Do your part for the environment on World Water Day!
Friday, March 22, 2019


If you see it on the street, it will end up in a stream! Celebrate #WorldWaterDay by picking up a piece of trash in your community and improving local and global water quality.

Celebrate Ag Day 2019 by Supporting River Friendly Farms
Thursday, March 14, 2019


River Friendly Farming is a sustainable approach to agriculture!  Visit to learn more about how farming can keep our rivers and streams healthy and to find certified River Friendly Farms in your area.


Wallkill Watershed Group Presents in Philadelphia
Thursday, March 14, 2019



The NJ Highlands Cluster, a collection of environmental organizations working to keep local waterways clean, traveled to Philadelphia to make a presentation to the William Penn Foundation about the land preservation, restor

Attend the Northwest NJ Rivers Conference on March 30
Wednesday, February 20, 2019


The Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference will bring together professionals in planning, conservation and water quality to discuss the progress and future trajectory of the Delaware River Watershed. Registration is free and open to the public: 

To register, visit

Winter Gathering Celebrates Collective Impact to Protect the Delaware River
Thursday, February 14, 2019


Over 50 conservation groups traveled to Pennslyvania this week to share, learn, and reflect about how each organization is helping to keep Delaware River drinking water clean.  The "Winter Gathering" was great opportunity to come together and celebrate our collective land

Video Highlights Agricultural Conservation Practices at Riverine Ranch
Tuesday, January 29, 2019



Watch the NJ Highlands Cluster's newly released video to learn about the conservation practices that are being implemented at Riverine Ranch water buffalo farm.

Click here to watch the film.

Come to the Northwest NJ Rivers Conference on March 30
Monday, January 14, 2019


Attend workshops led by leaders in the conservation world.  Ideal for municipal officials, students, and the general public.

To register, visit  The event is free.

SCMUA-WRWMG's 2018 Project Highlights
Friday, January 04, 2019



2018 was a terrific year of restoration project installation and community engagement for the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group.


Happy Holidays from the SCMUA-WRWMG
Thursday, December 20, 2018


All of us at the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group wish you and your family a joyous holiday season and a happy and healthy new year!

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