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Hurricane Isaias Reminds Us of the Threats of Stormwater Runoff
Tuesday, August 04, 2020

 

Unmanaged stormwater sends pollutants into our rivers, streams, and lakes.  When it rains, chemicals and other dangerous pollutants on our streets and parking lots get washed into storm drains which drain directly into our waterways. This runoff can put restrictions on recreation and contam

WRWMG Education Specialist Creates Video with DreamGirls
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

 

Kristine Rogers, of the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, recently partnered with DreamGirls to educate middle school girls about career options in the environmental field. DreamGirls is a national nonprofit that connects middle school girls with female professionals working in STEM career

Read New Jersey’s Scientific Report on Climate Change
Monday, July 06, 2020

 

Click here to read New Jersey’s newly released Scientific Report on Climate Change.

According to the report, New Jersey has seen the evidence of climate change in its increasingly mild winters, more intense rainfalls, flooding along inland streams and rivers, and more tid

Culver Lake rain garden is a showstopper!
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

 

The Culver Lake rain garden is growing in nicely! The Normanoch Association, together with the Greater Culver Lake Watershed Conservation Foundation, funded the spring maintenance and mulching of the rain garden. Their rain garden collects polluted runoff from the parking lot, preventing the contamina

Sparta trees growing up and out of tree tubes!
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

 

The forested buffer funded by the NJ Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership and Arbor Day Foundation along the Wallkill River is growing in nicely. The trees pictured above were planted in 2017 by Sparta High School 9th graders as part of an environmental science outdoor lab.

Sign up to be a Watershed Ambassador
Monday, June 29, 2020

 

Recruitment for the 2020-2021 AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Program is now open. If interested, please apply via the below link.

https://www.nj.gov/dep/wms/bears/recruitment.htm

Waste Storage Facility Now Complete
Friday, June 26, 2020

 

Eric VanBenschoten, of the WRWMG, working in partnership with NRCS and NJDEP, has completed Phase 1 of a manure storage project here in Sussex County. The concrete tank is designed to hold up to 6 months of animal waste (530,234 US gallons) from the dairy farm operation. Then, in the spring,

Tree Maintenance Continues
Thursday, June 25, 2020

 

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group has been busy removing PVC stakes and shelters from the trees and shrubs in the Paulins Kill floodplain. This season alone, 1,852 stakes and 393 shelters have been removed from the floodplain by the WRWMG staff! Shelters can be removed when the trees are

Paulins Kill Tree Planting in Stillwater
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

 

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group and The Nature Conservancy recently completed tree planting at a new restoration site on Saddleback Road in Stillwater Township. Trees are important to plant along rivers and streams to cool the water temperature and prevent erosion along the river ban

Tree Tube Removal Continues at Paulins Kill Corridor Project
Monday, June 08, 2020

 

Volunteer activities might be on hold because of the virus, but that hasn’t stopped the WRWMG staff from conducting spring maintenance along the Paulins Kill 4 mile reforestation corridor.

Today, 172 stakes were removed from the floodplain. This is a really important task because if the st

Paulins Kill Forest is Taking off
Sunday, June 07, 2020

 

Look at how big the trees have gotten! It’s actually starting to look like a forest out there!

Virtual Stormwater Lessons for Teachers and Parents
Friday, June 05, 2020

 

Try these stormwater management lessons with your students or children to show them the effects of polluted runoff on our rivers and streams. All of the activities can be done on the computer or in your backyard with limited supplies. Thank you to NJ Future for funding our virtual lesson plan development!

Day 1: Human Impact on Watersheds:

CWRP Presentation Results in New Grant Funding
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

 

Kristine Rogers of the WRWMG made a presentation today in front of the NJ Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership in order to obtain approval for the Wallkill Watershed Group’s new wetlands enhancement project in the Paulins Kill Watershed.

NJCWRP agreed to award the WRWMG $25,000 to complete the project, contingent upon receipt of a Delaware Watershed Conservati

Arbor Day Activities
Thursday, April 23, 2020

 

Tomorrow is Arbor Day, a holiday to celebrate trees and all that they do for us! Did you know that tree absorb carbon dioxide, helping to reduce the impacts of climate change?

Try these fun activities from home to celebrate trees and learn something new!

  • Identify tree
AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador Hosts Virtual Earth Day Presentation
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

 

  

 How did you celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day?

Maybe you went outside and searched for wildlife right in your backyard. Maybe you picked up litter in your neighborhood.

Parents and Teachers, Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with These Fun Activities
Monday, April 20, 2020
 

Resources/Ideas to Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with your Kids

Earth Day is on Wednesday, April 22 and Arbor Day is on Friday, April 24.

