News Archive

  • The Department of Environmental Protection has launched a series of audio podcasts designed to provide the public with insights on initiatives and activities the department takes to protect and enhance the state's environment.

    Nine episodes of the "Discover DEP" podcast are currently available.

    For additional information, visit: or by visiting

  • NJ-GeoWeb is NJDEP's new environmental mapping tool that accesses geographic information about your community, county, or the entire state of New Jersey. Users can take advantage of the GeoWeb's various tools and functions to create their own customized maps. To help, NJDEP is offering resources to the public about GeoWeb and its various tools and functions that are quick and easy to use.

  • The birds need to feed during this time anually to complete their migration to the Arctic Circle. The birds were listed last year as a threatened species so it is essential for them to make it to the Artic Cirlce during migration for breeding. For more information, see this article.

  • Please join NJDEP for the 29th Annual GIS Mapping Contest. The event features the best non-commercial mapping in the State of New Jersey. Please review the rules, categories and register online at the NJDEP GIS web site:

    Entries of past winners can be viewed here. Good luck to all participating!

  • NJDEP recommends the following guidelines and precautions to burn firewood safely and efficiently as a home heat source.

  • Participate in the upcoming NJ Urban Water Conference on Thursday, December 10 at the NJ Institute of Technology in Newark. Speakers include the Mayors of Newark, Elizabeth and Perth Amboy and topics of discussion include methods to finance water infrastructure and innovative water infrastructure design. For more information and registration, please see this page.

  • The annual Rutgers Regional Climate Symposium will take place on Friday, November 20 at the Rutgers-Livingston campus student center. The program starts at 9 AM. The symposium objective is to foster collaboration among natural and social climate science researchers and students in the greater NJ-NY-PA region.  This year's event will explore the topic of Climate Change and Polar Regions.

  • While all ash trees in NJ should be monitored for EAB, ash within 15 miles of known sightings should be most carefully and frequently monitored. For more information, please visit the related State Forestry Services website and the NJ Department of Agriculture website.

  • The 2016 application for the Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards program is now open and available. Leaders in New Jersey's environmental, academic, business, science, government, non-profit and youth sectors are encouraged to showcase their environmental accomplishments by submitting a nomination for consideration this year.

  • The USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) has funding available through its Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership to protect and restore critical wetlands in New Jersey. The agency invites states, local units of governments, non-governmental organizations and American Indian tribes to submit proposals to collaborate with USDA-NRCS through cooperative and partnership agreements. Proposals are due on July 31, 2015.