New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

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State of New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection
Seal of New Jersey.svg
Agency overview
Jurisdiction New Jersey
Headquarters 401 E. State Street, 7th Floor, East Wing, Trenton, NJ 08625-0402
Agency executive Bob Martin, Commissioner
Child agencies New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry
Website http://www.nj.gov/dep/

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is a government agency in the U.S. state of New Jersey that is responsible for managing the state's natural resources and addressing issues related to pollution. NJDEP now has a staff of approximately 2,850.

The department was created on April 22, 1970, America's first official Earth Day, making it the third state in the country to combine its environmental activities into a single, unified agency, with about 1,400 employees in five divisions, charged with responsibility for environmental protection and conservation efforts. Governor William T. Cahill appointed Richard J. Sullivan as the first commissioner.[1]

Division of air quality[edit]

The major goal of this division is to ensure the air quality is clean. The impacts of air pollution include: damage to plants and other property, short term health effects, and long term health effects. The federal Environmental Protection Agency adopts standards for the common air pollutants and the states are required to enforce and withhold these standards. Over the past 40 years air quality has improved significantly.[2]

Division of water[edit]

Water monitoring and standards has the primary responsibility of closely monitoring the State's fresh, marine, ground waters, development of surface and ground water quality standards, and water quality characterizations and assessment. The gathered information, data, reports and analysis are used to inform organizations and the public to make better decisions on behalf of water usage.[3]

Land and open space[edit]

This division provides rules and includes information concerning wetlands, coastal and stream/floodplains encroachment programs.[4]

Site remediation program[edit]

This program requires all remediations in the state of New Jersey to proceed under the supervision of a Licensed Site Remediation Professional to follow the nine requirements set forth at N.J.S.A. 58:10B-1.3b(1) through (9). The goal of this program is to speed up and increase the pace of remediation, thus helping to decrease the threat of future contamination that could affect the public and environment's health and safety.[5]

Solid and Hazardous waste management program[edit]

The loss of funding in the mid-‘90s has had a dramatic impact on the department’s ability to enable educational programs and public relations campaigns on behalf of recycling.[6]

Significant projects implemented over the past decade[edit]

  • Economics of Recycling Manual
  • Certified Recycling Coordinator Training Program
  • Information Center
  • Websites
  • Recycling Poetry Contest
  • Movie Theatre Campaign
  • National Campaign
  • American Recycles Day
  • Promotional Display

Division of parks and forestry[edit]

This division protects state and private lands from wildfire, manages the forests, educates the public about the what the trees can do for them, grows trees to maintain a steady population and reforest, plants and maintains trees within the city, and preserves the diversity of the trees within the forests.[7]

Division of fish and wildlife[edit]

This professional environmental agency works towards protecting and managing the state's fish and wildlife resources.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ about.njdep, www.nj.gov/dep
  2. ^ "NJDEP Division of Air Quality". State of New Jersey. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "NJDEP Water Monitoring & Standards". New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "NJDEP Land & Open Space". New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "NJDEP Site Remediation Program". New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Program". New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Division of Parks & Forestry". New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Division of Fish & WIldlife". New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 

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