On October 18, 2005, middle and high school students and science teachers, joined with representatives of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Pinelands Commission, Rutgers University’s Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, and members of the NJ Americorps at a lakeside outreach event to participate in hands-on water testing demonstrations. The event, held at Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest near Hammonton, celebrated the global month-long sampling period leading up to World Water Monitoring Day (October 18) by featuring the state’s various ongoing water monitoring programs.
Throughout the day, groups of students rotated between six interactive stations that focused on ground water monitoring, marine water sampling, stream flow monitoring, Pinelands waters chemical monitoring, lake and fish sampling, and freshwater biological monitoring. Students had opportunities to enter water data using laptop computers, use microscopes to examine aquatic insects, analyze waterbody maps, explore mobile labs, conduct experiments, examine equipment and boats, observe marine creatures and water samples, while interacting with experts and meeting other students.
This year the event was attended by students from Sterling Monroe and Manalapan High Schools, and Pinelands Regional School. The event was coordinated by DEP’s Water Monitoring and Standards and Environmental Education programs. Click here to see photos of some of the activities at the celebration.
New Jersey water monitoring efforts include 115 stations in the cooperative DEP/USGS rivers and streams chemical/physical network, over 800 sites in the state’s biological network, a 40 site per year lakes water quality network and over 2500 sites to evaluate marine water quality. New Jersey’s water monitoring event highlights the state’s ongoing commitment to understanding and improving water quality, and emphasizes the collaborative partnership among the three agencies involved to provide information to the public on the conditions of the state’s waters. DEP, USGS,the Pinelands Commission and Rutgers University are partners in the state’s 30-member NJ Water Monitoring Coordinating Council designed to enhance collaboration, communication and cooperation among those actively testing the quality and abundance of our water resources. Additional information on New Jersey’s water monitoring networks and results is available at www.state.nj.us/dep/wms.
For additional information, please contact Leslie McGeorge, Administrator