Issue #9           

Winter 2005           


The Basin Bulletin   

Newsletter for Stakeholders of the Raritan Basin Watershed    

Rain Garden Workshop 

Learn how to Construct a Rain Garden in Your Yard   Learn More...

March 2, 4:30-6:30, Pennington

Contact: Peggy Savage, SBMWA

Project Learning Tree

Professional Development Workshop for Pre K- 8 educators  Learn More...

March 9, 9:00-3:00, Bedminster

Registration deadline March 2

Contact: Melissa Almendinger, URWA

Stream School

A course in stream ecology and biological monitoring techniques  Learn More...

March 17&18, 9:00-4:00, Gladstone

Contact: Melissa Almendinger, URWA

South Branch Watershed Association's Annual Meeting

Local author, Bruce  Beans will speak about bald eagles  Learn More...

March 18, 6:30pm, Raritan Twp.


Stream Restoration Workgroup Forming

Network with New Jersey stream restoration professionals   Learn More...

March 21, 3:30, Location TBD

Contact: Kathy Hale, NJWSA or Jen Maio, Louis Berger

URWA's Volunteer Monitoring Training

Biological monitoring training session in the morning followed by visual stream monitoring in the afternoon.  Learn More...

April 2, 9:00-4:00, Bedminster

Contact: Melissa Almendinger, URWA

South Branch River Clean-Up

Spend the morning cleaning up the river and surrounding areas throughout the watershed.  Learn More...

April 16, 9:00-12:00

Contact: Nicole Rahman, SBWA

NJ-AWRA Field Trip to Janssen Pharmaceutica

Tour the property and learn about  LEED and River- Friendly Certification, Green Building, Water Resource Protection and More...

April 29, 12:30-4:30, Titusville

Contact: John Miller, pH, NJ-AWRA

Arbor Day Tree Plantings

Commemorate Arbor Day by donating a tree in honor of your loved ones, then join the planting and dedication ceremony.  Learn More...

April 30, 10:00, Bedminster

Contact: Melissa Almendinger, URWA

Upper Raritan Spring Stream Clean- Up

Help keep our waterways clean  Learn More...

May 14, Rain-date May 15

Contact: Melissa Almendinger, URWA

NJ-AWRA Starts Floodplain Management Committee

Join a diverse group of professionals who are forming an organization that will help manage, educate, and protect the people and businesses located in the flood plain of our State.  Learn More...

Contact: Cleighton Smith, Dewberry, NJ-AWRA

Tell the Basin What You are Doing

Submit press releases, articles, and photographs about projects and events that you are coordinating in the Raritan Basin to be included in the May/June issue.

Contact: Michelle Segal, Assistant Watershed Protection Specialist, NJWSA


NJDEP Division of Watershed Management Reorganization Completed

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Division of Watershed Management completed the second phase of its reorganization in November.  The new Division structure organizes internal staff and work assignments according to function, rather than geography.  This is accomplished through the realignment of staff responsibilities in the Division’s bureaus and offices.  Click for More...

Raritan Highlands Compact

Morris County and nine municipalities from the southwest part of the county have joined together with help from Morris Tomorrow to form The Raritan Highlands Compact.  More...

EPA Funding at Work

The Municipal Assessment Program  Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association’s (SBMWA) Assessment Program aims to strengthen a municipality’s ability to achieve its own unique vision while protecting the natural environment.

The River Friendly Program  SBMWA works cooperatively with businesses, golf courses and residents to encourage environmental stewardship and reduce nonpoint source pollution through better land management practices.  More...

Raritan Basin Projects Take Home NJDEP’s Environmental Leaders and Innovators Excellence Awards 

Last November, when New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell honored environmental leaders at a ceremony in Atlantic City, the Raritan Basin took home one third of the awards.  Click for More...

Economic Growth and Environmental Stewardship at Spruce Run

The Route 31 and Route 173 highway corridors represent a tremendous potential for economic growth in the Spruce Run region. Unfortunately, this growth potential also represents a significant threat to the water quality of the reservoir. With these issues in mind, the New Jersey Water Supply Authority teamed up with the Townships of Bethlehem, Lebanon and Union and High Bridge Borough to secure a grant from the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions to explore ways to accommodate reasonable growth while protecting the environment.  Click for More...

River Monitors Learn About Health Of South Branch

On January 15, South Branch Watershed Association (SBWA) presented the results of the 2004 river monitoring season.  This is the eleventh year that SBWA’s volunteers collected data at 17 sites along the South Branch Raritan River and its tributaries.  The highlight of the event was a presentation entitled 'Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Efforts in New Jersey' by Danielle Donkersloot, Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. Click for More...

319 is the Magic Number

The Raritan Basin has been fortunate in receiving several Nonpoint Source Pollution grants, known as 319h grants.  These grants provide monies for the investigation and sometimes abatement of nonpoint source pollution problems in the watershed.  The NJ Water Supply Authority and various partners are working on three projects, partially funded by these grants.  Click for More...

D&R Canal Tributary Assessment &

NPS Management Plan

This project addresses nonpoint sources of pollution from influent water sources to the Canal in the State Park and in the vicinity of drinking water intakes.  After identifying and assessing the relative impact of individual infalls to the Canal, conceptual designs for nonpoint source management practices will be created for the highest priority areasClick for More...

Colonial Park Pond Protected From Water Quality Problems

The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association (SBMWA) partnered with Somerset County Park Commission and TRC Omni Environmental Corporation (TRC Omni) to restore the Powder Mill Pond in Colonial Park by planting the shoreline around the pond with native plants and shrubs.  Click for More...

Franklin Twp Stream Water Quality Monitoring

In 2003-2004 the Franklin Township (Somerset County) Environmental Commission, with an Environmental Services grant from the Department of Environmental Protection, surveyed the water quality of streams in the township. These streams flow into the Millstone River, the Raritan River, or the Delaware and Raritan Canal. Click for More...

South Branch Watershed Association Expands Waterways Stewardship Program

The Dodge grant will enable South Branch Watershed Association to make improvements to the Waterways Stewardship Project by cross-referencing all Project parts with the current NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards, and expanding participation in the Project by bringing this important educational tool to more school districts, and students, in the watershed area. The Waterways Stewardship Project provides in-class, in-field and computer based environmental education designed to foster students’ appreciation for the natural world, from the tiniest “bug” that lives in the bottom of their neighborhood stream to the larger ecosystem supported by the watershed in which they live.  Click for More...

Ecologist joins South Branch Watershed Association

Meet Michael Rehman, South Branch Watershed Association's new Watershed Project Manager.  Mr. Rehman will assist property owners who want to improve their water and natural resource management practices.  Click for More...