Rutgers Water Resources Program Hosts Rain Garden Workshop at Culver Lake
Monday, August 19, 2019


Nathaniel Sajdak of the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group and Chris Obropta of Rutgers Water Resources Program recently hosted a rain garden training workshop at the Normanoch Association Clubhouse at Culver Lake for residents interested in installing rain gardens on their own properties.

Porous Asphalt Project Gets Underway at McKeown School
Thursday, August 08, 2019


McKeown Elementary School in Hampton Township is in the midst of repaving the school’s parking lot, but this parking lot will be different from all of the other schools in Sussex County. With funding provided by the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, McKeown School will be insta

AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program NOW RECRUITING!
Tuesday, August 06, 2019



The New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program is an environmental stewardship-oriented AmeriCorps program designed to raise awareness about water concerns.

Ambassadors serve with all sectors of society to improve the quality of New Jersey’s waterways by: educating the public on w

Green Day at the NJ State Fair a Huge Success!
Monday, August 05, 2019


Green Day kicked off on Monday morning under the Performing Arts tent. Fairgoers has an opportunity to interact with numerous non-profit, governmental, and private organizations that are focused around making ecological products or educating the community about environmental stewardship.

Stormwater Summer Camp: Not Your Average Environmental Camp
Saturday, August 03, 2019



Thanks to grant funding provided by NJ Future, the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group just wrapped up its third installment of Stormwater Summer Camp at McKeown Elementary School in Hampton Township. 5th through 7th graders participated in a week of hands-on learning focused around the

Come See the SCMUA-WRWMG’s Fair Display
Friday, August 02, 2019


Visit the Kosa County Building at the NJ State Fair to see the SCMUA-WRWMG’s display. The Fair is taking place in Augusta now through August 11.

Halsted Middle School Students Install Rain Garden on School Campus
Monday, July 15, 2019


NEWTON- Halsted Middle School students who participate in the Choose 2 Connect (C2C) program recently worked side-by-side with the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group to install a rain garden in the front of their school. The project was modeled after the successful installation of anot

Newton Students Build and Paint Rain Barrels
Thursday, July 11, 2019



Students from Merriam Avenue School and Halsted Middle School recently worked with the SCMUA-WRWMG to build and paint rain barrels to be installed at Newton High School. The barrels collect and store stormwater coming off of the roof of the science building. The

Tree Planting Begins at New Restoration Site
Tuesday, June 18, 2019


Representatives from the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group and TNC recently initiated floodplain reforestation work on a new piece of land owned by The Nature Conservancy. The trees were funded as part of a grant award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and will help to establ

Coming this July: Halsted Middle School Rain Garden
Friday, June 14, 2019


The Newton Board of Education has approved the installation of a rain garden at the Halsted Middle School campus. The SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group will be working in partnership with Rutgers Water Resources Program and the Newton Department of Public Works to construct the rain g

McKeown Elementary Students are Stormwater Stewards!
Thursday, June 13, 2019



Rain barrels are just one way to collect and clean polluted rain water before it hits the Paulins Kill River. We can all learn ways to protect our creeks and streams from the students at McKeown Elementary School, where one teacher is planting the seed of lifelong conservatio

Rain Gardens Help Keep Streams Clean
Thursday, June 13, 2019



Filled with spongy soil and native plants, rain gardens allow water from heavy storms to soak slowly into the ground and filter out harmful substances that rain picks up from roofs, parking lots and lawns on its way to our sources of drinking water. Want to play your own role?

Livestock Exclusion Fencing Installed Along Clove Brook
Wednesday, June 12, 2019


The SCMUA-WRWMG recently worked with a local Sussex County farm to install cattle exclusion fencing along the Clove Brook. The fencing will prevent the animals from having unlimited access to the brook, helping to reduce animal waste from entering the stream while also preventing the cat

High Point High School Partners with Sussex Borough and SCMUA-WRWMG
Thursday, June 06, 2019


A.P. environmental science students from High Point High School worked alongside the SCMUA-WRWMG and Sussex Borough DPW to plant trees at Boggs Field in Sussex Borough. The Borough has plans to redevelop the area into a park complete with picnic tables for local residents to use. Today’s eff

USDA-NRCS Soil Scientist Visits Paulins Kill Reforestation Site
Tuesday, June 04, 2019


A soil scientist from USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service recently worked alongside representatives of the WRWMG and TNC to study the soil conditions of their floodplain reforestation site along the Paulins Kill River in Lafayette.

