The SCMUA-WRWMG is Proud to Welcome Kelly Norris as the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador for the 2017 – 2018 Year of Service. 

 

 

A message from your AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador:

I recently graduated with a B.S. from The University of North Carolina Asheville, where I concentrated in Ecology and Environmental Biology. Being a student in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I feel very fortunate for the unique field opportunities I experienced at UNC Asheville. I developed a strong interest and appreciation for wetland/stream ecology, conservation, restoration, and environmental consultation; and am excited to explore and develop these interests over the next year as an AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador. This term is an amazing opportunity to share my passions with others through outreach and education, while gaining valuable knowledge, field experience, and connections along the way. I am thrilled to be working out of the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group and am looking forward to learning from Nathaniel, Kristine, and Eric!

 

To contact Kelly, 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 - 2017, seventeen 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.