Press release from Brookdale Community College

Carleton MontgomeryAccording to a December 2015 report by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), only 55 percent of New Jersey’s waters fully support one of the department’s five designated uses of water resources: water supply, recreation, aquatic life, shellfish harvest and fish consumption. The other forty-five percent support none.

What does this mean to our daily life here in the Garden State? How do watersheds function? What do we need to do to protect our supply of drinking water? And could what happened in Flint, Michigan also occur here?

On the evening of Wednesday, April 13, Brookdale Community College invites all members of the community to hear answers to these and other questions, during a free panel discussion on local drinking water, water quality and the potential risks to statewide water supplies.

Scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m., the forum is co-sponsored by the Monmouth County League of Women Voters; Monmouth County Friends of Clearwater; NY/NJ Baykeeper; Waterspirit; Clean Ocean Action; Raritan Riverkeeper; United Methodist Church of Red Bank; Citizens for Informed Land Use; the Brookdale Community College political science department and three Brookdale student groups.

The panel of featured experts includes Fred Sickels, former director of the division of water supply and geoscience at the NJDEP; Carleton Montgomery (pictured), executive director of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance; and Dan Van Abs, associate research professor for water, society and environment at Rutgers University. Community members are invited to participate, ask questions and learn what they can do to help protect their drinking water quality.

The program is free and open to all. Parking is in lots 6 and 7. For more information contact Louise Usechak at (732)842-1370 or email