The following is a list of great resources and programs that support and discuss environmental causes and issues.
On America’s first official “Earth Day” — April 22, 1970, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection was born. New Jersey became the third state in the country to consolidate its past programs into a unified major agency to administer aggressive environmental protection and conservation efforts. Former Governor William T. Cahill appointed Richard J. Sullivan as the first commissioner.
Since that day, NJDEP began a role to manage natural resources and solve pollution problems. In what started with about 1,400 employees in five divisions, NJDEP now has a staff of approximately 2,900 and is a leader in the country for its pollution prevention efforts and innovative environmental management strategies.
Green Infrastructure refers to methods of stormwater management that reduce wet weather/stormwater volume, flow, or changes the characteristics of the flow into combined or separate sanitary or storm sewers, or surface waters, by allowing the stormwater to infiltrate, to be treated by vegetation or by soils; or to be stored for reuse. Green Infrastructure (GI) methods are management practices that address stormwater runoff through soils, or reuse. GI practices include, but are not limited to, pervious paving, bioretention basins, vegetated swales, and cisterns. The use of green infrastructure encourages the idea that stormwater is a resource that can be reused, instead of being treated as a nuisance that needs to be removed as quickly as possible.
NJDEP’s stormwater web site for stormwater management professionals and permittees. Here you’ll find links to technical information, guidance materials, forms, and applications. General guidance and resources regarding stormwater runoff are also available at www.cleanwaternj.org.
The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment.
EPA’s purpose is to ensure that:
- all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work;
- national efforts to reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific information;
- federal laws protecting human health and the environment are enforced fairly and effectively;
- environmental protection is an integral consideration in U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy;
- all parts of society — communities, individuals, businesses, and state, local and tribal governments — have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks;
- environmental protection contributes to making our communities and ecosystems diverse, sustainable and economically productive; and
- the United States plays a leadership role in working with other nations to protect the global environment.
The Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization was founded in the summer of 2008 by a bunch of nature loving teenagers who wanted to make a difference. We envision a sustainable world with enough resources for everyone, where people don’t live in toxic surroundings and where everybody considers their impact on the Earth. MEVO carries out volunteer work to promote environmental sustainability throughout local communities. We plant trees, clean-up polluted areas, rehabilitate soil erosion, start natural agriculture farms, organize electronic recycling drives, educate students on recycling, distribute recycling bins and give away compact fluorescent light bulbs. We want to get people involved in improving their society and working to solve our worst environmental problems.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) helps the diverse population of New Jersey adapt to a rapidly changing society and improve their lives through an educational process that uses science-based knowledge. We focus on issues and needs relating to agriculture and the environment; management of natural resources; food safety, quality, and health; family stability; economic security; and youth development. RCE is an integral part of Cook College, the New Jersey Agriculture Experiment Station and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New Jersey, and County Boards of Chosen Freeholders.
Water Resources Program
The Water Resources Program is one of many specialty programs under RCE. The goal of the Water Resources Program is to provide solutions for many of the water quality and quantity issues facing New Jersey. This is accomplished through research, project development, assessment and extension. In addition to preparing and distributing Fact Sheets, we provide educational programming in the form of lectures, seminars, and workshops as part of our outreach to citizens. With New Jersey Agriculture Experiment Station funding and other State and Federal sources, we conduct research that will ultimately be used by stakeholders to improve water resources in New Jersey.
If you have any recommendations for links, resources, and programs that support a positive impact on the environment, please let us know!!!