The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association hosted the graduation ceremony for 19 AmeriCorps New Jersey Ambassadors on Thursday (July 6), with state environmental officials, mentors and family members in attendance.
Each ambassador was assigned to one of New Jersey’s 20 watershed management areas. They embarked on community education and service projects. They also monitored stream health by performing visual and biological assessments.
Now in its 17th year, the AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program helps raise awareness of the impact of human activities on water quality in the most densely populated state in the country.
Speaking at the event were Dan Kennedy, Assistant Commissioner for Water Resources Management; Bruce Friedman, Director of the Division of Water Monitoring & Standards and Kim Cenno, Bureau of Environmental Analysis, Restoration and Standards.
The program is administered by the state Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water Monitoring & Standards.
The Watershed’s ambassador was Anna Marshall. She did presentations on water quality and macro invertebrates with school groups, community service project such as stream cleanups along the Griggstown section of the D&R canal and Millstone River floodplain, and a tree planting project with Montgomery and West Windsor Townships in the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed. She also hosted four stream monitoring workshops for volunteers — three held at the Watershed — with other environmental groups.
She and two other ambassadors received the Outstanding Achievement in Stewardship Award from the 2017 Sustainable Raritan Conference.