News
Happy Thanksgiving from the WRWMG
Thursday, November 25, 2021

 

North Jersey Trout Unlimited Volunteers Plant Trees Along Paulins Kill
Saturday, November 20, 2021

 

Volunteers from the Fred S. Burroughs chapter of Trout Unlimited came out on Saturday to help plant 75 trees and shrubs along the Paulins Kill River in Lafayette Township. The trees were planted on state-owned land as part of a 4-mile reforestation corridor project that the Wallkill Riv

Tiered Rain Gardens Installed at SCCC
Thursday, November 18, 2021

 

 

The SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group worked with the Newton Department of Public Works to install a series of casacading rain gardens near parking lot 9 at Sussex County Community College. The rain garden project is part of the SCMUA-WRWMG’s National Fish and Wildl

High Point High School Students Plant Trees at Berry Road
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

 

 

A.P. environmental science students at High Point High School recently participated in a 2-part field trip to Culver Lake in Frankford and Berry Road in Wantage where they learned about the importance of rain gardens for stormwater management as well as the benefits of planting trees along

Dream Day Celebrated at Newton High School
Monday, November 15, 2021

 

 

Kristine Rogers, Watershed Education Specialist for the WRWMG, recently presented at Dream Day at Newton High School. Dream Day is an opportunity for middle school-aged girls to participate in hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities led by female professionals

Interpretive Signage Installed at Stillwater’s Veterans Park
Monday, November 08, 2021

 

 

The SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, The Nature Conservancy, Stillwater Mayor, and Stillwater Environmental Commission were on hand to celebrate the completion of the riparian reforestation project along the Paulins Kill River at Stillwater’s Veterans Park. Two

Construction Begins on 2nd Stormwater Management Project at SCCC
Wednesday, November 03, 2021

 

 

The WRWMG has teamed up with Rutgers Water Resources Program and the Newton Department of Public Works to construct a series of cascading rain gardens near the solar panels in the back section of Sussex County Community College. The rain gardens will be capable of managing 204,107 gallons of s

REGISTER FOR THE 2021 NORTHWEST NEW JERSEY RIVERS CONFERENCE
Wednesday, November 03, 2021

 

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, together with the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI), is excited to invite you to the 3rd annual Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference. This annual forum is an important event for our collaborative effort to protect and enhance water quali

Barnyard Improvement Project Begins
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

 

Construction begins on a 22’ wide x 96 feet long, geotextile lined, gravel base heavy use area protection with tonka block curbing to contain livestock waste to the footprint of the barnyard area.

Newton Students Clean-Up Memory Park
Friday, October 22, 2021

 

 

The WRWMG organized a litter clean-up at Memory Park with students from Halsted Middle School and employees of Newton EMS. The event is one of many litter clean-ups being hosted as part of a Paulins Kill watershed-wide clean-up in multiple towns throughout the watershed tha

Helen Morgan Elementary School Students Participate in WRWNG’s TreeHabilitate Program
Thursday, October 21, 2021

 

Sparta elementary school students recently worked with the WRWMG’s Education Specialist as part of the organization’s TreeHabilitate program that provides a native tree to each student to plant at his/her home as a form of stormwater management. Trees help to collect and abs

AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Plant Trees at SCMUA Wastewater Plant
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

 

   

The new class of AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors recently participated in an outdoor training event with the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group to learn how to properly conduct rip

Intro to Ag Class Plants at new SCCC Rain Garden
Monday, October 18, 2021

 

On Monday, students in Professor Erin Collins’ Intro to Agriculture class installed purple lovegrass and tussock sedge plugs within the R building rain garden at Sussex County Community College. The rain garden is designed to manage 197,103 gallons of stormwater runoff per year of

SCMUA-WRWMG installs interpretive rain garden signage at SCCC
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

 

On Friday, the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group installed signage at the newly-constructed Sussex County Community College rain garden to educate the public about how rain gardens can be used to manage polluted stormwater runoff. The signs were funded by a New Jersey Department

SCMUA-WRWMG Participates in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Monday, October 11, 2021

 

This weekend, the SCMUA-WRWMG participated in the grand opening of the Sussex Branch Rail Trail in the Town of Newton. Come to Trinity Street in Newton to hike or bike the new 1.6 mile extension to the trail network!

WRWMG works with Sussex County Community College to Install Stormwater Management Projects
Friday, October 01, 2021

 

 

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group has partnered with Sussex County Community College and the Newton DPW to install a demonstration rain garden near the R building on campus. The rain garden will collect polluted stormwater runoff from the road and nearby sidewalk, helping to prevent r

Celebrate Trout Week with these Virtual Workshops!
Monday, September 27, 2021

 

Our partners at Trout Unlimited have put together a host of free virtual workshops to celebrate Trout Week.  Attend some today!