1. Take a walk around your neighborhood and pick up litter.

2. Start a vegetable

Stay safe everyone!
Wednesday, April 08, 2020

 

All of us at the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group are sending our best wishes out to you and your families during this difficult time. Let’s all thank the doctors, nurses, and first responders who are working so hard to keep us safe. Continue to practice social distan

DEP ADOPTS NEW PROTECTIONS FOR 600 MILES OF RIVERS AND STREAMS
Tuesday, April 07, 2020

 

TRENTON - Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe today announced that 600 miles of New Jersey rivers and streams will be upgraded to Category One (or C1) status, the State's first such upgrade in over a decade. Through an amendment to the Surface Water Quality Standards that codifies these new C1 streams, their exceptional water q

Northwest NJ Rivers Conference Has Been Postponed
Thursday, March 19, 2020

 

The Northwest NJ Rivers Conference has been postponed to help slow the spread of coronavirus.  The event organizers hope to reschedule the event for late spring.  When a new date is selected, the registration information will be posted to the WRWMG website.

WRWMG Watershed Director Wins DAR Conservation Award
Monday, March 02, 2020

 

Nathaniel Sajdak, the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group’s Watershed Director, was honored this weekend with the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Conservation Award. An awards ceremony hosted by the Chinkchewunska Chapter took place on February 29 at the Lafayette House in Lafaye

WRWMG Education Specialist Presents to Sparta EC
Friday, February 28, 2020

 

Kristine Rogers, of the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, recently made a presentation at the Sparta Township Environmental Commission meeting to discuss the progress of the organization’s Wallkill River Floodplain Reforestation project that began in 2015. The project aims to establish a forested canopy cover over the river in hopes of stabilizing drastic temperat

Sign up for the 2nd annual Northwest NJ Rivers Conference
Friday, February 14, 2020

 

 

The Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference welcomes anyone with an interest in clean water and the Delaware River watershed to join us for a day of learning about how best to protect the natural resources and champion the potential of the region for eco-tourism and recreation

Stormwater Career Panel Educates Newton Students
Wednesday, February 05, 2020

 

Kristine Rogers, Education Specialist for the WRWMG, recently wrapped up the Choose 2 Connect (C2C) environmental education program that she organized at Halsted Middle School and Merriam Avenue Elementary School in Newton, NJ with funding provided by NJ Future.

The final program was

Halsted Middle School Students Test Their Porous Pavers
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

 

Newton middle schoolers worked with the WRWMG Education Specialist to test the effectiveness of their homemade water filters and porous pavers. Through the labs, students learned that sand needed to be omitted from their porous pavement mixtures in order to allow water to pass through the stone and cement

2019 Flashback
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

 

Here's a look back at the events and activities that made 2019 special for the WRWMG!

Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

Warm Holiday Greetings from the Wallkill Group
Friday, December 20, 2019

 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group!  We hope you have a joyous holiday season filled with family, friends, and plenty of time outdoors!

WRWMG Receives Governor's Environmental Excellence Award
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

 

 

Yesterday, the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group was honored to receive the Governor's Environmental Excellence Award in the Environmental Education category for its Stormwater Summer Camp hosted at McKeown Elementary School in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Merriam Ave Students Learn about Nonpoint Source Pollution
Saturday, December 07, 2019

 

Students from Newton’s after school Choose 2 Connect program worked alongside Kristine Rogers of the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group to learn about how pollution enters locals rivers and streams using the EnviroScape model. The presentation built off of informatio

Newton Choose 2 Connect Students Make Homemade Water Filters
Friday, December 06, 2019

 

Students at Halsted Middle School worked with the WRWMG’s Education Specialist to construct their own water filters. The lab was designed to teach students about the water filtration properties of rain gardens and other nature-based solutions to stormwater management.

1st Trees Planted at Stillwater’s Veterans Park
Friday, November 22, 2019

 

 

Members of the Stillwater Environmental Commission and students and teachers from Ridge and Valley Charter School worked alongside the staff of the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group and The Nature Conservancy to plant 250 trees along the Trout Brook, a tributary to the Paulins Kil

AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Plant Trees in Newton’s Memory Park
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

 

 

The entire class of 2019-2020 watershed ambassadors came up to Sussex County for a floodplain reforestation training led by the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group. The AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassadors learned about how to organize a tree planting partnership project in their

Sussex Tech Students Assist at County Riparian Planting Project
Monday, November 18, 2019

 

 

The SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group worked in partnership with Sussex County Department of Engineering and Sussex County Technical School to plant trees along the Wallkill River in Franklin Borough as part of a remediation project associated with new bridge construction at the

Tree Tube Recycling Gets Underway at the SCMUA
Thursday, November 14, 2019

 

 

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group in partnership with The Nature Conservancy has begun to remove tree tubes off of the large trees that were planted along the Paulins Kill River beginning in 2012. When new trees are planted, each tree trunk is protected with a plastic

Merriam Ave Elementary School Students Learn about Impervious Surfaces
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

 

 

Students from Merriam Avenue Elementary School in Newton, NJ worked with the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group to participate in an impervious surfaces lab activity where students tested water infiltration rates on mulch, grass, and sidewalk surfaces. Through the activity,

