AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program

AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program The AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program is an environmental community service progra

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection began hosting the AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program in September of 2000 under an AmeriCorps State contract with the Corporation for National and Community Service. Since then, the Department has recruited and trained over 200 AmeriCorps members as Watershed Ambassadors to serve New Jersey communities. AmeriCorps NJ Watershed

Ambassadors train and work with community volunteers to monitor the waters in their community using state and federally-approved visual and biological monitoring techniques. AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors also visit schools and community organizations to share information and educate the community about water and watershed issues in New Jersey and to encourage students and residents to become involved in protecting their watershed. The Program works to improve water quality by exploring relationships between people and the environment, nurturing community-based environmental activities, and empowering residents to make responsible and informed decisions regarding their watershed.


Hope all of our friends enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. Those affected by Sandy are still on our hearts and minds especially during this season of giving. Check out the Surfrider Foundation: Jersey Shore Chapter's event page page for cleanups happening in Ortley Beach and LBI this weekend.

Giving back to the next generation of Watershed Ambassadors. We

Giving back to the next generation of Watershed Ambassadors. We

Proudly displaying painted Duck Flatties @ FREC

Proudly displaying painted Duck Flatties @ FREC

Barnegat Bay Challenge Rain Barrel Build Nov. 2, 2012

Barnegat Bay Challenge Rain Barrel Build Nov. 2, 2012


Maplewood/South Orange/ West Orange/Millburn area opportunity via Maplewood Patch:

"The following announcement is from coordinators of the South Mountain Reservation "Chain Saw Gang": We have made a great start in clearing trails strewn with toppled trees from Superstorm Sandy. Over the last week, our Chain Saw Gang, Trailkeepers and more than two dozen stalwart volunteers have cleared more than 25 percent of the Reservation's trails and temporarily repaired fencing at several forest regeneration sites to keep deer out. We thank the community for this great showing, but there is more to do.

To maintain this momentum, volunteers over 15 years of age with loppers, bow saws, and especially chain saws are urged to come out this Saturday to the Dog Park off Crest Drive at 9:00 a.m. This effort will be under the direction of Dave Hogenauer and Jay Leslie, co-coordinators of the Chain Saw Gang. (Call Jay Leslie at 973-477-4481(c), if there are questions.)"


Please check out our "Recent Posts by Others" section. Our Ambassadors and Alums are updating us page frequently with various volunteer opportunities throughout the State! Can't beat boots on the ground!

NJ Volunteer and Donation Needs

We'd love to meet the mastermind(s) behind this super amazing, comprehensive, color-coded list of Sandy Relief volunteer opportunities! Check it out and see where you can get plugged in!


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Help restore Liberty State Park! The park needs volunteers to remove litter from lawns and trees left by Hurricane Sandy. Come this Saturday, November 17, 9:00 a.m. sharp. Please give as much time as you can. Wear sturdy boots, bring work gloves, water and snacks. Ages 15 to Adult can help. (Teens must be accompanied by a parent). DIRECTIONS: Take Turnpike exit 14C, at the end of the ramp, turn right, go past the Liberty Science Center, at the light, go left. At the cobblestone road (Audrey Zapp Drive) turn right. Park for free in the Central Parking Lot off Zapp Drive and Freedom Way. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register, email the park office at [email protected] Give your name, phone and the number of volunteers coming with you.


Volunteer Opportunity: Operation Recovery Newark at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark is in need of volunteers to move food and supplies. If you are able to help, please contact the Church at
(973) 622-4547. Please call ahead to see when they are getting deliveries. They need a lot of volunteers when they receive big shipments to unload and organize everything.

Thanks to Carly, AmeriCorps PM at Freak Oaks Charter School for sharing this! Like their page for updates -!

MDD Tree Planting 10/27/12

MDD Tree Planting 10/27/12

Volunteer opportunity this Saturday in Liberty State Park. Please share!

Volunteer opportunity this Saturday in Liberty State Park. Please share!


