Sparta High School Science Students Plant Trees Along Wallkill River
Tuesday, December 04, 2018



325 ecology and environmental science students from Sparta High School recently helped the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group plant 5,000 native trees and shrubs along the Wallkill River in Sparta Tow

Final Step in Culver Rain Garden Project Now Complete
Thursday, November 15, 2018



Pierson Landscaping and Excavating worked with the SCMUA-WRWMG and the Greater Culver Lake Watershed Conservation Foundation to install cuts in the curb to allow stormwater to flow from the Culver Lake Clubhouse

Watch this video to learn more about the Memory Park rain garden
Monday, November 05, 2018


The SCMUA-WRWMG partnered with NJ Future and FZ Creative to make a short film about the Memory Park rain garden project. Click here to learn more about rain gardens and the community partners that help make stormwater projects like this possible.

Newton Students and Families Clean Up Memory Park
Monday, October 29, 2018


Newton elementary, middle, and college students and their families worked with the SCMUA-WRWMG to clean up garbage and recycling from Newton’s Memory Park this weekend. In total, the group collected 3 bags of garbage and 4 bags of recycling, preventing the litter from entering the headwa

Merriam Ave and Halsted Students Learn about Keeping Local Rivers Clean
Friday, October 26, 2018


As part of the Choose 2 Connect after school enrichment program, 3rd through 8th grade students from Merriam Avenue Elementary School and Halsted Middle School in Newton recently worked with the SCMUA-WRWMG’s Education Specialist to learn about non-point source pollution (“people pollution”) prevention. Students walked away with a greater understanding of the d

Have you seen our Paulins Kill Hero video yet?
Wednesday, October 24, 2018


Click here to view our new video about Brenda Delgrosso (5th and 6th grade science teacher at McKeown School) as she discusses the rain garden project and stormwater summer camp,

Rain Garden Installed at Culver Lake Clubhouse
Monday, October 22, 2018


We’d like to extend a big thank you to Tristan Caffrey, a High Point High School senior, who recently worked with the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group to install a rain garden at the Culver Lake Clubhouse as part of his Eagle Scout project.

The newly installed rain garden will

Can you imagine a Day without the Delaware River?
Thursday, October 18, 2018


#DayWithoutTheDelaware is inspired by Imagine a Day without Water which is celebrated each year to urge people to think about how they interact with and rely on water in their daily lives in order to foster a deeper commitment to protecting and speaking out for clean, accessible water.


WRWMG Breaks Ground on New Rain Garden Project
Monday, October 15, 2018


The SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group in partnership with the Greater Culver Lake Watershed Conservation Foundation, Rutgers Water Resources Program, and Pierson Landscaping and Excavating broke ground on a new rain garden project at the Culver Lake Clubhouse in Frankford Township, NJ.<

Sign up for the Memory Park Litter Clean-up on October 28
Thursday, October 11, 2018



Celebrate Make a Difference Day by joining the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group for a litter clean-up in Newton's Memory Park on October 28, 2018.

Event Location: Memory Park (111 Moran Street Newton, NJ)

Time: 10

Help Clean Up Lake Hopatcong on November 3
Tuesday, October 09, 2018


Join the Lake Hopatcong Foundation and the Lake Hopatcong Commission to help clean-up Lake Hopatcong on Saturday, November 3.  The event will run from 8:00-12:00.  To sign up, visit the following website:

Think Outside Day a Huge Success
Friday, October 05, 2018


5th graders from Byram and Sussex-Wantage recently participated in Think Outside Day at the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge. Refuge staff organized the event and coordinated a series of different stations to immerse students in hands-on outdoor learning . The WRWMG and Newton High School FFA also ran stations at the event. Some of the topics covered were water pollutio

Coming Soon: Newton Rain Garden Video
Tuesday, September 25, 2018



The SCMUA-WRWMG recently worked with New Jersey Future and FZ Creative to produce a movie about the installation of the Memory Park rain garden project and its benefit to the entire Newton, NJ community. The township mayor, deputy mayor, recreation supervisor, and Shade Tree Commission

Monarchs Thrive at Easement Site
Thursday, September 20, 2018


The following photo was taken at a federal easement site that the WRWMG has been working on since 2015. The conservation work that took place on the property included invasive species removal, tree and shrub establishment, and shallow water habitat pool installation.

Shallow water ha

Hopatcong Hosts Litter Clean Up
Monday, September 17, 2018



On September 15, the Hopatcong Environmental Commission, Department of Public Works, and the Sussex County Office of Mosquito Control worked together to plan a litter clean-up throughout the borough. Over 70 residents and local scouts assisted with the event, helping to keep the streets and

WRWMG Hosts University of Washington Student
Thursday, September 13, 2018


Isabel Wilson, a rising sophomore from the University of Washington, spent a week with the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group in order to learn about our work to protect the rivers and streams of Sussex County, NJ. Isabel is majoring in Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Man

SCMUA-WRWMG and The Nature Conservancy Awarded New Grant
Wednesday, August 29, 2018


The SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group and The Nature Conservancy were recently awarded a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to coordinate Phase 3 of their floodplain reforestation project. The funding will allow both organizations to continue planting trees along the Paulins Kill River in Newton and Stillwater Townships while also allowing for mai

WRWMG Education Specialist Leads Teacher Training Workshop at Sterling Hill Mine
Wednesday, August 22, 2018


Kristine Rogers, of the WRWMG, worked with teachers throughout New Jersey as part of a three-day workshop that aimed to help teachers incorporate engineering practices into their science curriculums. The focus of the workshop was to use a series of hands-on labs to determine the effect of the mine on local water quality. During Kristine’s portion of the training, the teac

2nd Annual Stormwater Summer Camp Comes to McKeown Elementary
Tuesday, August 07, 2018



Thanks to funding from NJ Future, as part of the William Penn Foundation's Delaware River Watershed Initiative, the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group recently hosted its 2nd annual week-long St

Green Day at the NJ State Fair a Huge Success
Monday, August 06, 2018



Numerous conservation organizations came together to participate in Green Day at the NJ State Fair. The event was held in the Performing Arts Tent at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. As part of their admission into the fair, the general public had a chance to interact with different en

Come to the Ernie Kosa County Building at the NJ State Fair
Friday, August 03, 2018


Bring your friends and family to the Sussex County Fairgrounds to see the SCMUA-WRWMG educational display in the Ernie Kosa County Building.

Memory Park Rain Garden in Full Bloom
Wednesday, August 01, 2018



The rain garden that the WRWMG installed in Newton's Memory Park last fall is in full bloom!  In addition to helping to treat the polluted runoff flowing from the parking lot, this rain garden also provides important pollinator habitat for native butterflies and bees.

From a 7th grader passionate about the environment...
Friday, July 27, 2018


This article was shared with us by a 7th grade student who will be an officer in her school’s Green Club in the fall. Check it out to learn more about the formation of the Clean Water Act!

Calling All Potential Watershed Ambassadors
Thursday, July 19, 2018


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 conduc

Come to the Fairgrounds this Saturday to Learn about Native Plants
Thursday, July 19, 2018


Take a break from your busy weekend to learn about the importance of native plants from Cerbo’s Nursery, NJ Audubon, and the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group. Nathaniel Sajdak, Watershed Director of the SCMUA-WRWMG, will be on hand to talk about the success of our environmental re

New Signs Installed along Sussex Branch Trail
Wednesday, July 18, 2018



The SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group and The Nature Conservancy recently installed signs at the bridge crossings along the Sussex Branch Trail to educate hikers, bikers, and horseback riders about the ongoing Paulins Kill reforestation project. The signs will inform the public

Residents Learn about Insects to Determine Health of River
Tuesday, July 17, 2018



Kristine Rogers, Education Specialist for the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, recently hosted a water quality monitoring day for the general public at the Wallkill Ri

Informational Sign Installed at Hampton’s McKeown School
Monday, July 09, 2018



The SCMUA-WRWMG recently installed an interpretive sign at McKeown Elementary School to inform students, parents, and the general public about the purpose of rain gardens and how they help keep waterways clean while providing pollinator habitat. The sign also denotes all of the diffe

Planning Underway for Manure Storage Facility
Monday, June 25, 2018



Eric VanBenschoten, the Agricultural Outreach Specialist/Watershed Technician for the SCMUA-WRWMG, was recently out at a Sussex County farm as soil pits were dug to test the feasibility of installing a roofed manure storage facility at the site. Upon completion, the structure will reduce th

Watershed Group Wins Environmental Leadership Award
Wednesday, June 20, 2018



The Sussex County Economic Development Partnership recently awarded the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group the 2018 Environmental Leadership Award at their annual awards luncheon hosted at the Lake Mohawk Golf Club.

Nathaniel Sajdak, Wat

WRWMG Presents to NJ Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership
Monday, June 18, 2018


Kristine Rogers of the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group recently presented about the ongoing success of the Wallkill River reforestation project at the quarterly NJ Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership meeting in West Long Branch.

NJCWRP has been an instrumental funding source for

Sparta Environmental Science Students Participate in Outdoor Lab
Wednesday, June 13, 2018



Advanced placement environmental science students from Sparta High School participated in an outdoor aquatic insect lab in nearby Station Park. The students worked with Kristine Rogers of the WRWMG to collect live macroinvertebrates (aquatic insects) from the Wallkill River and complete a

McKeown Elementary Hosts 1st Annual STEAM Day!
Monday, June 11, 2018


McKeown Elementary School in Hampton, NJ recently hosted its first annual STEAM Day to encourage a love of science, technology, engineering, art, and math among children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Students became immersed in 14 interactive stations, and 6th grade helpers were assigned to every station to help each activity run smoothly.

