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August 2016 - Vol. 2, Issue 8
Dear Friends of the Lower Raritan Watershed-

July saw us playing with Pokemon Go on the banks of the Raritan and in area streams. It is fun to find so many wild Pokemon in these spaces, and we love seeing Pokemon Go players exploring this "new-to-them" terrain.

Of course there are tons of reasons to take your kids to the river even without Surskit skittering about. Rivers are the best playgrounds - perfect for the lazy "school's out" months. River and stream banks have everything a kid needs to move and play at his or her own pace and style: fallen trees, logs, rocks. Watch water striders (the original Surskits) in the calm shallows, and cheer as Duck(let)s splash and dive in the water. Enjoy the background chorus of frog and birdsong and try to guess which REAL animals live in the little holes, caves, and cracks under rocks and logs.

This past spring, before Pokemon Go and as part of the LRWP/coLAB Arts Sculpture Project in the Schools, Highland Park High School students in Sarah Grunstein's sculpture class were challenged to take garbage removed during a stream clean-up and to use the trash collected to create sculptures that represent the wildlife that belongs in our watershed. Stop by the Highland Park Public Library (31 North Fifth Avenue) to see the student's amazing artwork - it will be displayed through the month of August in the Library's Main Hall Display Case.

And speaking of the critters that belong in our watershed, check out the picture below of the freshwater crab found during macroinvertebrate monitoring this year! With thanks to everyone who participated in our 2016 volunteer monitoring program we collected data on more than two dozen stream segments in the Lower Raritan, including several new sites. The LRWP has plans to grow our stream monitoring program to include at least one stream monitoring site in each of our 47 subwatersheds. Please mark October 14-15 on your calendars - the next scheduled macroinvertebrates assessment training to prepare for the 2017 monitoring season.
See you in the watershed,

Heather Fenyk, President
Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership
Much better than Pokemon
Quite a macros catch from the field in Edison's Mill Brook - a fresh water crab! Tons of mayflies, caddisflies and other neat stuff. It's great to see these guys in our streams. Thanks to Michael Ricketts for the image.
Many thanks to Raritan RIVERKEEPER Bill Schultz for presenting on canoe/kayak access sites along the Raritan River at our July meeting. You can get your own pdf the RIVERKEEPER's Raritan River Access Points guide here.
The First Reformed Church of Highland Park did a great job cleaning Mill Brook! We will be conducting several additional stream clean-ups throughout August. Please "like" our facebook page for information on upcoming clean-up locations and times.
With support from the EPA's Urban Waters Partnership and New Jersey's Watershed Institute the LRWP joined dozens of other urban waters communities in Washington DC for the 2016 Urban Waters Training Workshop. Read more about this training on our blog. While there we caught up with our friends from NY/NJ HEP - this picture is of HEP + LRPW putting NJ on the national "Urban Waters Partners" map.
July 2016 blog posts
Check out the LRWP blog to read Joseph Sapia's July Garden & Afield reports (post one, post two), a recap of our experience at the Urban Waters Training Workshop in DC, and to learn more about the Northeast Corridor Line and plans for its expansion through the Lower Raritan Watershed.
August Calendar

August 1-31, Sculpture Project in the Schools - Found Object Art at Highland Park's Public Library Main Hall Display Case, 31 North Fifth, Highland Park, NJ

***No LRWP meeting in August

Partner Events

Save The Date! On October 1 from 5-9 pm coLAB Arts will host their annual gala - this year focused on the Lower Raritan Watershed!! From coLAB: "A WATERSHED MOMENT is an immersive visual and performance art experience that embraces our re-connection to the Raritan River." For more information.

Central Jersey Stream Team's 2016 clean-up dates:

August 20 (Sat)
September 24 (Sat)
October 22 (Sat)
November 12 (Sat)
December 3 (Sat)
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