Issue #15 

Spring 2007

 

The Basin Bulletin

 

Newsletter for Stakeholders of the Raritan River Basin

Prepared on behalf of the Raritan Basin Watershed Alliance

     


News

Featured Articles

Sidney Brook Watershed Protection Plan

  The Union Township Town Council and the Environmental Commission are hosting an information session for local residents on May 8th at 7:00 PM at the Union Township Municipal Building to discuss the upcoming work for Sidney Brook. more...


Duke at Dusk
Twilight Tours are the Perfect Time to Bask in the Natural Beauty of Duke Farms

Duke Farms is celebrating spring with Twilight Tours that enable guests to enjoy a special evening combining the beauty and variety of its Indoor Display Garden with a "Picnic on the Green."  more...


Edison Fails in Bid to Condemn Land

Sale of 27 Acres to Builder Approved

On April 9, 2007, Edison failed to win a federal judge's permission to go forward with plans to condemn a prized 27-acre tract where bankrupt Kara Homes once proposed building 19 luxury homes. more...


NRCS Conservation Programs Available

USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) technical experts can help people in the Raritan Basin assess natural resource needs on their land and develop conservation plans to address water, soil, and other natural resources. more...


South Branch River Monitoring Workshop

The South Branch Watershed Association will hold its 14th Annual River Monitoring Workshop on Saturday, June 2, 2007 at Echo Hill Park in Clinton Township. more...


  Web Soil Survey

Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Scientists develop and maintain the National Cooperative Soil Survey, a collection of scientific data describing our nation’s soils. more...


New Report Catalogs Local 308 Bird Species
Edison Wetlands Association has released a report on "The Birds of Middlesex County," the first time a full inventory of bird species has been compiled for this area. more...


Somerset County Planning Division "Creating Quality Communities Together" Municipal Planning Partnership Grant  More Information


Congratulations to Ted Chase! 

Theodore Chase, Jr., Professor in the Cook College (Rutgers University) Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, has been a long-time member of both Steering Committee of the Raritan Basin Watershed Alliance and its predecessor, the Raritan Basin Council.  Ted just reached a milestone in his career, retiring from the Rutgers facility after 38 years of teaching and research. Congratulations! Ted plans to continue his environmental and planning work in Franklin Township, Somerset County, as Chair as the Planning Board and a member of the Environmental Commission. 


WALNUT BROOK RESTORATION PROJECT

Walnut Brook is a headwater stream of the First Neshanic River.  The First, Second and Third Neshanic rivers join together to form the main stem of the Neshanic which flows to the South Branch of the Raritan River.

The North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development Council (RD&D) recently received funding from New Jersey Freshwater Wetlands Mitigation Council to undertake riparian restoration and create new wetlands along and near Walnut Brook in Raritan Township. more...


SHARED STRATEGY FOR THE CONSERVATION OF GRASSLAND BIRDS 

As recognized in the New Jersey State Wildlife Action Plan (http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/ensp/waphome.htm), the agricultural portions of Somerset and Hunterdon Counties provide critical habitat for grassland bird species. To stem the loss of habitat in these fast growing Counties a coalition of scientists from the Raritan-Piedmont Wildlife Habitat Partnership (RPWHP) under the direction of Troy Ettel, the Director of Conservation for the New Jersey Audubon Society, developed the Grassland Conservation Planmore...

 


CONSERVATION RESERVE ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM (CREP)

Riparian Forest Buffers Make $EN$E

If your property borders a stream, river or lake, NOW is the time to establish a riparian forest buffer. Transition areas of trees, shrubs and grass that separate a waterway from areas of human activity, buffers can filter pollutants from runoff before it reaches the waterway. more... 


BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB'S INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO WATERSHED MANAGEMENT 

As embodied in the Bristol-Myers Squibb corporate pledge, the Company maintains a steadfast commitment to protecting the environment. This commitment is notably demonstrated at Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Hopewell Township, New Jersey campus, through its innovative watershed approach to environmental management. more...


THE RARITAN PLAN: FOUR YEARS AFTER

  The Raritan Basin Watershed Management Plan was released to the public in early 2003 after a nearly four year development process involving hundreds of stakeholders and a project team, all led by the NJ Water Supply Authority (NJWSA). The Raritan Plan was completed just after the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, which co-funded the plan with NJWSA, modified its approach to focus on subwatershed restoration and stormwater plans rather than large-scale watershed management area plans. more...


ARMY CORPS AND STATE COLLABORATE TO RESTORE AND ENHANCE HISTORIC PROPERTY

This past summer, a volunteer from the Somerset County Historical Society warmly welcomed Army Corps visitors at the historic Van Veghten House in Somerset County, N.J. He enthusiastically explained that the very room they were standing in was where General George Washington danced the night away at a dinner party during the Revolutionary War. more...



NJWSA'S MUNICIPAL ASSESSMENT PROGRAM UPDATES

The Municipal Assessment Program, based on a process developed by the Stony Brook – Millstone Watershed Association, evaluates a community’s environmental goals and objectives and provides guidance to community leaders to better preserve, protect and enhance environmental assets through local action. more...


NESHANIC WATERSHED RESTORATION PLAN PROJECT KICK-OFF

A water quality project aimed at restoring the water quality in the Neshanic River Watershed, held a Kick-Off Meeting on March 22nd in Raritan Township. The Neshanic River watershed drains a 31-square mile region that includes portions of Raritan, Delaware, East Amwell and Flemington. more...  


NJWSA PROPERTY UPDATE AS OF MARCH 8, 2007

The New Jersey Water Supply Authority has preserved three more parcels as part of the Raritan Highland Initiative. NJWSA funds its percentage of the purchase price through a dedicated portion of our customers’ rate component and finances through the New Environmental Infrastructure Trust. more...


If you would like to provide information for the newsletter, please forward it to Lindsay Blount at NJWSA, at lblount@raritanbasin.org.

Although the information in this document has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, it has not gone through the Agency's publications review process and, therefore, may not necessarily reflect the views of the Agency and no official endorsement should be inferred.