Rules to Enhance Public Access to Beaches And Waterways; Changes Made in Response to Public Comments

After considering numerous public comments, the Department of Environmental Protection today formally proposed amended common sense rules to improve and enhance public access to New Jersey's beaches, bays and waterways, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Preserves Forest in Barnegat Bay Watershed; 385 Acres Added to Stafford Forge Wildlife Management Area

The Department of Environmental Protection's Green Acres Program has purchased 385 acres of forests in the Barnegat Bay watershed, keeping the Christie Administration on pace to preserve some 3,000 acres in the watershed by the end of the year, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Parks And Forestry Permanently Closes Upper River Campground at Bull's Island Recreation Area

The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Parks and Forestry has decided to permanently close the upper river campground at Bull's Island Recreational Area along the Delaware River in Hunterdon County. The division will remove weakened trees in restoring the campground to a natural state.

DEP Teams Up with Private Groups to Bring Free National Exhibits to Liberty State Park

Visitors to Liberty State Park in Jersey City will be transported back in time and 3,000 miles west when they walk through the doors of the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal Building. Once inside, they will find two travelling exhibits: Alcatraz: Life on the Rock and Gateway to Gold Mountain, The Asian Immigration Experience: Angel Island 1910-1940, which will be on display for free at the park through June 30.

Atlantic City and Ventnor $18 Million Beach Replenishment Project Begins; Improved Beaches to Be Ready for Summer Tourism Season

A major beach replenishment project is expected to start this weekend in Atlantic City and Ventnor that will protect these vital tourist communities from the effects of extreme weather while restoring storm-damaged beaches in time for the coming summer season, providing an environmental and economic boost to the state's leading resort, Commissioner Bob Martin said today.

DEP Adopts New Waiver Rule, Operational Aug. 1; Response to Governor Christie's Directive for Common Sense Principles for State Government

In response to Governor Christie's Executive Order No 2, which directs state agencies to implement common sense principles of government reform, the Department of Environmental Protection has adopted a new rule that gives the DEP flexibility to modify compliance with rules in certain limited circumstances that do not compromise protections for the environment or public health.

Dash for the Trash Cleanup of Delaware River and Bay

Volunteers from a host of organizations such as scout troops, schools, businesses, and environmental and nonprofit groups, as well as local residents will fan out across portions of the Delaware River and Bay from Sussex to Cape May counties on March 10-18 to clean up litter and debris as part of the first-ever Dash for the Trash.

DEP Enforcement Efforts Lead to Removal of Bound Brook Dirt Piles

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today announced that work has begun to remove approximately 40,000 cubic yards of fill dirt that was placed illegally within the flood zone of the Raritan River in Bound Brook, Somerset County.

Christie Administration Pleased that Portland, PA Coal-fired Electric Generating Units Will Stop Polluting New Jersey's Air

GenOnEnergy's announcement today that it plans to shut down the coal-fired units at its Portland, Pa. power plant, which spews thousands of tons of pollutants across the Delaware River into New Jersey, is a win for cleaner air and better health for New Jersey residents, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin said today.

Settlement with Bridgewater Developer Preserves 212 Acres in Barnegat Bay Watershed

Another 212 acres in the Barnegat Bay watershed will be permanently preserved under the terms of a settlement between the Department of Environmental Protection and a Bridgewater quarry owner to settle a seven-year-old dispute over alleged disturbance of more than six acres of wetlands and buffer areas in Somerset County, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Announces $5.5 Million in Grants to Boost Recycling

The Department of Environmental Protection today announced $5.5 million in grants to all 21 of New Jersey's counties to help them enhance local recycling efforts, a key environmental priority of the Christie Administration.

Trout in the Classroom Program Offers New Jersey Students an Appreciation of Nature and Conservation

The DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife is inviting schools and teachers statewide to incorporate an exciting outdoors program into their classrooms, as part of a multi-faceted curriculum offering that can help develop a respect and better understanding of New Jersey's expansive natural offerings and the importance of conservation.

DEP Leading Response to Refinery Oil Tank Leak in Gloucester County; Spill Contained On-Site

A large spill from an oil tank at the Paulsboro Refining Company facility in Gloucester County is not expected to impact the Delaware River or local water supplies. Air monitoring also indicates there should be no health effects from odors caused by the spill.

DEP Adopts Updated Threatened And Endangered Species List, Revises Species Listings Based on Latest Science

The Department of Environmental Protection this week adopted revisions to its list of threatened and endangered species, upgrading the status of several species such as the bald eagle and the Cooper's hawk to reflect improvements in their populations and adding new species to the list such as the red knot and American kestrel to reflect concerns about declines.

DEP Gears Up Early in Pine Beetle Fight, Makes Suppression Grants Available to Landowners, Local Governments and Civic Groups

The Department of Environmental Protection is taking aggressive actions to stop the spread of the southern pine beetle through the Pinelands and adjacent regions of southern New Jersey by gearing up earlier than ever to combat the pest, which is showing disconcerting signs of early activity due to warmer than normal winter temperatures, and by making suppression grants available to private landowners, municipalities, counties and local groups.

DEP Encourages Residents to Support Endangered Species Conservation through State Income Tax Check-Off Program

New Jersey's populations of eagles, ospreys and falcons continue to soar, a testament to work by the DEP's Endangered and Nongame Species Program that has been funded largely by those who opt to return their state income tax refunds to wildlife protection.

Commissioner Martin Announces Leadership Moves to Continue Efforts in Accomplishing DEP Priority Goals

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today announced changes in DEP senior management, redeploying effective Administration leaders to critical posts to most effectively carry out the Department's five priority goals and continue transformation.

Governor Christie's Nuclear Review Task Force Issues Final Report; Lessons Learned from 2011 Incident in Japan

New Jersey's nuclear power plants are operating safely and have effective response plans in place to deal with potential emergency situations, according to the final report of the Governor's Nuclear Review Task Force, which examined lessons learned from the nuclear emergency that occurred in Japan last year in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami.

Christie Administration Intervenes in Federal Court Challenge to New Jersey Clean Air Act Petition

The Department of Environmental Protection has filed a motion today in federal court to intervene in a Pennsylvania power plant's challenge to a federal Clean Air Act permit that requires it to substantially reduce air emissions that are harming New Jersey's air quality. The power plant, located in Portland, Pa., releases thousands of tons of pollutants a day into several North Jersey counties, said Commissioner Bob Martin.

Ringwood Manor Closed for Cleaning Following Furnace Misfire

Ringwood Manor, the historic country house at the heart of Ringwood State Park, will be closed for the remainder of the winter to allow for cleanup of soot released by a malfunctioning furnace.

DEP Marks 100th Anniversary of Famous Poem that Helped Inspire the Creation of Washington Crossing State Park

Washington Crossing State Park in Hopewell Township provides a relaxing setting for many thousands of people each year to learn about the American Revolution, take a hike, enjoy nature, or simply watch the passing flows of the Delaware River.

NJ Transit, DEP Outline Fuel Spill Cleanup Progress

NJ TRANSIT and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in cooperation with Emergency Management officials in Gloucester and Camden counties, today continued to make progress on the cleanup of diesel fuel that spilled into area water bodies.

NJ Transit Overhauls Diesel Powered Bus Fleet; Part of Christie Administration's Continuing Effort to Improve Air Quality

New Jersey is nearing a major milestone in its continuing multi-prong effort to reduce harmful emissions from diesel engines, virtually completing the retrofit of nearly 800 NJ TRANSIT older style diesel-engine buses with technology that will control harmful diesel exhausts, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin and NJ TRANSIT Executive Director James Weinstein announced today.

DEP Urges All Homeowners to Test For Radon; Honors Towns, Counties, Health Departments for Radon Prevention Efforts

Homeowners in New Jersey are being advised by the Department of Environmental Protection to check this month for an unwanted visitor to your premises: namely colorless, odorless, and tasteless radon, a naturally occurring gas that could seep into your home without a warning, and which could cause cancer.

DEP Expands Land Use E-Permitting Program

As part of its continuing commitment to customer service and transformation, the Department of Environmental Protection has launched a new service that will allow property owners and their contractors to apply online for certain types of freshwater wetlands permits, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Receives Federal Grant to Protect Cape May Wetlands

The Department of Environmental Protection has received a $1 million federal grant that will be used to protect ecologically sensitive wetlands parcels in Cape May County that provide habitat to migratory birds.

DEP Advises Residents to Recycle TVs and Computers, as Successful E-Waste Recycling Program Enters Second Year

The Department of Environmental Protection today launched a new mobile phone application to help visitors plan for and make the most out of their trips to New Jersey's state parks, forests and historic sites.

DEP Launches New Parks Application for Smartphones

The Department of Environmental Protection today launched a new mobile phone application to help visitors plan for and make the most out of their trips to New Jersey’s state parks, forests and historic sites.

DEP, New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust Secure Preservation of Weehawken Reservoir

Working in partnership with the Township of Weehawken, Union City, the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, and the nonprofit Trust for Public Land, the Department of Environmental Protection today secured the preservation of a unique 14.4-acre reservoir near the Lincoln Tunnel, Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

New Jersey's State Parks Kick Off New Year with First Day Hikes

The Department of Environmental Protection will sponsor eight free guided hikes and a horseback ride in state parks and trails in New Jersey on New Year's Day as part of a nationwide America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative.

Composite Release of Alleged Shooter in the Colliers Mill Wildlife Management Area Hunting Accident

Authorities today released a composite drawing of a man believed to be responsible for shooting a father and son, and then leaving the scene, in a hunting incident on Dec. 17 in the Colliers Mill Wildlife Management Area in Jackson Township.

New Jerseyans Capture 50 Years of Open Space Protection and Park Development in Green Acres Photo Contest

A couple enjoying a beautiful afternoon at Mercer County Park. Fog lifting at Morris County's Black River Wildlife Management Area. A white-tailed deer flicking its tongue at the South Branch Reservation in Hunterdon County.

Federal Grants Awarded for 49 New Jersey Trails Projects: DEP Now Accepting Applications for 2012 Trails Funding

Nearly $1.3 million in federal recreational trails grants have been allocated to 49 projects in New Jersey this year, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Issues NJPDES Permit to Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant in Accordance with Plant Closure Agreement

The Department of Environmental Protection today issued a New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) permit renewal to the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in accordance with the agreement negotiated by the state and Exelon Corp. to close the plant a decade ahead of its federal license expiration.

Bald Eagle Recovery Reaches Milestone with more than 100 Nests Now in New Jersey

The dramatic recovery of the American bald eagle has reached a milestone in New Jersey, with more than 100 pairs now nesting in the Garden State, according to a newly released analysis of the species' population.

Commissioner Martin Provides One-Year Progress Report on Barnegat Bay Plan, Announces Agreement Preserving Scout Camp

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today marked the first anniversary of Governor Christie's comprehensive plan to restore Barnegat Bay by announcing an agreement to preserve the 436-acre Joseph A. Citta Boy Scout Reservation Camp in Ocean County and by providing a progress report on the state's efforts to bring the bay back from decades of ecological decline.

DEP Agreement Requires DuPont to Pay $725,000 Fine, Implement Plan to Address Operational Issues at Chambers Works Facility

The Department of Environmental Protection has reached an agreement with E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Co. that requires the company to pay a fine of $725,000 and upgrade procedures for handling hazardous materials, and for routine and preventative maintenance at its Chambers Works facility in Salem County, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

New Jersey's Environmental Leaders Honored at the 12th Annual Governor's Awards

A host of environmental, student, business, science, and civic leaders from across New Jersey are being recognized for their ideas and commitment to protecting and enhancing our state's environment, as they will be named winners of the 2011 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards at a ceremony to be held tonight at the State Museum.

Week-long Bear Hunting Season Begins in Northwestern New Jersey

The Department of Environmental Protection today announced the state's black bear hunting season opened this morning just prior to sunrise and will continue through sunset on Saturday, Dec. 10. The season runs concurrently with the six-day firearm deer hunting season.

State Appeals Court Dismisses Challenge to DEP's Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today said he was pleased by a state court ruling that upheld the validity of the state's Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy (CBBMP). The ruling today by the Appellate Division of state Superior Court clears the way for a week-long bear hunt that will take place in northwestern New Jersey starting on Monday, Dec. 5.

Princeton University Nuclear Expert Joins Oyster Creek Safety Advisory Panel as Independent Representative

Dr. Adam Cohen, a veteran expert on nuclear power and safety issues, has been appointed as the independent expert to the Oyster Creek Safety Advisory Panel, which was created earlier this year to supplement oversight of the safe operation of the nuclear power plant in Lacey Township leading up to its closure by the end of 2019.

River and Stream Clearing Grant Awarded to Passaic River Towns; Part of Continuing Effort by Christie Administration to Alleviate Flooding Impacts in the Passaic River Basin

The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded a $350,000 grant to four towns in Morris and Passaic counties for Passaic River Basin stream and river desnagging and clearing efforts to improve the flow of water and help alleviate future flooding problems, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Launches Capital Projects Website

In keeping with the Christie Administration's commitment to keeping state parks open and viable, the Department of Environmental Protection has launched a new website providing information on spending of voter-approved funds for capital maintenance and improvement projects at New Jersey's parks, forests, historic sites and wildlife management areas.

