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July 2016 - Vol. 2, Issue 7
Dear Friends of the Lower Raritan Watershed-

June saw us telescoping between 100 meter stream studies as part of our annual visual habitat assessments, and taking more macro views of the watershed. We engaged the macro perspective during our June 14 discussions with the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Program when we looked to identify shared regional goals. And we continue to look at the big picture in the context of organizing against the Christie administration's revisions to the Flood Hazard Control Act rules (for more on this see our blog). SCR66 would invalidate the Christie administration's rules revisions. We are counting on Senate President Sweeney to post Bob Smith's Bill SCR66 to a vote in Senate today.

You will see in our blog that the LRWP has thought a lot about the people most likely to be affected by the Flood Hazard Control Act revisions, but in their "Voices of the Watershed" entries Joe Mish and Joe Sapia tell us of the other sets of locals that will be impacted by loosening of these rules: the birds and bees and fish and trees and other wildlife that inhabit our region.

Plan to bring your ideas for improved River access to our July 19 meeting when we continue our Natural Asset Mapping exercise with special guest Raritan Riverkeeper Bill Schultz. Schultz will speak on "Recreation and Access Assets from Branchburg to Raritan Bay." Whether you use a non-motorized or motorized watercraft, love fishing or just like to watch the river flow, this is your opportunity to share ideas for river access.

See you in the watershed,

Heather Fenyk, President
Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership
NY/NJ Harbor Estuary Program Workshop
During the 6.14.16 workshop with NY/NJ HEP we framed an action agenda for our Raritan River, our Watershed, and our Estuary. You can still contribute your ideas for a "to-do list" for the estuary and our watershed via this survey.
From the field
This picture was taken while monitoring in the Englishtown area of the LRW. Waters were bright orange with very low pH (3.8). Upstream was an eroding bank with charcoaled, black wood. Read our blog post to learn more about what's going on in Englishtown's streams.
Pollinators Project & Milkweed Talk
Professor John Cambridge's fascinating talk on milkweed & pollinators, jointly hosted with the Highland Park Chapter of the Native Plant Society of NJ, is part of our Urban Pollinators Project. Stay tuned for milkweed seedpod harvesting and seeding events in preparation for spring planting in urban parks and the Finderne Floodplain.
Visual Habitat Assessments & Pathogens Monitoring
Adopting a stream for monitoring and clean-up is a great activity for groups or teams. If your group is interested in science and stewardship opportunities that will get them outside making a difference, let us know!
Taking the birds-eye view ....
July will see us thinking about watersheds a bit differently as we hike the New Mexico portion of the Continental Divide. What's the Continental Divide? It's the ridge that separates the watersheds that drain into the Pacific Ocean from the river systems that drain into the Atlantic Ocean. We'll share a few pictures of the trip at our July 19 meeting.
July-August Calendar

July 14, 6-8 PM – Rain Barrel Demo Workshop in Perth Amboy

July 19, 9:30-11 AM - LRWP General Meeting with Special Guest Raritan Riverkeeper Bill Schultz

July 25, 8-5 pm – LRWP in Washington, DC for Urban Waters Hill Day

**No 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:

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