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PJMS Robotics Club Learns about Watershed Health at Station Park
Friday, July 21, 2017

 

   

Pope John Middle School Robotics Club members participated in an educational field lesson led by the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group. Through games, discussion, and hands-on activities, the stud

NFWF Awards the SCMUA-WRWMG a New Stormwater Grant
Thursday, July 13, 2017

 

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation recently awarded the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group funding to build green infrastructure stormwater management projects at Memory Park in Newton and at McKeown Elementary School in Hampton.

While traditional stormwater management practices are designed to quickly move rainfall away from buildings and roads through pipe

Calling All Potential Watershed Ambassadors!
Monday, July 10, 2017

 

Are you a college graduate looking to get your foot into the environmental field? Then, the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador program may be for you!

As a watershed ambassador, you will be required to complete 1700 hours of service over a 10 to 12 month period in which you will conduct

Kayaking to Remove Water Chestnut from Lake Wawayanda
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

 

Amanda Hayes, AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador for the Wallkill River Watershed, recently organized a water chestnut pull at Wawayanda State Park. Participants kayaked and canoed around Lake Wawayanda and removed invasive water chestnut plants by hand. Without volunteer assistance, wate

Fight the Bite at Wheatsworth Park
Thursday, June 29, 2017

 

   

Local Girl Scouts, High Point High School students, and family members of the WRWMG recently participated in a litter clean-up at Wheatsworth Park in Hardyston as part of national

Trout Unlimited Cleans Up West Mountain Road
Sunday, June 25, 2017

 

Members of the Fred S. Burroughs Chapter of Trout Unlimited recently participated in a Mosquito Control Awareness Litter Clean-Up that was organized by the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, Sussex County Clean Communities, and the Office of Mosquito Control.

Participants listened to a

Join Us for Litter Clean-ups throughout Sussex County
Friday, June 23, 2017

 

 

To celebrate national Mosquito Control Week, the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group has teamed up with Sussex County Clean Communities and the Sussex County Office of Mosquito Control to organize litter clean-ups throughout the county. Join us at a clean-up location near you to he

Gray Tree Frogs Spotted at Restoration Site
Thursday, June 22, 2017

 

Three gray tree frogs (Hyla versicolor) were recently spotted camouflaged on a log and in the rocks at a USDA-NRCS wetlands reserve program restoration site. The animals were utilizing the newly installed shallow water habitat pools. Shallow water habitat pools are intended to be season

Rain Garden Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held at McKeown Elementary
Monday, June 19, 2017

 

  

The WRWMG recently organized a ribbon cutting ceremony at McKeown Elementary School in Hampton Township to celebrate the successful installation of its first rain garden at the school. Event

Sign Up for Our June 24th Rain Barrel Workshop
Monday, June 12, 2017

 

Click on the following link to purchase tickets for the rain barrel workshop:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rain-barrel-workshop-make-and-take-tickets-35138408927

WRWMG Hosts 1st Planting Event Behind Sparta Middle School
Thursday, June 08, 2017

 

 

7th grade students in Mrs. Botti’s life science classes recently worked alongside the WRWMG to plant 500 sycamore and gray birch saplings provided by the NJ Tree Foundation. The trees were planted behind the Sparta Middle School in an area next to the Wallkill River.

McKeown Hosts Rain Garden Maintenance Day
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

 

Students at McKeown Elementary School in Hampton Township participated in a rain garden maintenance day with the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group. The students assisted the WRWMG with weeding and mulching the garden and laying down river stone. The day’s work helped to

Merriam Avenue Elementary Students Learn about Watershed Health
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

 

20 Merriam Avenue Elementary students in 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade recently worked alongside the SCMUA-WRWMG to plant native trees and shrubs in Newton’s Memory Park. The students also learned how people cause water pollution by littering, over fertilizing their lawns, and not picking up their pet’s waste. Students then brainstormed ways that they can reduce the amoun

Halsted Middle School Cleans Up Memory Park
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

 

On May 30, 6th and 7th grade Halsted Middle School students participated in a litter clean up at Memory Park in Newton. The event was organized by Amanda Hayes, AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador, with assistance from the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group.