Sept. 27 - Trout in Motion Day

9/27 @ 12PM – A Nation’s River Watch Party with Dustin Wichterman an

Celebrate World Rivers Day!
Sunday, September 26, 2021

 

Whether you like to swim, paddle, or fish, we all rely on rivers to bring clean water to our communities. On this #WorldRiversDay, we’re reminding you to make wise choices for the future of water by picking up litter in your neighborhood! 

WRWMG Education Specialist Promotes Using Trees for Stormwater Management at Helen Morgan School
Friday, September 24, 2021

 

 

TreeHabilitate is a stormwater management educational program coordinated by the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group (SCMUA-WRWMG). The TreeHabilitate program is providing trees to Sussex County students as an

Newton High School Installs Pollinator Garden
Monday, September 13, 2021

 

 

The Newton High School environmental science classes are working with the SCMUA-WRWMG to install a pollinator garden in the school’s courtyard. The classes will use the area as an outdoor classroom and plan to monitor the different species that begin to use the garden

WRWMG Welcomes New AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador
Monday, September 13, 2021

 

This week, the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group welcomed the arrival of its new AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador, Ian Keebler. Ian will be serving as the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador for the Wallkill River Watershed and will be working with local schools and

SCMUA-WRWMG Begins Work at the Newton High Pollinator Garden
Thursday, August 26, 2021

 

  

The SCMUA-WRWMG and their summer intern worked to prep the Newton High pollinator garden for planting by environ

WRWMG Spruces Up McKeown School Rain Garden
Wednesday, August 25, 2021

 

 

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group and their high school intern conducted a work day at the McKeown Elementary School rain garden in preparation for the start of the new school year. The WRWMG plans to bring McKeown students out this fall for a student work

August is Water Quality Month
Monday, August 16, 2021

 

Did you know that only 1% of freshwater on earth is accessible – and 13 million people rely on the Delaware River for clean drinking water - even people right here in New Jersey? #WaterQualityMonth is the perfect time to find out where your water comes from and how to protect i

Halsted Middle School Students Tidy Up Rain Garden for Start of New Year
Friday, August 13, 2021

 

Students in the Halsted Middle School summer STEAM program worked with the WRWMG to spruce up the rain garden that was installed at the school in July 2019. The students mulched around every plant to help suppress weed growth and make the rain garden look neat for the start of

3rd annual Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference Coming this November
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

 

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group is working with a number of other environmental organizations in northern New Jersey to host the 3rd annual Northwest NJ Rivers Conference on November 9th and 10th. The conference will be held 100% virtually this year and will bring to

Come Visit the SCMUA Display at the New Jersey State Fair
Thursday, August 05, 2021

 

Come to the Kosa County Building at the NJ State Fair to see the joint Wallkill River Watershed Management Group and Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority display.

50th Anniversary of the SCMUA
Wednesday, August 04, 2021

 

2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority. The SCMUA put together an outdoor BBQ for all employees to celebrate.

Rutgers Conducts Site Visit with WRWMG and Sparta Environmental Commission for New Rain Garden Project
Tuesday, August 03, 2021

 

Members of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension-Water Resources Program, the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, and the Sparta Environmental Commission met to examine the logistics of constructing a rain garden in town. Rain gardens help to temporarily hold stormwater runoff and to filter/purify th

Groundwork Hudson Valley Visits the Wallkill Wildlife Refuge
Monday, July 19, 2021

 

The Groundwork Hudson Valley Green Team worked with the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge and the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group staff to plant 200 native trees and shrubs along the Wallkill River near Route 565.

This planting is a continuation of other volunteer plan

Rain Garden Maintenance Day Hosted at Halsted Middle School
Friday, July 16, 2021

 

Students from Halsted Middle School’s Summer STEAM program recently helped provide maintenance to the rain garden that the SCMUA-WRWMG installed at the school in 2019. The garden was planted with a number of native species that are attracting pollinators to the campus while also managing stormwater runoff flowing from the school’s parking lot area.

High School Student Volunteers Help with Kemah and Culver Lake Rain Garden Maintenance
Thursday, July 15, 2021

 

Students from Montclair High School, Kittatinny Regional High School, and Jefferson Township High School assisted the WRWMG with rain garden maintenance at Kemah Lake and Culver Lake.

