Sussex County Day Draws a Huge Crowd!
Monday, September 18, 2023



Kristine Rogers (WRWMG Education and Outreach Specialist) and Dawn Latincsics (SCMUA Recycling Coordinator) attended the 2023 Sussex County Day at the Fairgrounds on Sunday. Residents from across the county learned about the work of the SCMUA-W

Halsted Middle School 6th Graders Clean-Up Memory Park
Friday, September 15, 2023


The entire class of Newton 6th grade students participated in a litter clean-up at Memory Park using clean-up supplies provided by Sussex County Clean Communities. This clean-up is one of many being organized in different towns in the Paulins Kill Watershed this fall.

Floating Treatment Wetlands Installed at Fairview Lake
Monday, September 11, 2023



The SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group worked with Fairview Lake YMCA staff, board members, and local homeowners to install 3 floating treatment wetlands in Fairview Lake. The islands were paid for by a grant from the NJ Corporate Wetla

Come Learn About Funding Programs to Support Birds, Pollinators, and Other Wildlife!
Sunday, September 10, 2023


SCMUA-WRWMG Installs Beaver Dam Analogs in Paulins Kill Wetlands
Thursday, September 07, 2023



The SCMUA-WRWMG worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge staff to construct 2 beaver dam analogs on wetlands property owned by the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority. Beaver dam analogs are artificial b

Princeton University Freshmen Install Floating Treatment Wetlands with SCMUA-WRWMG
Saturday, September 02, 2023



24 Princeton University students from across the United States and around the world ventured to the Princeton-Blairstown Center in Hardwick, NJ to install floating treatment wetlands to improve the health of Bass Lake in the Paulins Kill Watershed. The students wer

SCMUA-WRWMG Awarded New Grant to Restore Culver Lake Golf Course
Friday, September 01, 2023


WILMINGTON, DELAWARE – The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced 36 grant awards totaling over $14.9 million to improve wildlife habitat, enhance resilience to changing climatic conditions, and engage communities throughout the Delaware River watershed in conservation activities. Funding includes more than $4.5 million

Contractors Complete Tree Trench and Porous Asphalt Projects
Thursday, August 31, 2023


New porous asphalt and tree trench projects have been installed on the campus of Halsted Middle School in Newton, NJ using grant funding that the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group secured from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

High Point High School Rain Garden Underway
Monday, August 21, 2023



The SCMUA-WRWMG, Rutgers Water Resources Program, and Wantage Excavating broke ground on a new rain garden project at High Point High School in Wantage. The project will manage the stormwater runoff from the school’s paved parking lot, helping to kee

SCMUA Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate Completion of Landfill Construction Project
Tuesday, August 15, 2023


Local officials and SCMUA staff gathered at the SCMUA’s Solid Waste Facility to commemorate the completion of the landfill expansion project. The event consisted of a ribbon cutting ceremony, bus tours around the landfill, and breakfast for all attendees.

Contractors Break Ground on Porous Asphalt Paving Project
Monday, August 14, 2023

The SCMUA-WRWMG is providing National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and NJDEP grant funding to the Newton School District to pay for the installation of porous asphalt in the

NJ State Fair Opens in Augusta! Come See Our Display!
Friday, August 04, 2023


The Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority (SCMUA) and the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group (WRWMG) created a joint display at the NJ State Fair. Come check it out for yourself in the Sussex County Building at the Sussex County Fairgrounds.

Come to Green Day at the NJ State Fair!
Thursday, August 03, 2023


Visit the Performing Arts Tent on Monday, August 7th at the NJ State Fair in Augusta to meet the WRWMG staff and interact with environmental organizations from throughout northern NJ. We will be using our tabletop watershed model to teach fair attendees how water pollution enters our rivers and streams. We hope to see you there!

Crandon Lakes Stewardship Day Draws Volunteers from Local Community
Monday, July 31, 2023


The Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group (SCMUA-WRWMG) partnered with Crandon Lakes Country Club’s Lake Resource Committee to organize the 1st annual Crandon Lakes Stewardship Day on July 29th. 27 volunteers fr

SCMUA-WRWMG Partners with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for Restoration Project
Tuesday, July 25, 2023



The SCMUA-WRWMG recently partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife-Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge staff to complete a wetlands restoration project at the SCMUA’s wastewater treatment

Get Your Early Bird Tickets Now!
Thursday, July 06, 2023


Early Bird tickets are almost gone for the 5th annual Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference. This year’s Conference, held at Centenary University’s Lackland Center in Hackettstown on September 30, focuses on funding open space and stewardship in New Jersey with workshops focused on

AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Recruitment is Now Open!
Friday, June 23, 2023


The New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program is an environmental stewardship-oriented AmeriCorps program designed to raise awareness about water concerns. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has hosted the program since 2000, and while the prog

Get Your Tickets for the Northwest NJ Rivers Conference!
Tuesday, June 13, 2023


Save the Date! The Fifth Annual Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference will be making its return to the Lackland Center at Hackettstown’s Centenary University on September 30.