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Selective Insurance Employees Volunteer along Sussex Branch Trail
Thursday, May 25, 2017

 

Yesterday, The Nature Conservancy and the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group hosted a tree planting day along the Paulins Kill River for 13 Selective Insurance employees. The workers were given an opportunity to have a paid work day to participate in community service projects

High Point High School Begins New Restoration Project Along Papakating Creek
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

 

    

Advanced Placement Environmental Science students at High Point Regional High School participated in a streamside tree planting day at Wantage Dog Park. Amanda Hayes, the WRWMG’s AmeriCorps NJ Watersh

WRWMG’s AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Organizes Rain Barrel Workshop
Thursday, May 18, 2017

 

Amanda Hayes, AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador for the Wallkill River Watershed, organized a rain barrel workshop at the Fairgrounds for the Master Gardeners of Sussex County. Amanda highlighted the benefits of rain barrels for decreasing the amount of polluted stormwater that enters loca

Legacy Tree Video Tells Story of SCMUA-WRWMG's Work
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

 

The Open Space Institute, with funding provided by the William Penn Foundation as part of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, sent a film crew to Sussex County to tell the story of the Paulins Kill Reforestation Corridor and the SCMUA-WRWMG's work with other conservation partners and community volunteers. Click here to view the video

Local Girl Scouts Celebrate Earth Day with WRWMG
Sunday, April 30, 2017

 

K through 12th grade Girls Scouts from the Wallkill Valley Service Unit (Ogdensburg, Hamburg, Hardyston, and Franklin) recently assisted the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group with tree planting along the Paulins Kill River, helping to extend the 4 mile reforestation corridor that adjoi

TNC and WRWMG Employees Take Their Children to Work
Thursday, April 27, 2017

 

         

To celebrate Take Your Child to Work Day, the WRWMG’s partners at The Nature Conservancy organized a tree planting day along the Paulins Kill. Children and employees from both orga

Earth Energy Day a Huge Success!
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

 

    

The Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority and the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group recently hosted their 12th annual Earth Energy Day Celebration at the SCMUA’s Recycling Faci

Hooked On Fishing, Not on Drugs Helps Improve Local Water Quality
Friday, April 14, 2017

 

The Sussex County Chapter of Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs recently participated in a tree planting event with the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group. The planting took place along a tributary to the Paulins Kill River at Hidden Pastures Alpaca Farm in Branchville, NJ. Over time, the tree planting will help stabilize water temperature fluctuations, helping to imp

Tree Planting at the Sussex County Civil Defense Center
Thursday, April 13, 2017

 

Three Sussex County Community College (SCCC) environmental science lab classes recently participated in a tree planting event at the Sussex County Civil Defense Center across from the Sussex County Library. The students planted 300 trees and shrubs along a tributary to the Paulins Kill. The

Earth Day Celebration Returns to SCCC
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

 

    

Photo Credit: Matthew Gizzi

The WRWMG is proud to announce the continuation of its Earth Day Celebration in partnership with Sussex County Community College and Halsted Middle School.

Trout Unlimited and NJ Youth Corps Assist WRWMG with Memory Park Maintenance
Friday, April 07, 2017

 

      

The WRWMG recently hosted a maintenance event at Memory Park for members of the New Jersey Youth Corps and Trout Unlimited. As part of the event, the volunteers p

WRWMG Watershed Director Presents at 21st Annual NJ Land Conservation Rally
Monday, March 20, 2017

 

On St. Patrick’s Day, Nathaniel Sajdak of the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group had the honor of presenting at the New Jersey Land Conservation Rally alongside Barbara Heskins Davis of The Land Conservancy of New Jersey and Bill Rawlyk of the Open Space Institute. Their presentation

NJCWRP Pledges Additional Funding for Continuation of Wallkill Reforestation Project
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

 

 

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group is extremely excited to announce that the New Jersey Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership (NJCWRP) has pledged an additional contribution of $20,425 to help fund the continuation of its Wallkill River Floodplain Reforestation Initiative.

