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March 2017 - Vol. 3, Issue 2
Dear Friends of the Lower Raritan Watershed-

Stormwater is the precipitation that falls on roofs, lawns and paved areas and is carried away by a system of stormwater pipes, culverts and ditches. Collectively, the draining water is called stormwater runoff.  Stormwater becomes a problem when it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt, pet waste, and other pollutants as it flows untreated into the water bodies we use for swimming, fishing, and drinking. Excessive debris can clog inlets, causing flooding and erosion of stream banks.

The LRWP spends a lot of time thinking about stormwater and its impacts on our watershed and communities. We'll save a seat for you at our March 20th general meeting (10-noon, Middlesex County Office of Planning) when we'll share our emerging stormwater strategy. Join us March 16 and learn how to do your own stormwater management at our Build-A-Rain Barrel Workshop (registration required) in Perth Amboy, and read our blog to learn how farmers like Jess Niederer of Chickadee Creek Farm are working to address stormwater runoff through best land use practices.

Mark your calendars: LRWP stakeholder meetings through the first half of 2017 will be held in the Middlesex County Office of Planning from 10AM-noon on the following dates: April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17.

See you in the watershed,

Heather Fenyk, President
Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership
March 16 - Build a Rain Barrel!
Join the LRWP and the City of Perth Amboy on Thursday March 15, 6-8:30 pm and build your own rain barrel! Participants will learn how using a rain barrel can contribute to improving our water resources and will build a rain barrel to take home. Materials will be provided. Pre-registration required.
Wanted: coLAB/LRWP Resident Artist
coLAB Arts and the LRWP are seeking a PAID resident artist to work with us on the Watershed Sculpture Project, Trash Troubadour and Rail-Arts-River initiatives. With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Image and art by Tammy Knorr.
Watershed Clean-Ups
Thank you to the 23 people who joined the LRWP & Middlesex County Parks to clean-up the floodplain in Piscataway's Johnson Park on Feb 25! It was a gorgeous day, and volunteers picked up 7 yards of trash - along with a 13 foot 8 inch in diameter pvc pipe that hung out of the bed of the truck all day. We are working to schedule a clean-up of the other side of the River in New Brunswick's "trench" on April 22 - stay tuned! Photo by Central Jersey Stream Team's Jens Riedel.
February blog posts
Many thanks to guest bloggers Joe Mish (February: Mid-Winter's Better Half and The Edge of Winter) Joe Sapia (Walking with the Weather Boy) and Farmer Jess Niederer (Stormwater Management, A Farmer's Perspective) for their writing contributions this month. Photo of contour farming by Jess Niederer

March 16, 6-8:30pm: Join us for a Build a Rain Barrel Workshop in Perth Amboy. Registration required, contact William Kurzenberger:

March 20, 10-noon: LRWP general stakeholder meeting, Middlesex County Planning Offices at 75 Bayard Street, New Brunswick, NJ – 5th floor mid-size conference room.

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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