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,
Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership
Heather Fenyk, President