DEP Teams up with Area's Leading Researchers on Barnegat Bay Studies Called for by Governor's Restoration Plan

The Department of Environmental Protection is teaming up with several of the region's leading research institutions to perform scientific studies that will help the department make critical decisions on how to restore and enhance ecologically stressed Barnegat Bay, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today. Taken together, the series of ten studies coupled with other work the DEP is undertaking will result in the most comprehensive scientific analysis ever for the bay.

Rockport Pheasant Farm Suffers Severe Damage as a Result of October Snowstorm

The Rockport Pheasant Farm in Warren County, which is operated by the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife, sustained severe damage from the snow that blanketed the northern third of the state on October 29. The 35 acres of range pens where pheasants were being held were heavily damaged by the weight of the snow despite efforts by game farm staff to prepare for the storm.

New Jersey Helps Launch Regional Network Formed to Promote Electric Vehicles and Alternative Transportation Fuels

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today announced that New Jersey has signed on as a member of a network of states in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic region that will collaborate on a plan to promote electric vehicles and vehicles that use alternative fuels such as natural gas and bio-fuels to help improve air quality throughout the region.

DEP, Association of New Jersey Recyclers Honor State's Recycling Leaders and Poetry Contest Winners

A company that rewards residents for recycling, a firm started by a Princeton University student that is finding unusual ways to reduce wastes, and a company that is bringing lessons on recycling and renewable energy into New Jersey's classrooms were among the businesses, organizations and individuals honored today at the state's annual Recycling Symposium and Awards Luncheon.

Volunteers Clean Up Barnegat Bay as Part of Day-Long Blitz

Volunteers from dozens of organizations braved rainy weather today, fanning out to marshlands, creeks, marinas and the bay itself to clean up trash and debris as part of the Department of Environmental Protection's Barnegat Bay Blitz.

DEP Spearheads Barnegat Bay Cleanup Wednesday; Local Groups Join in Governor Christie's Action Plan to Restore Barnegat Bay

The Department of Environmental Protection this Wednesday will be joined by volunteers from dozens of local groups - including students, senior citizens, environmentalists, business and local government leaders, and even military personnel from Fort Dix - in a massive day-long trash and debris cleanup for the Barnegat Bay watershed.

Fall Alert: Motorists Urged to Be Cautious for Deer on Roads

The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife is urging motorists to be on the alert for white-tailed deer on the roadways with the arrival of the fall breeding season, especially during the morning and evening commutes when visibility may be poor and deer activity is likely to be higher.

As Part of Commitment to Common Sense Regulations, DEP Launches New Permit to Spur Use of Energy-Efficient Technology

As part of its commitment to a cleaner and more diverse energy future for New Jersey as well as common sense regulations, the Department of Environmental Protection has developed a new general permit to make it faster and easier for a wide range of facilities such as small- to moderate-size manufacturers, office complexes, apartment complexes, hospitals, schools and other institutions to turn energy used for heating into electricity.

Last of New Jersey Shellfish Beds Closed by Hurricane Now Open; DEP Extends Delaware Bay Oyster Season to Help Industry

All shellfish beds in New Jersey are now open as a result of the reopening of shellfish beds in northern Delaware Bay today. The Department of Environmental Protection has also extended the oyster harvesting season in Delaware Bay until at least Nov. 30 - or until the annual quota is reached - to help the industry make up for lost time and revenues resulting from the closure of beds due to Hurricane Irene.

DEP Enters Cooperating Stewardship Agreement Plan to Further Protect and Preserve Hamilton-Trenton-Bordentown Marsh

To further protect the 1,250 acres of wetlands and additional 1,700 acres of publicly owned uplands to the Hamilton-Trenton-Bordentown Marsh, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has entered into a Cooperating Stewardship Agreement Plan with eight agencies to enhance protection and preservation of the marsh.

More Delaware Bay Shellfish Beds Opened

Commercial shellfish beds in all but the northern portion of Delaware Bay are now open to harvesting, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today. Shellfish beds from Beadon Point north to Ben Davis Point in the upper Delaware Bay were reopened today following tissue sample results that meet federal health standards.

Connect with Nature and New Jersey Heritage at Annual Fall Forestry Festival

Use your detective skills to search for clues to the cause of a wildfire. See foresters turn logs into lumber. Marvel as carvers transform ordinary pieces of wood into fascinating works of art. Take a hike deep into the woods.

Federal Grant Awarded for Regional Electric Vehicle Network

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today announced that a coalition of Northeastern states, including New Jersey, has received a nearly $1 million federal grant to jump start planning for a network of electrical vehicle charging stations, an initiative that will spur job creation and use of electric vehicles.

DEP, DHSS Urge Residents to Take Precautions Against Mosquitoes in Wake of Heavy Summer Rainfall

The Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Health and Senior Services are urging State residents to take precautions to protect themselves from mosquito-borne West Nile virus by taking some simple steps to reduce populations of the insect on their own properties.

Residents in North Jersey 'Bear Country' Urged to Secure Trash and Other Residential Food Sources

The DEP is advising residents and outdoor enthusiasts in North Jersey, especially in areas regularly frequented by black bears, to strictly adhere to guidelines for eliminating or securing potential black bear food sources during the fall period when bears feed extensively to build fat layers for hibernation.

DEP and Mercer County Reach Agreement to Preserve Petty's Run Archeological Site in Trenton

The Department of Environmental Protection and Mercer County have agreed to a joint, cost-shared project to preserve and restore the Petty's Run archeological site in Trenton and to create a historical interpretive center at the site, which is located adjacent to the Statehouse, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin and Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes announced today.

Weak RGGI Auction Results Confirm Regional Program Not the Path Forward for Combating Climate Change

Less than 18 percent of the CO2 allowances offered for the current compliance period and none of the allowances for the next compliance period were sold at last week's Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) auction, continuing the downward trend for demand. In four of the last five quarterly auctions, not all of the allowances offered were sold; in June, less than 30% sold. The poor results confirm the Christie Administration's reasons for withdrawing New Jersey from the regional program effective December 31, 2011.

Get Into the Wild During DEP's Second Annual Outdoors Expo

Have you been longing to camp, hike, hunt, or fish but just didn't quite know how to get started? Or are you looking for ways to hone your skills to get even more out of your outdoors experiences?

Court Finds Company Responsible for Passaic River Cleanup

The Christie Administration has won another round in the state's legal fight to hold companies that polluted the lower Passaic River with pesticides and herbicides, including the Vietnam War-era defoliant Agent Orange, responsible for cleaning up the river, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Issues Requests for Proposals to Operate Concessions and Manage Catering and Events at Liberty State Park

The Department of Environmental Protection has released a Request for Proposals for the management and operation of concession, catering and events services at Liberty State Park in Jersey City.

DEP Approves New Research Project by N.Y. – N.J. Baykeeper; Oyster Research to be Under Watch of U.S. Navy

The Department of Environmental Protection has agreed to allow the NY/NJ Baykeeper to set up an oyster research project in contaminated waters in the Hudson-Raritan Estuary in a security zone under the protection of U.S. Navy security personnel, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Most New Jersey Shellfish Beds Reopened, with Exception of Oyster Beds in Upper Delaware Bay

Most shellfish beds in New Jersey have been reopened, with the exception of beds in the upper Delaware Bay which remain closed due to lingering water quality concerns, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today.

Majority of Shellfish Beds Are Reopened in New Jersey

The Department of Environmental Protection today reopened the vast majority of shellfish beds in the state after tissue samples collected over the weekend met federal health standards. The beds were closed Aug. 27 as Hurricane Irene approached New Jersey.

DEP Offers Tips on Disposing Trash in Aftermath of Irene

The Department of Environmental Protection expects a large volume of trash to be generated in areas affected by the recent flooding, which could result in disruptions to normal trash collection schedules. The DEP offers the following tips to help residents manage trash and expedite trash collection

Shellfish Harvest Ban Remains in Effect

The Department of Environmental Protection today reminded commercial and recreational harvesters that all shellfish beds in the state remain closed as a result of the passage of Hurricane Irene.

Rivers Across State Receding from Flood Stages; Dam Inspections Continue Statewide

Rivers and streams across New Jersey that were inundated by rains and subsequent runoff caused by Hurricane Irene have now dropped below peak flood levels, though it will another few days before all rivers are completely below flood stage and flood waters totally recede.

State Parks Begin Reopening Today

Many State Parks across New Jersey reopened today following a thorough and continuing review and inspection of dozens of State-owned natural, recreational and historic sites from High Point to Cape May in the aftermath of damage caused by Hurricane Irene.

DEP Seeks New Group of Americorps Watershed Ambassadors

Etan Hindin was seeking a job last year after completing his college studies abroad when he came across information about the Department of Environmental Protection's AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Program. The environmentally conscious West Orange resident filled out an application and joined the program, hoping to use the opportunity to raise public awareness about water issues in New Jersey.

Public Advised to Be Alert for West-Central New Jersey Deer that May Have a Virus; Disease Cannot Be Transmitted to People

The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife is advising hunters and other outdoors enthusiasts in the East Amwell, Hopewell and Hillsborough areas of west-central New Jersey to be alert for white-tailed deer that wildlife biologists believe are experiencing symptoms of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD), a localized virus that spreads among deer though the bites of midge flies.

Large, Naturally Occurring Algae Bloom Off Coast Not Expected to Have Any Impact on Beaches or Swimming

A large, naturally occurring algae bloom floating off the Jersey coast is not expected to affect public health, water quality and beaches along the Shore.

DEP Gets Federal Grant to Help Unemployed Camden Residents Land Green Jobs; Participants to be Trained in Environmental Skills

New Jersey is getting a $300,000 federal grant for a green jobs training program in Camden that will target unemployed or underemployed residents for jobs in assessing and cleaning up brownfields and other contaminated sites in their city, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin and State Labor Commissioner Harold "Hal'' Wirths announced today.

Christie Administration Revamps Lease Process for State Lands; Ensures Consistent Method to Minimize Environmental Impacts and Ensure Fair Compensation to the State

DEP Commissioner Bob Martin and DOT Commissioner James Simpson today unveiled a comprehensive set of guidelines that revamps and modernizes New Jersey's policies regarding the leasing of State lands. It creates a fairer, simpler and consistent process that will minimize environmental impacts while ensuring the State is fairly compensated for leases, particularly from private utilities that run pipelines, cables, transmission lines and telecommunications towers across or under hundreds of miles of State-owned land and water.

Christie Administration Directs Owners to Take Steps to Ensure Safety of Dams in Wake of Weekend Storm

As part of the Christie Administration's commitment to the protection of public safety and property, the Department of Environmental Protection is preparing orders directing owners of 30 dams in four southern New Jersey counties to make repairs or conduct more detailed inspections following the weekend rainstorm that caused the failure of four dams in the region.

Christie Administration Continues Commitment to Accelerate Cleanups of Contaminated Sites

The Christie Administration today announced the award of nearly $16 million in grants to municipalities and counties to keep New Jersey clean through community litter cleanup efforts. Schools, community groups, local governments and local businesses frequently participate in the cleanups funded by these grants, fostering community spirit and civic pride.

DEP Issues Requests for Proposal to Operate Two Golf Courses

The Department of Environmental Protection today released a Request for Proposals for the private management and operation of two DEP-owned, 18-hole public courses, Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

DEP and Department of Agriculture Partner to Educate Public About Tree-killing Pests

Visitors to the State's Forest Resource Education Center (FREC) in Jackson Township can learn about five insects that kill trees and what to do if they see these pests through a new, interactive exhibit, part of the Center's interpretive trail.

Minor Injuries to Sussex County Campers After Black Bear Encounter

Two young campers suffered minor injuries early this morning after being attacked by a yearling black bear that entered their campsite in Stokes State Forest in northern Sussex County.

Christie Administration Awards $12.8 Million in Grants to Implement and Enhance Local Recycling Efforts

The Department of Environmental Protection today announced that New Jersey's municipalities and counties are receiving $12.8 million in grants to help them implement and enhance local recycling efforts.

Recreational Uses of Hudson River May Resume; No Impacts in New Jersey from Hudson River Sewage Discharge

As a result of water tests showing that bacteria levels in the Hudson River have fallen to within health safety standards and well below levels of concern, the Department of Environmental Protection today advised residents that boating, kayaking, fishing and other normal recreational uses of the river may now resume.

DEP Seeks Independent Expert for Oyster Creek Safety Panel

The DEP has issued a Request for Proposals (RFPs) from qualified experts who wish to serve as the independent expert to the Oyster Creek Safety Advisory Panel, which was created in May to supplement oversight of the safe operation of the nuclear power plant in Lacey Township leading up to its closure by the end of 2019.

New Jersey Continues to Monitor Hudson River Sewage Issue No Impact on State Beaches or Shellfish Beds

The DEP's Bureaus of Marine Water Monitoring, Emergency Response, and Water Compliance and Enforcement continue to closely monitor waters of the Hudson River and New York Harbor to assess potential impacts of recent raw sewage discharges from a New York City wastewater treatment plant, and continue to find no impacts to the Jersey Shore or the State's shellfish beds.

