We are built on partnerships – with citizens, non-profits, government representatives, University researchers, business representatives and others – through which we work to restore the health of the Lower Raritan Watershed in Central New Jersey. We are driven in our work by opportunities for collaboration, and through collaboration we seek to build and expand capacity for all involved.
Our partners include community and civic groups, Environmental Commissions and Green Teams, not-for-profits, local and regional governments, schools, and University departments.
Watershed and other local environmental groups
Environmental Commissions and Green Teams
New Brunswick Environmental Commission
Highland Park Environmental Commission
Bridgewater Environmental Commission
Milltown Environmental Commission
Edison Township Environmental Commission
The Middlesex County Chosen Board of Freeholders passed a resolution to support the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership with technical assistance from the Middlesex County Water Resources Association and the Division of Comprehensive Planning and the Environment.
The WRA is a quasi-governmental group that makes critical decisions on water resource matters in the Lower Raritan Watershed. The County’s future sewer service area map is maintained by the WRA, and the Manalapan Brook Watershed Implementation Plan secures the input of the WRA in all implementation projects. The LRWP and WRA co-host various workshops, meetings and events throughout the year.
The Division facilitates green infrastructure projects, watershed restoration planning initiatives, public access opportunities along the Raritan River and its tributaries as part of its comprehensive planning role in Middlesex County.
The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed Resolution R15-782: “Resolution Regarding Authorization of Somerset County as a Partner of the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership.”
In Somerset County, Colonial and Revolutionary War sites, monuments and buildings are found in virtually every town. Somerset County Parks celebrates these cultural assets and links them to open space preservation and recreation uses.
In Fall 2014 the Rutgers Landscape Architecture Graduate Studio joined with the LRWP for a semester long GeoDesign and Analysis studio focused on the future of the Lower Raritan Watershed. Through the Extension Program the Department continues to work closely with the LRWP, most specifically on placemaking activities e.g. the Rail-Arts-River concept.
The Rutgers Water Resources Program (WRP) provides technical assistance to the LRWP through grant writing and research and partners on projects including watershed stewardship development and Project WADES.
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 Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership in which Rutgers 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.
coLAB Arts engages artists, social advocates, and communities to create transformative new work. The group facilitates creative conversation through innovative programs and artist infrastructure, connects artists with community partners and mentors, and executes productions that challenge perceptions and inspire action. The LRWP and coLAB Arts work together on Placemaking activities in the Watershed, most specifically the award-winning Watershed Sculpture Project and the Rail-Arts-River concept.
No Water No Life combines the power of photography, science and grassroots activity to raise awareness of the values and vulnerability of our freshwater resources and sustainable solutions to past and current degradation of our watersheds. This long-term project has conducted over 30 expeditions to its 6 case-study watersheds in North America (the Raritan, Mississippi and Columbia River Basins) and Africa (the Nile, Omo and Mara River Basins), which are documented on its website.
The Sustainable Raritan River Initiative is a joint program of Rutgers’ School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. The Initiative works with a network of over 130 organizations, governmental entities and businesses in the Raritan region on a Action Plan to balance social, economic and environmental objectives towards the common goal of restoring the Raritan River, its tributaries and its bay for current and future generations. The Initiative conducts an annual conference and topical workshops, provides technical assistance, and develops anchor projects that raise the profile of the Raritan River. The Initiative also publishes a monthly e-newsletter and maintains a calendar of Raritan region happenings.