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April 2017 - Vol. 3, Issue 3
Dear Friends of the Lower Raritan Watershed -

Earth Day is a special day for me. The first Earth Day was held April 1970 - the year and month I was born. Earth Day 2004 heralded new beginnings for my family when, while participating in an Earth Day festival, I went into labor with my daughter. Birthdays aside, throughout the years the day has been one of joy and purpose, and an opportunity to join with others to share in environmental service and action with the goal of making our environment a better place for future generations.

This year the Earth Day promise of cleaner water and cleaner air for our children and their children is threatened by proposed cuts to the EPA, the Clean Water Rule, and rollbacks of dozens of environmental protections (see our blog post on environmental headlines). These proposals out of Washington DC make clear that it must be local action that secures protections for New Jersey's natural resources in coming years (see our blog post on identifying pathways to environmental protections in the Garden State).

For those of us who care about the health of our natural spaces it is a disconcerting time. But Earth Day is in part a celebration of the shared values that have structured the last several decades of environmental politics. These cultural norms and standards still exist. Want proof? Check out the dozens of Raritan River Week / Earth Day volunteer activities. See the LRWP events page for listing of programs through May (including an April 22 clean-up along the Raritan in New Brunswick). And join us for our April 17 general meeting, when we'll talk stormwater management with the NJDEP, Middlesex County and Lower Raritan Watershed towns. It is by coming together to celebrate our Lower Raritan Watershed, and by demonstrating a commitment to environmental action and stewardship, that we re-affirm our values.

Happy Earth Day 2017!

Heather Fenyk, President
Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership
Where in the Watershed are you?
Do you live in the Lower Raritan Watershed? Where in the watershed are you? Check out our brand new interactive map to find out! With thanks to LRWP interns Anthony Piccone and Tian Ruan for developing our fun new tool.
LRWP April General Meeting
At our April 17 meeting (10-noon at Middlesex County Planning) we will continue to talk stormwater, welcoming guests from NJDEP and Manville. To brush up on your stormwater knowledge, check out Dan Van Abs' opinion piece in NJSpotlight, and request a copy of our white paper on stormwater management: 
Earth Day River Clean-up
Look at this picture. The bicycle path along the Raritan River in New Brunswick is a mess! We need your help to clean it up. Join the LRWP, coLAB Arts and the Raritan Headwaters Association for a special Earth Day clean-up on Saturday April 22 from 9-noon.
Build-a-Rain Barrel Workshop
With thanks to the City of Perth Amboy and the NJDEP Watershed Ambassadors, the LRWP hosted our first "build-a-rain-barrel" workshop to a sell out crowd. With special thanks to Coca-Cola for donations of the syrup drums. Image by Ismail Sukkar
March blog posts
Much of the LRWP's data gathering relies on citizen (civic) science. Interested in learning more about civic science? Check out our blog post on a new PBS series running through April. Do you liken the fishing opener to Christmas? Check out Joe Mish's piece on the excitement of preparing for trout season.

See our blog post here for recent environmental headlines, and read the first entry in our series on how New Jersey's enduring environmental values can help secure future protections for our land, air and water.  Image by Joe Mish

April 17, 10am- noon: LRWP General Meeting in the Middlesex County Planning Offices

April 22, 9am-noon: Earth Day Clean-up with LRWP, coLAB Arts and Raritan Headwaters Association

April 29, 10am-5pm: Visit the LRWP at Rutgers Day!

May 20, 10-noon: Milkweed planting in New Brunswick's new pollinator garden.

May 21, 9am-1pm: Visual Habitat Assessment training

***Stakeholder meetings through the first half of 2017 will be held in the Middlesex County Office of Planning from 10AM-noon on April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17***

Volunteers Needed!
The LRWP would love to partner with a Girl Scout / Boy Scout troop on a monofiliament (fishing line) recycling station installation project. Our goal for 2017 is to install five recycling stations at sites along the Raritan. Please contact Heather: hfenyk AT lowerraritanwatershed DOT org
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