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Selective Insurance Employees Plant Trees on State-Owned Land
Thursday, May 17, 2018

 

 

Selective Insurance employees recently spent the day planting over 400 trees and shrubs with the staff of The Nature Conservancy and the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group.

The trees were planted on state-owned land adjacent to the Paulins Kill River. TNC and the Wall

McKeown Students Spruce Up Rain Garden
Thursday, May 10, 2018

 

  

Kindergarten through 6th grade students at McKeown Elementary School in Hampton participated in a rain garden maintenance day with the staff of the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group and Rutger

Pope John High School Plants Trees Along Paulins Kill
Wednesday, May 02, 2018

 

12th graders from Christine Dunbar’s environmental science class at Pope John Regional High School worked with the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group to plant and protect 262 trees and shrubs along the Paulins Kill. Additionally, as part of the day, students had a chance to examine li

SCMUA Welcomes Students to Celebrate Earth Day
Friday, April 27, 2018

 

The Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority and the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group recently hosted their 13th annual Earth Energy Day Celebration at the SCMUA’s Recycling Facility in Lafayette.

Over 330 Sussex County K-5th grade students from Pope John Middle School, Long

Girl Scouts Celebrate Earth Day with WRWMG
Sunday, April 22, 2018

 

 

Girl Scouts from the Wallkill Valley Service Unit (Ogdensburg, Franklin, Hardyston, Hamburg) celebrated Earth Day with the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group by planting trees along the Sussex Branch Trail. The girls and their mothers took advantage of the beautiful weather and worke

Earth Week Celebration Returns to SCCC
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

 

 

NEWTON- To commemorate Earth Day, Sussex County Community College (SCCC) has partnered with the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group to plan an environmentally-themed outreach event for SCCC students and staff.

As part of the event, re

Sussex Tech Plants Trees along Paulins Kill Tributary
Friday, April 13, 2018

 

 

Today, 18 students from Mindy Schlereth's and Bryan Allegrino’s science classes at Sussex County Technical School volunteered to help plant trees along a tributary to the Paulins Kill River on land owned by the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority.

The planting is a c

Sparta High School Freshmen Study Aquatic Insects to Determine River Health
Thursday, April 12, 2018

 

 

249 environmental science students at Sparta High School recently worked with Kristine Rogers, Education Specialist for the WRWMG, to study the health of the Wallkill River. Aquatic insects have different pollution tolerance levels so by examining the types of organisms present in a portion o

Environmental Groups Maintain Momentum Preserving the Delaware River
Friday, April 06, 2018

 

New Jersey organizations participating in the Delaware River Watershed Initiative gathered in Trenton yesterday to announce the William Penn Foundation’s $42 million investment into protecting the health of the Delaware River and its tributaries.

To view NJTV News coverag

Camden Press Conference
Thursday, April 05, 2018

 

Nathaniel Sajdak, Watershed Director for the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, was recently asked to speak at a Camden, NJ press conference announcing the William Penn Foundation’s new $42 million investment to protect the health of the Delaware River.

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Delaware River Watershed Initiative Builds on Conservation Successes
Wednesday, April 04, 2018

 

Wallkill River Watershed Management Group leading new wave of progress for clean water protection

Lafayette, NJ –The SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group is leading a major project to protect clean water in northern New Jersey, as a member of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI).

The William Penn Fo

WRWMG Presenting at Sparta Historical Society Meeting
Friday, March 02, 2018

 

Nathaniel Sajdak and Kristine Rogers of the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group will be presenting on March 8th at the Sparta Presbyterian Church from 7:00PM – 8:30PM to the Sparta Historical Society.

The presentation will focus on an overview of the WRWMG’s water quality improvement projects, including highlighting the organization’s Wallkill

Conservation Partners Connect at Regional Conference
Monday, February 26, 2018

 

 

Nathaniel Sajdak and Kristine Rogers of the SCMUA-WRWMG recently attended the 4th annual Winter Gathering sponsored by the William Penn Foundation. The 2-day event brought together dozens of environmental organizations from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware to a confer

Sparta Senior Citizens Learn about Water Pollution
Thursday, February 08, 2018

 


 

Kristine Rogers, Watershed Education Specialist for the SCMUA-WRWMG, recently visited Knoll View Congregate Care Center in Sparta. Using the EnviroScape model, cocoa powder, and a spray bottle, Kristine demonstrated how pollution can flow into streams after rainstorms. The sen

2017 Year in Review
Monday, January 08, 2018

 

2017 was a terrific year of water quality improvement project installation and community engagement for the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group.

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Happy Holidays from the SCMUA-WRWMG
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

 

All of us at the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group wish you and your family a joyous holiday season and a happy and healthy new year!

