June Calendar and Other Updates:
LRWP June Meeting **Please note time change!**
At our June meeting, scheduled for 1:00-4:00 PM on Tuesday the 16th, Wetlands Scientist Bill Young will speak about his work coordinating the wetlands remediation component of a major brownfields remediation project in Fords, an industrial section of Woodbridge, for the site’s new owners. The Fords site, a contaminated 200-plus-acre patch of mostly wetlands, sat abandoned and off-limits for years. It had once been home to a chemical plant with concomitant sludges and lagoons. Today, after eight years of remediation it would be hard to find a more positive example of environmentally sensitive brownfields remediation in the Lower Raritan Watershed.
The June presentation starts at 1:00 PM, the organizational part of our meeting will start at 2 PM, followed by the Board of Directors meeting at 3 PM. Our monthly meetings are held in the Middlesex County Office of Planning First Floor Meeting Space, 40 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.
Central Jersey Stream Team Clean-ups
On Sunday May 31 the LRWP will join our Central Jersey Stream Team friends for a Raritan River clean-up that they and the Somerville Flood Commission are organizing. The goal is to clear a mile long stretch of the Raritan from Duke Parkway down to the Main Street Bridge in Manville.
CJST is going to be 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. Event dates are 5/31, 6/27, 7/26, 8/22 & 9/13. If you want to pull some tires out of the river, now is your chance! Contact CJST for more info.
7th Annual Sustainable Raritan River Conference
Registration is open for the 7th Annual Sustainable Raritan River Conference and Awards Ceremony to be held June 12, 2015 at Rutgers’ Douglass Student Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The theme of this year’s conference focuses on the challenges and opportunities facing the bi-state waters of the Raritan Bay. This event is sponsored by the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative and the New York—New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program. For more information or to register.