The 2023 Conference comme

WRWMG Welcomes New Summer Intern
Monday, June 12, 2023


The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group welcomes Ally Karanikas as its new summer intern! Ally is a recent graduate from Pope John High School and is a rising freshman at Cornell University who will be majoring in environmental science. Ally will be helping WRWMG

Happy World Environment Day!
Monday, June 05, 2023


Did you know that trees absorb thousands of gallons of water, making them critical tools in efforts to address flooding and water pollution? This #WorldEnvironmentDay celebrate the power of trees around the world and right here in Sussex Count

WRWMG Education Specialist Attends Newton Healthy Family Fun Night
Monday, June 05, 2023


The WRWMG Education and Outreach Specialist participated in the 2nd annual Healthy Family Fun Night for the Newton School District last Friday. Students and their families spoke to Kristine and learned about the various stormwater management and educati

SCMUA-WRWMG Kicks Off Emerald Ash Borer Tree Replacement Program
Thursday, June 01, 2023


The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group has begun distributing and planting native trees for homeowners from the Paulins Kill lake communities who participated in the emerald ash borer informational workshop organized by the WRWMG. The newly p

SCMUA-WRWMG Conducts Maintenance at Wallkill Reforestation Site
Tuesday, May 30, 2023


The SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group removed tree tubes and stakes from the Wallkill River reforestation site near Sparta High School. Some of the trees are getting so large that they are beginning to shade the river and cool the water t

Merriam Avenue School Students Work at Memory Park Rain Garden
Thursday, May 25, 2023



Students in the Recycling Club at Merriam Avenue School in Newton worked with the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group to conduct spring maintenance on the Memory Park rain garden. Students helped to pull weeds and clear dead

McKeown Students Mulch Rain Garden
Wednesday, May 24, 2023



McKeown Elementary School 5th and 6th grade students worked alongside the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group to spread a fresh layer of mulch on the school’s rain garden. The current 6th graders were only in Kindergarten when the

Long Pond Students Build Rain Garden
Thursday, May 18, 2023



6th grade students from Long Pond School worked with the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, Rutgers Water Resources Program, and the Andover Department of Public Works to construct a rain garden on their school grounds. The garden w

Construction of Long Pond Rain Garden Begins
Tuesday, May 16, 2023


The Andover DPW began excavating the Long Pond School rain garden. The garden will be planted by students later this week and is intended to reduce the volume of polluted stormwater runoff entering the Pequest River.

Hamburg School Environmental Club Learns about Impact of Water Pollution
Tuesday, May 16, 2023


Middle school students in the Hamburg School Environmental Club worked with the SCMUA-WRWMG’s Education Specialist to learn about watersheds and the impact of “people pollutants” like fertilizer, pesticide, road salt, litter, and motor oil have on Su

Lake Owassa Residents Perform Maintenance on Floating Treatment Wetland
Friday, May 12, 2023


Lake Owassa homeowners recently worked with the SCMUA-WRWMG to conduct annual maintenance on the floating treatment wetlands that was deployed at Lake Owassa in September. The volunteers replaced damaged goose fencing and reattached the cables that

SCMUA-WRWMG Helps Install Homeowner Rain Garden on Culver Lake
Thursday, May 11, 2023


The SCMUA-WRWMG recently helped to install a homeowner rain garden at Culver Lake that was designed as part of the SCMUA-WRWMG’s rain garden rebate program in partnership with Rutgers Water Resources Program. The garden was planted with native flowers and shr

Halsted Middle School Students Clean Up Memory Park
Tuesday, May 09, 2023



The entire 6th grade class at Halsted Middle School in Newton, NJ participated in a litter clean-up at Memory Park. A total of 4 bags of garbage and 4 bags of recycling were removed from the park using gloves, garbage bags, and litter grabbers provided by S

Save the Date for the 5th Annual Rivers Conference!
Wednesday, May 03, 2023


Registration is now open for this year’s Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference on September 30 at the Lackland Center in Hackettstown. The 2023 Conference commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Governor’s Report on the New Jersey Outdo

Newton Middle School Students Assist with Rain Garden Maintenance
Tuesday, April 25, 2023


Halsted Middle School students who participate in the Choose 2 Connect (C2C) after school enrichment program worked with the SCMUA-WRWMG on spring maintenance for their school’s rain garden that was installed in July 2019.


