Through our YII “Youth Inclusion Initiative”, the Department of Environmental Protection is helping to inspire the next generation of diverse environmental leaders and deepen our connections with the communities we serve,” said Commissioner LaTourette.
DEP has partnered with 5 community-based organizations to host youth from open space constrained areas for six rewarding weeks at DEP where they will learn from dynamic professionals, visit some of New Jersey's incredible natural areas, and contribute to the exciting work of protecting public health and the environment we share. NIA is the only organization from the City of Trenton included in this partnership.
The six-week program allows participants, ages 16 to 20, to gain hands-on experience in areas such as air monitoring, water sampling and natural resource management, and provides them with opportunities to develop the necessary tools to pursue a career in environmental protection, conservation and stewardship. The program will run from July 6 to August 16.
During the summer, youth participants are introduced to various DEP program areas by participating in interactive activities and learning about opportunities for career advancement. Other opportunities may include touring facilities such as water treatment plants, taking part in fishing and wildlife education programs, conducting stream assessments and learning about proper tool and equipment handling at a state park. Participants will also receive a stipend.
Polluted site in Trenton, former dry cleaners, to get $2M cleanup
A notorious polluted site in West Trenton is set for renewal, thanks to a federal grant of almost $2 million. Local, state and federal leaders said they hope the remediation work will allow for new development at the site and a revitalization of the neighborhood.
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