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New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife Seeking Ideas for Repurposing of Rockport Game Farm in Warren County

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is looking for ideas from individuals and organizations that may be interested in making use of the former Rockport Game Farm in Mansfield Township, Warren County.

To that end, the Division of Fish and Wildlife has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest for projects that are compatible with the rural environment of this part of the state. The goal is to eventually bid out the site for agricultural purposes to a bidder that can improve and utilize the site while providing lease revenue to the DEP.

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Opening Day of Trout Season - April 7th

While the recent weather may be casting its doubts, spring has indeed arrived – and we’ll be casting much more in the future, now that trout season has arrived. This Saturday, April 7th, more than 184,000 freshly stocked rainbow trout will be available for anglers when trout season opens at 8 a.m. Anglers can download the complete in-season stocking schedule to their smartphones just by scanning the QR Code found in the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Freshwater Digest or on trout regulation signs posted along all trout stocked waters. Stocking information is also available through the Trout Stocking Hotline, (609) 633-6765. Anyone age 16 or older must obtain a fishing license and trout stamp to fish for trout; children under 16 and New Jersey residents aged 70 and older may fish for free. Please see the news release linked below for details and enjoy the season.

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Discover DEP Podcast

This week’s episode of the Discover DEP podcast is now live and on the DEP website. It focuses on Ringwood Manor, a National Historic Landmark District and a part of Ringwood State Park. It has historical importance spanning from Native American times through the early 20th century. Original historical structures, gardens and landscapes on 582 acres provide insight to visitors about family life, community, industry and culture throughout history. This episode can be found at, iTunes, or GooglePlay.

For more information on the AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador Program, please visit and

In addition to accessing the podcast on the DEP homepage, you can download our podcasts and subscribe to future editions through iTunes and Google Play.

New Jersey Statewide Water Supply Plan Meetings

DEP has scheduled four public meetings next week on draft revisions to the New Jersey statewide water supply plan. Three will be during the day, and one will be held in the evening. The plan was released in May of this year. For details about each location, time, and date, please see the attached press release.

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60th Anniversary Celebration of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park

The New Jersey State Park Service is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park on Monday, July 10, with events showcasing the historic and natural significance of the landmark lighthouse and park on the northern tip of Long Beach Island. For more information about this event, please see the attached.

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NJDEP Preparation Checklist for the Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a tree-killing non-native pest that was first detected in New Jersey in 2014. Although initial findings occurred in Somerset, Mercer, and Burlington Counties, it is expected to spread throughout the state in coming years. This checklist helps municipalities prepare.

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2017 NJDEP News Items

2016 NJDEP News Items

See also: 2015 Archive

2016’s Fish Consumption Advisory

A guide to Health Advisories for Eating Fish and Crabs Caught in New Jersey Waters (July 2016)

DEP Announces Increased Mosquito Control Resources Statewide

Enhanced Biocontrol Efforts, Increased Funding, Traps and Dunks Provided to County Mosquito Control Agencies Amid Concerns of Zika

The Department of Environmental Protection is providing increased resources to county mosquito commissions throughout New Jersey – including $500,000 in grants for mosquito control expenditures, more than 20,000 mosquito dunks and traps, and more than 500,000 mosquito larvae-eating fish - to aggressively combat the threat of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

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Providing Access To Your Property

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection recently posted a new webpage entitled "Providing access to your property." This webpage is designed to help property owners and tenants understand the process when a party conducting remediation requests access to their property as part of an environmental investigation. The webpage emphasizes the importance of allowing the progress of required environmental investigations and explains why it is important to ensure that the nearby residential and commercial properties are not impacted by the environmental contamination. This webpage will also help the public to understand how contamination can migrate through the environment and describes the process of environmental sampling.

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