Monday, October 5, 2009

The New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program

The New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program is a community-oriented AmeriCorps environmental program coordinated by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and is designed to raise awareness about watersheds in New Jersey.

Through this program, AmeriCorps members are placed in watershed management areas across the state to serve the educational water-related interests of their local communities. The program invited all ages of citizens to improve the quality of New Jersey's waterways and water quality.

Watershed Ambassadors monitor the rivers of New Jersey through volunteer monitoring programs and train community volunteers to use monitoring techniques in order to assess the health of waterways within their communities.

Ambassadors also make presentations to schools and community organizations for free. These interactive presentations explore water quality and watershed related topics in New Jersey, provide information about water and watershed issues, and hopefully empower residents to get involved in their own watershed.