PSEG Volunteers Win $3,000 Award

For Hackensack Riverkeeper


Hackensack Riverkeeper, Inc., and the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) Environmental Partnership Team recently won a $3,000 competitive grant from the PSEG Excellence in Volunteerism program.


In 2005, the PSEG Environmental Partnership Team celebrated its 10th anniversary. During that time, the Team has constructed and supported 25 different environmental projects.  These include the construction of osprey nests, wood duck boxes and wildlife rehabilitation cages. The 2005 PSEG Environmental Partnership Team honorees are co-founders Michael Cullen and Rich Dwyer, Bill Elmer, Tyrone Hodge, Dennis Santos, Steve Montferret, Billy Jo Sheehan, Carlo Ruggiero and LeRoy Benson.


“The volunteers have made significant contributions to the restoration of the watershed,” said Captain Bill Sheehan, executive director of Hackensack Riverkeeper. “As the water and land quality improves, the natural urban environment can return to a place for breeding and nursery habitats for an increasing number of native species of fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, waterfowl, mammals, and plants.”


“Environmental improvement depends on long-term dedication and consistency,” said PSEG volunteer Bill Elmer. “The urban watersheds are important to our quality of life. For the past decade, the PSE&G Environmental Partnership Team has been working along the banks of the Hackensack River, and we are looking forward to learning how to work on Passaic River issues.  We have done a lot, and there is more to do.”


PSEG annually honors and rewards the exemplary achievements of employee volunteers and the nonprofit organizations they serve through two programs, Recognizing Excellence in Volunteerism, which provides grants of $1,000, $3,000 or $10,000 to nonprofits served by employee volunteers, and Dollars for Doers, which provides up to 200 grants at $250 each.  Recognizing Excellence in Volunteerism award winners are selected by an independent panel of representatives from New Jersey’s volunteer community.


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