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JULY 2015 - Vol. 1, Issue 3
Dear Friends of the Lower Raritan Watershed -

June rains - a total of 6.32 inches in our gauge for the month - filled rain barrels and brought the Lower Raritan Watershed and the rest of New Jersey out of near-drought conditions. All this precipitation made scheduling stream assessments challenging, but the rain gardens popping up around the watershed sure are beautiful!

June was an exciting month for the LRWP. We received the "Non-Profit Innovation Award" from the Sustainable Raritan River Collaborative, spent three days in Washington DC as part of the American Architectural Foundation's "Sustainable Cities Design Conference," learned a ton about wetlands restoration from guest speaker and wetlands expert Bill Young, and hosted our first Stream Restoration Workshop with restoration expert Steve Barnes.

Plan to join us for our July meeting, scheduled for Tuesday the 
21st, at 9:00 AM at the Middlesex County Department of Planning. At that meeting the Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership and the New York New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program will present the results of their Lawrence Brook fish ladder study. And save the date - on August 6th we'll host a "know your pollinators" workshop and pollinator count as we work to advance a watershed perspective to improve pollinator health.

See you in the watershed,

Heather Fenyk, President

Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership
Sustainable Raritan River Collaborative "Non Profit Innovation Award"
We are very proud to accept the 2015 "Non-Profit Innovation Award" from the Sustainable Raritan River Collaborative in recognition of the launch of the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership! What an honor to be included among the remarkable list of awardees. Many thanks to the Collaborative for  this award, and for their ongoing stewardship of the Raritan River.
LRWP at the "Sustainable Cities Design Academy"
Huge thanks to the American Architectural Foundation and our amazing resource team including Jane Martin from SH!FT Design Studio (San Franscisco) and Jason Bregman from Michael Singer Studio (Delray Beach office) for a wonderful Sustainable Cities Design Academy.
The LRWP and our coLAB ARTS and Rutgers Cooperative Extension partners returned from ‪#SCDA14‬ in DC energized by the experience and with a refined concept plan for Rail→Arts→River. Our final report will be distributed in the next few weeks.
Image: Daniel Tana, AAF

Stream Restoration 101
How do stream channel changes cause problems for our built environment? We learned about this and much more during our first Stream Restoration Workshop. Many thanks to workshop leader Steve Barnes, who reviewed the principal features of streams, including channel shape, the lateral connection to the flood-plain, the sediments of the streambed and its banks and much more.
Image: Heather Fenyk

July LRWP Meeting

Any guess as to what's going on in this picture?

Find out on July 21st, at 9:00 AM at the Middlesex County Department of Planning when the Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership and the New York New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program will present the results of the Lawrence Brook fish ladder study.

The presentation will focus on the results of a study investigating the feasibility of installing fish ladders on the two water supply dams in the Lawrence Brook to expand and restore fish habitat. We will also discuss the harbor-wide goals of restoring our estuary as described in the Hudson-Raritan Estuary Comprehensive Restoration Plan.
Image:Heather Fenyk

Other News and Updates

Central Jersey Stream Team Clean-ups

On Sunday May 31 the LRWP joined our Central Jersey Stream Team friends for a Raritan River clean-up. CJST is working their way downstream for the next few months, with monthly clean-ups starting in Raritan Borough and continuing 6 miles south to the discharge pipe from American Cyanamid. Upcoming event dates are 7/26, 8/22 & 9/13. If you want to pull some tires out of the river, now is your chance! E-mail CJST for more info.

DRAFT New Jersey Coastal Management Strategy for 2016-2020
The NJDEP has released its draft New Jersey Coastal Management Strategy for 2016-2020, which describes the agency's efforts to assess and develop strategies to address priority coastal zone management issues through the Coastal Management Program. The DRAFT Strategy for 2016-2020 touches on a number of issues relevant to the Raritan River and Lower Raritan Watershed, including blue acres, dam removal and a TMDL for the non-tidal portion of the Raritan. The LRWP is soliciting comments on the strategy as we prepare a letter to submit to NJDEP. Please send your comments to us by July 6 so that we can submit a letter to the NJDEP by the July 13 deadline.

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