He found that the soil was high in organic content, whi

McKeown’s STEAM Day a Big Success!
Monday, June 03, 2019



Kristine Rogers, the WRWMG Education Specialist, recently led a water conservation and protection station for Kindergarten through 2nd grade students at McKeown Elementary School in Hampton, NJ. STEAM Day exposed students to a range of different activities focused around science, technology, en

Sparta Middle School Hosts Environmental Educational Event
Friday, May 31, 2019



7th graders from Sparta Middle School participated in a rotation of different environmentally-focused stations led by numerous conservation organizations. Guest presenters from the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Sussex County Office of

Rain Garden in Bloom at Memory Park
Thursday, May 30, 2019


Blueflag irises are in bloom throughout the Memory Park rain garden. The rain garden was installed in 2017 by the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, in partnership with Rutgers Water Resources Program, the Town of Newton, Merriam Avenue School, NJ Future, NJ Audubon, Cerbo’s Nurse

Newton Middle School Student Writes Article about Stormwater Management Projects
Thursday, May 30, 2019


Halsted Middle School student, Piper Vanderhoof, recently wrote an article about the budding partnership between the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group and the Newton School District. Together, both groups hope to work with Rutgers Water Resources Program to create a series of stormwater management projects at all of the township’s schools.


Ogdensburg 7th graders Learn about Pollution at Heater's Pond
Wednesday, May 29, 2019


7th grade students from Ogdensburg Borough School participated in an outdoor educational field trip to Heater’s Pond. During the day, Kristine Rogers of the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group taught the students about the human role in causing water pollution as well as steps they can take to reduce their environmental impact. The students also learned about macroi

WRWMG Hosts Rain Garden Maintenance Day at Long Pond School
Thursday, May 23, 2019



The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group worked with students and teachers at Long Pond School in Andover to spruce up their rain garden that was installed by Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program in 2011.

Students helped to weed the rain garden. They also lear

Johnson & Johnson Employees Plant Trees at Wallkill Wildlife Refuge
Tuesday, May 21, 2019



The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group (WRWMG) recently joined forces with the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge and the Johnson & Johnson “We Sustain” Program to plant native

Culver Lake Foundation Hosts Rain Garden Dedication Ceremony
Saturday, May 18, 2019



The Greater Culver Lake Watershed Conservation Foundation recently hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Normanoch Association Clubhouse to officially unveil the lake’s first rain garden project. The rain garden installation was coordinated by the Wallkill River Watershed Manage

Hampton Students Participate in Rain Garden Maintenance Day
Thursday, May 16, 2019



5th and 6th grade students from McKeown Elementary School in Hampton Township, NJ recently worked alongside the WRWMG to pull weeds that were growing in their school’s rain garden. Rain gardens are bowl-shaped gardens that are stormwater management tools. During a rainstor

AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador Hosts Litter Clean-Up at Memory Park
Wednesday, May 15, 2019


John Ragsdale from the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors’ Program teamed up with the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group and Halsted Middle School in Newton, NJ for a litter clean-up in the township’s park.

In all, 83 6th graders from the township participated in the event and helped prevent litter from entering the headwaters of the Paulins Kill Rive

AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassadors Plant Trees at Memory Park
Tuesday, May 07, 2019


The AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors recently came up to the Paulins Kill and helped to plant 200 trees and shrubs along the Paulins Kill in Newton. The event was the 5th annual opportunity that the AmeriCorps program worked alongside the WRWMG. The Watershed Ambassadors learned how to

Earth Energy Day a Big Success!
Tuesday, April 30, 2019



350 Sussex County elementary school students from Sparta, Hardyston, Frankford, Andover, Hamburg, Franklin, Ogdensburg, and Newton recently participated in the 14th annual Earth Energy Day Celebration organ

Spring has Sprung!
Thursday, April 25, 2019


This serviceberry is in full bloom, a sure sign that spring is here!  It was planted last year at Heater's Pond in Ogdensburg as part of a third grade outdoor educational day with students from Ogdensburg, Franklin, and Hamburg.

Celebrate Earth Week by Cleaning Up Litter around Culver Lake
Tuesday, April 23, 2019


This Saturday, April 27th, meet at the Normanoch Association Clubhouse on East Shore Trail in Frankford Township to help clean up litter around Culver Lake.  The event will begin at 8:30, and all clean-up supplies will be provided.

Earth Day, Every Day!
Monday, April 22, 2019


Did you know that stormwater isn't just rain or melting snow. Stormwater runs over pavement and parking lots, picking up motor oil, litter, road salt, and other pollutants before flowing into a nearby river or stream in the Delaware River Basin.

Celebrate clean water this Earth Day and every day!

