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December 2015 - Vol. 1, Issue 8
Dear Friends of the Lower Raritan Watershed -

Here's a bit of watershed history to share with family and friends over tomorrow's Thanksgiving dinner: the Lower Raritan Watershed is in New Jersey's "Turkey Area 12," home to turkeys descendant from the state's successful wild turkey restoration program that began in the late 1970s with the release of 22 adult turkeys (15 hens and seven toms). You can read more about turkey restoration in New Jersey and the watershed in Joe Sapia's inaugural post in our new "Voices of the Watershed" Blog.

We're happy to roll out our Voices blog as part of the formal launch of the LRWP website! Please spend some time on our site learning about the Lower Raritan Watershed and about the work the LRWP is doing to improve watershed health. Also on the website is information about upcoming events, including our first annual "year in review" celebratory potluck on December 15 from 5:30-7 PM, followed at 7 PM by a special TMDL workshop co-hosted by the LRWP, ANJEC and the New Brunswick Environmental Commission. We hope you'll join us!

November was a busy month of meetings, grant writing, conferences and our first board retreat. We also toured the Middlesex County Water Utility, welcomed Somerset County as a Partner of the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership, created an Instagram account, and established a PayPal account to facilitate donations.

At this Thanksgiving we give thanks to you for your support this past year as we've worked to frame the LRWP's approach to improving the health of the Raritan River and to establish ourselves as an official non-profit. We've been tremendously lucky to work with so many amazing volunteers who share not only a concern regarding the health of our environment, but a commitment to improving it. Please help us move this project forward, and consider donating to the LRWP as we ready for 2016.

Have a happy Thanksgiving. See you in the watershed!

Heather Fenyk, President
Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership
The LRWP's First Annual "Year-In-Review" Potluck
The Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership will host its first annual "year in review" celebratory potluck on December 15 from 5:30-7 PM, followed at 7 PM by a special workshop on on water quality issues.

The event will be held in the Middlesex County Office of Planning’s Lower Level Conference Room C located at 75 Bayard Street in New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Parking is available in the New Brunswick City Hall lot at 78 Bayard Street, New Brunswick, NJ  08901. Please RSVP to hfenyk AT and include information about the dish you are willing to share.

Watershed Gallery Adds Raritan Photos
Many thanks to Alison M. Jones with the international No Water No Life for sharing images from "Across Watersheds," a No Water, No Life Traveling Photo Exhibit. Many of Alison's images are now installed in the Watershed Sculpture Project gallery space located at 100 Kirkpatrick Street, 2nd floor, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

Image: Alison M. Jones

Rutgers Environmental Stewards
Rutgers NJ Agricultural Experiment Station is now accepting applications for the Spring 2016 Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program. The program includes 60 hours of training and a 60 hour internship. New for 2016 is a partnership with the LRWP in which Environmental Stewards will learn about watershed health through field study and analysis. Anyone with an interest in the environment and a commitment to volunteer service can participate, no previous environmental training necessary. For more information.

Help the LRWP Develop A Comprehensive Monitoring Plan
The LRWP is working to raise $1,300 to participate in the web-based training program “Monitoring That Guarantees Measurable Results” (sponsored by the nationally-known River Network). This program will give us the assistance we need to develop a comprehensive monitoring plan for the Lower Raritan Watershed including a data inventory, a blueprint for monitoring objectives, an information delivery plan and a monitoring program evaluation plan. For more information on the campaign and to donate. No amount is too small.

LRWP calendar

December 7 - New Brunswick Conservation Zone Walk

On Monday December 7 at 1:30 PM, as part of New Brunswick Municipal Public Access Plan planning effort coordinated by the Environmental Analysis and Communications Group at Rutgers, we will be walking through the Raritan Riverfront Conservation Zone to see what public access might look like in that area.

We will meet in the back right corner of the Lowes Movie Theater on Route 1. For folks using GPS the address is: 17 Us Highway #1, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. From there we will walk along the gravel path in New Brunswick’s “Raritan Riverfront Conservation Zone” and if we have the stamina following the conservation zone foray we can also consider walking in a relatively accessible segment of riverfront leading to Carpenter Road. Message us if you are interested in joining the walk: hfenyk AT

December 15 - 5:30-9 PM

LRWP Potluck Dinner, followed by TMDL workshop presentation. See details above.



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