Issue #13

Fall 2006

The Basin Bulletin

Newsletter for Stakeholders of the Raritan River Basin 

Prepared on behalf of the Raritan Basin Watershed Alliance

     


 

News

Headlines

State of New Jersey and Lebanon Township Preserve Highlands Property

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson and Agriculture Secretary Charles M. Kuperus announced the preservation of a 163-acre property (Special Farms) in the Spruce Run Reservoir watershed in Lebanon Township, Hunterdon County.  more...


Terraceland Receives First River-Friendly Farm Certification

The first River-Friendly Farm Certification was awarded to Greg and Chris Manners of Terraceland located in East Amwell Township, Hunterdon County.  more...


NJ-AWRA Named Outstanding State Section!

For the second time since its inception in 1970, the New Jersey Section has been designated Outstanding State Section by the American Water Resources Association.  more...


Congratulations TRC Omni Environmental Corporation

The Somerset County Planning Board recently awarded their Annual Land Development and Planning Award to TRC Omni Environmental Corporation for the Otto Kaufman Community Center project.  more...


SBWA

2006 Volunteer Biological Monitoring Workshop

South Branch Watershed Association held their 13th Annual River Monitoring Workshop on Saturday, June 3, 2006 in the rain at Echo Hill Park in Clinton Township.  more...


Development of Nutrient TMDLs for the Raritan River Basin

The Raritan River Basin Nutrient TMDL study is being performed by TRC Omni Environmental Corporation on behalf of the Rutgers University New Jersey EcoComplex.  more...


Union Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey

Nearly 150 residents packed the Municipal Building for the first public meeting on Pilot Travel Center's plan to raze Johnny's Truck Stop and build a "travel center."  more...


NRCS Releases Riparian Buffer Program Document

By the end of the month, a six-page document promoting riparian buffer programs will be mailed to all NJ municipalities.  This material was prepared by members of the State Technical Committee's Outreach subcommittee.  more...


USDA Announces Recipients of 2006 Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative Grants 

U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded nearly $5 million through the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI)  more...


The New Jersey Highlands Council  launches upgraded website!

www.highlands.state.nj.us 


EPA TARGETED WATERSHED GRANT FOR THE RARITAN BASIN

Project Updates

Project Partners:  NJ Water Supply Authority, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, South Branch Watershed Association, NJ Department of Environmental Protection

The New Jersey Water Supply Authority and the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association secured a Targeted Watershed grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency for the purpose of restoring and protecting public water supplies and watershed resources of the Raritan River Basin.  Previous updates on the EPA T.W. Grant were provided in the Fall 2004 and Summer 2005 Basin Bulletins.  


River-Friendly Programs

 

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association Honors

River-Friendly Businesses and Residents

 

The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association (SBWMA) is pleased to announce its most recent River-Friendly Certification recipients.  This year, two businesses and seven residents in the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed were awarded River-Friendly certifications.  more...


NJWSA's Municipal Assessment Program

As of August 2006, both Union Township and Bethlehem have approved the Next Steps Reports and have begun implementing the recommendations.  Three townships, Chester, Mendham, and Lebanon each are in the process of approving their Next Steps Reports for implementation.  NJWSA is currently preparing the Next Steps Reports for Mt. Olive Township, High Bridge Borough, Bridgewater Township, and Raritan Borough.  These four municipalities have signed on board and are at various stages of the project. 


  Stream Restoration Projects


RARITAN-PIEDMONT WILDLIFE HABITAT PARTNERSHIP

The Raritan-Piedmont Wildlife Habitat Partnership (RPWHP) is a coalition of public and private organizations focused on implementing the State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) in the Central Piedmont Plains of New Jersey.  Historically, the rolling hillsides and agricultural landscapes of Somerset and Hunterdon Counties have provided excellent habitat for rare grassland birds.  more..


NEW LOCATION FOR RUTGERS COOPERATIVE EXTENSION OF MIDDLESEX COUNTY

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County has moved their offices to Davidsonís Mill Pond Park in South Brunswick. The new Extension Building and grounds are called the EARTH (Environment, Agriculture, Research, Teaching, Horticulture and Health) Center.  more...


NJDEP 319 GRANTS

The New Jersey Statewide Nonpoint Source Program is responsible for administering the federal Section 319(h) Grant Program. Each year, New Jersey publishes a Request for Proposals (RfP) to solicit applications for Section 319(h) funds for eligible projects.  more... 


NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION (NJDEP)

"To create a network of environmentally sustainable NJ communities. An environmentally sustainable community is one that manages and stewards its natural resources and environmental assets such that their value is preserved, restored and enhanced for the present and future generations; and such stewardship complements the community's efforts to foster economic and social health."  more... 


GREEN COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE 

(ENTERPRISE COMMUNITY PARTNERS) 

Green Communities is a five-year, $555 million initiative to build more than 8,500 environmentally healthy homes for low-income families. Created by Enterprise in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Green Communities will transform the way America thinks about, designs, and builds affordable communities.  more... 


NJWSA PARTNERS WITH NEW JERSEY ENVIRONMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM  TO PRESERVE TWO LAND  PARCELS

The New Jersey Water Supply Authorityís most recent preservation efforts include two contiguous watershed parcels in Bethlehem Township totaling 104 acres.  The Reilly and Ahlemeyer properties are located within the Highlands Preservation area and the NJWSA partnered with the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program.  more... 


If you would like to provide information for the newsletter, please forward it to Sally Kean, Administrative Assistant, at NJWSA, at skean@raritanbasin.org.

Although the information in this document has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, 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.