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NJ DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4/15/02
02/25

CONTACT: Elaine Makatura or
Mary Helen Cervantes
609-292-9289

PRESS ADVISORY

DEP COMMISSIONER BRADLEY M. CAMPBELL ANNOUNCES FIRST REGIONAL DROUGHT WORKSHOP

(02/24) Trenton, NJ --- New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell announced the first of six drought informational workshops to be held in each of the state's drought regions. The first in the series will be held in Atlantic County (southern coastal region) on Thursday, April 18.

"In order to make sound decisions about the impacts of the drought on you and your communities we need to talk to you," said Bradley M. Campbell, Commissioner. "We need strong dialogue between all levels of government and interested parties not only on how best to manage the current drought but also to develop long-term strategies to protect and preserve the state's water resources into the future."

The state's severe drought emergency continues despite voluntary and mandatory water conservation measures being taken by residents, businesses and industry. March brought some welcome rain - seven separate episodes - bringing only average precipitation to the state, which did not erase the deficit.

The workshop will be held at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Upper G Wing Lounge from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For future workshop dates and locations, go to the drought web-site at www.njdrought.org.

 

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