The Wallkill River Waters

WRWMG Education Specialist Attends Water Festival at Hamburg School
Wednesday, June 06, 2018


Kristine Rogers, Education Specialist for the WRWMG, participated in an outdoor water festival at Hamburg School to educate students about protecting water quality. Through her presentation, elementary school students learned about how people cause water pollution and had an opportunity to examine live insects collected from the Wallkill River. The students had a great time obs

Ogdensburg, Franklin, and Hamburg Students Protect Water Quality at Heater’s Pond
Monday, June 04, 2018



3rd graders from Ogdensburg, Franklin, and Hamburg recently worked with the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group as part of an outdoor educational field day at Heater’s Pond. In the morning, the students rotated through a series of stations where they learned about water pollut

Merriam Avenue School Earth Keepers Help at Memory Park
Tuesday, May 29, 2018



Merriam Avenue School students in Donna Nilsen’s Earth Keepers Club recently participated in an outdoor educational field day organized by the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group. The students helped to mulch the rain garden that was installed in October 2017, protect shru

Selective Insurance Employees Plant Trees on State-Owned Land
Thursday, May 17, 2018



Selective Insurance employees recently spent the day planting over 400 trees and shrubs with the staff of The Nature Conservancy and the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group.

The trees were planted on state-owned land adjacent to the Paulins Kill River. TNC and the Wall

McKeown Students Spruce Up Rain Garden
Thursday, May 10, 2018



Kindergarten through 6th grade students at McKeown Elementary School in Hampton participated in a rain garden maintenance day with the staff of the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group and Rutger

Pope John High School Plants Trees Along Paulins Kill
Wednesday, May 02, 2018


12th graders from Christine Dunbar’s environmental science class at Pope John Regional High School worked with the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group to plant and protect 262 trees and shrubs along the Paulins Kill. Additionally, as part of the day, students had a chance to examine li

SCMUA Welcomes Students to Celebrate Earth Day
Friday, April 27, 2018


The Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority and the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group recently hosted their 13th annual Earth Energy Day Celebration at the SCMUA’s Recycling Facility in Lafayette.

Over 330 Sussex County K-5th grade students from Pope John Middle School, Long

Girl Scouts Celebrate Earth Day with WRWMG
Sunday, April 22, 2018



Girl Scouts from the Wallkill Valley Service Unit (Ogdensburg, Franklin, Hardyston, Hamburg) celebrated Earth Day with the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group by planting trees along the Sussex Branch Trail. The girls and their mothers took advantage of the beautiful weather and worke

Earth Week Celebration Returns to SCCC
Tuesday, April 17, 2018



NEWTON- To commemorate Earth Day, Sussex County Community College (SCCC) has partnered with the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group to plan an environmentally-themed outreach event for SCCC students and staff.

As part of the event, re

Sussex Tech Plants Trees along Paulins Kill Tributary
Friday, April 13, 2018



Today, 18 students from Mindy Schlereth's and Bryan Allegrino’s science classes at Sussex County Technical School volunteered to help plant trees along a tributary to the Paulins Kill River on land owned by the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority.

The planting is a c

Sparta High School Freshmen Study Aquatic Insects to Determine River Health
Thursday, April 12, 2018



249 environmental science students at Sparta High School recently worked with Kristine Rogers, Education Specialist for the WRWMG, to study the health of the Wallkill River. Aquatic insects have different pollution tolerance levels so by examining the types of organisms present in a portion o

Environmental Groups Maintain Momentum Preserving the Delaware River
Friday, April 06, 2018


New Jersey organizations participating in the Delaware River Watershed Initiative gathered in Trenton yesterday to announce the William Penn Foundation’s $42 million investment into protecting the health of the Delaware River and its tributaries.

To view NJTV News coverag

Camden Press Conference
Thursday, April 05, 2018


Nathaniel Sajdak, Watershed Director for the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, was recently asked to speak at a Camden, NJ press conference announcing the William Penn Foundation’s new $42 million investment to protect the health of the Delaware River.

Jan Jorritsma, of Ideal

Delaware River Watershed Initiative Builds on Conservation Successes
Wednesday, April 04, 2018


Wallkill River Watershed Management Group leading new wave of progress for clean water protection

Lafayette, NJ –The SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group is leading a major project to protect clean water in northern New Jersey, as a member of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI).

The William Penn Fo

WRWMG Presenting at Sparta Historical Society Meeting
Friday, March 02, 2018


Nathaniel Sajdak and Kristine Rogers of the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group will be presenting on March 8th at the Sparta Presbyterian Church from 7:00PM – 8:30PM to the Sparta Historical Society.

The presentation will focus on an overview of the WRWMG’s water quality improvement projects, including highlighting the organization’s Wallkill

Conservation Partners Connect at Regional Conference
Monday, February 26, 2018



Nathaniel Sajdak and Kristine Rogers of the SCMUA-WRWMG recently attended the 4th annual Winter Gathering sponsored by the William Penn Foundation. The 2-day event brought together dozens of environmental organizations from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware to a confer

Sparta Senior Citizens Learn about Water Pollution
Thursday, February 08, 2018



Kristine Rogers, Watershed Education Specialist for the SCMUA-WRWMG, recently visited Knoll View Congregate Care Center in Sparta. Using the EnviroScape model, cocoa powder, and a spray bottle, Kristine demonstrated how pollution can flow into streams after rainstorms. The sen