Celebrate World Bee Day!
Friday, May 20, 2022


Pollinators are crucial for feeding future populations in a sustainable way and are essential for maintaining biodiversity within our ecosystems. Celebrate World Bee Day by planting an easy-to-manage, pollinator friendly garden in your yard. Some New Jersey native wildflowers you can plant are New England Aster, boneset, Joe pye weed, goldenrod,

Memory Park Rain Garden Maintenance Day
Wednesday, May 18, 2022



Newton Middle School students in the Choose 2 Connect program helped with rain garden maintenance at Memory Park. The weeding that the students were able to complete prepped the rain garden perfectly for a new coat of mulch to be spread arou

Newton Middle School Students Assist with Rain Garden Maintenance
Thursday, May 12, 2022


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.

SCMUA-WRWMG Hosts Earth Energy Day Event with Frankford Township School
Thursday, May 05, 2022



The Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority and the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group worked together to plan an Earth Day event at the SCMUA’s Paulins Kill Water Treatment Facility for middle school students at Frankford Town

New Rain Garden Installed at Merriam Avenue Elementary School
Tuesday, May 03, 2022



The SCMUA-WRWMG partnered with the Newton School District and the Newton Department of Public Works to install a rain garden at Merriam Avenue Elementary School. The 400 square foot rain garden is capable of managing 1,055 gallons of runoff from a portion o

WRWMG Partners with Norwescap, JCP&L, and Sussex Borough for Earth Day!
Friday, April 22, 2022



In honor of Earth Day, the WRWMG partnered with Norwescap, JCP&L, and Sussex Borough for a day of sapling planting at T.J. Dunn Community Park in Sussex, NJ. 27 volunteers came out to plant native trees and shrubs within the park. This event bu

SCMUA-WRWMG Installs Porous Paver Courtyard at Newton High School
Thursday, April 21, 2022


The SCMUA-WRWMG partnered with the Newton School District and Ray Bears Landscaping to install a porous paver green infrastructure project within the high school’s courtyard area. The project, funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, will all

Halsted Students Clean Up Litter at Memory Park
Wednesday, April 13, 2022


The WRWMG Education Specialist organized a litter clean up at Newton’s Memory Park with the 6th grade students at Halsted Middle School. Approximately 65 students from the school heard a presentation about how non-point source pollution impacts the Paulins Kill River and then had a

Single-Use Plastic and Paper Bag Ban To Take Effect
Friday, April 08, 2022


Beginning May 4th, grocery stores will no longer be able to provide single-use plastic and paper bags to consumers in an effort to reduce ocean and stream contamination by plastic waste. According to the Act, “The L

AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Hosts Virtual Library Webinar Series
Tuesday, April 05, 2022


Ian Keebler, AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador for the Wallkill River Watershed, has developed a series of virtual presentations for the Dorothy Henry Branch of the Sussex County Library System.

Topics include:

1) Trail Stewardship (April 5th 6:00-7:

Members of Trout Unlimited Help Remove Tree Tubes and Stakes
Monday, April 04, 2022



The Fred S. Burroughs Chapter of Trout Unlimited recently worked with the WRWMG to remove tree tubes and stakes off of mature trees that were planted along the Paulins Kill River almost a decade ago. In total, 175 tree tubes and 95 PVC stakes were removed from the site by Trout

WRWMG’s AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador Hosts Invasives Removal Event
Thursday, March 31, 2022



Ian Keebler, the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador for the Wallkill River Watershed, recently hosted a weekend volunteer event to remove invasive species fr

WRWMG Watershed Director Presents at HAB Summit
Thursday, March 24, 2022


Nathaniel Sajdak, WRWMG Watershed Director, was asked to present at the NJDEP’s Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Summit. Nathaniel’s presentation focused on the importance of Watershed Protection and Restorati

AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Presents about Rain Gardens
Wednesday, March 23, 2022


The WRWMG’s AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador recently presented about how to build a rain garden to the Highland Lakes Ecology Committee. His presentation focused on how to select a rain garden location, how to size a rain garden appropriately, and what types of native plants should be installed within a

Trail Stewardship Training via Zoom April 5 6:00-7:00
Wednesday, March 23, 2022


Join Ian Keebler of AmeriCorps on a virtual hike through the basics of trail stewardship.

You’ll learn:

Help Remove Invasive Species from Wawayanda State Park
Tuesday, March 22, 2022


                                                                  Photo credit: NJ State Park Service

Celebrate World Water Day on March 22!
Friday, March 18, 2022


This #WorldWaterDay, we recognize that our environment, society, and economy all depend on clean water and a healthy watershed. It is vital to protect our land in its natural state in order to keep our water clean! 💧 #WatershedWaterDay

Celebrate AmeriCorps Week!
Monday, March 14, 2022



During AmeriCorps Week 2022, let's give a big thank you to all of the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors past and present who are serving New Jersey!  AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassadors monitor the h

Register for the HAB (Harmful Algal Bloom) Virtual Summit
Thursday, March 10, 2022


Register here for the virtual Harmful Algal Bloom Summit on March 23, 2022.  WRWMG Watershed Director, Nathaniel Sajdak, will be presenting about the importance of utilizing a Watershed Protection and Restoration Plan to install stormwater management projects to

Come to the Culver Lake Foundation Litter Clean Up
Monday, March 07, 2022


Come celebrate Earth Day with our partners from the Great Culver Lake Watershed Conservation Foundation! The clean up will be hosted on Saturday, April 23rd.  Meet at the Normanoch Association Clubhouse on E Shore Culver Road between 8:30-9:30 for registration.  Gloves and garbage bags will

Help Prevent Groundwater Contamination During Groundwater Awareness Week!
Wednesday, March 02, 2022



Groundwater Awareness Week is March 6th-12th.

According to the EPA, the average household's leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year. Learn more >> https://www

WRWMG Watershed Director to Present at Harmful Algal Bloom Summit
Tuesday, March 01, 2022


Mark your calendars! Later this month, Nathaniel Sajdak will present about the importance of Watershed Protection and Restoration Plans for harmful algal bloom (HAB) prevention.

Show your love for the Delaware River Watershed!
Friday, February 11, 2022


This Valentine's Day, here are 3 things we love about the Delaware River:

✅clean drinking water for 13 million people

✅habitats for birds, fish & other wildlife

✅ creeks & streams to kayak & canoe #4states1source

Happy 2022!
Wednesday, January 05, 2022


All of us at the SCMUA-WRWMG wish you and your family a happy and healthy start to 2022!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Wallkill Watershed Group!
Friday, December 17, 2021


All of us at the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group hope that you have a joyous holiday season and happy and healthy start to 2022!

2021 Flashback
Wednesday, December 08, 2021


Here's a look back at all that we were able to accomplish in 2021:

Volunteer and Community Engagement

• The SCMUA-WRWMG pivoted its in-person community engagement opportunities online because of the pandemic but still had 724 participants at

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

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