New Jersey Outdoor News

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&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 Jersery 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&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&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 Adminstration 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.

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 Pennsylania 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 Reycling 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.
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Ice fishing tip: Searching for suspended crappies before drilling holes

Find fish with less effort by sonar reading through the ice rather than drilling more holes.

Ice fishing tip for walleyes and panfish: try big, flashy, noisy spoons

When early hard water arrives, attract fish first, then determine what lure triggers bites. And don’t be afraid to start big and work down.

A simple minnow-hooking technique for open water or hard-water fishing [Video]

Whether it’s live fatheads or frozen shiners, hooking your minnows the right way produces more strikes from walleyes, perch, crappies, and pike alike.

Butchering Big Game

When you do your own butchering, you know that the meat has been handled with care, and you get the cuts you prefer.

Remember all aspects of safety during this deer hunting season

Whether you're hunting via firearm, archery, or muzzleloader (in a treestand or ground blind) have a mental safety checklist whenever you head afield.

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Fajita Kabobs

Looking for a recipe that makes a tough cut of meat something worth savoring?

Spicy Grilled Hungarian Partridge

With grouse and partridge seasons here, you couldn’t find a better reason to fire up the grill this fall for this simple, yet elegant presentation that uses your fresh birds

Aging & Cutting Game Meat

What Makes Wild Meat Tough? There are two factors: the animal itself and the hunter.

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Archive »Travel

Writer's treehouse stay doesn't disappoint

House built by Ohio couple near Mohican

Ontario unveils a few new fishing rules for 2014

No updates to OWI rules from last year

A bass’n plan: Head south for open water

The Great Lakes region offers fabulous bass fishing – except during the winter when the lakes are frozen and the seasons are closed.

Road Tripping for turkeys: Planning your 2014 Spring Hunts

Short of a thunderous gobble on the roost, nothing gets a spring gobbler hunter’s thoughts racing more than the words “road trip.”

Road-Tripping for Turkeys: Plan now for spring of 2013

It’s never too early to start planning for the spring of 2013.

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Ice show season: Checking out innovations for hard water 2014-15

From tip-ups to headlamps to augers, some highlights from last weekend’s 22nd Annual St. Paul Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show.

Holiday Gift Guide for the Naughty or Nice

After a season of hunting and fishing, the outdoor enthusiasts in your life are sure to know what gear needs replacing, upgrading, or retiring

2015 brings more value-priced ATVs, bigger side-by-side UTVs

Manufacturers of traditional ATVs and the increasingly popular side-by-side UTVs are expanding their lineups at both ends of the spectrum.

Fathers Day 2014 Gift Guide

Getting the best gift for the guy who got you started

So many great lines... so little time to fish

In 2014’s new fishing line, choices abound for any style of angling

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Archive »Fishing Tips

Ice fishing tip: Searching for suspended crappies before drilling holes

Find fish with less effort by sonar reading through the ice rather than drilling more holes.

Consider a border country ice-fishing trip this hard-water season [Video]

Lake of the Woods and Rainy Lake see every bit as much walleye, sauger, and pike, and jumbo perch action in the winter as during the open-water season. Make the angling trip north in 2014-15.

Ice fishing tip for walleyes and panfish: try big, flashy, noisy spoons

When early hard water arrives, attract fish first, then determine what lure triggers bites. And don’t be afraid to start big and work down.

A simple minnow-hooking technique for open water or hard-water fishing [Video]

Whether it’s live fatheads or frozen shiners, hooking your minnows the right way produces more strikes from walleyes, perch, crappies, and pike alike.

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Archive »Hunting Tips

Remember all aspects of safety during this deer hunting season

Whether you're hunting via firearm, archery, or muzzleloader (in a treestand or ground blind) have a mental safety checklist whenever you head afield.

Archery hunting during the deer rut — bowhunting advice from an expert

Successful Pope and Young record holder offers advice on how to be successful at archery hunting during the rut.

Gobbler hunting strategies: The snood reveals the mood

During that turkey hunting moment of truth, closely watch that fleshy appendage hanging off the beak of a boss tom.

Three great stands for hunting the rut

Narrowing down my top stand sites for hunting the rut to only three is not easy.

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Added: 2012-12-05
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Added: 2012-11-23
The Most Funny Turkey Hunting Video Ever..... Starring Cheap Charlie

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If you want to see something funny, see Cheap Charlie's first turkey kill in the badlands of South Dakota. What an adventure!!
Added: 2012-07-25
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Added: 2012-05-07
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Added: 2012-04-24
Helping Your Dog Be Steady To Wing

Helping Your Dog Be Steady To Wing

Professional trainers make it look so easy, but here is a glimpse into how to teach your dog steady to wing and return to you to begin hunting again after a bird flies away.
Added: 2011-09-20
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The brute strength of this fish is amazing. If you like big catfish, you'll like this...
Added: 2011-09-20
USGS Science: Walrus Haul-Out 2011

USGS Science: Walrus Haul-Out 2011

Female Pacific walruses and their calves traditionally spend summers far from shore, diving for benthic invertebrates over the shallow continental shelf waters of the Chukchi Sea. These female walruses and their calves prefer to rest between forage bouts on sea ice drifting above their feeding grounds. However, in recent years loss of summer sea ice over the continental shelf has forced many walruses to travel to the northwest coast of Alaska where they haul-out on shore to rest. This large herd of walruses hauled out near Pt. Lay Alaska in August of 2011.
Added: 2011-09-14
The Lost Fred Bear Interview

The Lost Fred Bear Interview

In this video, veteran outdoor broadcaster Mike Avery talks with archery legend Fred Bear at the Grousehaven hunting camp. The conversation took place in 1985, three years before Fred died. Avery thought he had lost the tape, but found it in a box headed for the trash.
Added: 2011-09-11
2-year-old Girl Fishing - get 'em Karley!

2-year-old Girl Fishing - get 'em Karley!

Sometimes hand-held home movie footage is exactly perfect for the situation. Here is the future of fishing before our eyes, a 2-year-old girl's first catch. The name of this fish is a sailors choice, also known as a pinfish.
Added: 2011-09-09
NWTF 2009 National Convention Welcome Party Blooper Reel

NWTF 2009 National Convention Welcome Party Blooper Reel

Bloopers from Michael Waddell & Brenda Valentine's opening skit from the 2009 NWTF National Convention and Sports Show. It took quite a few takes to get this skit just right!
Added: 2011-09-05
New Mexico Governor Requalifies For Concealed Carry

New Mexico Governor Requalifies For Concealed Carry

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez Requalifies for Concealed Carry License in August of 2011. She fired a perfect score, using both .45 and .38 caliber handguns.
Added: 2011-08-31

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