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Porous Asphalt Project Completed at Halsted Middle School
Wednesday, December 02, 2020

 

 

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, working in partnership with the Newton Public School District and C&V Paving, recently completed on a porous asphalt project at Halsted Middle School in Newton. The project is being funded by the NJ Department of Environmental

AmeriCorps Litter Clean Up is a Success!
Tuesday, December 01, 2020

 

The AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador litter clean-up at Memory Park in Newton was a big success. 8 volunteers (socially-distanced and clad in masks) participated in the event over Thanksgiving weekend. The volunteers collected a total of 6 bags of garbage and 5 bags

Stormwater Detention Basin Planting Gets Underway at SCCC
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

 

 

Students in Professor Erin Collins’ Introduction to Soil Science lab class recently began planting trees and shrubs within one of the large stormwater detention basins at SCCC. The detention basin planting took place as a phytoremediation strategy. Phytoremediation is the process of using

Check out the Recordings from the Northwest NJ Rivers Conference
Monday, November 23, 2020

 

Visit the NJ Highlands Coalition's YouTube Channel to watch all of the presentations from the Northwest NJ Rivers Conference: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjQddUmUc_HE6G2wtNA6C1Q/videos

Kristine Rogers, of the WRWMG, facilitated a workshop about volunteer monitoring. Watch the video to le

Attend the AmeriCorps Litter Clean-Up at Memory Park
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

 

Show how thankful you are for clean water and open space by participating in the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador litter clean-up at Memory Park in Newton, NJ on November 27th. All supplies are provided, but pre-registration is required via this website: https:

Celebrate Take a Hike Day
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

 

New Jersey is home to 12 National Park sites. Find which ones you haven’t been to and #GetOutside! #TakeAHikeDay 🌳🥾 #DelRiverWatershed

Click here to see the list of national parks in NJ!

Local Farms are Working to Protect Water Quality
Monday, November 16, 2020

 

 

Construction is underway to complete a covered heavy use area at a local Wantage farm. The project, being completed with both federal and state funding, is designed to capture all animal waste from the farm. This will prevent the animal waste from flowing into the nearby wet

America Recycles Day
Sunday, November 15, 2020

 

Microplastics, tiny fragments of plastic, make their way into our tap water and even bottled water. What can we do to stop this? Make sure our waterways remain free from trash by recycling! ♻️ #BeRecycled #DelRiverWatershed

Rain Garden Enhancement at Swartswood State Park
Tuesday, November 03, 2020

 

The WRWMG worked with Swartswood State Park to enhance the multiple rain gardens installed around the state park's parking lot. Each basin was planted with native shrubs and flowering plants (like blue flag iris, buttonbush, and winterberry holly) in order to help naturally treat the polluted water that runs off of the paved parking lot after a rainstorm. This will prevent poll

Despite the Pandemic, Planting Continues at Woodbourne Park
Monday, November 02, 2020

 

Even though COVID-19 has prevented the usual fall volunteer events from taking place this year, the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group staff has been planting and protecting 250 trees along the West Branch of Papakating Creek in Wantage Township in order to complete the de

Sign up for the Northwest NJ Rivers Conference
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

 

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group is proud to be a part of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI), a collaborative effort to protect and restore the water and natural resources in the Delaware River Watershed. As part of this collaboration, we are thrilled to ann

Let's Celebrate the Delaware River!
Sunday, October 18, 2020

 

On Sunday, October 18, organizations within the Delaware River Basin are coming together for a social media day of action around the Clean Water Act anniversary in order to raise awareness about the essential resources and services the Delaware River and its tributaries provide for the reg

Stewardship Tree and Shrub Planting along Culver Lake
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

 

Today, the staff of the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group along with their new AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador joined Cerbo’s Nursery to plant native trees and shrubs on a piece of lakefront property that was recently purchased by the Normanoch Association. The property

#CelebrateRivers on World Rivers Day: Sunday, September 27, 2020
Thursday, September 24, 2020

 

Did you know that the Paulins Kill River is part of the #DelawareRiver Watershed, which spans New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware & provides drinking water for more than 13 million people?

The Delaware River extends 330 miles from the confluence of its East and W

Come to the Northwest NJ Rivers Conference!
Monday, September 21, 2020

 

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group is proud to be a part of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI), a collaborative effort to protect and restore the water and natural resources in the Delaware River Watershed. As part of this collaboration, we are thrilled to ann

SCMUA-WRWMG Awarded Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund Grant
Friday, September 11, 2020

The Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group has been awarded a $70,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore and enhance ten acres of wetlands along a first and second-order tributary in the Up

New Jersey Conservation Organizations Partner on Continued Clean Water Efforts
Thursday, August 20, 2020


Trenton, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) recently awarded Water Quality Restoration Grants for nonpoint source pollution to local organizations working to improve water quality in the Delaware River. These projects help further the work that these organizations collaborate on in partnership through the Delaware River Watershed In

SCMUA-WRWMG Awarded $190,000 NJDEP Grant
Monday, August 10, 2020


The SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group has been awarded a $190,000 grant from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection to continue to build upon its Stormwater Green Infrastructure Movement in the Upper Paulins Kill Watershed.

With the funding, the SCMUA-WRWMG will establish a rain garden assistance program for the Upper Paulins Kill lake communities, create a

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