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October 2016 - Vol. 2, Issue 10
Dear Friends of the Lower Raritan Watershed-

On September 23 the LRWP celebrated its first full year as an official non-profit. Happy 1st Birthday to us! It has been a great year of water quality monitoring, stream clean-ups, environmental education programming, community outreach, making art from trash and much more. We are still 100% volunteer, but need to grow our bank account to continue to do the work we do.  Show us some birthday love to help us build our organization - gifts of any shape and size appreciated. For donations of $25 or more we'll send you a snazzy LRWP car magnet!

As autumn sets in we shift from water quality monitoring to planning our approach to watershed restoration. This means calendaring spring 2017 stream clean-ups, and thinking about Green Infrastructure (GI) and how to manage GI interventions at a watershed level. At our September meeting, co-hosted by JerseyWaterWorks, CDM Smith provided a live demo of New York City's GI management GreenHUB tool. This was followed by a discussion led by David Zimmer (New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust) and Andrew Kricun (Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority) on the benefits of GI assets management. If you missed the September meeting you can watch the presentation here. Join us at our October 18 meeting 9:30-11:30 am in the Middlesex County Planning offices as we continue the conversation.

Other October events of note include presentation of the New Brunswick Municipal Public Access Plan (Oct. 13), "Stream School" macroinvertebrates assessment training at Rutgers Gardens (Oct. 14-15), and our annual Sculpture Project Gallery Opening with coLAB Arts (Oct. 25).

See you in the watershed,

Heather Fenyk, President
Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership
Sept '16 Water Quality Findings
Churning activity from Hermine off-shore kept pollutants local during the early part of the month, with most sites (except Perth Amboy Yacht Club) registering high pathogens counts continuing past the Labor Day weekend. Things cleared up a bit mid-month, with CONDITIONAL pathogens tests indicating that sites are safe for swimming per NJDEP regs. With thanks to our NY/NJ Baykeeper partners + volunteer monitors.
September 2016 Clean Ups
Our September clean-ups focused on sourcing materials for the Watershed Sculpture Project, but we also cleared out 22 bags of garbage, 5 tires, mattresses and more from area streams. Thanks to our coLAB partners, Central Jersey Stream Team, and to all who came out to lend a hand. Special thanks to New Brunswick DPW for picking up the trash!
Studying the Raritan at Rutgers
The LRWP is partnering with two Rutgers classes this semester, "Tracing the Raritan" and "Environmental History." Research involves learning about Raritan River-related holdings in the Library special collections. With thanks to RU Librarians, we share this findings guide to Rutgers's Raritan River holdings. The image is a postcard of the River from their Postcard Collection.
coLAB's "Watershed Moment"
The Lower Raritan Watershed served as muse for a truly breathtaking series of performances by coLAB Arts, held Oct 1 in New Brunswick's Boyd Park along the Raritan River. This immersive visual and performance art experience in all ways embraced our re-connection to the Raritan River. Some of this work will be on display at our Oct 25 Gallery Opening event, 6:30-8:30pm.
September 2016 blog posts
Joe Mish ushers us into fall with his piece on canoeing down the Raritan. Stay tuned for October posts on endangered species in the watershed, and a recap of our Green Infrastructure work. Photo by Joe Mish.
Happy Birthday LRWP!
On September 23, 2016 the LRWP celebrated our first year as an official not-for-profit. Do you like what we're doing to clean up our watershed? Show us some birthday love and help us continue our work! For donations of $25 or more we'll send you a snazzy LRWP car magnet!
October-November Calendar

October 13 - New Brunswick Municipal Public Access Plan

Oct 14-15 - Macroinvertebrate Training at Rutgers Gardens

October 18 - LRWP Meeting in Middlesex County Planning Offices

October 25 - Watershed Sculpture Project Gallery Opening

Volunteers Needed!
The LRWP needs help with: grant-writing, tabling and outreach at events, and spearheading a monofiliament recycling station installation project (perfect for a Girl/Boy Scout Troop). Please contact Heather: hfenyk AT lowerraritanwatershed DOT org

Partner Events

Central Jersey Stream Team's 2016 clean-up dates:
October 22 (Sat)
November 12 (Sat)
December 3 (Sat)

In the News
Want to know what Raritan Bay's superpower is? Yep, that's right, it's NY/NJ Baykeeper's Debbie Mans!!! Two River Times ran a great piece by LRWP contributor Joe Sapia about Debbie and her work.
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