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Emert Participates with NJ Gov. Phil Murphy, NASA and Other Educators for DRBC’s Inaugural Climate Change Forum

(This news release was issued with targeted distribution)

For Immediate Release

March 8, 2021

(West Trenton, N.J.) -- Alexander Emert, a science teacher at Woodbridge High School in Greenwood, Delaware, was one of only 15 teachers selected to attend the Delaware River Basin Commission's (DRBC) Forum on Climate Change and the Delaware River Basin, held March 2, 2021. The inaugural event was kicked off by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, who serves as a DRBC Commissioner, and has been an active leader in the study of and planning for climate change in the region.

"Nothing engages student learning like tying it to their own experiences. The conference gave me the data and knowledge to show to our students that although climate change is a global issue it has local impacts," said Emert.

NASA scientist Benjamin Hamlington, Ph.D., who leads NASA’s Sea Level Change Science Team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, followed Gov. Murphy to provide the forum’s keynote presentation.

Providing a local perspective, NBC10 Philadelphia Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz discussed climate change impacts on rain, snow and flooding in the Delaware River Basin.

"We were happy to provide a forum educator scholarship to him," said DRBC Executive Director Steve Tambini. "At DRBC, we are committed to using science to manage the water resources of the Delaware River Basin. Educators like Alexander are critical to passing that science along to next generation. Who knows? His students may be the water resource or climate scientists and engineers of tomorrow."

The DRBC is an interstate-federal government agency created in 1961 by concurrent compact legislation, marking the first time that the federal government and a group of states joined together as equal partners in a river basin planning, development and regulatory agency. The five Commission members are the governors of the basin states (Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) and the commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ North Atlantic Division, who represents the federal government.

To learn more about the Commission, please visit www.drbc.gov or follow DRBC on Twitter at @DRBC1961.

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Peter Eschbach, Peter.Eschbach@drbc.gov

Kate Schmidt, Kate.Schmidt@drbc.gov

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