Issue #17 

Winter 2007/2008

The Basin Bulletin

Newsletter for Stakeholders of the Raritan River Basin

Prepared on behalf of the Raritan Basin Watershed Alliance


News

 

Featured Articles

NJDEP/ Rutgers Partnership Receives Community Water Conservation Grant

The NJDEP in partnership with Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension has received a grant from the US EPA to develop a model community-based water conservation education program.  The goal of this program is to instill a responsible water use ethic in both the private and public sectors and reduce overall water waste. MORE...

THE RARITAN PLAN: FOUR YEARS LATER (Article 3)

As noted in the Basin Bulletin, Spring 2007, the Raritan Basin Watershed Management Plan (www.raritanbasin.org) was released to the public in early 2003.  That article discussed the six key environmental issues and the resulting stakeholder vision for the basin, while the second article (Summer 2007) addressed surface water quality.  In this article, we focus on another of the six key issues:  loss of riparian areas, with the related issue of biological stream impairment.  MORE...



Highlands Plan Closer to Public Study 

Members Disagree Over Compensation, Whether the Revised Plan is Complete

The New Jersey Highlands Council voted 10-4 late Monday to release a revised draft regional Master Plan to the public but won't do so until some mostly technical word changes requested by council members are made. MORE...

CLEAN WATER, SEWERS, AND SEPTIC SYSTEMS

HAS GOOD WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING GONE DOWN THE DRAIN?

The Clean Water Act provided the foundation for ensuring an adequate water supply for every community.  Today, misguided legislation and a new slate of proposed government regulations could inadvertently pose a threat to water quality.  At issue: how can New Jersey grow without threatening the state’s precious environmental resources? MORE...



NRCS Watershed Assistance in Raritan Basin

Communities in the Raritan Basin have utilized USDA-NRCS watershed assessment and planning assistance to help reduce flood damage, develop water-based recreation, improve water quality and wildlife habitat....   MORE...

THREATS TO THE DISMAL SWAMP

Right in the middle of bustling Central New Jersey lies a natural oasis. The 660-acre Dismal Swamp Conservation Area, which spans portions of Edison, Metuchen and South Plainfield, is one of the largest remaining viable ecosystems in this highly-urbanized part of the state.  MORE...



Rutgers EARTH Center Winter News 2007
The home of Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Middlesex County is called the EARTH Center (Environment, Agriculture, Research, Teaching, and Health). As always, our Extension office emphasizes environmentally sound horticultural practices, youth and adult leadership education plus nutrition and health education. MORE...

NEW JERSEY MICROBIAL SOURCE TRACKING WORKING GROUP

The bi-annual meeting of the New Jersey Microbial Source Tracking (NJ MST) Working Group was held on November 7, 2007 at the Monmouth County Agricultural Center in Freehold, NJ.  This latest meeting was held to update all Technical Partners and Stakeholders on the latest developments on MST Tracking Tools as well as regulatory issues concerning bacterial contamination in surface waters caused by NPS stormwater runoff.  MORE...



Local Waterways are Healthy According to Stream Critters

On Saturday, November 10, 2007, at Echo Hill Environmental Education Area, the South Branch Watershed Association (SBWA) presented the results of their 2007 river monitoring season.   MORE...

STUDENTS RECLAIM RARITAN

On Sunday November 4th, students from Rutgers University reclaimed their connection to the Raritan River.  With the organizational skills of the student interns of New Jersey Community Water Watch, over 300 university students hit the banks of the historic river to remove piles of trash from the river and its flood zone. Just one week before, 35 Water Watch students plowed through New Brunswick streets, cleaning up garbage and preventing litter from flowing into storm drains that lead to the Raritan.  MORE...



Local Watershed Association Receives ANJEC’s 2007 NJ Environmental Achievement Award

SBWA has received Honorable Mention for the ANJEC 2007 New Jersey Environmental Achievement Award.  SBWA was the only non-profit to receive the award this year and was recognized for the award at ANJEC’s 2007 Environmental Congress held on October 12, 2007 in West Windsor, NJ. MORE...

TROUT IN THE CLASSROOM

Our inaugural year of Trout in the Classroom (TIC) was quite successful. To recap, we received applications from 22 interested teachers, but were limited to providing six with the necessary equipment. A full set-up, from tank to chiller (valued at $1,000 each) was provided to: Fords Middle School, St. Stanislaus Kostka, South River Middle School, Communications High School, Summerfield School and Middletown High School South. We also hosted a tank in our office to educate developers, builders, engineers and residents about  fragile trout habitat. MORE...



South Branch Watershed Association Receives Environmental Quality Award from E.P.A. 
The South Branch Watershed Association has been selected to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s prestigious Environmental Quality Award for 2007. In making the announcement, Alan J. Steinberg, EPA Regional Administrator, said "The Environmental Quality Award is the highest recognition presented to the public by our office."  MORE...

NEW HIGHLANDS ACT WATER DATA RELEASED SOUTH BRANCH WATERSHED SPECIFICS 

At the Highlands Council meeting on November 1 st a draft version of the "Calculation of Net Water Availability" was released. The document lists the subwatersheds* in the highlands that have no further room for growth based solely on water availability. The process used to obtain the net water availability was first to calculate the ground water availability for each subwatershed. This was compared to the estimates for combined consumptive / depletive uses and the estimates for domestic well and septic system use. Where existing uses were greater than ground water availability, the net water availability is a deficit. MORE...  



Hunterdon Group Honored for Water Research

A Hunterdon environmental group has been recognized for its work keeping rivers healthy. MORE...

   


 

Upcoming Events

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Upper Raritan Watershed Association Calendar of Events

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Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association Upcoming Events

 

F.X. Browne, Inc. Employment Opportunities 

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Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County

National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Employment Opportunities

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South Branch Watershed Association Calendar of Events

NJAPA - Classifieds 

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NJ Audubon Environmental Education Programming

Hunterdon County Employment Opportunities 

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR 

FROM THE STAFF OF NJWSA!

If you would like to provide information for the newsletter, please forward it to Sally Kean at NJWSA, at   skean@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.