SCMUA-WRWMG’s Top 5 Accomplishments of 2016
Friday, December 23, 2016

 

      

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group has had tremendous success with the implementation of its riparian reforestation, stormwater management, and agricultural outreach and assistance programs. H

2016 Year in Review
Thursday, December 22, 2016

 

2016 was a tremendous year for the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group in terms of on-the-ground restoration projects, community engagement, and conservation partnership building. Take a look at some of the many highlights from the past year!

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Tree Planting Takes Place Behind Chatterbox Drive-In
Thursday, December 08, 2016

 

300 native trees and shrubs have been planted on the commercial property behind Chatterbox Drive-In, helping the staff of the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group and The Nature Conservancy meet the fall planting requirements of their restoration grant. The next time you&rsq

Franklin Students Assist SCMUA-WRWMG and Sussex County Division of Engineering
Monday, November 21, 2016

 

   

The Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group recently teamed up with the Sussex County Division of Engineering and representatives of the Office of Bridge and Tra

AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassadors Reforest Paulins Kill Corridor
Thursday, November 17, 2016

 

 

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group recently planned and coordinated a restoration work day for the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors. As part of the event, watershed ambassadors from throughout New Jersey travelled to Sussex County to learn about the benefits of planting tr

Trout Unlimited Assists with Paulins Kill Reforestation Expansion
Tuesday, November 08, 2016

 

 

Members of the Fred S. Burroughs North Jersey Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Hacklebarney Chapter of Trout Unlimited joined the staff of the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group,The Nature Conservancy, and the Open Space Institute out in the field to assist with the expansion of the P

SCCC Students Learn about Agricultural Best Management Practices at Ideal Farms
Wednesday, November 02, 2016

 

 

Students in Dr. Larsson’s environmental science class at Sussex County Community College recently participated in an outdoor lab at Ideal Farms in Lafayette to learn how farming operations can make decisions to protect natural resources, like soil and water. Eric VanBenschoten and Kris

SCMUA-WRWMG Installs its 1st Rain Garden at McKeown Elementary
Monday, October 24, 2016

 

Kindergarten-6th grade students at McKeown Elementary School in Hampton Township assisted the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group with the installation of a rain garden on the school’s property. Rain gardens are vegetated depressions that are planted with native plants to treat

Fall Planting Kicks Off Along Wallkill River
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

 

Sparta High School ecology students recently assisted the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group with the first fall planting day of the 2016-2017 school year. In the course of one day, the students were able to plant over 400 native saplings along the Wallkill River through the generous suppor

Pope John Students Take Restoration Field Trip to Sparta Glen Brook
Monday, October 17, 2016

 

    

As an extension of the work completed in spring 2016, Trout Unlimited has again partnered with the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group to coordinate fall planting activities at Sparta’s Glen Brook Park. Th

Crystal Springs Nature Club Learns about the Work of the SCMUA-WRWMG
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

 

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group recently conducted a presentation for the members of the Crystal Springs Nature Club. The presentation focused on the work of the WRWMG and ways that community members can become involved in restoration work throughout Sussex County. The WRWMG looks forward to bringing the club’s members out to the Sussex Branch Trail to tour

Delaware River Watershed Initiative Phase 2 Planning Now Underway
Thursday, September 15, 2016

 

The Delaware River Watershed Initiative is a regional effort led by the William Penn Foundation aimed at encouraging over 50 different conservation organizations to work together to protect and restore significant portions of the Delaware River Basin. Through work in eight targeted regions of the water

