Newton Board of Ed approves rain garden plan
Friday, June 11, 2021


The Newton Board of Education has approved the installation of a rain garden in the Newton High School courtyard. The project is being completed as part of a K-college initiative being led by the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group that aims to install green infrastructure projects like rain gardens, porous asphalt, and tree trenches at Newton’s elementary scho

Sparta Rain Garden Planning Meeting Tonight at 6:00pm
Thursday, May 27, 2021


Attend the next meeting of the Sparta Township Environmental Commission tonight (Thursday, May 27th) to learn about impervious land coverage in Sparta and a rain garden to be built in town. This will be a virtual (Zoom) meeting starting at 6:00pm.

Dr. Christopher Obropta, a specialist from Rutgers University, will be discussing impervious land coverage and potential loca

Celebration of Sewer Line and Rain Garden Projects at Hopatcong State Park
Wednesday, May 26, 2021



Nathaniel Sajdak and Kristine Rogers of the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, along with the staff of Hopatcong State Park, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, and many local and state politicians, met with the new NJDEP Commissioner at Hopatcong State Park to celebrate the compl

Rain Garden Rehabilitation Underway at Hopatcong State Park
Thursday, May 20, 2021


The SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group worked with the Lake Hopatcong Foundation and Hopatcong State Park staff to rehabilitate a rain garden project that was installed in 2012. As part of this effort, the team planted flowers and shrubs throughout the basin so that th

Spring Maintenance Underway at Heater's Pond
Wednesday, May 19, 2021


The WRWMG conducted spring maintenance at the Heater's Pond tree planting in Ogdensburg by re-setting tree tubes so that deer cannot eat the native trees and shrubs that were planted.  After the trees grow large enough, the plastic tree shelters will be removed and recycled.


Tree Shelters Have Been Removed from Sparta Glen Project Site
Wednesday, May 19, 2021


All of the tree shelters have been removed from the Sparta Glen site, signifying that the reforestation buffer is ready to take off and grow into a mature forest on its own! The project was initiated by the North Jersey chapter of Trout Unlimited, and the WRWMG completed all of the

Paulins Kill Trees are Getting Tall!
Tuesday, May 18, 2021



Wallkill Wildlife Refuge Hosts Tree Planting Event for Local Students
Tuesday, May 11, 2021


The Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge hosted a tree planting event along the Wallkill River at Bassetts Bridge on Saturday. Students from High Point High School in Sussex County, NJ planted trees alongside students from Groundwork Hudson Valley in Yonkers, NJ. Despite the very diffe

Tuesday, May 04, 2021


TRENTON – To enhance ecosystems and water quality in the Paulins Kill and Pequest River watersheds of northwestern New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $7.3 million in grants to nonprofits and local government agencies Acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced today.

The grants are funded through DEP’s Office of Na

Septic System Management Webinar
Sunday, May 02, 2021


The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group is proud to have partnered with ANJEC and the Jefferson Township Mayor to bring you a septic system maintenance webinar. In case you missed the presentation, you can view the recording here:

Celebrate Arbor Day with Us!
Thursday, April 29, 2021


Watch this video from our AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador to learn how trees help to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduce the worst effects of climate change!


SCMUA-WRWMG Hosts Webinar about Stormwater Management
Monday, April 26, 2021


Kristine Rogers and Nathaniel Sajdak of the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group recently hosted a webinar about the organization's Paulins Kill Watershed stormwater management program. Participants saw a sampling of rain garden and porous asphalt projects that have been insta

Celebrate Earth Week with our New Educational Video!
Wednesday, April 21, 2021


Since we can't host large student events this year because of the pandemic, we are bringing Earth Energy Day at the SCMUA to you! Watch this video for Earth Day-themed lessons and crafts for kids! 

Register for Our Lake Stewardship Webinar Series!
Tuesday, April 20, 2021


Celebrate Earth Day throughout April by participating in our free Lake Stormwater Management and Stewardship webinars. In this 3-part series, you will learn strategies to help keep our lakes and streams clean from pollution. Each workshop will be held from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on Friday af

In case you missed it, check out our recent microplastics webinar!
Monday, April 19, 2021


Want to learn more about microplastics? View the webinar recording by clicking on this link:

Spring Maintenance Begins along the Paulins Kill Reforestation Corridor
Sunday, April 11, 2021


The change from winter to spring means that it’s time for bi-annual maintenance to begin. The WRWMG visits each planted tree, resetting tree tubes that are leaning or have heaved up because of the wintertime freeze/thaw cycle. The tree tubes need to be pushed down into the soil to ensure that rodents (like voles) do not chew the bottom bark of the tree, which would kill t

Attend the "Spring into Action" webinar series
Tuesday, April 06, 2021


Join our AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador for virtual sustainability presentations. To participate, either pre-register at or just enter the meeting id and password on Zoom at the time

Participate in the Culver Lake Earth Day Clean-Up
Wednesday, March 31, 2021


Register for Our Lake Stewardship Webinar Series!
Monday, March 29, 2021


Celebrate Earth Day throughout April by participating in our free Lake Stormwater Management and Stewardship webinars. In this 3-part series, you will learn strategies to help keep our lakes and streams clean from pollution. Each workshop will be held from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on Friday

Celebrate our Farmers on National Ag Day!
Tuesday, March 23, 2021


Did you know that each American farmer feeds more than 165 people? Take some time this #AgDay21 to thank and support local farmers in Sussex County!

