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RESAA Forum 2013 Summary

RESAA Forum/ General Meeting at NJDEP 2013

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2013 RESAA Forum Summary and Meeting Minutes

Rutgers Environmental Stewards Alumni Forum 2013
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Trenton, New Jersey
Public Hearing Room, First Floor
Forum Summary - Speakers and Related Topics

"Easy Access" to NJ DEP Programs and Staff

The Rutgers Environmental Stewards Alumni Association held its Fourth Annual Alumni Forum and General Membership Meeting at the NJDEP on Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Agenda for July 30, 2013 Forum/ Meeting

9:00 a.m. Sign-in and NetworkingMark and Will 2013 - Go to DEP cafeteria for refreshments


Marc Rogoff, Office of Communications, DEP and Will Sigle (Duke'06) at the registration desk for the 2013 RESAA Forum. Contact Marc at 609-292-1474 or Useful websites: Seeds, the State Environmental Education Directory website, Subscribe to Environmental Education News; ANJEE, Alliance for NJ Environmental Education; NAAEE, North American Association for Environmental Education

9:25 a.m. Welcome
Tanya Oznowich, Supervisor, Environmental Education Office of Communications, DEP, welcomed the group and introduced Cindy Randazzo, Director of Local Government Assistance.

9:35 Opening Remarks and Q/A with Director, Local Government Assistance

Cindy Randazzo, 609-633-7700,  helps to make the DEP more efficient and responsive to members of local government and the general 2010CRpublic.

She assists local government groups and members of the public to find the DEP office and staff members which would best answer their questions or help with their concerns.

She urged everyone to contact her for help if they were not familiar with the structure and organization of the DEP.

10:00 Jump In! Water Quality and Monitoring in New Jersey

Trish Ingelido, Water Monitoring and Standards Element (WM&S), Bureau of Environmental Analysis and Restoration, 609- 292-0502

Recommended resources:

USGS NWIS - Has both water quality data and flow data, some of which is available in real time.

EPA STORET- Has water quality data, biological data and some habitat data. It is a national database.

The Water Quality Portal- This is more of a one-stop shop. This national database will pull data from both NWIS and STORET.

GEO-WEB - This is a mapping platform and has links to the data reports.

Barnegat Bay Interactive Map - a unique interactive map for the Barnegat Bay data collection

10:30 Something’s in the Air – NJ’s Air Monitoring Program and Activities

Air NJDEPCharles Pietarinen, Chief, Bureau of Air Monitoring, 609-292-0138,;

Citizen Science Workshop, NJ; Community - Government Air Mpnitoring Initiatives

Olga Boyko, Air Quality Permitting Program, 609-633-1108,; New Jersey Air Fact Sheet

Jana Opperman, Bureau of Mobile Sources,, Diesel Risk Reduction Program: 609-292-7953; New Jersey Diesel Retrofit Law

11:00 Planting Seeds for NJ’s Community Forestry Program

Alexander John McCartney, 609-292-2532, dep, forestry

Forester, DEP Community Forestry Program,

Division of Parks and Forestry:

Community Forestry Contacts

Information for Municipalities;

NJ Community Forestry Program;

Community Management Plans

CSIP Grant; Green Communities Grant;

Champion Trees; Tree Management Tools; Benefits of Trees

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. LUNCH (BYO lunch or buy lunch in DEP cafeteria)

***********RESAA Business Meeting: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m ***********


RES map

General Membership Meeting Minutes


Steve Foster (Duke’06) prepared and brought in a map showing where RES alumni are located and working by townships and towns. The display illustrates the success of the RES program by the widespread distribution and activity of RES alumni throughout New Jersey. The inception of the RES Program was in 2005, under the direction of Bruce Barbour, RES Director and, currently, Rutgers Agricultural Extension Agent of Warren County.



Afternoon Speakers******************************************

1:30 2:00 Waterway Debris and Sand Removal from Superstorm Sandy

Jane Kozinski, Assistant Commissioner, Environmental Quality, 609-292-27952013 Forum

Hurricane Sandy Debris Removal Update

Hurricane Sandy Resources Page

Superstorm Sandy Recovery Efforts

Sandy Waterway Debris Resources

NJ Waterway Debris Management Zones

Superstorm Business Recovery Assistance

Managing Emotional Impact of the Storm

National Disaster Legal Aid

AFT Superstorm Sandy Relief: List of Resources

2:00 – 2:30 NJ Environmental Justice History, Focus and Priorities

Presentation: Riche Outlaw, Office of Environmental Justice, DEP  609-633-0747
Joe McDonald, Office of Environmental Justice, DEP

Environmental Protection through Public Involvement; Contact EJ at the NJDEP

About the Office of Environmental Justice; EJ In Action - Current Activities

2:30 – 3:00 Camden’s Environmental Justice Activities
Presentation: Frank McLaughlin, Site Remediation Program, DEP 609-633-8227

Riche Outlaw, Office of Environmental Justice, DEP

Camden Waterfront South Air Toxics Pilot Project

Center for Environmental Transformation - Camden NJ

3:00 – 3:15 Environmental Justice Wrap-up

What is environmental justice? The Environmental Protection Agency defines environmental justice as: "the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. EPA has this goal for all communities and persons across this Nation. It will be achieved when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work."

The Office of Environmental Justice has invited the Rutgers Environmental Stewards to take a walking tour of Camden in the near future.

3:15 – 3:30 DEP Program Updates

Tanya Oznowich, Office of Communications,DEP 609-984-9802 or
Marc Rogoff, Office of Communications, DEP 609-292-1474 or

2013 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards

Public Education Resources: (SEEDS, Home)

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks and Feedback

Tanya Oznowich, Office of Communications, DEP

Tanya at DEP

Bruce Barbour, Director, Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program

Bruce Barbour

The Rutgers Environmental Stewards would like to thank Tanya Oznowich for organizing the Forum program and obtaining the speakers and Marc Rogoff for taking charge of the Audio Visual equipment for the day.