Via NJWAP Alum, Sassano - "Things in Point Pleasant Beach and Bay Head are in pretty bad shape, and people are definitely looking for help. The Masonic Lodge (911 Richmond Ave. Corner New Jersey Ave. Point Pleasant, NJ 08742) has people signing up volunteers and sending them to specific homes that need help. If you or anyone you know is in need of help cleaning out your homes, or is interested in
going here to help, please have them go to the lodge, or e-mail [email protected] and they can go over and volunteer. Please remember to bring a photo ID, gloves, masks, shovels, buckets, tools, or any other supplies that could be necessary to the clean up. Any help is greatly appreciated!

Also there is a donation center set up at Brave New World in Point Pleasant Beach taking any kinds of supplies that will be donated. I think they have enough clothes, though. And I heard that the Spirit of 76 Liquors in Manasquan is collecting cleaning supplies like towels, bleach, sponges, scrubbers, soaps, etc. for the displaced residents of Manasquan. I am happy to provide you with more information for the shore area as I find it out."


First time meeting with all of our members since Hurricane sandy. Ecstatic to know that everyone and their families are safe and really excited to see everyone's faces today! Now, to focus on having a short meeting so we can leave the Atlantic City area before this nor'easter hits! Have a great day everyone!


Mandatory evacuation for low lying areas of Brick by 6pm tonight. Evacuation strongly encouraged for other areas in Brick only if your home was damaged or affected by Hurricane Sandy. If not, no need to evacuate. Confirmed by an operator at the number listed in the attached article.

AmeriCorps is all about citizenship and civic engagement.  Remember to bundle up and GO VOTE today!  Let us know what to...
New Jersey Department of State - Division of Elections

AmeriCorps is all about citizenship and civic engagement. Remember to bundle up and GO VOTE today! Let us know what town or State you're voting in. For NJ Residents, check out the link below for information on how to vote if you were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Have a great day!

Notwithstanding Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, the State of New Jersey is committed to holding a fair, open and transparent election on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, as established by Federal Law, 3 U.S.C. § 1 et more


AmeriCorps members serving today in Ocean City (beach and residential cleanup), Trenton Volunteer Call Center, The Community Food Bank of NJ in Hillside and Shelters in Raritan, Flemington and West Long Branch. We're really proud of our members for stepping up to serve during this difficult time for NJ. We recruit the best of the best for this very reason. They live and breathe service.

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NJ Gas shortage still continues. Please BE SAFE out there if you are on line for gas! On Twitter, use or for updates on stations that are open with wait times.

Also, Gov. Christie signed an Executive Order: Starting at 12:00 Noon TODAY (Saturday, November 3, 2012) New Jersey will begin an odd/even system for getting gasoline.

License plates that end in an odd number can get gas on odd number days of the month (today) while those with an even number can get gas on even number days of the month. (For example ABC12D is even). If you have an all letter license plate it is considered odd therefore you can get gas on odd number days of the month.

Again, specialized plates — or those not displaying a number — will be considered odd-number plates. for example, a theoretical plate number of "XYZ 27Q" would have "7" as its final numerical digit, and would be permitted gasoline on an odd day.

This dispensation system will remain in effect as long as the limited states of energy emergency declared by the State continue. The order is in effect in the following counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Monmouth, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren.

Governor Christie Takes Action to Ease Gas Station Waits with Move to Odd-Even Rationing for Gasoline Purchases in 12 New Jersey Counties


FYI - looks like some areas are instituting early voting. Check with your town or county to preserve your voting rights! We saw this today "All Essex County residents can start voting today at Hall of Records/465 MLK Blvd., [Newark, NJ] Today until 5:30. Sat to Mon 8:30 to 4:30." Please leave a comment if polls are open in your area!


NJ Community Food Bank in Hillside is accepting volunteers for tomorrow (Saturday 11/3). Please call 98-355-3663 to register with the volunteer department. Thank you!


List of operational NJ Gas Stations, hotels, pharmacies, and food stores. NJOEM is updating their list based on what they are receving via email. Please email [email protected] to inform them of operational locations that you know of. Get updates directly from NJOEM via FB or follow them on Twitter OEM. -with New Jersey Office of Emergency Management

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AmeriCorps members served today in with tree cleanup in Pennington, at shelters in Flemington, West Long Branch and Tuckerton and at the NJ Volunteer Call Center in Trenton. What are you doing to help your neighbors in the aftermath of Sandy? Let us know where can we support or help promote your efforts!

