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Happy National Honeybee Appreciation Day!
Saturday, August 20, 2022

 

Without pollinators like the bee, we would lose one third of our food source. There are many native flowers and plants that you can plant this #WorldHoneybeeDay to help bee populations in your area. Visit the Jersey Friendly Yards website for a list of native flower

Surveying Underway for New Rain Garden
Wednesday, August 17, 2022

 

Rutgers Water Resources Program completed the surveying work for a new rain garden project at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Agricultural Experiment Station of Sussex County. The rain garden is scheduled to be constructed this fall with the WRWMG and Sussex

Register Now for the Northwest NJ Rivers Conference on September 17th
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

 

The theme of this year's event is focused on tourism and recreational opportunities in northwestern New Jersey. Don't miss out! Get your tickets now at northwestnewjerseyrivers.org.

WRWMG Receives $1,600 Grant from the Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation
Monday, August 15, 2022

 

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group (WRWMG) has been awarded a $1,600 grant from the Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation to install bluebird and bat boxes at the WRWMG’s streamside tree planting projects throughout the Wallkill River Watershed. In September, the WRWMG will be working with volunteers from the Sussex County Associat

August is Water Quality Month
Thursday, August 11, 2022

 

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 - including people right here in New Jersey? #WaterQualityMonth is the perfect time to find out where your water

Check out the SCMUA-WRWMG Display at the NJ State Fair
Thursday, August 04, 2022

 

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

Register Now for the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Program!
Tuesday, August 02, 2022

 

Want to organize partnership projects, conduct stream assessments, and provide watershed presentations at schools and other community events? Then sign up to complete a term of service with the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Program! Positions are available throughout NJ. 

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Halsted Middle School Summer STEAM Program is a Success
Thursday, July 28, 2022

 

The WRWMG's Education and Outreach Specialist worked with Halsted Middle School students as part of the Summer STEAM program. The students participated in a demonstration using a watershed model to learn how rivers and streams can become contaminated by f

Come to the Rivers Conference on September 17th!
Tuesday, July 26, 2022

 

Mark your calendars and get your tickets: the Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference will be returning for the first time in two years to the Lackland Center at Hackettstown’s Centenary University on September 17! The NWNJ Rivers Conference is the premier

WRWMG Awarded a $609,434 Grant from NJDEP
Tuesday, July 19, 2022

 

The WRWMG has been awarded a $609,434 grant from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection for restoration work within the Wallkill River Watershed. The funding will pay for streamside reforestation projects in Sussex Borough and Wantage Township’s municipal parks, porous asphalt installation at Borough Hall in Sussex, and the continuat

Swartswood Lakes Watershed Association Hosts Public Meeting
Thursday, July 14, 2022

 

The Swartswood Lakes Watershed Association hosted a public meeting with presenters from the SCMUA-WRWMG, Rutgers Water Resources Program, Princeton Hydro, and Clean Waters Consulting to educate residents from Swartswood Lake and the surrounding communities about the work that is currently being done to improve the water quality of Swartswood Lake

Halsted Middle School Students Work on Rain Garden
Wednesday, July 13, 2022

 

Newton middle school students enrolled in the Summer STEAM program worked with the WRWMG's Education and Outreach Specialist as part of a maintenance day to weed the rain garden that was installed at the school in summer 2019. The rain garden co

Students and Local Residents Clean Up Wheatsworth Park
Thursday, July 07, 2022

 

Ian Keebler, the WRWMG's AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador, organized a litter clean up at Wheatsworth Park in Hardyston with students from Pope John Regional High School as well as other local Sussex County residents who were interested in volunteer

New Rain Garden Sign Installed at Newton High School
Thursday, July 07, 2022

 

The WRWMG installed a new interpretive sign at the Newton High School rain garden to educate students, teachers, and parents about how rain gardens function and the benefits that they provide to enhancing water quality and wildlife (pollinator) habitat.

NJCWRP Awards WRWMG $8,000 for Floodplain Reforestation Project
Thursday, June 23, 2022

 

The NJ Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership voted yesterday to award the WRWMG $8,000 to continue expanding its floodplain reforestation project within the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge. The funding will help the WRWMG purchase interpretive signage as

Wallkill Valley Girl Scouts Clean Up Franklin Pond
Friday, June 17, 2022

 

18 volunteers from the Wallkill Valley Girl Scouts worked with the WRWMG and the Wallkill River Watershed AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador as part of a litter clean-up at Franklin Borough Park. The girls were able to remove 3 bags of garbage and 4 bags of recycling from the park, helpin

Memory Park Tree Stewardship Event at Memory Park a Success!
Wednesday, June 08, 2022

 

 

The Paulins Kill Watershed Tree Stewardship Event invited residents from throughout the Paulins Kill Watershed to participate in a work day at Newton’s Memory Park where volunteers helped the WRWMG, The Nature Conservancy, and the Paulins Ki

WRWMG Education Specialist Attends Climate Change Teaching Workshop
Tuesday, June 07, 2022

 

 

Kristine Rogers, the WRWMG’s Education Specialist, attended a Project WET Climate, Water, and Resilience Training sponsored by the NJDEP in order to learn how to best communicate to children about the impacts of climate change. Beginning this fall,

WRWMG Participates in Newton’s Neighbors Helping Neighbors Event
Monday, June 06, 2022

 

 

The WRWMG, Newton Township employees, Thor Lab employees, and Newton community members spent the day weeding and mulching the Memory Park rain garden. The volunteers were able to spread 12 cubic yards of mulch on the rain garden throughout the course of

WRWMG Participates in Community Schools Event
Friday, June 03, 2022

 

The WRWMG Education Specialist attended the Newton Community Schools Healthy Family Night and had an opportunity to speak to Newton residents about all of the green infrastructure stormwater management projects that have been installed at the Newto

New Rain Gardens Installed at Pope John High School
Wednesday, June 01, 2022


The WRWMG worked with Rutgers Cooperative Extension-Water Resources Program and the Pope John High School students and staff to install a new rain garden within th

McKeown School Students Help Mulch Rain Garden
Tuesday, May 31, 2022

 

 

Hampton Township students in the 5th and 6th grade helped the WRWMG perform maintenance on the McKeown School rain garden by pulling weeds and spreading mulch throughout the garden. The rain garden was installed on the McKeown School campus in October 20

Help Prevent Food Waste on “Learn about Composting Day”
Friday, May 27, 2022

 

To prevent food waste from going into the landfill, consider creating your own backyard compost pile by following these step-by-step guidelines: Composting 101 | NRDC   <

Restoration Continues at Wawayanda State Park
Thursday, May 26, 2022


Ian Keebler, the SCMUA-WRWMG's AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador for 2021-2022, continued restoration efforts at Wawayanda State Park on Wednesday with help from the WR

Celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity!
Sunday, May 22, 2022

 

On this International Day for Biological Diversity, let’s be part of the solution for protecting species close to home and on the other side of the globe!

Follow these 6 steps<

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

 

Image: groundwater.org

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!