Christie Administration Wins Court Ruling Holding Chemical Firm Financially Responsible for Passaic River Pollution

A Superior Court ruling holding a major chemical company liable for costs associated with the cleanup of sediments in the lower Passaic River contaminated decades ago by a Newark pesticide manufacturing plant marks an important victory for taxpayers of New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie said today.

Old Gas Station Site Transformed into Rain Garden in Camden

Department of Environmental Protection Assistant Commissioner Wolf Skacel joined Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd and other local officials today in dedicating a new rain garden at the site of an abandoned gas station, transforming the unsightly land into an attractive and ecologically functional asset at a key gateway to the Waterfront South neighborhood.

Christie Administration Advances Commitment to Renewable Energy Development; New Jersey Surpasses Milestone of 10,000 Solar Installations

Advancing the Governor's commitment to develop renewable sources of energy that protect the environment, promote economic development and spur job creation, the Christie Administration today announced that New Jersey set new single-month records for installed solar capacity and number of installations in June. This brings the State's installed solar capacity to more than 380 MW generated from over 10,000 solar arrays statewide, a new milestone.

No Impact to Jersey Shore as New Jersey Continues to Monitor New York City Sewage Discharges into Hudson River

New Jersey is continuing to closely monitor any potential impacts of two days of raw sewage discharges into the Hudson River caused by a disabled New York City wastewater treatment plant, even as New York officials say the plant will go back on line tonight.

DEP Assessing Potential Impacts of New York's Hudson River Sewage Flow; Working Closely with New York to Resolve Issue

The New Jersey DEP is currently assessing potential impacts of a Wednesday fire at a New York City wastewater treatment plant that caused a shutdown of that facility and a continuing discharge of raw sewage into the Hudson River. The Department has reached out to officials of New Jersey municipalities and counties located along the Hudson River to make sure they are aware of the situation and are part of a coordinated response effort along with the State Department of Health and Senior Services and the State Office of Emergency Management.

Water Monitoring Network Begins Work to Address Barnegat Bay's Ecological Restoration

Spearheaded by the Department of Environmental Protection, a new ecosystem-based water quality monitoring network is gathering critical information about Barnegat Bay that will greatly enhance the Christie Administration's comprehensive plan to restore this ecologically sensitive and economically important estuary.

Work Begins to Remove Three Dams from Raritan River Financed by Money from Pollution Settlement

The removal of the first of three dams from the Raritan River in Somerset County that will open up a 10-mile stretch of the middle and upper portions of the river to fish migration for the first time in more than a century has begun this week, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Issues Reminder about Ban on Blue Claw Crabbing; Healthy Looking Crabs Pose Health Risk

The Department of Environmental Protection is reminding State residents that harvesting blue claw crabs from the waters of the Lower Passaic River and Newark Bay is prohibited, as scientists have found that crabs from those waters continue to show harmful levels of cancer-causing dioxin and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), as well as other contaminants, including mercury.

State Continues Work to Suppress Pine Beetles in the Pinelands, Builds Partnerships to Pinpoint and Respond to Infestations

The Department of Environmental Protection continues to battle the southern pine beetle in the Pinelands this summer, forming partnerships with local governments to identify and attack outbreaks, conducting weekly aerial surveys to assess damage and pinpoint suppression efforts, and using a federal grant to develop a plan for further suppression efforts that may include controlled burning of infested woodlands.

New 313-acre Park in Hunterdon County Unveiled; $7.5 Million Project is Joint Effort by Green Acres Program, and Federal, County, Local, and Non-profit Partners

A new park in Kingwood Township that offers sweeping vistas of the Delaware River Valley in an area of Hunterdon County that is filled with rolling hills, forested ravines and pristine streams, and which offers habitat to many wildlife species, was dedicated today, culminating a decade-long preservation effort with local and nonprofit partners, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

Christie Administration Announces $48.3 Million Awarded by FEMA for NJ Flood Protection Projects, Including Passaic River Basin; State Hazard Mitigation Plan Receives FEMA Approval

The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management and Department of Environmental Protection announced today that $48.3 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds have been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for state, county and local flood protection projects.

Fatal Accident at Bulls Island Campground

New Jersey State Park Police responded early this morning to an emergency 911 call at the Bulls Island Recreation Area at D%26;R Canal State Park in Hunterdon County to find that a large tree had fallen on an occupied campsite.

Nuclear Review Task Force Releases Interim Report on Early Lessons Learned From Japan Emergency

Established in late March by the Christie Administration to assess operations and emergency preparedness for New Jersey's nuclear power plants following Japan's nuclear tragedy, the State's Nuclear Review Task Force has issued an interim report based upon early lessons learned from that ongoing nuclear emergency.

Christie Administration's Action Plan Toward Long-Term Restoration of Barnegat Bay Quickly Progressing

The Christie Administration continues to advance its commitment to restore Barnegat Bay, taking clear and effective steps to bring this important resource back from decades of ecological decline, Commissioner Bob Martin said today at a news conference on the progress of the Governor's comprehensive action plan to restore and protect Barnegat Bay.

State Reaches Settlement on Chromium Contamination Cleanups in Hudson County; Companies to Pay $15 Million

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin and New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow announced today the State has reached a settlement with Honeywell International Inc., Occidental Chemical Corp., and PPG Industries, Inc. to reimburse the State for the cleanup of numerous chromium contaminated sites in Hudson County, and also to establish responsibility for continued cleanup work.

Eleven Wind Developers Submit Project Proposals as Part of Federal Offshore Leasing Process

Demonstrating its continued commitment to a clean energy future for New Jersey that will drive economic growth, the Christie Administration today announced that 11 companies have expressed an interest in developing wind turbine projects off the New Jersey coast as part of a federal process that will ultimately determine the development of offshore leases for these projects.

New Film and School Curriculum Teach Residents How to Understand and Co-exist with Black Bears

The Department of Environmental Protection has released a new film documentary and companion school curriculum as part of its continuing effort to educate New Jersey residents about co-existing with black bears as numbers of the animals have increased, resulting in more bear-human encounters.

DEP Joins with D & R Greenway Land Trust to Preserve Hunterdon County Tract

An 89-acre natural grassland tract in Hunterdon County, with views of Amwell Valley and bordering the forested ridges of Sourland Mountain, will be permanently protected through a $2.1 million preservation deal, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Green Acres Photo Contest Puts Focus on Five Decades of Open Space Protection and Park Development

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but how many pictures would it take to capture the amazing diversity and beauty of 650,000 acres of open space and parks protected in New Jersey over the past 50 years with the help of the state's Green Acres Program?

Get a Taste of the Great Outdoors with Fun Activities this Month at New Jersey's Parks and Forests

New Jersey delivers a great diversity of outdoors experiences in a small package - camping, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hunting, and even rock-hunting, to name a few.

Draft Permit Issued to Oyster Creek Nuclear in Accordance with Plant Closure Agreement

In accordance with the agreement negotiated by the State with Exelon Corp. to close the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station 10 years ahead of its license expiration, the Department of Environmental Protection today has issued a New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) draft permit renewal to the plant, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Report Shows Greenhouse Gas Emissions Decline 8 Percent in New Jersey

Statewide greenhouse gas emissions decreased by more than 8 percent in 2008, bringing New Jersey under 2020 emissions levels targeted by the State's Global Warming Response Act, according to a legislatively mandated report issued by the DEP today.

Tiny Creature Battles Jersey Mosquitoes

A new weapon is being unleashed this spring by the State in the ongoing battle against mosquitoes: Macrocyclops albidus.

New Jersey Historic Preservation Projects Honored

In recognition of Historic Preservation Month, the Department of Environmental Protection's Historic Preservation Office and the New Jersey Historic Sites Council today honored projects and groups that are working to preserve the state's history.

Steadfast in Commitment to Protecting the Environment, Christie Administration Files Delaware Deepening Appeal

In continued demonstration of its commitment to protecting New Jersey's environment, the Christie Administration this week filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals seeking to overturn lower court rulings that would allow the deepening of the Delaware River to move forward despite a lack of updated environmental impact studies.

New Jersey Marks Milestone in Battling Mosquitoes, Employs Unique Fish for the Task

Department of Environmental Protection employees are busy this spring stocking many of New Jersey's lakes and ponds with thousands of unique species of fish. But it's not with anglers in mind. It's all about the impending annual battle with the State's pesky crop of mosquitoes.

Christie Administration Continues Action on Barnegat Bay Initiative, Establishes Oyster Creek Safety Advisory Panel

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today signed an Administrative Order creating an Oyster Creek Safety Advisory Panel to further enhance oversight of the safe operation of the nuclear power plant leading up to its closure by the end of 2019.

The Spirit Returns to the New Jersey State History Fair this Saturday

Get ready to take a step back in time with the return this Saturday of the New Jersey State History Fair at Allaire State Park in Farmingdale, Monmouth County.

Christie Administration to Launch Free Web-based Saltwater Fishing Registry

The Christie Administration on Wednesday will launch the state's free web-based saltwater fishing registry, keeping recreational saltwater fishing in New Jersey a sport that anyone can enjoy without having to pay fees.

Christie Administration Promotes Air Quality Awareness to Improve the Environment and Public Health in New Jersey

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today marked the beginning of Air Quality Awareness Week in New Jersey, from May 2-6, by urging New Jersey residents to make simple choices in their everyday lives that can help improve air quality for everyone.

DEP, Agriculture Secretary Fisher Celebrate Arbor Day with "Space Tree" Planting, Ceremony Honoring Protectors of Trees

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Community Forestry Program, the New Jersey Community Forestry Council, the New Jersey Tree Foundation and Agriculture Secretary Douglas H. Fisher today celebrated Arbor Day by planting more than 100 trees at Durand Park Arboretum in Freehold Township, including a special 10-foot white pine grown from seed that traveled aboard a 1997 Space Shuttle Columbia mission.

Christie Administration Announces Anti-Litter Grants for Municipalities and Counties

The Christie Administration today announced the award of nearly $16 million in grants to municipalities and counties to keep New Jersey clean through community litter cleanup efforts. Schools, community groups, local governments and local businesses frequently participate in the cleanups funded by these grants, fostering community spirit and civic pride.

Contract Awarded to Restore Edison Memorial Tower; Honors Famed New Jersey Inventor

Through a joint effort, a $2.4 million contract has been awarded for the long-awaited restoration of Edison Memorial Tower, a historic structure at Edison State Park in Middlesex County honoring the work of inventor Thomas Alva Edison, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin and Edison Memorial Tower Corporation President Nancy Zerbe announced today.

Christie Administration Asks EPA to Require Major Reduction in Polluting Emissions from Pennsylvania Power Plant

DEP Commissioner Bob Martin, at a public hearing in Warren County today, urged the federal Environmental Protection Agency to force a Pennsylvania coal-fired power plant to dramatically reduce huge volumes of harmful air pollutants it emits, and which have long caused public health concerns for thousands of North Jersey residents.

DEP Moves to Suppress Southern Pine Beetle; Invasive Pest Threatening Pinelands Forests

State foresters this week are beginning suppression activities to address infestations of the southern pine beetle, which destroyed a record number of acres of South Jersey pine forests last year, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

New Jersey's Black Bears Have Emerged from their Winter Dens; DEP Offers Tips on Reducing Conflicts with Bears

Black bears have exited their winter dens throughout New Jersey and are entering their most active period of the year as they search for food and mates, making encounters with humans in populated areas more likely. To reduce the risk of such encounters, State residents-especially those living in 'bear country' in Northwest Jersey-- are urged to take some simple precautions.

Earth Week Reminder: Protect New Jersey's Waterways by Changing Fertilizer Habits, Complying with New Fertilizer Law

With many people turning their thoughts to spring gardening, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today reminded residents to be mindful of the environment when applying lawn fertilizers and to obey a new law Governor Christie recently signed to protect New Jersey's waterways from misapplication of these products.

Christie Administration Marks Milestone in Wind Farm Development by Seeking Firms Interested in Offshore Leases

Marking a milestone in the development of offshore wind power, the Christie Administration is issuing a formal request for firms interested in acquiring leases through the federal government for the construction of wind farms off the coast of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration, Local Officials Mark Earth Week with Major Land Preservation Agreement in Central New Jersey

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin and Agriculture Secretary Douglas H. Fisher today marked Earth Week by announcing agreements to preserve 1,900 acres in the heart of central New Jersey as wildlife habitat, preserved farmland, and additions to county parks and greenways along historic Crosswicks Creek.

New Jersey Insists on Strict Delaware River Water Protections from Natural Gas Development, Including Limits on Initial Number of "Fracking" Wells

New Jersey wants tough regulations enacted to protect the water supply and natural resources of the Delaware River Basin from any potential negative impacts of natural gas development projects in neighboring states, and is seeking a strict limit to the initial number of production wells to be drilled, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said in formal comments sent today to the Delaware River Basin Commission.