Newton High School Rain Garden is Complete
Tuesday, July 06, 2021

 

After a week of moving sod and soil through the school’s hallway to create a rain garden in the landlocked courtyard, the Newton High School rain garden is now complete! Rainwater will flow via pipe from the school’s rooftop into the rain garden, helping to reduce pol

WRWMG Welcomes New Intern
Friday, June 25, 2021

 

The SCMUA-WRWMG’s new high school student intern, Owen Helfand, from the Morris Technical School Academy for Environmental Science (housed at Jefferson Township High) hit the ground running on June 25th by joining the WRWMG for a full day of maintenance work at the Town of Newton’s Memory P

Newton Board of Ed approves rain garden plan
Friday, June 11, 2021

 

The Newton Board of Education has approved the installation of a rain garden in the Newton High School courtyard. The project is being completed as part of a K-college initiative being led by the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group that aims to install green infrastructure projects like rain gardens, porous asphalt, and tree trenches at Newton’s elementary scho

Sparta Rain Garden Planning Meeting Tonight at 6:00pm
Thursday, May 27, 2021

 

Attend the next meeting of the Sparta Township Environmental Commission tonight (Thursday, May 27th) to learn about impervious land coverage in Sparta and a rain garden to be built in town. This will be a virtual (Zoom) meeting starting at 6:00pm.

Dr. Christopher Obropta, a specialist from Rutgers University, will be discussing impervious land coverage and potential loca

Celebration of Sewer Line and Rain Garden Projects at Hopatcong State Park
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

 

 

Nathaniel Sajdak and Kristine Rogers of the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, along with the staff of Hopatcong State Park, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, and many local and state politicians, met with the new NJDEP Commissioner at Hopatcong State Park to celebrate the compl

Rain Garden Rehabilitation Underway at Hopatcong State Park
Thursday, May 20, 2021

 

The SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group worked with the Lake Hopatcong Foundation and Hopatcong State Park staff to rehabilitate a rain garden project that was installed in 2012. As part of this effort, the team planted flowers and shrubs throughout the basin so that th

Spring Maintenance Underway at Heater's Pond
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

 

The WRWMG conducted spring maintenance at the Heater's Pond tree planting in Ogdensburg by re-setting tree tubes so that deer cannot eat the native trees and shrubs that were planted.  After the trees grow large enough, the plastic tree shelters will be removed and recycled.

 

Tree Shelters Have Been Removed from Sparta Glen Project Site
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

 

All of the tree shelters have been removed from the Sparta Glen site, signifying that the reforestation buffer is ready to take off and grow into a mature forest on its own! The project was initiated by the North Jersey chapter of Trout Unlimited, and the WRWMG completed all of the

Paulins Kill Trees are Getting Tall!
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

 

 

Wallkill Wildlife Refuge Hosts Tree Planting Event for Local Students
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

 

The Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge hosted a tree planting event along the Wallkill River at Bassetts Bridge on Saturday. Students from High Point High School in Sussex County, NJ planted trees alongside students from Groundwork Hudson Valley in Yonkers, NJ. Despite the very diffe

DEP AWARDS $7.3 MILLION IN GRANTS TO ENHANCE ECOSYSTEMS AND WATER QUALITY FOR NORTHWESTERN NEW JERSEY RIVERS
Tuesday, May 04, 2021

 

TRENTON – To enhance ecosystems and water quality in the Paulins Kill and Pequest River watersheds of northwestern New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $7.3 million in grants to nonprofits and local government agencies Acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced today.

The grants are funded through DEP’s Office of Na

Septic System Management Webinar
Sunday, May 02, 2021

 

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group is proud to have partnered with ANJEC and the Jefferson Township Mayor to bring you a septic system maintenance webinar. In case you missed the presentation, you can view the recording here:https://zoom.us/rec/share/fh

Celebrate Arbor Day with Us!
Thursday, April 29, 2021

 

Watch this video from our AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador to learn how trees help to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduce the worst effects of climate change!

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SCMUA-WRWMG Hosts Webinar about Stormwater Management
Monday, April 26, 2021

 

Kristine Rogers and Nathaniel Sajdak of the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group recently hosted a webinar about the organization's Paulins Kill Watershed stormwater management program. Participants saw a sampling of rain garden and porous asphalt projects that have been insta

Celebrate Earth Week with our New Educational Video!
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

 

Since we can't host large student events this year because of the pandemic, we are bringing Earth Energy Day at the SCMUA to you! Watch this video for Earth Day-themed lessons and crafts for kids! 

Register for Our Lake Stewardship Webinar Series!
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

 

Celebrate Earth Day throughout April by participating in our free Lake Stormwater Management and Stewardship webinars. In this 3-part series, you will learn strategies to help keep our lakes and streams clean from pollution. Each workshop will be held from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on Friday af

In case you missed it, check out our recent microplastics webinar!
Monday, April 19, 2021

 

Want to learn more about microplastics? View the webinar recording by clicking on this link: https://zoom.us/rec/share/CX0-SeqlAmcWlC6f4EtxjAbUsT-K1tff

Spring Maintenance Begins along the Paulins Kill Reforestation Corridor
Sunday, April 11, 2021

 

The change from winter to spring means that it’s time for bi-annual maintenance to begin. The WRWMG visits each planted tree, resetting tree tubes that are leaning or have heaved up because of the wintertime freeze/thaw cycle. The tree tubes need to be pushed down into the soil to ensure that rodents (like voles) do not chew the bottom bark of the tree, which would kill t