The SCMUA-WRWMG is Proud to Welcome Amanda Hayes as the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador for the 2016 – 2017 Year of Service. 

 

 

Amanda Hayes, a local of Lafayette Twp., will be serving as the 2016-2017 Americorps NJ Watershed Ambassador for the Watershed Management Area 02: Wallkill River Watershed. She will be working out of the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority in Lafayette during her term. Amanda graduated in December 2015 from Frostburg State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree. She majored in Wildlife Biology and Management, as well as in Foreign Language with a concentration in Spanish. Amanda has a passion for nature and the environment, and is pursuing a career in environmental conservation. One of her main interests is wildlife. She has volunteered with the NJ Audubon, Project OwlNet, and Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary. She has also been introduced to the educational aspect of the field. While working at Stokes State Forest during the summer of 2016 she was in charge of the Nature Center and certain programming events. Amanda is excited to be working in the watershed she grew up in. She is especially thrilled to be a temporary part of the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, whose goals often align with those of the NJ Watershed Ambassador Program.

 To contact Amanda, send an email to: ambassador@scmua.org

 

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The AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program is an environmental community service program administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to raise public awareness about water and watershed issues and to promote watershed stewardship through direct community involvement. AmeriCorps members are assigned to different watersheds throughout the State to serve as "Watershed Ambassadors" to their watershed 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.

The Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority (SCMUA) and the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group (WRWMG) are proud to have had the opportunity to serve as the host agency for the Watershed Ambassador assigned to the Wallkill River Watershed, since the program first got underway. From 2000 - 2015, fifteen different Watershed Ambassadors have worked out of the SCMUA / WRWMG office, serving as a key member of the Watershed Team, responsible for reaching out to the watershed community and facilitating valuable educational lessons.