DEP Gets FEMA Grant to Assess Abandoned Mines

The DEP has been awarded a $267,000 grant from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to study the problem of ground instability and subsidence, or surface depressions, associated with abandoned mines in the northern part of the State, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Negotiates Improved New York City Reservoir Operating Plan to Better Protect Delaware River's Resources

New York City has agreed to modifications of releases of water from its reservoir system in the Catskill Mountains to better protect the ecology of the Delaware River in New Jersey and other downriver states, and help provide drought relief and flood protection, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Garden State Preservation Trust Approves DEP-Recommended List of Green Acres Projects

The Garden State Preservation Trust today approved the Department of Environmental Protection’s recommended list of $157 million for Green Acres open space acquisition and recreational development projects in all 21 New Jersey counties, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP to Hold Public Meeting on Proposed Draft Sewer Service Area Map in Warren County

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting tomorrow, April 6, to discuss the DEP's draft sewer service area map for Warren County as part of a planning effort to update the Wastewater Management Plan.

DEP to Hold Public Meeting on Wastewater Management Planning and Sewer Service Area Map in Cape May County

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting to discuss Cape May County's draft sewer service area map on Wednesday, April 6, as part of a planning effort to update the Wastewater Management Plan for the county.

Spring Tradition Gets Under Way Saturday with Opening Day of Trout Season

More than 180,000 freshly stocked trout will be awaiting anglers when they cast their lines on the opening day of trout season this weekend thanks to the efforts of the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife, which for the past two weeks has been stocking nearly 200 streams, lakes and ponds across the state.

DEP Proposes Common Sense Rule to Enhance Public Access to Beaches and Waterways

The Department of Environmental Protection today formally proposed new common sense rules to improve and enhance public access to New Jersey's beaches, bays and waterways through plans to be developed and implemented by municipalities and ultimately approved by the DEP, Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

Christie Administration Wins Battle for EPA Action on Polluting Pennsylvania Power Plant

The federal Environmental Protection Agency accepted New Jersey’s Clean Air Act petition that seeks to force a Pennsylvania coal-fired power plant to dramatically reduce harmful air pollutants that drift over the Delaware River and into North Jersey, and which has caused longstanding public health concerns for residents living in that region, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Launches Coastal E-permitting Program to Better Serve the Public

As part of its commitment to customer service and transformation, the Department of Environmental Protection has launched a new program that will allow property owners to apply on-line for certain coastal permits, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP to Hold Public Meeting on Proposed Draft Sewer Service Area Map in Ocean County

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting to discuss Ocean County's draft sewer service area map on Thursday, April 21, as part of a planning effort to update the Wastewater Management Plan for the county.

Christie Administration Forms Nuclear Review Task Force to Ensure Safety Protocols and Examine Early Lessons Learned from Japan

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced the creation of a task force that will conduct a thorough assessment of operations and emergency preparedness plans for the State's four nuclear generating facilities. The review will determine whether any early lessons from the ongoing nuclear emergency in Japan could enhance New Jersey's current comprehensive nuclear response protocols.

DEP to Hold Public Meeting on Proposed Draft Sewer Service Area Map in Burlington County

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting to discuss Burlington County's draft sewer service area map on Tuesday, March 29, as part of a planning effort to update the Wastewater Management Plan for Burlington County.

DEP Awards Management of Spring Meadow to Joint Venture

Commissioner Bob Martin announced today that a joint venture of Linx Golf Management of Shrewsbury and H%26;L Golf Course Maintenance Co. of Brick will assume management and operation next month of the Spring Meadow Golf Course, an 18-hole DEP-owned public course located in Wall Township in Monmouth County.

DEP, Clean Communities Council Form Partnership Keeping Beach Cleanup Efforts Strong in New Jersey

The Department of Environmental Protection, in partnership with the New Jersey Clean Communities Council, is seeking organizations and individuals to help keep New Jersey's beaches clean through the Adopt a Beach Program.

DEP to Hold Public Meeting on Proposed Draft Sewer Service Area Map in Warren County

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting to discuss Warren County's draft sewer service area map on Wednesday, April 6, as part of a planning effort to update the Wastewater Management Plan for the county.

DEP to Hold Public Meeting on Proposed Draft Sewer Service Area Map in Union County: Berkeley Heights, Linden And Roselle

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold two public meetings in Union County to discuss proposed draft sewer service area maps in three municipalities. The Linden-Roselle meeting will take place Tuesday, March 22 and the Berkley Heights meeting on, Wednesday, March 23. These meetings are part of a planning effort to update the Wastewater Management Plan for these municipalities.

Christie Administration Challenges Rule on Nuclear Waste Opposes 60-Year Storage Period

New Jersey today sought permission from a federal appeals court to join a legal action with New York, Vermont, and Connecticut that challenges a federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission rule that extends the time allowed for storing spent nuclear fuel at nuclear power plants from 30 years to a new standard of 60 years past the licensed life of a reactor, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin has announced.

DEP to Hold Public Meeting on Proposed Draft Sewer Service Area Map in Gloucester County

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting to discuss Gloucester County's draft sewer service area map on Monday, March 21, as part of a planning effort to update the Wastewater Management Plan for this county.

DEP Proposes Common Sense Waiver Rule; Would Allow Economic Growth, Enhanced Environmental Benefit

In furtherance of Governor Chris Christie's Executive Order No. 2 that seeks to establish "Common Sense Principles" to govern New Jersey, the Department of Environmental Protection has proposed a rule to enable it to remove unreasonable impediments to economic growth while ensuring net environmental benefit for the state.

State Park Police Seek Public Help on Theft at Ringwood Manor

State Park Police are investigating a break-in and theft at historic Ringwood Manor at Ringwood State Park in northern Passaic County that occurred in the early morning hours on Thursday, when thieves stole various historic items, including antique weapons, clocks, vases, silverware and paintings, New Jersey State Park Police Director Rick Arroyo has announced.

Income Tax Checkoff Can Help Rare and Endangered Species

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today reminded New Jersey residents they can help secure the future of the State's threatened and endangered wildlife by making a dedicated donation when they file their State income tax returns this year.

DEP to Hold Public Meeting on Proposed Draft Sewer Service Area Map in Camden County

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting to discuss Camden County's draft sewer service area map on Tuesday, April 5, as part of a planning effort to update the Wastewater Management Plan for this county.

DEP to Hold Public Meeting on Proposed Draft Sewer Service Area Map in Cumberland County

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting to discuss Cumberland County's draft sewer service area map on Thursday, March 31, as part of a planning effort to update the Wastewater Management Plan for this county.

It's All Yours: Green Acres Program Marks 50 Years as National Leader in Land Preservation and Recreational Development

New Jersey's Green Acres Program, which began in 1961 as a result of a bond referendum aimed at doubling New Jersey's open space and recreational lands, is now celebrating its 50th anniversary as one of the most successful land conservation efforts in the nation.

UMDNJ Failed to Test X-ray Equipment at the University Hospital; Patients not Harmed, but Hospital Faces a Major Penalty

Commissioner Bob Martin today announced that DEP has uncovered a failure by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey to conduct required quality control tests on its medical x-ray equipment for at least the past seven months at The University Hospital, in direct violation of State law and which could have jeopardized the health of patients.

DEP to Hold Public Meeting on Proposed Draft Sewer Service Area Map in Atlantic County

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting to discuss Atlantic County's draft sewer service area map on Wednesday, March 23, as part of a planning effort to update the Wastewater Management Plan for this county.

DEP to Hold Public Meeting on Proposed Draft Sewer Service Area Map in Sussex County

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting to discuss Sussex County's draft sewer service area map on Tuesday, March 15, as part of a planning effort to update the Wastewater Management Plan for the county.

DEP Environmental Stewardship Program Grows to more than 500 Participants

The driving force behind the idea of environmental stewardship is that businesses and other organizations will go beyond what's required of them by laws and regulations to protect the environment - if given a chance to think innovatively and proactively. And that's exactly what a program spearheaded by the Department of Environmental Protection is doing.

Governor Christie Signs Bill to Create Free Saltwater Fish Registry

Governor Christie signed a bill into law today that creates a free State saltwater fishing registry in New Jersey, one that will comply with federal requirements and will not financially impact the State's saltwater anglers.

DEP to Hold Public Meeting on Proposed Draft Sewer Service Area Map in Salem County

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting to discuss Salem County's draft sewer service area map on Tuesday, March 22, as part of a planning effort to update the Wastewater Management Plan for this county.

DEP to Hold Public Meeting on Proposed Draft Sewer Service Area Map in Ocean County

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting to discuss Ocean County's draft sewer service area map on Thursday, March 10, as part of a planning effort to update the Wastewater Management Plan for this county.

Christie Administration Files Notices of Appeal in Federal Circuit Court over Delaware Deepening Project

Demonstrating its unwavering commitment to protecting South Jersey's environment, the Christie Administration today filed notices with the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia informing the court it will appeal rulings that will allow the deepening of the Delaware River's shipping channel to proceed despite the lack of updated environmental studies.

Christie Administration Takes Action to Reduce Air Pollution Emissions from Western Pennsylvania Power Plant

New Jersey has taken legal action against another out-of-state coal-fired power plant that is spewing thousands of tons of pollutants into the air and impacting our State, yet another step in the continued commitment by the Christie Administration to improve air quality and protect public health in the Garden State.

Passaic River Flood Advisory Commission Issues 15-point Plan to Mitigate Impact of Floods in Morris, Passaic and Bergen Counties

A comprehensive plan to deal with floods in the Passaic River Basin was unveiled today by Governor Christie's Passaic River Flood Advisory Commission, targeting steps to reduce flooding, minimize the impacts of floods, better prepare for the periodic flooding and improve efforts to help flood victims.

Trawler Owner, Captain Charged with Illegal Harvesting of Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife has issued summonses charging the owner and the captain of a commercial fishing trawler with illegally harvesting thousands of pounds of flounder and black sea bass.

DEP to Hold Public Meeting on Proposed Draft Sewer Service Area Map in Hunterdon County

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting to discuss Hunterdon County’s draft sewer service area map on Wednesday, March. 9, as part of planning efforts to update the Water Quality Management Plans for the Upper Delaware and Upper Raritan regions.

DEP Issues Major Penalty and Seeks License Revocation of Newark Firm for Improper Bedbug Spraying

An $860,000 penalty was imposed today by the Department of Environmental Protection on TVF Pest Control of Newark for misapplication of hazardous pesticides in residences to control bedbugs, Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

Christie Administration Announces $3.2 Million in Federal Clean Water Grants, Including $1 Million for Barnegat Bay

The Christie Administration today announced the award of $3.2 million in grants to fund 6 nonpoint source (NPS) pollution control projects throughout the State, including $1 million targeting polluting runoff into Barnegat Bay.

Snow Removal Notices to Counties and Municipalities

With more snow expected to fall this week in New Jersey, the Department of Environmental Protection has advised cities, towns and counties that in the absence of adequate snow storage, the disposal of snow into the surface waters of the State is not a routinely acceptable management option.

DEP Agreement Will Remove Three Dams, Open Up Segment of Raritan River to Fish Spawning for First Time in Decades

The Department of Environmental Protection has secured a landmark agreement that will open up a large stretch of the Raritan River for fish spawning as compensation to the public for harm to natural resources caused by past pollution at a refinery and three polymer plants that were operated by or affiliated with the El Paso Corp., Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Seeks Private Operator for Spring Meadow Golf Course

The Department of Environmental Protection today released a Request for Proposal for the private management and operation of Spring Meadow Golf Course, an 18-hole DEP-owned public course located in Wall Township in Monmouth County, Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

DEP Grant Program for Dry Cleaners Pulls Harmful Pollutants from the State's Air

A first-in-the-nation grant program targeting air pollution caused by dry cleaning has been an initial success in New Jersey, with nearly 300 applications received statewide to finance new and upgraded dry cleaning equipment, and with thousands of pounds of pollutants already removed from the air, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP's Low-cost Firewood Program Expanded to Byrne State Forest and Parvin State Park

The Department of Environmental Protection's Homeowners Firewood Program, which provides low-cost wood to the public and improves forest health, will expand this winter to Brendan T. Byrne State Forest in Woodland Township and Parvin State Park in Pittsgrove, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Christie Administration Protects New Jersey's Interests; Intervenes in Spectra Pipeline Case

The Department of Environmental Protection filed a legal motion today to intervene with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the case of a natural gas pipeline expansion proposed by Spectra Energy to run through Hudson and Union counties, including Jersey City, the Christie Administration announced.

DEP Awards $13 Million in Grants to Assist Local Recycling Efforts; Statewide Recycling Rates Trending Upward

The Department of Environmental Protection is providing New Jersey’s municipalities and counties $13 million in grants to assist local recycling efforts, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Commissioner Martin Expresses Disappointment with Delaware River Deepening Ruling

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today expressed his disappointment with a federal court ruling that dismisses New Jersey’s demands that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers update environmental studies and take other steps to ensure its Delaware River deepening project does not harm the river.