Pope John Students Work in Paulins Kill Reforestation Corridor
Tuesday, April 16, 2019


Students at Pope John High School worked alongside the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group to plant trees along the Paulins Kill River and to help with reforestation maintenance activities. During the course of the day, 34 Pope John environmental science, biology, and Green Team students learned a

Sussex Tech Students Plant Trees in Newton’s Memory Park
Wednesday, April 10, 2019



Sussex Tech students worked alongside the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group and The Nature Conservancy to plant trees along the Paulins Kill River in Newton’s Memory Park. Students worked hard to plant 250 native trees and shrubs. Some of the species planted were A

High Point High School Students Plant Trees Along Papakating Creek
Thursday, April 04, 2019



A.P. environmental students from High Point High School recently worked alongside the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group to plant 400 trees and shrubs along the Papakating Creek in Wantage Township that were funded by The Nature Conservancy’s Roots for Rivers Program. The day bui

Northwest NJ Rivers Conference a Huge Success!
Sunday, March 31, 2019



Wallkill River Watershed Management Group partnered the NJ Highlands Coalition and other environmental organizations throughout northern NJ to plan the 1st annual No

Rutgers begins Halsted Middle School Rain Garden Design
Thursday, March 28, 2019


The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group and Rutgers Water Resources Program recently worked with students from Halsted Middle School in Newton to teach them about the purpose and process of constructing a rain garden to treat polluted stormwater runoff. A rain garden at Halsted Middle

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day?
Monday, March 25, 2019


Join the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, the Greater Culver Lake Watershed Conservation Foundation, and Frankford Township Clean Communities as we pick up litter around the lake. The event is being hosted on Saturday, April 27 from 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. All materials will be supplied.

Do your part for the environment on World Water Day!
Friday, March 22, 2019


If you see it on the street, it will end up in a stream! Celebrate #WorldWaterDay by picking up a piece of trash in your community and improving local and global water quality.

Celebrate Ag Day 2019 by Supporting River Friendly Farms
Thursday, March 14, 2019


River Friendly Farming is a sustainable approach to agriculture!  Visit to learn more about how farming can keep our rivers and streams healthy and to find certified River Friendly Farms in your area.


Wallkill Watershed Group Presents in Philadelphia
Thursday, March 14, 2019



The NJ Highlands Cluster, a collection of environmental organizations working to keep local waterways clean, traveled to Philadelphia to make a presentation to the William Penn Foundation about the land preservation, restor

Attend the Northwest NJ Rivers Conference on March 30
Wednesday, February 20, 2019


The Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference will bring together professionals in planning, conservation and water quality to discuss the progress and future trajectory of the Delaware River Watershed. Registration is free and open to the public: 

To register, visit

Winter Gathering Celebrates Collective Impact to Protect the Delaware River
Thursday, February 14, 2019


Over 50 conservation groups traveled to Pennsylvania this week to share, learn, and reflect about how each organization is helping to keep Delaware River drinking water clean.  The "Winter Gathering" was great opportunity to come together and celebrate our collective land

Video Highlights Agricultural Conservation Practices at Riverine Ranch
Tuesday, January 29, 2019



Watch the NJ Highlands Cluster's newly released video to learn about the conservation practices that are being implemented at Riverine Ranch water buffalo farm.

Click here to watch the film.

Come to the Northwest NJ Rivers Conference on March 30
Monday, January 14, 2019


Attend workshops led by leaders in the conservation world.  Ideal for municipal officials, students, and the general public.

To register, visit  The event is free.

SCMUA-WRWMG's 2018 Project Highlights
Friday, January 04, 2019



2018 was a terrific year of restoration project installation and community engagement for the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group.


Happy Holidays from the SCMUA-WRWMG
Thursday, December 20, 2018


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!

Sparta High School Science Students Plant Trees Along Wallkill River
Tuesday, December 04, 2018



325 ecology and environmental science students from Sparta High School recently helped the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group plant 5,000 native trees and shrubs along the Wallkill River in Sparta Tow

Final Step in Culver Rain Garden Project Now Complete
Thursday, November 15, 2018



Pierson Landscaping and Excavating worked with the SCMUA-WRWMG and the Greater Culver Lake Watershed Conservation Foundation to install cuts in the curb to allow stormwater to flow from the Culver Lake Clubhouse

Watch this video to learn more about the Memory Park rain garden
Monday, November 05, 2018


The SCMUA-WRWMG partnered with NJ Future and FZ Creative to make a short film about the Memory Park rain garden project. Click here to learn more about rain gardens and the community partners that help make stormwater projects like this possible.

Newton Students and Families Clean Up Memory Park
Monday, October 29, 2018


Newton elementary, middle, and college students and their families worked with the SCMUA-WRWMG to clean up garbage and recycling from Newton’s Memory Park this weekend. In total, the group collected 3 bags of garbage and 4 bags of recycling, preventing the litter from entering the headwa

Merriam Ave and Halsted Students Learn about Keeping Local Rivers Clean
Friday, October 26, 2018


As part of the Choose 2 Connect after school enrichment program, 3rd through 8th grade students from Merriam Avenue Elementary School and Halsted Middle School in Newton recently worked with the SCMUA-WRWMG’s Education Specialist to learn about non-point source pollution (“people pollution”) prevention. Students walked away with a greater understanding of the d