Issue #8

Fall 2004

The Basin Bulletin

Newsletter for Stakeholders of the Raritan Basin Watershed

The NJ Non-Profit GIS Community  

(NGC), a users group for non-profit organizations operating in New Jersey using GIS and related technologies, had its first meeting in several years on June 15th at the offices of the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association.  Click for More...


First River-Friendly Business – Janssen Pharmaceutica 

On Earth Day, Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association  honored Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc. as their first certified River-Friendly business.  Click for More...


Spring River Clean Up 

  Over 400 people participated in South Branch Watershed Association's 14th annual Spring River Clean Up on Saturday, April 24, 2004.  Volunteers collected over two and a half tons of trash and recyclables at 21 sites.   Click for more...


URWA  WHIP Project Update  

As part of Upper Raritan Watershed Association’s participation in WHIP (Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program), two fields were re-seeded for native meadow species.  Areas of native meadow are becoming increasingly rare, and the species that inhabit them such as grassland birds, butterflies and dragonflies will benefit from these newly restored areas.  Click for More...


Watershed Association Wins Planning Award for Municipal Work  

The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association received an  Achievement in Planning Award for partnering with municipalities to improve local ordinances protecting the environment.  Click for more...


Winter Road Maintenance Operations Seminar  

The New Jersey Water Supply Authority (NJWSA) partnered with the Public Works Association of New Jersey (PWANJ) and The Salt Institute to offer a Winter Road Maintenance seminar.  Over 170 people attended one of the two courses held in Camden and Somerset Counties in late October.    Click for more...



After many, many years of discussion and negotiations between the USDA and the NJDA this past March saw the unveiling of New Jersey’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). The program, under the supervision of the Farm Service Agency and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture will have just 3 years to obligate 100 million dollars allocated to New Jersey’s CREP for the purpose o creating stream buffers. Click for More...


Welcome to the Basin Bulletin!

The Basin Bulletin is back!  This occasional newsletter was started during the Raritan Basin Watershed Management Project, and published by the New Jersey Water Supply Authority.  With the completion of that project and the Raritan Basin Watershed Management Plan, the newsletter lapsed temporarily.  We are pleased to announce that new funding has been established for Web-based publication. 

The Basin Bulletin will be supported through 2006 using funding from the Raritan Basin Targeted Watersheds Grant from USEPA.  This $1 million grant was secured by the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, the NJ Water Supply Authority and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, working in partnership, and is being matched by another $1 million from the three organizations.  Through the Basin Bulletin, we will keep e-readers up to date on the project, including news from our project partner the South Branch Watershed Association, as well as other projects from around the Raritan Basin.  The Basin Bulletin will also have news about the Raritan Basin Watershed Alliance, a new public-private-nonprofit coalition that is focusing on implementation of the Raritan Plan. 

If you would like to provide information for the newsletter, please forward it to Michelle Segal, Assistant Watershed Protection Specialist at NJWSA, at


Raritan Basin Alliance Selects Three Major Initiatives

The Raritan Basin Watershed Alliance (RBWA) Steering Committee selected its first three major initiatives.  The Alliance will now begin working on Program Coordination, The Nonpoint Source Pollution Cause and Identification Initiative, and The Raritan Basin Stream Corridors / Riparian Restoration Project.  The Highway Stormwater Systems Initiative came in a close fourth.   Click for more...



Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act

Implications for Highlands Region Municipalities

The Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act (Highlands Act) was signed by Governor McGreevey in August 2004.  This paper summarizes the key aspects of the Highlands Act with regard to municipal planning, zoning and development review.  The purpose of this summary is to help Raritan Highlands municipalities understand the direct impacts of the Highlands Act on them.   Click for More...

Somerset County Wetland Mitigation

In 1998, Somerset County began planning an 8.1-acre wetland mitigation bank.  The project had three objectives:

·Serve as compensation for wetland impacts associated with past Somerset County infrastructure projects;

·Serve as a credit or bank for future infrastructure projects planned by Somerset County; and  

·Be an amenity to the County Park System. More...

Group Helps Buy Open Space

Washington Twp. Saves 290 Acres in Highlands


A group of local interests dedicated to maintaining open space in Washington and Lebanon township helped buy the 290-acre Crystal Springs- Pelio property.  Partners included the Washington Township Land Trust, New Jersey Water Supply Authority, Hunterdon County, Lebanon Township, Hunterdon Land Trust Alliance, and the state Green Acres Program.  This parcel was targetted for preservation thru the Spruce Run Initiative. Click for More...


Stream Assessment & Restoration in the 

Spruce Run Reservoir Watershed  

What are you doing with those hip waders?

That was the question asked of the New Jersey Water Supply Authority  (NJWSA) watershed staff over the past several months as they conducted approximately 40 stream visual assessments in the Spruce Run Reservoir Watershed and identified several potential restoration sites, as a part of a Targeted Watersheds Grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shared with Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association (SBMWA)   More...

Although the information in this document has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement WS982909-03-0 to the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, it has not gone through the Agency's publications review process and, therefore, may not necessarily reflect the views of the Agency and no official endorsement should be inferred.