DEP and Conserve Wildlife Foundation Announce Partnership for State Parks

The Conserve Wildlife Foundation is partnering this year with the DEP to conduct interpretive programs at three State Parks, with a goal of enhancing visitors' awareness of the State's natural resources and offering educational program for students, while providing more meaningful experiences for all park users, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Proposed Development Plan Would Protect and Improve Pine Snake Habitat, Enable Store Project to Move Ahead

The Department of Environmental Protection has reached a tentative agreement that would permanently preserve 212 acres of forest and enhance pine snake habitat on land in Ocean County while allowing development of a Walmart store to move forward. The agreement also calls for minimizing impacts to the local snake population and requires construction to avoid a pine snake den area at the development area straddling Toms River and Manchester.

DEP Urges Radon Testing in Homes During Radon Action Month

Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas -- one that might enter your home without your knowledge and which could cause cancer. During January, which is National Radon Action Month, the Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging all homeowners in New Jersey to check for radon exposure via a simple test.

DEP Advises Local Officials to Clear Storm Drains to Prevent Street Flooding from Weekend Thaw

Although the Department of Environmental Protection is not expecting significant flooding from the melting of snow as the weather warms up this weekend, Commissioner Bob Martin today advised mayors and other local officials to make sure storm drains are clear of snow in order to prevent localized street flooding.

DEP to Hold Public Meeting on Proposed Draft Sewer Service Area Map in Morris County

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting to discuss Morris County’s draft sewer service area map on Feb. 9, part of planning efforts to update Water Quality Management Plans for the Northeast, Sussex, Upper Delaware and Upper Raritan regions.

Commissioner Martin Reminds Residents that Computers and TVs Must be Recycled Starting Jan. 1

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today reminded New Jersey residents that old TVs, computers and computer monitors - items known collectively as electronic waste, or e-waste - must be recycled as of the beginning of the new year, as required by the Electronic Waste Management Act.

DEP's Clean Water Effort Garners National Award

A program that keeps New Jersey's coastal waters clean by providing pumpout stations for sewage from recreational boats has garnered national recognition from a boaters' group, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

With Winter Taking Hold, DEP Urges Proper Use of Woodstoves and Fireplaces

With colder weather taking hold and the official start of winter less than a week away, the Department of Environmental Protection is urging New Jersey’s residents to be thoughtful of their neighbors when burning wood for heat.

Governor's Awards Honor New Jersey's Environmental Leaders

They worked countless hours pulling car tires from the Passaic River, managing open space, spreading the word about environmental well-being, and now they're being honored this evening for their commitment to protecting the environment in New Jersey.

DEP to Hold Public Meeting on Proposed Draft Sewer Service Area Map in Somerset County

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting to discuss Somerset County's draft sewer service area map on Jan. 20, 2011, as part of planning efforts to update the Northeast, Upper Raritan and Lower Raritan/ Middlesex County, Water Quality Management Plans.

DEP Releases Lake Hopatcong Water-level Management Plan

The Department of Environmental Protection today released its recommended plan for the management of water levels in Lake Hopatcong, one of New Jersey's largest lakes and an important ecological and economic resource in the northwestern part of the state.

Commissioner Martin Joins Camden Officials, Salvation Army in Launching Remediation of Kroc Community Center Site

Commissioner Martin today joined Camden and Salvation Army officials in ceremonies launching the capping of the former Harrison Avenue Landfill, marking a milestone in the development of a multimillion-dollar Salvation Army community center that will provide social, cultural and recreational services in one of the nation’s poorest cities.

Commissioner Martin Calls for Safeguards on Marcellus Shale Gas-drilling to Protect Delaware River

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today reaffirmed the state's position that clear and stringent standards must be put in place to protect the resources of the Delaware River before natural-gas drilling in a geologic formation known as Marcellus Shale is allowed to move ahead.

Week-long Bear Hunting Season Begins in Northwestern New Jersey

The Department of Environmental Protection today announced that the State's first black bear hunting season since 2005 opened this morning just prior to sunrise and will continue through sunset on Saturday, Dec. 11. The season runs concurrently with the six-day firearm deer season.

State Appeals Court Dismisses Challenge to Bear Hunt

A state Appellate Division Court today dismissed a legal challenge to the Department of Environmental Protection's Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy (CBBMP), clearing the way for a week-long bear hunt that will take place in Northwest New Jersey starting on Monday.

DEP Secures Expanded Sub-slab Vapor Testing for Pompton Lakes Residents

At the Department of Environmental Protection's request, DuPont has agreed to sample for additional contaminants in soil beneath homes in a neighborhood adjacent to its Pompton Lakes Works site, giving residents there an added level of information about environmental conditions at their properties, Commissioner Bob Martin said today.

New Jersey Geological Survey Pinpoints Ages of New Jersey's Oldest Rocks

How old are the oldest rocks in New Jersey and where are they located? Perhaps these questions haven't exactly kept you up at night, but geologists have been wondering about them for a long time.

Jerseys State History Fair Returning in 2011

Have you ever participated in a Revolutionary War military drill? Or had the chance to plow a furrow? What about spinning wool on a real spinning wheel? These are just a few of dozens of historical exhibits and activities that will be featured when the "Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair" returns from a one-year hiatus in May 2011.

New Jersey Releases Health Assessment on Cancer and Chromium Waste Sites in Jersey City

A health assessment by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and Department of Environmental Protection found no evidence that Jersey City residents who lived near chromium-contaminated sites from 1979 to 2006 were at increased risk of three types of cancer -- oral, esophageal or stomach.

Samples of Groundwater at Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant Show Decreasing Levels of Tritium

Concentrations of radioactive tritium in the aquifers directly below the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey Township, Ocean County, have decreased substantially in recent weeks, according to samples of groundwater taken from test wells on the site, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Secures Commitment for Removal of Chrome Wastes from Garfield Avenue Site in Jersey City

The Department of Environmental Protection and Jersey City have secured a commitment from Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries to excavate and remove hundreds of thousands of tons of toxic chromium-processing wastes and contaminated soil from the site of a former chrome-production facility on Garfield Avenue, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Rejects Request to Postpone Bear Hunt

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today rejected a request for a stay of a scheduled Northwest New Jersey bear hunt, which is authorized under the State's recently adopted Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy (CBBMP).

Commissioner Commends Dupont for Withdrawing Permit-By-Rule Application for Pompton Lakes Groundwater Treatment System

Commissioner Bob Martin today commended DuPont for withdrawing an application for a permit-by-rule for operation of a groundwater treatment system at its Pompton Lakes Works site. The DEP suggested DuPont withdraw the application because of residents’ concerns about permit requirements.

Christie Administration Files Motion to Intervene in Proposed Liberty Natural Gas Pipeline

Acting on the Governor's commitment to oppose a potentially damaging onshore pipeline that would traverse the Garden State and connect to a proposed natural gas facility 16 miles off the Jersey coast, the Christie Administration has filed a motion to intervene in opposition to an application from Liberty Natural Gas, LLC to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the approvals necessary to proceed with the project.

EPA Pledges to Respond to DEP Petitions Seeking to Reduce Pollution from Pennsylvania Power Plant

DEP Commissioner Bob Martin today commended the federal government for pledging to act by February on the State's petitions to force a coal-powered Pennsylvania power plant to dramatically reduce harmful emissions that are causing a public health concern in North Jersey, and to hold a public hearing in the most impacted area. But the Commissioner also vowed to ensure that federal officials keep their promise to move quickly on the matter.

Commissioner Martin Approves Application to Allow Solar Project on Former Stafford Landfill

Commissioner Bob Martin has approved an application by Stafford Township to remove a 48-acre landfill from the Green Acres inventory of open space so the land can be used for a solar energy project that is an important component of a major redevelopment project.

Commissioner Martin Approves Application to Allow Solar Project on Former Stafford Landfill

Commissioner Bob Martin has approved an application by Stafford Township to remove a 48-acre landfill from the Green Acres inventory of open space so the land can be used for a solar energy project that is an important component of a major redevelopment project.

Licensed Site Remediation Professional Board Set to Begin Work

The first meeting of the Licensed Site Remediation Professional Board is scheduled for this Monday, setting the stage for the board to begin its important work in improving the efficiency of contaminated site cleanups, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Lifts Drought Watch in Monmouth and Ocean Counties

DEP Commissioner Bob Martin today announced the lifting of the drought watch for the coastal north region of the state, including nearly all of Monmouth County and northern Ocean County. Evidence of a return to more normal rainfall, cooler temperatures, and diminished water supply demands led to the decision to rescind the drought watch designation in this region, said the Commissioner.

Environmental Infrastructure Trust Approves New Executive Director

The board of trustees for the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust today unanimously approved David E. Zimmer, managing partner of a Princeton-based financial-management consulting firm, as its new executive director.

DEP to Hold Public Meeting on Proposed Draft Sewer Service Area Map in Essex County

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a Dec. 8 public meeting on Essex County’s draft sewer service area map as part of planning efforts to update the Northeast Water Quality Management Plan for the county.

Commissioner Martin Dedicates New and Expanded Rockport Game Farm in Warren County

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today officially dedicated a newly expanded pheasant rearing complex at the State owned Rockport Pheasant Farm in Mansfield Township, Warren County.

Federal Grants Awarded for 48 New Jersey Trails Projects DEP Now Accepting Applications for 2011 Trails Funding

More than $800,000 in federal recreational trails grants have been allocated to 48 projects in New Jersey this year, and another $1 million may soon be available for 2011 projects, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Solar Array Funded by Dep Air-Pollution Settlement to Brighten Gloucester County Elementary School

An array of solar panels that will generate 46 kilowatts of electricity is being installed at a West Deptford elementary school as part of a settlement of air pollution violations at the Sunoco Eagle Point refinery located in the township.

DEP Engages Public in Development of E-waste Recycling Rules

In the interest of transparency and engaging public involvement on important environmental issues, the Department of Environmental Protection is soliciting preliminary comments on rules the department has drafted for development of a statewide system of recycling of computers and TVs generated as waste by consumers.

Drought Watch Lifted for Most of New Jersey

DEP Commissioner Bob Martin today announced the lifting of a statewide drought watch for most of New Jersey, with the exception of the Coastal North region that includes nearly all of Monmouth County and northern Ocean County.

State-County Partnerships Working to Finish Tire Dump Cleanups

Working closely with its partners at the county level, the Department of Environmental Protection is spearheading the removal of hundreds of thousands of tires from the largest tire dumps remaining in the state, all of them in South Jersey, Commissioner Bob Martin said today.

Settlement Reached on Contaminated Former GM Sites in Clark and Ewing

DEP Commissioner Bob Martin has announced that $24.7 million in financing for the environmental cleanups of two contaminated former General Motors auto plant sites in Clark and Ewing has been approved as part of a $773 million legal settlement filed today in federal bankruptcy court in a case involving 89 former GM properties nationwide.

DEP Urges Drivers to Keep the Environment in Mind when Preparing Cars for Winter Months

Getting your car or truck ready for the harsh winter months ahead can make your vehicle safer and save you money. But proper maintenance also can help protect the State's environment, according to DEP Commissioner Bob Martin.

Drivers: Be on the Lookout for Deer in the Roadways

With the days getting shorter and white-tail deer entering their annual rut, officials with the Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife are cautioning motorists to be especially alert while driving to avoid collisions with the animals.

New Recovery Well Pumps Tritium from Groundwater at Oyster Creek

The pumping of radioactive tritium from the aquifers beneath the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Ocean County has been expanded to a third and larger well that was specially created to provide access to more groundwater and increase pumping capacity, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Posts Employee Reform Suggestions on Web

In keeping with its commitment to transparency and reform, the Department of Environmental Protection today posted a compilation of the suggestions received from hundreds of employees offering ideas on meeting Commissioner Bob Martin's goals of making the department a more effective agency that better serves the public.

Coast Guard Awards DEP $20.3 Million for Delaware Watershed Projects as Natural Resource Compensation for 2004 Oil Spill

Using $20.3 million in funds from a federal trust fund, the Department of Environmental Protection will restore nearly 200 acres of Salem County wetlands and grasslands, create an oyster reef, and build a public boat ramp to compensate the public for ecological harm caused to the Delaware River estuary by the massive oil spill from the tanker Athos I in 2004, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Honors 2010 Recycling Leaders and Poetry Contest Winners

Throughout New Jersey, civic groups and businesses are thinking outside the box by taking steps to expand recycling efforts at home and in their communities. The Department of Environmental Protection today honored some of the most notable during the state's annual Recycling Symposium and Awards Luncheon.

Agreement Enables East Windsor, Hamilton and Robbinsville to Replace Trees Lost to Turnpike Widening

The Department of Environmental Protection, three Mercer County municipalities and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority have reached a settlement agreement that will enable the towns to replace trees that were removed to accommodate the Turnpike widening project, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP and City of Trenton Meet to Address Trenton Water Works Issues

DEP Commissioner Bob Martin, Trenton Mayor Tony Mack and Trenton Water Works officials met yesterday afternoon at the DEP to discuss how to best tackle challenges faced by Trenton Water Works, as well as to examine events which led to last week's precautionary boil water advisory for much of the utility's service area, all in an effort to prevent future occurrences.

Marina Operators Stepping Up to Protect New Jersey's Waters

The Department of Environmental Protection and New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium have added 11 marinas to the state's Clean Marina program. The number of these facilities certified as using best management practices to protect New Jersey's marine resources now stands at 40.