SCMUA-WRWMG and Sussex County Division of Engineering Team Up in Franklin
Thursday, December 14, 2017

 

 

The SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group recently partnered with the Sussex County Division of Engineering to assist with the reforestation component of the Franklin viaduct bridge project. As part the new bridge installation, the Division of Engineering was required to plant trees

Go Green this Holiday Season with These Water Conservation Tips
Thursday, December 07, 2017

 

This link was shared with us by Rebecca, a student passionate about environmentalism.

www.homeadvisor.com/r/home-water-conservation/

Ridge and Valley Charter School Plants Trees along Paulins Kill
Monday, December 04, 2017

 

Students in Dan Egan’s science class at Ridge and Valley Charter School recently worked with the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, The Nature Conservancy, and the Stillwater Environmental Commission to plant trees along the Paulins Kill on a piece of state-owned property.

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Arbor Day Foundation Provides Trees to Wallkill River Reforestation Project
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

 

 

The Arbor Day Foundation and its members and corporate donors recently partnered with the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group to purchase live whips to plant along the Wallkill River in Sparta Township, helping to expand

Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation Honors SCMUA-WRWMG
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

 

Members of the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group were recently honored at the Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation’s Lake Preservation Recognition Celebration. The event honored local community groups and individuals for their commitment to preservation of the lake and the surroun

AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Plant Trees along Paulins Kill
Monday, November 20, 2017

 

 

Last week, the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group coordinated a restoration work day for the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors on property owned by the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority. As part of the event, watershed ambassadors from throughout New Jersey trave

Sparta High Environmental Science Students Plant Trees Along Wallkill River
Monday, November 13, 2017

 

251 Sparta High School environmental science students recently assisted the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group with tree planting along the Wallkill River in Sparta Township. 350 native trees and shrubs were installed along the banks of the river in order to shade the waterway and improve the

Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation Supports Wallkill River Reforestation Initiative
Monday, November 06, 2017

 

The Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation recently awarded the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group $3,200 to purchase wetland boots for students to wear during tree planting opportunities along the Wallkill River. The boots will enable students to walk out to the planting site during their s

High Point Juniors and Seniors Plant 150 Trees and Shrubs along Papakating Creek
Friday, November 03, 2017

 

Today, juniors and seniors from High Point Regional High School attended a fall planting day organized by the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group. The students planted and protected 150 native trees along the West Branch of Papakating Creek, building off of the initial planting that w

SCMUA-WRWMG Installs its 2nd Rain Garden
Monday, October 30, 2017

 

 

The SCMUA-WRWMG recently partnered with the Town of Newton to install a rain garden in Memory Park. The project is designed to capture polluted runoff from the parking lot and filter the water into a vegetated garden that will allow the water to soak into the ground, instead of flowing d

Sparta Glen Fall Fun Day a Success!
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

 

   

Over the weekend, Sussex County residents took advantage of the beautiful October weather to participate in the 1st annual Sparta Glen Fall Fun Day hosted by North Jersey Trout Unlimited and the SCMUA-Wallk

Watershed Director Presents in Trenton
Monday, October 23, 2017

 

Nathaniel Sajdak, Watershed Director for the WRWMG, was recently asked to give a presentation in Trenton at the Clean Water Council’s Non-Point Source Pollution Public Hearing. His presentation was entitled, “Leveraging Funding Resources for Water Quality Improvement Projects throughout New Jersey's Farms and Municipalities” and focused on the ways that the SCM

Come to Sparta Glen Fall Fun Day, this Satuday 10/21
Saturday, October 21, 2017

 

To celebrate the successful restoration of Sparta Glen Brook last year, the WRWMG and Trout Unlimited are organizing a free fall event for the whole family. All are welcome!

Location: Sparta Glen Park (located off of Glen Road in Sparta)

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WRWMG and Stroud Install Water Quality Monitor at SCCC
Friday, October 13, 2017

 

On October 12, representatives of Stroud Water Research Center came up to Sussex County to install a stream water quality sensor on the campus of Sussex County Community College. The sensors are equipped with the capability to measure temperature, conductivity, depth, and turbidity of the

WRWMG Receives NJDEP 319 Grant Funding for Sussex Countywide Watershed Restoration and Stewardship Initiative
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

 

The SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group was recently awarded a grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to continue installing agricultural, stormwater, and riparian reforestation projects across an expanded geographical area. Now the SCMUA-WRWMG will be able to utilize NJDEP funding to work throughout all of Sussex County’s watersheds w

Coming Soon: Sparta Glen Fall Fun Day
Friday, September 15, 2017

 

 

To celebrate the successful restoration of Sparta Glen Brook last year, the WRWMG and Trout Unlimited are organizing a free fall event for the whole family.  All are welcome!