Sparta Earth Day Fair is a Huge Success!
Monday, April 24, 2023



Sparta Environmental Commission and Sparta Middle School organized an Earth Day Fair on Saturday, April 22nd outside of the Sparta Municipal Building for Sussex County families to celebrate Earth Day. The event consisted of a series of 12 different exhibit

16th Annual Earth Day Event Hosted at SCMUA!
Friday, April 21, 2023



In celebration of Earth Day, the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority (SCMUA) and the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group (WRWMG) hosted the sixteenth annual Earth Day Event on April 20th at the Solid Waste Disposal & Recycling Facilities in Lafayet

Senior Citizens Learn about Aquatic Insects for Stream Health
Monday, April 17, 2023

The WRWMG Education Specialist worked with senior citizens at Juniper Village as part of a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) lab where the residents

Celebrate Earth Day with the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group!
Tuesday, April 11, 2023


Celebrate Earth Day by bringing your entire family out to the Sparta Municipal Building to participate in the 1st annual Earth Day Fair, a FREE outdoor event for children and adults!  Participate in Kids' Corner activities, see live demonstrations, and

WRWMG Education Specialist Educates Girl Scouts about Trees
Monday, April 03, 2023

The Wallkill Valley Girl Scouts recently worked with Kristine Rogers, the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group’s (WRWMG) Education and Outreach Specialist, as part of the WRWMG’s TreeHabilitate Program that is aimed at educating youth about the benefits of trees for st

Lake Residents Learn about Rain Gardens
Wednesday, March 22, 2023


Paulins Kill Watershed lake community residents attended a virtual training hosted by the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group and Rutgers Water Resources Program to learn about the benefits of rain gardens for stormwater management. Atten

Come to the Culver Lake Earth Day Clean-Up
Monday, March 20, 2023


WRWMG Hosts Emerald Ash Borer Workshop
Friday, March 10, 2023



The SCMUA – WRWMG hosted an Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Virtual Training Workshop as part of a new series of community outreach programs funded by its existing Paulins Kill Lakes Initiative

Wallkill Valley Girl Scouts Participate in Road Salt Study
Monday, February 06, 2023


Middle school Girl Scouts from the Wallkill Valley Service Unit worked with the WRWMG Education Specialist as part of a statewide road salt study being conducted with the NJ Watershed Watch Network. This winter, the girls will be testing different streams and lakes throughout the Wallkill River Watershed to assess how much road salt enters local

Tree Tube Recycling Underway in Lafayette
Friday, January 20, 2023


The WRWMG has been capitalizing on the mild winter weather by continuing to process the plastic tree tubes that have been installed on each of its saplings within the 4-miles reforestation corridor. The tree tubes are designed to remain on the young tr

Happy New Year!
Tuesday, January 03, 2023


Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy start to 2023 from all of us at the WRWMG!

2022 Year in Review
Thursday, December 22, 2022



Volunteer and Community Engagement

• In 2022, the SCMUA-WRWMG worked with 677 volunteers who contributed a total of 1192 volunteer hours. Vo

Season's Greetings from the WRWMG!
Wednesday, December 21, 2022



All of us at the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group wish you and your families a joyous holiday season and healthy and happy start to 2023!

Check out this barred owl using the Paulins Kill reforestation corridor!
Tuesday, December 13, 2022


While conducting maintenance at the reforestation corridor in Lafayette, we spotted this barred owl using our trees!  Looks like we are successfully creating wildlife habitat!

WRWMG Continues Paulins Kill Reforestation Corridor Maintenance Activities
Friday, December 09, 2022

The WRWMG has been performing fall maintenance activities at its floodplain reforestation sites within the Paulins Kill Watershed. As part of this effort, the

Sussex County Scouts Clean Up Memory Park
Monday, December 05, 2022



A group of local scouts worked with the WRWMG’s Education and Outreach Specialist to organize a litter clean-up at Newton’s Memory Park. In total, the 12 volunteers were able to collect 9 bags of garbage and 6 bags of recycling from the park.

This Thanksgiving, Be Grateful for the Delaware!
Wednesday, November 23, 2022


Photo Credit: Jim Wright/TNC/LightHawk

The Delaware River Water Gap is home to more than 150 miles of trails. That’s 150 reasons to be #Grateful4theDelaware. Check out a new trail this weekend with your