Trenton Boil Water Advisory Lifted; DEP and City Pledge Close Cooperation to Address Trenton Water Issues

In order to avoid future events like the severe loss of pressure that resulted in a precautionary boil water advisory for much of Trenton Water Works’ service area this week, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced that he and Trenton Mayor Tony Mack have pledged to work closely together to investigate this week’s events and to address the challenges facing the aging water utility.

DEP Issues Transformation Plan to Steer Reform Efforts

The Department of Environmental Protection today released its Transformation Plan, another significant step in the Department's continuing efforts to operate more efficiently while ensuring effective protection of New Jersey's environment.

DEP Launches Office of Dispute Resolution

As part of its commitment to customer service, the Department of Environmental Protection has launched an Office of Dispute Resolution to help find common ground between the Department and the regulated community to prevent differences from becoming full-blown legal battles.

DEP Commissioner Martin Reminds Public to Conserve Water as Delaware River Basin Commission Issues Drought Warning

With the Delaware River Basin Commission's decision today to issue a drought warning for much of the Delaware River basin, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin again asked residents statewide to voluntarily reduce water use.

Black Bears on the Hunt for Food; Don't Feed Them

New Jersey's black bears are starting to fatten up for winter hibernation and will more actively forage for food in the coming weeks. So, state residents, especially those living in bear country, are reminded by DEP fish and wildlife biologists to remove food sources from around their homes to prevent difficult encounters with bears this fall.

DEP Urges Safety in Battle against Bed Bugs

An alarming resurgence in bed bugs is causing many New Jersey residents to seek quick and deadly means to eradicate the pesky and persistent creatures. Towards that goal, and with an eye on safety, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin is urging residents and pest control experts to use only registered pesticides and utilize good housekeeping practices to control the troubling insects.

Menhaden Die-off in North Wildwood Caused by Broken Fishing Net

A broken net on a fishing vessel caused the wash-up of thousands of dead menhaden in the North Wildwood area over the weekend, according to an investigation by the Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Pollution Prevention Starts at Home

One of the best ways to protect the environment is to stop creating pollution in the first place, a concept many industries have been using for years. You can apply the same principle at home to make your living environment much healthier.

Commissioner Martin Petitions for Relief from Polluting Pennsylvania Power Plant

DEP Commissioner Bob Martin has again formally asked the federal government to force the owners of a coal-powered Pennsylvania power plant to dramatically reduce harmful air emissions that are causing an even greater public health concern in North Jersey than originally known, he announced today.

DEP Issues Alert on Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus

Although summer is coming to a close, state mosquito experts today cautioned the mosquito season has not ended, and warned that late summer and early fall are the most critical times of the year to be aware of the potential for the dangers of contracting West Nile virus and other viruses from mosquito bites.

Trial Begins in New Jersey Clean-air Suit against Western Pennsylvania Power Company

A federal trial has begun in a lawsuit filed by New Jersey and four other states to force coal-fired power plants in western Pennsylvania to take steps to clean up emissions of pollutants that degrade air quality in downwind states, including New Jersey.

DEP Announces Start of Tritium Cleanup at Oyster Creek

The first phase of a cleanup of radioactive tritium that leaked from the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant last year and into two aquifers below the facility will begin immediately, with a goal of pumping the tritium contaminated water out of the ground to avoid any potential contamination of potable water supplies, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Get "Wild" During New Jersey's First-ever Outdoor Expo Sept. 25-26

Perhaps you've always wanted to learn how to fish or hunt but weren't sure how to get started. Or maybe you've been longing to strap on a backpack and venture onto the Appalachian Trail for a long weekend but were afraid you lacked the skills. Or perhaps you're simply looking for some tips on making your family camping trips more enjoyable.

DEP Staff Observe Water Flowing Uncontrolled from New Jersey Dredge Disposal Site

Despite assurances from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that it had stopped a discharge from a Delaware River dredge disposal facility in Salem County, DEP inspectors today found water flowing uncontrolled from the site, raising the department's concerns about potential harmful impacts from contaminants on ecologically sensitive wetlands.

Governor Christie, Commissioner Martin Blast Army Corps for Using N.J. Dredge Site in Disregard of Federal Court Order

Governor Chris Christie and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today blasted the Army Corps of Engineers for dumping sediments from its Delaware River deepening project last month in New Jersey in disregard of a federal court order. A dike within the disposal facility later failed, causing a discharge into wetlands.

New DEP Science Advisory Board Starts Work

The Department of Environmental Protection's new Science Advisory Board (SAB) met for the first time this week, and its scientists, educators and experts were immediately challenged with a 17-item priority list of key statewide environmental issues to consider.

Water Samples Confirm Nontoxic Phytoplankton Bloom in New York Harbor and Raritan Bay

The reddish water stretching from the Statue of Liberty into Raritan Bay is being caused by a nontoxic species of phytoplankton, samples collected today by the Department of Environmental Protection determined.

DEP Institutes Statewide Drought Watch

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today issued an expanded, statewide drought watch, asking all state residents to voluntarily conserve water due to continued hot and dry conditions that have persisted all summer, and are taxing reservoir, stream and groundwater levels.

No Swimming or Surfing at Island Beach but State Park Remains Open

Island Beach State Park in Ocean County will remain open but its waters will be off limits for the next two days to swimmers and surfers due to concerns about the effects of Hurricane Earl, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today.

Governor Chris Christie Signs Legislation to Promote Vital Clean Water and Environmental Protection Projects

Governor Chris Christie today continued his commitment to environmental protection and a strong and secure clean water infrastructure by signing legislation to appropriate $821 million in no-cost and low-cost loans for crucial water and sewer infrastructure projects across the state. The financing, administered through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program, will make available approximately $549 million for clean water project loans and $272 million for drinking water project loans, with the federal government picking up at least half of the cost.

Commissioner Martin Signs New Rules on Sulfur in Fuel Oil to Protect Public Health and Environment

The Department of Environmental Protection has taken an important step toward improving air quality and protecting public health in New Jersey by adopting rules requiring significant reductions in sulfur content for home heating oil and other types of fuel oil used in the state, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Continuing Work with Exelon to Manage Tritium Leak at Oyster Creek

Commissioner Bob Martin today said the DEP has received the first data set from testing additional wells at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station required under the current action plan, and plant operator Exelon Corporation is preparing to take remedial action.

Palmyra Cove Dredge Materials to be Used to Redevelop Camden Landfill as Salvation Army Community Center

The DEP has brokered an agreement that enables the Camden Redevelopment Agency to use dredged materials from a State-owned facility along the Delaware River in Palmyra to redevelop a Camden landfill as a multimillion-dollar Salvation Army community center, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Commissioner Martin Names Assistant Commissioner for Site Remediation

Commissioner Bob Martin today announced that David E. Sweeney will serve as the Department of Environmental Protection’s new Assistant Commissioner for Site Remediation.

DEP Unveils Draft Proposed Public Access Rules

The Department of Environmental Protection today unveiled draft proposed rules for enhanced public access to the state’s coastal and other tidal waters, suggesting reasonable regulations but also employing additional, common sense measures to enhance public access.

Water Sampling Confirms Low Oxygen Levels in Delaware Bay; DEP Working to Speed Removal of Dead Fish from Beaches

The Department of Environmental Protection this afternoon received new water sampling results that strongly suggest low oxygen levels were behind the massive die-off of menhaden in Delaware Bay.

DEP Continues Investigation of Major Die-off of Menhaden in Delaware Bay

The Department of Environmental Protection plans to take more water samples today as part of its investigation into the massive die-off of menhaden in Delaware Bay. In addition, fish tissue samples will be collected and sent to a laboratory for analysis.

DEP Investigating Large Die-off of Menhaden on Delaware Bay

The Department of Environmental Protection is investigation a major wash-up of dead fish along the Delaware Bay in Cape May County. The cause of the die-off is not known and is under investigation.

Smoke Drifting over Expressway is from Smoldering Wildfire

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service is alerting motorists that smoke persisting along a stretch of the Atlantic City Expressway in Winslow, Camden County, is the smoldering remnants of an old wildfire and is not a cause for alarm.

Removal of Oysters Helps Safeguard Public Health and New Jersey’s Shellfish Industry

The NY/NJ Baykeeper today complied with the state’s ban on research-related gardening of commercially viable oysters in contaminated waters by removing its oysters from New York Harbor. DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said that action helps meet two key goals: safeguarding public health and protecting the health and viability of the State’s $790 million-a-year shellfish industry.

DEP Begins Stepped Up Patrols at Splitrock Reservoir

State Conservation Officers and State Park Police are launching expanded patrols of the Splitrock Reservoir in Rockaway Township to assist local police in combating swimming, diving, littering and other illegal activities in the area.

Drought Watch Issued for Five Northeast Counties with Residents Asked to Voluntarily Conserve Water

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today issued a drought watch for the Northeast region of the State, asking residents of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris and Passaic counties to voluntarily conserve water due to continued hot and dry conditions and increasing concerns about reservoir levels.

Commissioner Martin Establishes New Panel to Overhaul Process of Leasing State Owned Lands

DEP Commissioner Bob Martin today announced the creation of a special panel to recommend ways to overhaul the State's process of leasing property to private companies that run pipelines, cables, electric lines and towers across many thousands of acres of state-owned land and water.

Snake Response Team Fights Fears with Facts, Understanding

Kris Schantz understands the power of fear. It’s what drives many of us to scream or run at the mere sight of a snake in the yard.

Commissioner Martin Approves New Bear Management Policy that Calls for Bear Hunt

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today approved a Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy, a common sense mix of bear management tools that would include the state’s first black bear hunt since 2005 to deal with an overpopulation of bears and problems they are causing, especially in northern parts of the State.

Commissioner Releases Vision and Priorities Plans for More Effective, Customer-Friendly DEP

Commissioner Bob Martin this week delivered on his promise to reform the Department of Environmental Protection by unveiling a vision statement and environmental policy priorities that will guide the DEP in the coming years as it becomes more effective and consumer-friendly.

Two Men Injured by Lightning Strike while Camping Illegally at Rancocas State Park

Two men have been hospitalized as a result of a lightning strike that occurred while they were while camping illegally at Rancocas State Park in Burlington County.

DEP Directs Research Group to Remove Shellfish Operation from Tainted Waters

The Department of Environmental Protection today issued a notice of violation to the NY/NJ Baykeeper, directing the nonprofit group to remove its research-related shellfish project from contaminated state waters to protect the public health and the state’s $790-million-a-year shellfish industry.

Statement by Commissioner Bob Martin on Adoption of Black Bear Management Policy

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin released the following statement after today's vote by the New Jersey Fish and Game Council to adopt a Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy that includes a potential hunting season in northern New Jersey for the first time since 2005.

Commissioner Martin Wants EPA to Hasten Action on RRI Energy’s Power Plant Pollution Issue

Commissioner Bob Martin today called on the federal government to expedite action to reduce the amount of air pollutants spewing from a power plant in Pennsylvania, located just across the Delaware River from Knowlton Township in Warren County.

Superior Court Order Provides Public Access to Beach in Sea Bright

A Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of the state, ordering a beach club in Sea Bright to provide public access to the beach in front of the club, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Orders Cleanup of Harmful Pesticides Used by Newark Firm to Treat Bedbugs

An investigation by the Department of Environmental Protection has revealed that a Newark-based company, TVF Pest Control, used chemicals not appropriate for indoor use in 70 residences and apartments, mostly in Essex, Hudson and Union counties, since October in spraying for bedbugs and other insects, the Department announced today.

Smoky Odors over Central New Jersey Being Caused by Remnants of Fort Dix Wildfires

Hazy, acrid smoke from wildfires that continue to smolder at Fort Dix in Burlington County may continue to drift over a large swath of central New Jersey and may continue to cause odors over large areas of the state until the next significant rainfall, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service said today.

Residents Urged to Voluntarily Conserve Water During Dry Spell

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today asked residents to voluntarily conserve water due to a persistent dry spell and extremely hot weather, key factors that are beginning to affect water supplies statewide.

Aggressive Bear Captured by Wildlife Officers in West Milford

An aggressive black bear that was the focus of a weeklong search since attacking a West Milford man and his dog last week was captured Thursday night by officers of the DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife and has been euthanized.

Commissioner Martin Urges Wildfire Awareness Heading into Holiday Weekend

With dry conditions expected to persist across the state heading into the Fourth of July weekend, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today urged residents and visitors to exercise common sense and caution to prevent wildfires.

DEP Team Makes Largest Find of Rare Plant

A team of DEP researchers and scientists has documented that the world’s largest population of the rare and state endangered “Spreading Globeflower” is located on a state nature preserve in Sussex County, the Department announced today.

New Jersey’s State Parks Get Even Greener through Energy Conservation

Some of the DEP's greenest places - its state parks - will become even greener when it comes to energy efficiency, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Offshore Wind Energy Study Puts New Jersey in Lead Nationally in Creating Environmentally Safer Energy Source

A groundbreaking, two-year research project led by the DEP shows minimal environmental impact would occur at sites proposed for several wind energy projects off the coast of New Jersey, which is a national leader in an effort to develop offshore wind-to-energy power, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Commissioner Announces Multi-state Effort to Improve Air Quality and Create "Green" Jobs

DEP Commissioner Bob Martin today announced New Jersey is one of 11 states and the District of Columbia that has created the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), a regional group that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through transportation improvements and efficiencies.