Halsted Middle School C2C Students Make Their Own Porous Pavers
Tuesday, November 05, 2019

 

 

The WRWMG’s Education Specialist worked alongside Newton Halsted Middle School students enrolled in the C2C (Choose 2 Connect) after school enrichment program to create porous pavers. Students were challenged to create a paver that would allow water to penetrate through it by using a co

Bronx, NY Students Plant Trees at Wallkill River WIldlife Refuge
Friday, November 01, 2019

 

 

The SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group in partnership with the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge organized a Wallkill River reforestation work day for earth science students at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, NY. 22 students and 3 teachers came out from the city to

NJDEP Comes to Sussex County Site Visit
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

 

 

Representatives of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection left Trenton to embark on a site visit to Sussex County to see examples of the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group’s floodplain reforestation, stormwater management, and agricultural projects that have been in

Maintenance Activities Continue Along Paulins Kill Forested Buffer
Friday, October 25, 2019

 

 

The SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group has been conducting maintenance on its Paulins Kill tree planting sites. Part of bi-annual maintenance has been removing plastic tree shelters and stakes from mature trees that were planted along the Paulins Kill River in 2014. Shelters can

NJ Highlands Cluster Hosts Site VIsit to Warren and Hunterdon Counties
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

 

The SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group and ten other environmental organizations throughout northern NJ participated in a site tour for our Delaware River Watershed Initiative grant funders.

The tour highlighted protection, agricultural, and floodplain reforestation pr

Trout Unlimited Helps with Tree Maintenance along Paulins Kill
Saturday, October 19, 2019

 

   

On Saturday, members of the Fred S. Burroughs North Jersey chapter of Trout Unlimited came out to Decker Road in Lafayette to participate in a maintenance day along the Paulins Kill River. As part of the day, Trout Unlimited worked alongside the Wallkill River Watershed M

WRWMG and C2C Students Spruce Up Halsted Middle School Rain Garden
Tuesday, October 08, 2019

 

 

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group hosted a rain garden maintenance day for Halsted Middle School students enrolled in the Choose 2 Connect (C2C) after school enrichment program in Newton. Students helped to beautify the rain garden that was installed on their school campus in summ

WRWMG Organizes Litter Clean-Up in Newton
Saturday, October 05, 2019

 

 

The WRWMG hosted a litter clean-up in Newton’s Memory Park with volunteers from Newton Elementary and Middle School's' Choose 2 Connect program, an after school enrichment program that connects students with local community groups for STEM-based activities and learning experiences. T

WRWMG Hosts Rain Garden Maintenance Day and Litter Clean-Up
Friday, October 04, 2019

 

On Friday, the WRWMG worked with students from Newton High School and employees of Thorlabs for a combined volunteer event where participants helped to do maintenance (weeding and mulching) on the ran garden installed in the park as well as pick up litter before the garage and recycling washes into the

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Awards SCMUA-WRWMG $238,000 Grant
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

 

 

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has awarded the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group a $238,000 grant to install stormwater management projects at the elementary school, middle school, high school, and community college within Newton, NJ.

This K-college pro

Hampton Boy Scouts Complete Kemah Lake Project
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

 

This weekend, Hampton Township Boy Scouts and their families helped to complete the Kemah Lake rain garden project. The boys planted flowers and shrubs and spread mulch throughout the garden to prevent polluted stormwater runoff from flowing into the lake.

New Rain Garden Project Gets Underway at Kemah Lake
Thursday, September 05, 2019

 

The SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group and the Kemah Lake Association have partnered to build a demonstration rain garden at Kemah Lake. The rain garden was designed by Rutgers Water Resources Program and the excavation is being done by a local contractor who is also a lake resident. <

Hampton Township Stormwater Campers Tour Lake Hopatcong
Friday, August 30, 2019

 

To cap off a successful year of Stormwater Summer Camp, students from McKeown Elementary School and their parents boarded a boat on Lake Hopatcong and learned about the history of the lake and the human impact on water quality. The trip was led by staff and volunteers f

Rutgers Water Resources Program Hosts Rain Garden Workshop at Culver Lake
Monday, August 19, 2019

 

Nathaniel Sajdak of the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group and Chris Obropta of Rutgers Water Resources Program recently hosted a rain garden training workshop at the Normanoch Association Clubhouse at Culver Lake for residents interested in installing rain gardens on their own properties.

Porous Asphalt Project Gets Underway at McKeown School
Thursday, August 08, 2019

 

McKeown Elementary School in Hampton Township is in the midst of repaving the school’s parking lot, but this parking lot will be different from all of the other schools in Sussex County. With funding provided by the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, McKeown School will be insta

AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program NOW RECRUITING!
Tuesday, August 06, 2019

 

 

The New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program is an environmental stewardship-oriented AmeriCorps program designed to raise awareness about water concerns.

Ambassadors serve with all sectors of society to improve the quality of New Jersey’s waterways by: educating the public on w