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management

Looking for ways to help with relief efforts during Hurricane Sandy? Here's a list from the NJ Office of Volunteerism. Please spread the word!

1. NJ Food Bank Donations – email [email protected] for a list of locations and items needed.

2. The State is asking that people really help out locally right now – we are still in the Emergency Phase of this process where areas are being assessed for safety and resources that are needed. Currently, some areas may require support within 48 hours, we are being told others will not be safe for 7-10 days due to gas leaks, etc.

3. If you know anyone that wants to volunteer once we hit our Recovery Phase and begin to mobilize, please have them call the State volunteer emergency response hotline at 1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-800-537-7397). to leave their information.

4. RIGHT NOW – residents can support the food banks, check on their neighbors, help locally with cleanup, check on elderly and sick neighbors, and offer to bring phones to locations like city halls or malls to charge them, help entertain kids, etc.

5. RIGHT NOW – residents are being asked NOT to start collecting anything; monetary donations are still being requested except for the attached food bank donations. NJWAP has heard folks that have seen local organizations asking for socks, etc. We’d say that’s fine – but without a direct request, money is best.

6. Give Blood (locally and nationally )- visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule your whole blood or platelet appointment.

7. RIGHT NOW – as many sewage treatment plants are flooded and discharging directly into waterways, please remind those in affected areas to wash their hands, etc. or use hand sanitizer if they come into contact with flood waters, especially before eating. Also, please remind residents to conserve water during this time so we can ensure there is enough for everyone.

Boil Water Advisory:

Conserve water article:

Additional Items of Interest:
1. For people that NEED help, please tell them to call their local Office of Emergency Management (OEM - They can also call 211 or go to

2. If people need to find a shelter, please direct them to:

3. Please encourage places of worship and other community organizations to organize hot meals for community members. In Bergen County, residents stuck without power were calling in to Red Cross asking where they could get hot meals. Please ask that these organization publicize their efforts in local papers, patch, etc.

Thank you for your assistance ansd support! Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated!

NJDEP - News Release 12/P130 - DEP Advises Residents Statewide to Conserve Water in Aftermath of Sto

NJDEP is asking everyone to get on board with water conservation. Let's do our part as we recover together from Hurricane Sandy. What are you doing to conserve? Share your great ideas here!

“Everyone must pitch in immediately and take steps to reduce water consumption. Without conservation now, homes and businesses could find themselves without water in the near future if backup generation fails. We need full and immediate cooperation.” - Commissioner Bob Martin

The DEP advises residents to adhere to the following:

-Do not use water for any nonessential uses, such as watering of lawns and washing of cars.
-Take showers instead of baths. Keep showers as short as possible.
-Limit flushing of toilets, dishwashing and washing clothes.
-Turn off the faucet when shaving and brushing teeth.
-For those who have electrical service, run dishwashers and laundry washing machines only when they are full. If you have a water-saver cycle, use it.
-Check your toilet, faucets, and pipes for leaks and make repairs or shut off water valves to any faucets or toilets that are leaking.
-Use a broom or rake to clean up storm debris, including leaves or pine needles, rather than a hose.
-Keep a supply of drinking water on hand sufficient to last several days.

NJDEP-News Release 12/P127 - 27 October 2012 - Trenton, NJ - All state parks and historic sites will shut down at noon on Sunday for safety reasons due to oncoming Hurricane Sandy, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

Hurricane Sandy’s Scary, But Alums Are Here to Help!

AmeriCorps Alums Getting Things Done during relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy.

Happy Halloween Alums! We want to recognize the 121 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members who, as of Monday October 29, 2012, The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has deployed to assist with disaster response to Hurricane Sandy in five affected states. There are currently 290+ Ame


3 members deploying to West Trenton. Hoping all of our friends, colleagues and partners are safe. Please let us know what we can do to help!


AmeriCorps Members deployed in Toms River and Flemington. Eager to help in whatever way we can. Please let us know what other areas we can support. Especially any in Central or Southwestern NJ. We'll do our best! Thanks to the alumni helping to get us plugged in as well. Really proud of the team effort.