Mercer Chamber of Commerce Director Named Assistant Commissioner for Economic Development and Green Energy

Michele N. Siekerka, President and CEO of the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce, has accepted a position as the Department of Environmental Protection’s Assistant Commissioner for Economic Growth and Green Energy, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

New Common Sense Public Access Rules Proposed for State’s Beaches and Waterways

Commissioner Bob Martin today announced the DEP will create reasonable new rules on public access to the state’s tidal waters, which include the ocean and rivers, with the goal of enhancing access while eliminating burdensome and costly access rules for local governments, businesses and property owners.

Commissioner Tells Assembly New Jersey is Safe from Oil Spill Effects this Summer

New Jersey’s multi-billion dollar tourism and fishing industries will not be affected by the Gulf oil spill this summer, but are being threatened by misinformation, Commissioner Bob Martin said in testimony before the state Assembly today.

Governor Christie Endorses East Coast Offshore Wind Agreement

Governor Chris Christie has signed on to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the federal government and fellow East Coast governors to promote the development of offshore wind power. The agreement, which establishes an Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Consortium, will help to facilitate federal-state cooperation for commercial wind development on the Outer Continental Shelf off of the Atlantic coast.

Commissioner Aims to Protect Public Health and Shellfish Industry

Commissioner Bob Martin today banned research-related gardening of commercial shellfish species in coastal and inner harbor waters classified as contaminated, and also is seeking immediate removal of species now being grown in such waters. The goal is to protect the public health and the economic health of the state’s nationally significant shellfish industry.

Innovative DEP Grant Program Helps Dry Cleaners Reduce Use of Harmful Air Pollutant

The Department of Environmental Protection is offering dry cleaners a first-in-the-nation grant program to help them protect the air by replacing dry cleaning machines that use harmful chemicals with new, environmentally friendly models.

DEP Issues Action Plan on Oyster Creek Tritium Leak to Ensure Public Safety

DEP Commissioner Bob Martin today issued an action plan requiring the owner of the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant to take a series of steps to further investigate the 2009 leak of radioactive tritium into aquifers below the plant and ensure the radioactive substance does not endanger public health and safety.

Unplug, Unwind and Create a Lifetime of Memories in New Jersey’s Great Outdoors

Whether you enjoy canoeing down a cedar stream in the Pine Barrens, combing a quiet beach for the perfect seashell, or simply taking in breathtaking views from a rocky mountaintop, New Jersey offers an amazing diversity of outdoors experiences that are second to none.

State’s Beach-monitoring Network in Gear for Summer Season

With the unofficial start of the summer season this Memorial Day weekend, the Department of Environmental Protection is again leading comprehensive, multi-agency efforts to ensure the highest standards of water quality for New Jersey’s beaches.

Historic Preservation Awards Honor State’s Best and Brightest

In recognition of Historic Preservation Month, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Historic Preservation Office and the New Jersey Historic Sites Council today honored historic sites and those who are committed to preserving them during ceremonies at the State House Annex.

Passaic River Flood Commission Holds First Meeting

The Passaic River Flood Advisory Commission will hold its first meeting Wednesday, in a public session at Montclair State University, with a goal of finding solutions to chronic flood problems that have long-plagued the river basin in Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties.

Commissioner Creates Gulf Spill Team to Consider Possible Impacts of Louisiana Oil Spill on New Jersey

While it is improbable the BP oil spill off the coast of Louisiana will have any effect on the Jersey Shore or the State’s fishing industry this summer, the Department of Environmental Protection is not taking any chances. Commissioner Bob Martin today announced formation of a special Gulf Spill Team to closely monitor the situation, to create a unique scientific model of the likely path of the contaminated waters, and to develop a plan of action if the oil should reach New Jersey.

Cap Construction Under Way at Global Landfill Superfund Site

Construction of a cap for the Global Landfill in Old Bridge is under way to provide final containment of a Superfund site that has been an environmental concern in the area for many years, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Archeologists Excavate Allied Textile Printing Site at Great Falls in Paterson

Archeologists are working with the Department of Environmental Protection to uncover two centuries of the industrial past of the city of Paterson, as envisioned by Alexander Hamilton, one of the most influential of the nation’s Founding Fathers and the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

Settlement Reached Between DEP and Sports Authority on Monmouth Park Racetrack Pollution Issue

A legal agreement has been reached between the Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority that should end a long-standing water pollution problem caused by runoff from the Monmouth Park thoroughbred horse racing track in Oceanport.

Commissioner Martin Disappointed with Response to Radioactive-water Leaks at Oyster Creek Nuclear Reactor

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today expressed disappointment with Exelon Nuclear’s response to a state order requiring the company to take more proactive steps to protect the public from a 2009 leak of radioactive tritium into aquifers beneath the Oyster Creek nuclear plant in Lacey.

New DEP Science Advisory Board Created

Commissioner Bob Martin today appointed the members of a new state DEP Science Advisory Board to help guide the department, providing an independent and highly qualified voice to ensure accurate science is the guiding principal in making decisions on key environmental issues.

DEP Acts to Reduce Pollutants from Pennsylvania Plant

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection today petitioned the federal government to mandate a reduction in air pollution spewing from RRI Energy’s power plant in Pennsylvania, located just across the Delaware River from Knowlton Township in Warren County.

Passaic River Flood Commission Members Appointed

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today announced the appointment of the seven-member Passaic River Flood Advisory Commission, to develop and recommend solutions to chronic flooding problems in the river basin. The commission is expected to issue a final report by the end of the year.

Hearing Set for Proposed Black Bear Management Policy

A public hearing on the Department of Environmental Protection’s proposed black bear management policy, a scientifically designed, common sense mix of hunting, education, research and non-lethal bear management tools, is set for tomorrow night at the State Museum in Trenton.

Residents of Pompton Lakes Neighborhood Urged to Install Mitigation Systems as DEP Begins Soil-vapor Testing

As requested by homeowners, a contractor for the Department of Environmental Protection this week will begin testing for vapors trapped in soil beneath houses in a Pompton Lakes neighborhood affected by groundwater contamination from a former DuPont munitions plant. Commissioner Bob Martin today again strongly urged residents of the neighborhood to get mitigation systems installed to protect the air inside their homes from potential vapor problems.

DEP Launches New Investigation into Radioactive Leak at Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant

DEP Commissioner Bob Martin today announced the launch of a new and thorough state investigation into the 2009 leak of radioactive tritium into the aquifers below the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant, with a goal of ensuring the pollutant does not endanger public health and safety.

Commissioner Martin Refutes Statement by Senator Buono Wants Good Science to be Basis of Perchlorate Rules

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today refuted a statement by Senator Barbara Buono, who contended he has done an "about face" on setting drinking water standards for the chemical perchlorate in New Jersey.

DEP Launches Stakeholder Meetings on Barnegat Bay

The future health of Barnegat Bay, an ecological gem of New Jersey, will be the focus of a series of public stakeholder meetings to start tomorrow, using science to develop a comprehensive list of actions to be taken to protect the environmentally important region.

Commissioner Martin Urges Steps to Reduce Chance of Nuisance Encounters as Bears Become More Active

With black bears now entering their most active period of the year as they search for food and mates, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today urged residents to follow some simple precautions to reduce the risk of bad encounters with bruins.

DEP Kicks Off Air Quality Awareness Week by Urging Residents to Make Simple Changes to Help Clear the Air

Many products we use every day - household cleaning products, paints, air fresheners and glues, to name just a few - contain a class of pollutants known as volatile organic compounds that contribute to the formation of smog.

DEP Launches Follow-up Air Monitoring Project in Paterson

The Department of Environmental Protection has launched a follow-up air monitoring project to verify that a toxin found in a previous air study in Paterson was an anomaly, Commissioner Bob Martin said today.

DEP to Hold Stakeholder Meetings on the New Jersey Highlands

Assistant Commissioner of Climate and Environmental Management Nancy Wittenberg today told a federal panel that oil and gas explorations off the coast of New Jersey would hurt the state’s environment and economy.

DEP Testifies Against Off-Shore Drilling

Assistant Commissioner of Climate and Environmental Management Nancy Wittenberg today told a federal panel that oil and gas explorations off the coast of New Jersey would hurt the state’s environment and economy.

Commissioner Martin Unveils Vision Plan to Protect New Jersey’s Environment, Names New Leadership Team

Department of Environmental Commissioner Bob Martin today launched a series of bold steps designed to re-energize the DEP and transform it into an efficient and consumer-friendly agency that cuts bureaucratic red tape, while strongly ensuring the environmental health of the state. The DEP will be led by a dynamic new leadership team which will create a more responsive agency in line with Commissioner Martin’s vision and mission, including what he believes are its six initial guiding priorities

DEP to Update Wilson Avenue School Parents on Cleanup Investigation During Public Meeting

The Department of Environmental Protection this week will launch a full investigation into the source of gasoline odors at the Wilson Avenue School in Newark and will discuss its efforts to date and future plans with parents and school officials during a meeting tomorrow night, Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

Commissioner Martin Kicks Off Earth Week with Trenton Litter Cleanup

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin kicked off a statewide celebration of this week’s 40th anniversary of Earth Day today when he joined a team of youths and adults at Trenton City Hall for the start of the annual Trenton Litter March.

Cutting of Red Tape Will Make DEP More Consumer Friendly without Compromising Environmental Protection

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin welcomed today’s release of the Red Tape Review Group’s findings and recommendations as a refreshing change in the way state government operates and pledged to continue working to implement reforms that will make the agency more attentive to the needs of the people of New Jersey without compromising environmental protection.

Exelon Notifies DEP of Monitor Problem at Oyster Creek

The Department of Environmental Protection was notified by Exelon, owner of Oyster Creek nuclear generating station, that a monitor that measures radiation emissions from the facility had been discovered to be inoperable.

DEP Assisting in Investigation of Tritium Leak at Salem 2 Reactor

The Department of Environmental Protection is working with the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission and PSEG Nuclear to investigate a leak of radioactive water into catch basins at the Salem 2 nuclear power plant in Lower Alloways Creek Township.

Governor Chris Christie Reacts to GAO Report on Delaware River Dredging

Today Governor Chris Christie issued the following statement on the recent report by the Government Accountability Office on Delaware River dredging

Get Ready, New Jersey! Trout Season Opens Saturday, April 10

New Jersey’s trout season officially opens on Saturday, April 10, at 8 a.m., and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today encouraged residents and visitors to enjoy time outdoors and experience the thrill of catching some fabulous fish.

DEP Announces Opportunities for Business in State Parks

The Department of Environmental Protection is inviting businesses to operate concessions in state parks, forests and recreation areas this summer, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Lifts Ban on Harvest of New Jersey Shellfish Beds in NY/NJ Harbor

The Department of Environmental Protection today lifted a temporary ban on shellfish harvesting in the waters of Raritan Bay, Sandy Hook Bay, the Navesink River and the Shrewsbury River, closed on March 17 because of pollution from a heavy rainfall during a nor’easter.

DEP Playing Big Role in Kick-starting Red Bull Soccer Stadium, Revitalization of Harrison Waterfront

The Hudson County town of Harrison has taken a huge step toward its revitalization goals with the opening over the weekend of Red Bull Arena, a world-class soccer venue made possible in large part by the efforts of the Department of Environmental Protection.

Effects of Nor'easter Cause DEP to Close New Jersey Shellfish Beds in NY/NJ Harbor

The Department of Environmental Protection today temporarily closed to shellfish harvesting about 27,800 acres of Raritan Bay, Sandy Hook Bay, the Navesink River and the Shrewsbury River to protect public health from the adverse water-quality effects of last weekend's nor’easter.

DEP Acting Commissioner Approves Proposed Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Bob Martin today approved the New Jersey Fish and Game Council’s 2010 Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy.

DEP Acting Commissioner Testifies Before the Senate Judiciary Committee

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Bob Martin delivered the following testimony at his confirmation hearing today before the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee

New Jersey Raises More than $9.1 Million for Job-generating Clean Energy Projects in Quarterly Carbon Auction

New Jersey raised more than $9.1 million for job-generating clean energy projects during the state’s quarterly auction of carbon allowances, Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Statement of DEP Acting Commissioner on the NJ Fish and Game Council’s Proposed Comprehensive Bear Management Policy

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Bob Martin today released the following statement on the New Jersey Fish and Game Council’s vote to advance its proposed Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy

Statement of DEP Acting Commissioner Bob Martin on Decision to File an Appeal in Petty's Island Eagles Case

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Bob Martin released the following statement on filing an appeal of a New Jersey Superior Court judge's decision on the Petty's Island eagles case

Statement of DEP Acting Commissioner Bob Martin on U.S. Secretary of Interior’s Wind Energy Summit

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today convened a summit with governors and representatives of Atlantic Coast states to explore a regional approach to wind energy development on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.

