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Mission Statement

AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program

www.nj.gov/dep/wms

N EW J ERSEY W ATERSHED A MBASSADORS P ROGRAM

A N A MERI C ORPS P ROGRAM HOSTED BY

NJ D EPARTMENT OF E NVIRONMENTAL P ROTECTION

W ATER M ONITORING & S TANDARDS P ROGRAM

The New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program

is a community-oriented AmeriCorps program

designed to raise awareness about water issues in

New Jersey. Through this program, AmeriCorps

members are placed at local host sites in twenty

(20) Watershed Management Areas (WMAs) from

Sussex to Cape May counties to serve their local

communities. The program works with all sectors

of society to improve the quality of New Jersey's

waterways, nurturing community-based

environmental activities and empowering residents

to make responsible and informed decisions

regarding their watershed.

Watershed Ambassadors are available to make FREE environmental education presentations to

community organizations and schools.

These interactive presentations provide information about

water issues in New Jersey. Watershed Ambassadors educate students and citizens about watersheds and

encourage them to get involved in local stewardship actions such as picking up after pets, conserving

water, installing rain gardens, or

volunteering for a stream cleanup.

Watershed Ambassadors also assess the

local rivers and streams using both visual

and biological assessment protocols.

Through an online database, this

assessment data is provided to the NJDEP

and is also available to the public.

For

people interested in learning about

their local streams, members are

available to train local volunteers and

students in these volunteer monitoring

techniques.

The NJDEP began hosting this AmeriCorps program in 2000. AmeriCorps is a national service initiative

that began in 1993 and is also known as the domestic Peace Corps.

To schedule a presentation or to learn about volunteer monitoring, please contact the New Jersey

Watershed Ambassador listed for your area on the back. For more information about the program,

please contact Akili Lynn, Program Manager at (609) 777-1406 or Akili.Lynn@dep.state.nj.us.

AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program

www.nj.gov/dep/wms

AMERICORPS NEW JERSEY WATERSHED AMBASSADORS PROGRAM

2011-2012 M

Description

Volunteer Stream Monitoring Trainings, Visual and Biological

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