 

Pope John Middle School Learns about Stormwater Management
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

 

 

The Pope John Middle School Robotics Club recently worked with the WRWMG to learn how to properly manage stormwater on the school’s campus. Through hands-on science labs and a stormwater walk around the building, students were able to see how stormwater flows across the parkin

1st Tree Shelter Begins to Split
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

 

The protective tree shelter surrounding an American sycamore that was planted along the Paulins Kill River five years ago is getting ready to be removed. The tree shelters are designed to have a perforated seam that begins to split when the tree’s diameter is wide enough to survive

Stormwater Camp a Huge Success!
Friday, August 04, 2017

 

  

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group organized a week long stormwater day camp fo

NJ State Fair Comes to Augusta
Thursday, August 03, 2017

 

 

Kristine Rogers of the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group and Reenee Casapulla of the SCMUA recently worked together to design the 2017 county building display at the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show. The display focused on the SCMUA’s recycling program and the WRWMG&r

WRWMG Leads Station at Nature Rocks Camp
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

 

Kristine Rogers, Education Specialist for the SCMUA-WRWMG, recently worked with volunteers and staff of the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge to assist with their Nature Rocks summer day camp for children ages 8-12. During this 8-week program, participants learn about a diverse range of topics related to nature including, orienteering, kayaking, fishing, wildlife photograp

PJMS Robotics Club Learns about Watershed Health at Station Park
Friday, July 21, 2017

 

   

Pope John Middle School Robotics Club members participated in an educational field lesson led by the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group. Through games, discussion, and hands-on activities, the stud

NFWF Awards the SCMUA-WRWMG a New Stormwater Grant
Thursday, July 13, 2017

 

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation recently awarded the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group funding to build green infrastructure stormwater management projects at Memory Park in Newton and at McKeown Elementary School in Hampton.

While traditional stormwater management practices are designed to quickly move rainfall away from buildings and roads through pipe

Calling All Potential Watershed Ambassadors!
Monday, July 10, 2017

 

Are you a college graduate looking to get your foot into the environmental field? Then, the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador program may be for you!

As a watershed ambassador, you will be required to complete 1700 hours of service over a 10 to 12 month period in which you will conduct

Kayaking to Remove Water Chestnut from Lake Wawayanda
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

 

Amanda Hayes, AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador for the Wallkill River Watershed, recently organized a water chestnut pull at Wawayanda State Park. Participants kayaked and canoed around Lake Wawayanda and removed invasive water chestnut plants by hand. Without volunteer assistance, wate

Fight the Bite at Wheatsworth Park
Thursday, June 29, 2017

 

   

Local Girl Scouts, High Point High School students, and family members of the WRWMG recently participated in a litter clean-up at Wheatsworth Park in Hardyston as part of national

Trout Unlimited Cleans Up West Mountain Road
Sunday, June 25, 2017

 

Members of the Fred S. Burroughs Chapter of Trout Unlimited recently participated in a Mosquito Control Awareness Litter Clean-Up that was organized by the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, Sussex County Clean Communities, and the Office of Mosquito Control.

Participants listened to a

Join Us for Litter Clean-ups throughout Sussex County
Friday, June 23, 2017

 

 

To celebrate national Mosquito Control Week, the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group has teamed up with Sussex County Clean Communities and the Sussex County Office of Mosquito Control to organize litter clean-ups throughout the county. Join us at a clean-up location near you to he

Gray Tree Frogs Spotted at Restoration Site
Thursday, June 22, 2017

 

Three gray tree frogs (Hyla versicolor) were recently spotted camouflaged on a log and in the rocks at a USDA-NRCS wetlands reserve program restoration site. The animals were utilizing the newly installed shallow water habitat pools. Shallow water habitat pools are intended to be season

Rain Garden Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held at McKeown Elementary
Monday, June 19, 2017

 

  

The WRWMG recently organized a ribbon cutting ceremony at McKeown Elementary School in Hampton Township to celebrate the successful installation of its first rain garden at the school. Event

Sign Up for Our June 24th Rain Barrel Workshop
Monday, June 12, 2017

 

Click on the following link to purchase tickets for the rain barrel workshop:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rain-barrel-workshop-make-and-take-tickets-35138408927

WRWMG Hosts 1st Planting Event Behind Sparta Middle School
Thursday, June 08, 2017

 

 

7th grade students in Mrs. Botti’s life science classes recently worked alongside the WRWMG to plant 500 sycamore and gray birch saplings provided by the NJ Tree Foundation. The trees were planted behind the Sparta Middle School in an area next to the Wallkill River.

McKeown Hosts Rain Garden Maintenance Day
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

 

Students at McKeown Elementary School in Hampton Township participated in a rain garden maintenance day with the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group. The students assisted the WRWMG with weeding and mulching the garden and laying down river stone. The day’s work helped to

Merriam Avenue Elementary Students Learn about Watershed Health
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

 

20 Merriam Avenue Elementary students in 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade recently worked alongside the SCMUA-WRWMG to plant native trees and shrubs in Newton’s Memory Park. The students also learned how people cause water pollution by littering, over fertilizing their lawns, and not picking up their pet’s waste. Students then brainstormed ways that they can reduce the amoun