Governor Christie, DEP Acting Commissioner Martin Outraged by Army Corps' Treatment of South Jersey in Delaware Deepening

Governor Chris Christie and Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Bob Martin today expressed outrage over the Army Corps of Engineers’ plans to start the deepening of the Delaware River’s main shipping channel without updating sediment studies, providing alternatives to disposing dredged sediments in South Jersey or implementing measures to prevent dredging equipment from polluting the air.

DEP Encourages Residents to Support New Jersey Endangered Wildlife Fund

Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Bob Martin today reminded residents to help protect New Jersey’s bald eagles and other endangered wildlife when they file their state income tax this year.

Paterson Study to Help DEP Improve Urban Air Quality

A Department of Environmental Protection study shows that air quality in Paterson is comparable to other areas of New Jersey and confirms that the DEP’s statewide monitoring network is effective at tracking urban air pollutants, Acting Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Statement from Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Bob Martin on the Dredging of the Delaware River

DEP Acting Commissioner Bob Martin today released the following statement concerning the U.S. District Court decision from Delaware on dredging of a portion of the Delaware River shipping channel.

DEP Agreement Allows Pompton Lakes Homeowners to Choose Vapor-mitigation Contractors

The Department of Environmental Protection and federal Environmental Protection Agency have worked out an agreement with DuPont that allows residents of Pompton Lakes to choose contractors to design and install systems to prevent chemical vapors from entering their homes, DEP Acting Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

DEP Pledges Support for Pompton Lakes Residents Affected by Munitions Plant Pollution

The Department of Environmental Protection is redoubling its commitment to the residents of Pompton Lakes by working with its state and federal partners to ensure a prompt and thorough cleanup of contamination from the DuPont Pompton Lakes Works site.

DEP Permit Calls for Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant to Build Cooling Towers

The Department of Environmental Protection has proposed a draft water-discharge permit that calls for Exelon Generation Company, owner of the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey Township, to build a closed-cycle cooling system to protect aquatic life in the Barnegat Bay ecosystem, Acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello announced today.

New Jersey Unveils Strategic Recommendations for Battling Invasive Species

New Jersey can wage a successful war on invasive plants, animals and insects if its arsenal includes tougher prevention methods, early detection of harmful species, faster response to limit environmental damage, and greater public awareness, according to a strategic plan released today by Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello.

New Jersey’s Environmental Leaders in Spotlight at Governor’s Awards Ceremony

A project protecting Delaware Bay shorebirds, an effort launched by Monmouth County high school students to distribute compact fluorescent light bulbs to seniors and the needy, an initiative illuminating the iconic George Washington Bridge with energy-saving light fixtures, and a Somerset County photographer who has focused his artistic talents to protect the Piedmont region will be honored tonight as New Jersey’s environmental leaders.

New Jersey’s Recreational Trails Getting Boost from $1.8 Million in Federal Grant Funds

More than $1.8 million in federal grant money is being allocated for developing, maintaining and improving recreational trails throughout New Jersey, the Department of Environmental Protection today announced.

DEP Gives Green Light to $73 Million in Environmental Infrastructure Construction Projects

From the cities to the suburbs, New Jersey’s local governments are launching a wide array of projects to protect the environment, public health, and property by making significant improvements to water, sewerage, and stormwater-control infrastructure, Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello said today.

DEP Awards Record Grants to Assist Local Recycling Programs

The Department of Environmental Protection is providing New Jersey’s municipalities and counties a record $14.5 million in grants to boost local recycling efforts, Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello announced today.

Motorists Advised to be Alert for Deer, Slow Down

Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello today urged motorists to drive very carefully this season when deer are particularly active and more likely to be darting into roadways.

DEP Preserves Scenic Acres Along the Delaware River

Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello today announced the preservation of a 213-acre scenic property in West Amwell Township, Hunterdon County.

DEP Honors Recyling Leaders and Poetry Contest Winners

A construction company using recycled steel to build Meadowlands Stadium, a pharmaceuticals firm that diverts food waste from landfills, and a woman who teaches Bergen County schoolchildren the importance of recycling are among those honored as New Jersey’s recycling leaders, Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello announced today.

New Pathway Will Complete Bike Loop from Frenchtown to New Brunswick

Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello today announced construction will begin on pathway that will complete the 70-mile trail running along the Delaware & Raritan Canal from Frenchtown to New Brunswick.

Environmental Justice Advisory Council Members Appointed

Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello today announced that portions of Lodi, Kearny, Plainfield, Rahway, Somerville and Woodbridge have been designated as state Brownfield Development Areas. The new designations will help these municipalities work toward their redevelopment goals.

DEP Announces New Brownfield Development Area Designations to Help Towns Achieve Redevelopment Goals

Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello today appointed 15 members to the state’s Environmental Justice Advisory Council, fulfilling Governor Jon S. Corzine’s Executive Order to continue tackling the significant environmental challenges facing New Jersey’s low-income and minority communities.

Governor Corzine Announces More Than $200 Million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds for Clean Water and Drinking Projects

Governor Jon S. Corzine today announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved more than $200 million in recovery act funds for approximately 60 shovel-ready clean water and drinking projects. Additional funding announcements are expected in the future. The Governor also announced the start of a $4.3 million project to update the water delivery system in Atlantic City.

DEP Loan Package Creates Green Jobs, Funds Major Stormwater Control Project for Monmouth Park

A $21.5 million Department of Environmental Protection low-interest loan package will create green jobs by funding a project to prevent manure-tainted stormwater from fouling a creek adjacent to Monmouth Park, DEP Acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello announced today.

Governor Corzine Welcomes Federal Stimulus Grants to Protect Forests and Create Tree-Care Jobs

Governor Jon S. Corzine today welcomed nearly $2 million in federal economic stimulus funding to the Department of Environmental Protection's Forest Service for projects that will improve the overall ecological health of the state’s trees while creating a diversity of jobs in fields related to tree care.

Governor Corzine Announces $10.6 Million Federal Stimulus Grant-Funding Will Spur Jersey City Wetlands Restoration

New Jersey will use a $10.6 million federal stimulus grant to restore wetlands along the Hackensack River in Jersey City, creating wildlife habitat in a highly urbanized area, recreational opportunities for area residents, and some 100 jobs in a variety of construction-related fields, Governor Jon S. Corzine announced today.

Attorney General, DEP Announce Settlement to Preserve Environmentally-Vital Land near Ocean in Cape May

Attorney General Anne Milgram and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello announced today that the State has entered into a settlement agreement that will preserve most of an environmentally important, 96-acre parcel of land near the ocean in Cape May while allowing for limited development on a portion of the tract.

New Jersey Gets Green Light to Move Forward with Greenhouse Gas Vehicle Program

New Jersey, along with 13 other states, received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to establish greenhouse gas emissions standards for motor vehicles as part of a federal effort to stop climate change, Governor Jon S. Corzine announced today.

Exceptional Scientists Encouraged to Serve on DEP’s Science Advisory Board

The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking the best and brightest scientists in New Jersey and elsewhere to serve on its Science Advisory Board being formed now to provide independent peer review and key guidance on a host of scientific and technical issues.

Grant Program Helps Local Governments Fight Global Warming

The Department of Environmental Protection has launched a new grant program to help local government agencies and schools identify and implement plans to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in their communities, marking a milestone in the Garden State’s fight against climate change.

Commissioner Mauriello Commits to Setting Chromium Standards Based on Careful Scientific Review

Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello today said that the agency will develop final standards for the cleanup of chromium-contaminated soil, emphasizing that this will be done based on careful, scientific analysis and in accordance with state laws.

Comprehensive Plan Maps Out Future for New Jersey's Trails

As outdoor enthusiasts across New Jersey gear up to celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello today unveiled a comprehensive plan for shaping the future of the state’s network of recreational trails.

Catch the Excitement: New Jersey’s Two Special Fishing Days Offer Chance to Sample the Fun for Free

Residents and visitors can help themselves to free samples of the finest freshwater fishing found anywhere in the Northeast during New Jersey’s Free Fishing Days on Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7.

New Jersey Updates Advisory for Consuming Large Bluefish

The Department of Environmental Protection today announced a new recommendation for consuming large bluefish, a popular species commonly caught in Atlantic Ocean waters.

Tail-wagging News for Campers Who Love Their Pets and Hate to Leave Home Without Them

Under a pilot program launched today, campers can bring along their dogs and domestic cats when they book accommodations at select campgrounds in three state parks and forests, Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello announced.

People, Projects Honored for Preserving Priceless Pieces of New Jersey's Past

Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello and the New Jersey Historic Sites Council today honored individuals, businesses and organizations for their outstanding achievements in preserving the state’s historic resources and its remarkable heritage.

New Jersey’s State Parks, Forests and Recreation Areas Perfect for Swimming, Outdoor Fun this Memorial Day Weekend

As New Jerseyans prepare to celebrate the unofficial start of summer, Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello today invited residents and visitors to cool off close to home at one of 14 swimming areas opening Saturday in the state's parks, forests and recreation areas.

Governor Corzine Announces List of Environmental Projects Eligible for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding

More than 400 New Jersey clean water and drinking water projects are eligible to receive $204 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, Governor Corzine announced today. Earlier this year, the Department of Environmental Protection solicited potential project proposals in anticipation funds would become available, resulting in a list of ranked, bid-ready projects.

DEP Recognizes Students and Local Tree Care Programs at State Arbor Day Celebration in Tewksbury

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Community Forestry Program, the New Jersey Community Forestry Council and the New Jersey Tree Foundation today celebrated Arbor Day by planting 187 large shade trees, evergreens and a variety of shrubs at four local parks in Tewksbury Township, Hunterdon County.

Governor Corzine Honors Earth Day with Launch of NJ Inspections Campaign

Commemorating the 39th anniversary of Earth Day, Governor Jon S. Corzine, joined by Motor Vehicle Commission Chief Administrator Sharon A. Harrington and Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello, kicked off NJ Inspections: Making the Garden State Safer and Greener. The joint agency partnership aims to educate the public about the safety and environmental benefits of the state's motor vehicle inspection program.

Governor Corzine Marks Earth Day By Accepting Donation Of Petty’s Island On Behalf Of New Jersey’s Residents

Governor Jon S. Corzine celebrated Earth Day today by announcing the finalization of plans to accept the donation of Petty’s Island on behalf of the residents of New Jersey, fulfilling his promise to preserve one of the Delaware River’s largest islands as an urban oasis for wildlife that will be enjoyed by people throughout the region.

New Jersey’s Trout Season Opens Saturday, April 11

With truckloads of trout already out in New Jersey’s waters and tons more fish on the way, Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello today encouraged residents and visitors to celebrate the official opening of trout season on Saturday, April 11, at 8 a.m.

New Business Opportunities Now Available in New Jersey’s State Parks

The Department of Environmental Protection is offering interesting opportunities for businesses to operate concessions in New Jersey’s state parks, forests and recreation areas that attract more than 18 million visitors every year, Acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello announced today.

Attorney General, DEP Announce Settlement with PPG; Agreement Means Clean-up of Chromium Sites in Hudson Co.

Attorney General Anne Milgram and Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello announced today that the state has entered into a settlement agreement with PPG Industries, Inc. that will result in the clean-up of chromium contamination at a property once owned by PPG in Jersey City, as well as the clean-up of numerous other chromium-tainted sites throughout Hudson County.

Attorney General Lauds Decision by EPA to Drop Appeal of Court Ruling that Vacated Its Mercury Rules

Attorney General Anne Milgram today applauded a decision by the federal government to drop its appeal of a prior federal court ruling that vacated Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules concerning power plant mercury emissions and did away with the EPA’s controversial cap-and-trade approach to regulating such emissions.

Major Tomato Producer Faces Record-high Penalty for Serious Pesticide Violations at New Jersey Operations

A corporate tomato grower faces an unprecedented penalty of more than $931,000 for misusing pesticides and jeopardizing the health and safety of workers in its New Jersey farm fields and packing houses, Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello announced today.

Governor Corzine Announces Conservation Easement for Petty's Island in Delaware River

A state land-preservation board has voted to accept a conservation easement for Petty’s Island, marking a crucial first step toward restoring and preserving one of the Delaware River’s largest islands, Governor Jon S. Corzine announced today.

DEP Proposes $19 Million in Delaware Watershed Projects to Compensate Public for Resources Harmed by 2004 Oil Spill

The Department of Environmental Protection is proposing more than $19 million in ecological restoration and enhancement projects for the Delaware River watershed as compensation to the public for natural resource injuries caused by a massive spill from the oil tanker Athos I in 2004, acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello announced today.

New Jersey to Receive $43 Million in Lawsuit Settlement for Contaminated Landfill in Morris County

Attorney General Anne Milgram and Acting Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello announced today that the state has entered into a settlement agreement through which it will be paid $43 million to settle cost recovery and natural resource damage (NRD) claims associated with the Combe Fill South Landfill, a federal Superfund site in Morris County.

Corzine Administration Making Good on Promises to Build Healthier, More Sustainable Future for the Garden State

From taking bold steps to battle global warming to building solid foundations for protection of natural resources such as water supplies and wildlife habitats, the administration of Governor Jon S. Corzine is making significant strides toward a greener and more sustainable future for New Jersey' residents, Department of Environmental Protection acting Commissioner Mark N. Mauriello said today.

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