Happy World Water Day! Help us keep our rivers clean
Monday, March 22, 2021


Storm drains carry trash directly into local rivers and creeks when it rains. Do your part this #WorldWaterDay by vowing to never litter, and pick up a few pieces of trash to keep our waterways clean.

Celebrate Trees on International Day of Forests!
Friday, March 19, 2021


Our forests are a key component to combating climate change and ensuring that we all have a healthy future. Check out this recent picture of our 4-mile reforestation corridor project where over 25,000 trees have been planted along the Paulins Kill River. These trees are not only produ

Celebrate International Day of Action for Rivers
Thursday, March 11, 2021


This Sunday, let’s celebrate the Delaware River Watershed on #DayofActionforRivers! The watershed provides drinking water for 13.3 million people!

Whether you live in NYC, Trenton, Philly, or Wilmington -- you are likely drinking, bathing, and washing with water that comes from the Delawar

Celebrate the start of spring with the "Spring into Action" virtual workshop series
Wednesday, March 10, 2021


Join our AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador for virtual sustainability presentations. To participate, either pre-register at or just enter the meeting id and password on Zoom at the time

Let’s Celebrate Women in Conservation on International Women’s Day!
Monday, March 08, 2021


Happy International Women’s Day! Let’s celebrate women who are making a difference to protect our lands, rivers, and communities in New Jersey and around the world.

Image Source: PR Daily

Groundwater Awareness Week: March 7-13
Thursday, March 04, 2021


In celebration of #GroundwaterAwarenessWeek, learn about how to protect and conserve groundwater:

✅Use native plants in your landscape

✅Reduce chemical use

✅Properly dispose of potentially toxic substances at the SCMUA Household Hazardous Waste Day on June 5


Microplastics Pollution Webinar
Tuesday, March 02, 2021



Did you know that microplastics are not only found in the ocean but also in our local rivers, streams, and lakes? Participate in this virtual workshop to learn about microplastic pollution from our AmeriCorps NJ Watershe

Friday, February 26, 2021

DEP’s New Stormwater Rules Take Effect on March 2, 2021

Requiring the Use of Cleaner, Less Costly Green Infrastructure 

TRENTON – On March

Learn about Composting on Friday, 2/19 at 4:00
Tuesday, February 16, 2021


Join our AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador for a composting webinar this Friday 2/19. To participate, either pre-register at or just enter the meeting id and password on Zoom at the time of the event.

Show Your Love for the Delaware River this Valentine's Day!
Sunday, February 14, 2021


This Valentine's Day, here are 3 things we love about the #DelawareRiver:

✅clean drinking water for 13 million people

✅habitats for birds, fish & other wildlife

✅ creeks & streams to kayak & canoe 

Celebrate #iheartestuaries Day!
Friday, February 12, 2021


We might not live by the shore, but we can still celebrate #iheartestuaries day! Protecting the #DelawareEstuary makes good economic sense: estuaries make up only 13% of the land area in the continental US, but are responsible for nearly 50% of the economic output!  Did you know, the Paulins

Join Us for an Upcoming Riparian Buffer Webinar
Tuesday, February 02, 2021


A River Runs By It: The Environmental and Societal Benefits of Riparian Buffers live online with Dr. Stephen Souza

Join us for a special presentation by Dr. Stephen Souza to learn about riparian buffers; what they are, why they exist, and h

Participate in the AmeriCorps Greener Backyard and Environmental Stewardship Webinar Series
Thursday, January 28, 2021



Join our AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador for virtual presentations about how you can green your backyard. To participate, either pre-register at or just enter the meeting id and password on Zo

Virtual Presentation to the Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee
Wednesday, January 27, 2021


Kristine Rogers of the SCMUA-WRWMG gave a virtual presentation to the Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee last night. The presentation focused on the 3 programs that the WRWMG facilitates to improve local water quality (agricultural outreach and assistance, stormwater management, and riparian r

Watershed Education Specialist Gives Presentation about Watershed Monitoring
Wednesday, January 20, 2021


Kristine Rogers of the WRWMG recently gave a presentation at Stroud Water Research Center’s EnviroDIY monthly meeting to water quality monitoring sensor station managers. The presentation described the current trends in the

Getting Things Done Before 2021!
Thursday, December 24, 2020


Although the pandemic kept the WRWMG from hosting its typical in-person community outreach events, it didn’t stop our staff from working hard to complete projects that improve the health of our local rivers and streams! Here’s a look back at what we accomplished in 2020: 

Happy Holidays from the WRWMG
Friday, December 18, 2020


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

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:

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