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Clearing the Air: A Community Research Guide on Air Quality and Respiratory Health

Air Quality Alerts

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Get alerts from the EPA's Airnow website when air quality may be especially poor in Camden to your email at the following website, click here.

Airnow smartphone applications are also available for Apple and Android.

Additional EPA Resources

Workshop recording

Sign up for a free online community health workshop led by local Center for Environmental Transformation staff and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University Librarians .  Don't worry, if the workshop has filled up or you are not available, a recording with Spanish subtitles will be uploaded here.

How to Report Environmental Emergencies or Concerns



Call this 24-hour hotline to report environmental incidents, abuses, complaints, and concerns in New Jersey.

What you should report?:

  • Odors
  • Spills
  • Dust
  • Dumping
  • Idling
  • Fumes
  • Visible air pollution of any kind

Or Download this smartphone app!

The app will record your exact location as part of the report.  Take photos of the problem!  Upload them to the app!!!


The following document describes the investigative process the NJ DEP uses in response to odor complaints.

Learn more about past environmental complaints in your neighborhood.

Anytime an individual makes a complaint to 1877WARNDEP whether via their phone OR the corresponding smartphone applications the report is entered into the public DEP DataMiner website:

One can search this website for environmental complaints a number of ways, including site, date, location and category.

If you choose "Search by Category"-> Report Category "Incidents and Complaints" ->"Incidents by County Municipality and Date", you can then limit to Camden City and then choose a timeframe to view all of the WarnDEP reports made over a period of time.  This information can be exported in PDF or Excel format.

  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Air Enforcement Office
    • C&E inspectors perform more than 24,000 inspections and compliance evaluations per year and issue approximately 6,000 enforcement actions.  Inspectors also respond and investigate citizen complaints and other environmental matters referred to the DEP by county, state and federal agencies as well as local officials.  Often, these investigations lead us to finding and fixing environmental problems that would have otherwise remained unnoticed. In years past, C&E responded to more than 5,000 incidents and investigated more than 2,700 complaints.
    • Website:
    • Contact information:
  • County Health Officer
    • Paschal Nwako, PhD, MPH is the County Health Officer/Public Health Coordinator. He is responsible for 37 municipalities in Camden County in promoting a healthy community, preventing/controlling communicable and non-communicable diseases, and protecting against environmental hazards.
    • Website:
    • Contact information: For emergencies call 911. For more information about services offered by the Dept. of Health and Human Services, call (856) 374-6248. For a public health or an environmental health emergency, the County Health Officer is available 24/7 at (856) 783-1333.

What is Environmental Racism?

Environmental Racism is Northing New Infographic



What is Environmental Justice?

Environmental Justice Artistic Mural

Environmental Justice is the work being done to end environmental racism.  It is about YOU: your body, your health, your mind, your home, your community, and your well being.  When any of these spaces are negatively impacted by the environment around you - particular by pollution

Visit CFET's website to learn more about some of the work being done to end environmental racism in Camden.

EJScreen Sample Map

EJSCREEN: How does the air quality in my neighborhood compare to other neighborhoods?

In order to better meet the Agency’s responsibilities related to the protection of public health and the environment, EPA has developed a new environmental justice (EJ) mapping and screening tool called EJSCREEN. It is based on nationally consistent data and an approach that combines environmental and demographic indicators in maps and reports.


Enviromapper sample Map

Enviromapper: what facilities are in my neighborhood?

A single point of access to select US EPA environmental data. This website provides access to several EPA databases to provide you with information about environmental activities that may affect air, water, and land anywhere in the United States. With Envirofacts, you can learn more about these environmental activities in your area or you can generate maps of environmental information.

DEP What's in my community sample map


NJDEP Community Corner Map: Are polluting industries are following their air quality permits?

This map shows every facility with an air permit registered with the Division of Air Quality at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Environmental Justice in New Jersey and Camden

Developed resources reported in this project are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012342 with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.