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APRIL 2016 - Vol. 2, Issue 4
Dear Friends of the Lower Raritan Watershed-

It is grants season and we are invigorated by the process of sharing our ideas and visions for a healthier watershed. It is especially gratifying when support comes in the form of funding (or donations from our supporters!). We are excited to have secured our first two grants: With many thanks for funding from Johnson & Johnson, the "Watershed Sculpture Project in the Schools" kicks off this April! This grant involves developing environmental curriculum that aligns with the new Next Generation Science Standards for high school Life Science and Engineering. It will also see us in the classroom with our coLAB Arts partners, talking with students about the impact of pollution on water quality, conducting stream clean-ups, and turning trash into art. The second grant is through the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Program and includes training and supplies to launch our pathogens monitoring program. In addition to our on-going visual habitat monitoring (our next training is May 8) we will now be conducting pathogens monitoring in Perth Amboy and need volunteers! See below for information about how you can get involved.

We are not all work and no play: join us as we take a break from grants to celebrate Earth Day and Raritan River Week (April 16 - 30, 2016). Raritan River Week is when many New Jersey organizations hold special events to promote clean and safe waterways throughout the state. Check out the Raritan River Week calendar to find an event near you - or see below for info on the LRWP's events including our April 17 clean-up of the New Brunswick Conservation Zone, April 19 Natural Asset Mapping meeting, and April 28 MOTION New Dance Works choreographed piece by Joe Monteleone celebrating the Lower Raritan Watershed.

Please know that we can now provide e-mail notifications for our blog entries. See the "new posts by e-mail" sign up on our home page so you don't miss posts like Joe Mish's lovely essay about habitat connectivity and what turtles teach us about longevity.

See you in the watershed,

Heather Fenyk, President
Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership
Natural Assets Mapping Speaker
On April 19, 9:30-11 AM we will continue our Natural Assets Mapping Speaker Series with presentations by NJTransit's Vivian Baker who will speak on local and regional transportation projects in the pipeline, linking them to conversations about future visions for the watershed, and Devin Gargan, a member of the environmental team of the Parsons Brinkerhoff/AECOM NEC Future Joint Venture, a rail investment plan for the Northeast Corridor. For more information.
Water Quality Monitors Needed!
Water quality monitoring season is almost here and want YOU to volunteer! Ready to adopt a stream for regular monitoring? Join us May 8 as we kick-off our 2016 visual habitat assessments with a training for new volunteers (RSVP required). Or perhaps pathogens monitoring is more your speed? This summer the LRWP is part of a team working under a NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Program grant to conduct pathogens monitoring at multiple sites along the Raritan River. Can you help with regular summer monitoring in three Perth Amboy locations? E-mail hfenyk AT lowerraritanwatershed DOT org Training will be provided.
Watershed Clean-Ups
Many thanks to 12 hardy souls who came out for a chilly clean-up of South Bound Brook on March 5, and for the 17 folks who enjoyed warmer weather on March 19 to clean up Johnson Park. In March we removed 25 yards of garbage and 28 tires. The spring cleaning frenzy continues on April 17 for a clean-up of the New Brunswick Conservation Zone.
Stop by, say "hi"!
We will be speaking to the Sayreville Environmental Commission April 5 at 7 PM, 167 Main Street, Sayreville, NJ - Borough Hall.

We will also have a table at the Highland Park Environmental Festival on Sunday April 17, 11-3 PM.

Stop by & say "hi!"

Jersey Water Works
The LRWP is happy to be part of Jersey Water Works, a collaborative effort of many diverse organizations and individuals who embrace the common purpose of transforming New Jersey’s inadequate water infrastructure by investing in sustainable, cost-effective solutions that provide communities with clean water and waterways; healthier, safer neighborhoods; local jobs; flood and climate resilience; and economic growth. The LRWP is active on the Green Infrastructure subcommittee

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