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February 2017 - Vol. 3, Issue 1
Dear Friends of the Lower Raritan Watershed-

Happy New Year! We're very pleased to be kicking off 2017 with receipt of multiple grants. Project support for 2017 comes from The Watershed Institute to develop a State of the Lower Raritan Watershed Report, from Johnson & Johnson to continue development and implementation of our Project WADES environmental education curriculum, and from the National Endowment for the Arts for a partnership grant secured by coLAB Arts to support a Rail/Arts/River artist-in-residence who will be embedded in the work of the LRWP. (Know an artist who might be interested in the position? Encourage them to apply!)

We're gearing up for a great year of clean-ups, restoration, environmental art, learning and fun! Our next clean-up will be Saturday February 25 in Piscataway, 10-noon. Our next general meeting will be Monday March 20 from 10-noon in the Middlesex County Planning Offices at 75 Bayard Street, New Brunswick, NJ – 5th floor mid-size conference room. Our events page provides updates on additional activities.

See you in the watershed,

Heather Fenyk, President
Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership
Watershed Sculpture Gallery
Have you visited the LRWP/coLAB Arts sculpture gallery lately? We teamed up with Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) from Rutgers University to create an augmented experience integrating art and the watershed, and wow is it cool! Bring your smartphones, download the app, and check it out! The gallery is located at 100 Kirkpatrick Street, 2nd Floor/ New Brunswick, NJ  08901. Image and art by Tammy Knorr.
Watershed Clean-Ups
Huge thanks to the 20+ folks who joined us on January 21 to clean-up the floodplain in Piscataway's Johnson Park! Thanks to you, our Middlesex County Parks partners hauled off several truck loads of trash. There is still so much work left to do in that area, we'll be back at it again for a clean-up on Saturday February 25 from 10-noon. Please join us! Photo by Amy Braunstein.
Raritan Integrated Report
Want to get involved with the NJDEP's prioritization process and strategy for restoration, protection and enhancement of waterbodies in the Raritan Water Region? The next meeting, coordinated by the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative, will be on February 23 at Duke Farms.
December & January blog posts
Check out a guest post by Zach Greenberg (Pew Charitable Trusts) on how to provide public comment on menhaden management, and posts by Joe Mish (on tracking beaver along the Raritan) and Joe Sapia (discoveries during a Christmas walk) as part of our "Voices of the Watershed" series. Photo by Joe Mish.
February-March Calendar

February 25, 10-noon: Piscataway Floodplain clean-up, Round 2! Meet at 1030 River Road in Piscataway in the lobby of the County Parks Headquarters Office.

February 25, 9-1: We'll be planting milkweed and talking pollinators as part of New Brunswick's 2017 Winter Food Forum (101 Redmond Street/New Brunswick, NJ  08901).

March 16, 6-8:30pm: Join us for a Build a Rain Barrel Workshop in Perth Amboy

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.

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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