Visit the WRWMG at Green Day 2016
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

 

Come out to the NJ State Fair in Augusta, NJ on Monday, August 8 to participate in Green Day 2016. As part of this environmentally-themed day, ecological organizations from Northern New Jersey will educate attendees about the work of their organizations and ways that participants can make their lifestyles more ecologically-friendly. With interactive displays, different environme

WRWMG's Watershed Ed Specialist Attends Environmental Leadership Program
Monday, August 01, 2016

 

 

Kristine Rogers, Watershed Education and Outreach Specialist for the WRWMG, recently attended the Environmental Leadership Program’s Delaware River Watershed Network, sponsored by the William Penn Foundation. Through twelve days of training and peer mentoring, the program helps emerging envi

SCMUA-WRWMG Coming to Sussex County's Farm and Horse Show
Friday, July 29, 2016

 

The SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group has designed an educational display at the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show to inform local residents about the work of the WRWMG. The display highlights upcoming projects led by the WRWMG and its partnership networks, including a stormwater management rain garden project at McKeown Elementary School and reforestation floodpla

NJ's Largest Rain Garden Coming to McKeown Elementary School
Thursday, July 28, 2016

 

 

The SCMUA-WRWMG has partnered with Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program to install stormwater management and green infrastructure projects on the campus of Marion E. McKeown Elementary School in Hampton Township. By capturing stormwater runoff from the rooftop and parking lots

Paulins Kill Corridor Continues to Expand
Monday, July 18, 2016

 

 

The SCMUA-WRWMG and The Nature Conservancy were recently awarded funding to continue their reforestation effort along the Paulins Kill River. By the end of 2018, an additional 22 acres of floodplain will be reforested with native tree and shrub material, effectively expanding the reforestation co

Lake Wallkill Outreach Event a Huge Success at Wallkill River Wildlife Refuge
Thursday, July 07, 2016

 

Kristine Rogers, of the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, recently worked with the staff of the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge to coordinate an educational field day at Owens Station in Sussex, NJ. Approximately 40 children from the Lake Wallkill community participated in a rotation of different stations where they learned about non-point source pollution and t

2-Year Planting Goals Met at State Land Decker and Augusta Hill
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

 

 

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group and The Nature Conservancy are proud to announce the completion of their reforestation effort along State Land Decker and State Land Augusta Hill. Both organizations worked diligently throughout the course of the two-year grant period to plant ove

Reforestation Begins in Stillwater Township along Paulins Kill River
Monday, June 13, 2016

 

 

Ian Blanchard (Stillwater Environmental Commission) and the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group organized a riparian reforestation tree planting day for the 6th and 7th grade students at Ridge and Valley Charter School. Representatives from the Stillwater Environmental Commission, the

Merriam Avenue Earth Keepers Participate in Educational Field Day at Memory Park
Thursday, June 09, 2016

 

 

3rd and 4th grade students at Merriam Avenue Elementary School recently participated in a restoration work day at Memory Park in Newton. Throughout the course of the day, the students worked with the WRWMG and TNC to plant sycamore and silky dogwood bare roots along the headwaters of the

Calling All Farmers: Papakating Creek/Clove Brook Funding Assistance Now Available
Monday, June 06, 2016

 

If you are enrolled in the USDA-NRCS Farm Bill program and your farm property is located within Papakating Creek/Clove Brook watershed, you may be eligible for additional funding assistance from the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group. For more information, please contact Eric VanBenschoten, the WRWMG’s Agricultural Outreach Specialist at 973-579-6998 ext. 111

NJCWRP Awards WRWMG Funding for Wallkill River Reforestation Project
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

 

Members of the New Jersey Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership voted to award the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group $4500 in funding to continue reforestation efforts along the Wallkill River in Sparta Township with the help of Sparta middle and high school students. The request will enable to WRWMG to purchase tree tubes for the project and to coordinate additiona