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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 - 2018, eighteen 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.