One of the primary ongoing missions of the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group (WRWMG) is to raise awareness about the watersheds in Sussex County and generate stakeholder participation in various watershed management activities. 

WRWMG Outreach Initiatives:

  • Upper Paulins Kill Watershed Restoration Partnership with McKeown Elementary School
  • Educational presentations at schools and publicly attended events
  • Informational presentations at county and municipal meetings, conferences, and seminars
  • Educational displays at the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show 
  • Watershed Clean-ups
  • WRWMG website development
  • Wallkill River Watershed roadside sign campaign 
  • Watershed Walks Program
  • SCMUA-WRWMG Earth Energy Day

Watershed Restoration Partnership with McKeown Elementary School

The WRWMG is partnering with students and faculty from McKeown Elementary to implement restoration initiatives that will directly improve the water quality of the Paulins Kill.

As part of this effort, McKeown students have:

  • learned about the importance of having trees along rivers, while potting native saplings to be planted along the Paulins Kill 
  • worked with a soil scientist to determine if the school's soil conditions are appropriate for a rain garden
  • calculated the volume of stormwater entering the storm drains from the school's impervious surfaces
  • planted a riparian buffer of native trees and shrubs at the Sussex County Homestead Complex
  • given a presentation about their school's watershed restoration efforts in front of 150 conservation partners