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Shapiro Named to Second Term as NJ AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador

The Authority is proud to host Cameron Shapiro as the 2023-2024 Area 17 New Jersey AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador for a second term of service. The Authority continues to serve as a host agency for individuals participating in the AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassador Program (NJWAP), during their term of service. The NJWAP addresses diverse environmental needs of the state primarily through observing and studying local waterways. This is accomplished through a series of stream assessments, presentations, and partnership projects. During her time with the NJWAP at The Authority, Shapiro will be responsible for the watershed management area (WMA) 17, consisting of the Maurice, Cohansey, and Salem River watersheds.

Shapiro served with the NJWAP in 2022-2023 and worked as a Field Tech throughout the summer, completing additional stream assessments for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). Shapiro graduated from Rowan University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and previously worked with a local, small business in the event industry. She aims to promote watershed stewardship through education and direct community involvement, and to monitor stream health through performing visual and biological assessments.

“During my second term of service, I am excited to continue to serve and connect with the people of Cumberland and Salem counties,” said Shapiro.

“I am excited to continue to work with Cameron during her second term of service as the WMA 17 AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador,” said Samantha DeFrancisco, Cumberland County Recycling and Clean Communities coordinator. “I am looking forward to see her grow through her upcoming projects, trainings, presentations, and cleanups, as she takes on the role of NJWAP Team Leader.”

“The NJWAP provides an excellent opportunity to promote environmental stewardship and accountability between the Cumberland and Salem Counties. The Authority is proud to have Cameron return for a second term of service,” said Bob Nedohon, Chairman.

If any environmental organizations or teachers would like to work with Shapiro, contact her at or 856-825-3700, ext. 2165.

In addition to its environmental related initiatives, The Authority is responsible for the development, financing and project management of projects and programs most vital to sustaining the economic and environmental future of Cumberland County and the state of New Jersey. The Authority works in tandem with the Cumberland County Board of County Commissioners to foster greater economic growth, business development and quality of life for all Cumberland County residents.