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management

Shout out to NJ AmeriCorps members and Alumni on the front lines, coordinating and assisting with disaster relief efforts during the Hurricane! Check out the site below for important information! Stay safe and remember to check on your neighbors! - -with Amanda Lotto and Akili Gordon

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"When you set high expectations, people rise to the challenge." Congratulations to our new YR 13 cohort on their successful completion of 2 weeks of intensive Orientation Training!!! Welcome aboard!!


Graduation Ceremony in 3 hours! Congratulations to the Class of 2012 for a fabulous year of service! All the best in your Life after AmeriCorps. We're so proud of you and what you've accomplished this year!


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Upwards of 300 volunteers joined us at four sites in Dunellen, Middlesex, Green Brook and Plainfield along the Green Brook for some serious Spring cleaning today. THANK YOU to our many partners including AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program's Ginny Rockey & Cassidy Attanasio, Central Jersey Stream Team's Jens Riedel Dawn Alice Moeller Gregg Bucino Plainfield lead Cathy Cole the Mayor's Alliance for a Cleaner Green Brook and Dunellen Mayor Jason Cilento and Green Brook Mayor Jim Van Arsdale PMUA - Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority Union & Somerset County Clean Communities Programs' Heather Miara the high school leads from CentralJersey Sewa Sewa International Central Jersey high school volunteers coLAB Arts' John P Keller LRWP interns Stacey Nunda and Piash Ahamed and our amazing LRWP board and volunteers Nandini Checko Missy Holzer Anton Getz Johnny Quispe Maya Fenyk and SO MANY OTHERS!! Gratitude!!
TOMORROW: Join AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program for a litter cleanup in Linwood between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. All volunteers must register beforehand. Visit the Event Page to learn more and sign up. ❗️
Join the Linwood Green Team and AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program for a litter cleanup on Patcong Creek off Hamilton Avenue on Saturday, February 26.

Please visit the event page to register and learn more.
We are happy to host our area AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program Ambassador Melissa! Learn more about the great work she does. 💧
ACUA's America Recycles Day Open House is happening tomorrow, Saturday, November 13, between 1 and 4 p.m.! 🇺🇸 ♻

Our FREE event will have something for people of all ages to participate in!

Kids will enjoy Touch-A-Truck, games and recycled crafts.

Earth First Native Plants will lead a free workshop at 3 p.m. for participants to make a fall wreath from natural materials.

We will be joined by Mazza Recycling Services, Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University, Atlantic County 4-H Fairgrounds, AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program, and more!
Join The AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program and Atlantic Cape May Sustainable Jersey Hub for a virtual two-day event celebrating World Water Day! The event will take place March 22 and 23. Hear from guest speakers sharing vital information to help you find more ways to protect water. Register for the free event at
Do you know what a watershed is or how it works? 💧 How about where storm drains go? Dylan O'Brien of the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program shares this and more in our latest blog in honor of :
Join us as we go in depth about the classification of streams and identification of macro-invertebrates. This lecture also covers the impacts of water pollination on the aquatic community and how this reflects water quality. The Sourland Conservancy is partnering with the The Watershed Institute, AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program and Lambertville Goes Wild to host a stream monitoring workshop remotely. This is a two-part workshop where volunteers will learn about the importance of water quality, how water health is impacting, and how to monitor stream health.

If you missed part one, you can watch on our website:
This week's volunteer highlight features a shining star from AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador program, Jenny Schneider! Jenny has been an amazing asset at Teaneck Creek this year, from splashing into the Creek with us to teach our Greening STEM programs, to prepping for tree plantings to come! We are thankful to have her as our ambassador for Watershed Management Area 5!
Hackensack Riverkeeper, Inc. AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program
Americorps Watershed Ambassador stream visual assessment training in Denville for the Rockaway River.

Sponsored by Rockaway River Watershed Association

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AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program is a wonderful opportunity for young professionals!
Our latest group of water savers from this weekend's rain barrel workshop with the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program.💧

If you'd like to attend a future class, sign up for our mailing list at or join us during our annual Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 28, to see a live demonstration.