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The goal of the River-Friendly Golf Course Certification Program is to reduce nonpoint source pollution, or pollution that results from stormwater runoff. By reducing this type of pollution, the River-Friendly Golf Course Certification Program improves water quality, enhances stream corridors, provides greenspace benefits, and promotes the understanding that environmentally sound courses are quality courses. NJWSA implements this program in the North & South Branch and Lower Raritan watersheds.

NJWSA works with each individual course to help develop specific goals and requirements for certification in each of four areas: Water Quality Management, Water Conservation Techniques, Wildlife and Habitat Enhancement, and Education and Outreach. By joining, courses receive ongoing technical information, support and guidance for implementing environmental projects tailored to the unique location, resources and needs of the golf course.

To find out more about the River-Friendly Golf Course program:

Certification Benefits:

The River-Friendly Golf Course Certification Program provides the following advantages:

  • Protects natural resources and preserves and restores New Jerseys native landscape.
  • Provides public recognition for achievements through receipt of a plaque, an award presentation and media announcements.
  • Creates healthier turf.
  • Reduces costs by decreasing use of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.
  • Lowers operating costs due to decreased use of equipment in no-mow zones and no-spray zones.
  • Maintains course aesthetics and creates a unique golfing experience.
  • Decreases water use.
  • Increases natural habitat and attracts beneficial wildlife.
  • Decreases golfer and worker exposure to pesticides and other chemicals.
  • Promotes a positive relationship between the community and the course.

Current Participants:

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Bird house at Neshanic Valley Golf Course Natural areas at Neshanic Valley




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