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

Friends of Mile Run Brook

Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership

Central Jersey Stream Team

Highland Park Ecology and Environmental Group

Duke Farms

Edison Wetlands Association

Municipalities, Commissions, Green Teams

Borough of Milltown

Township of Highland Park

New Brunswick Environmental Commission

Highland Park Environmental Commission

Bridgewater Environmental Commission

Milltown Environmental Commission

Edison Township Environmental Commission

Institutional Partners

Middlesex County Chosen Board of Freeholders

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.

Middlesex County Water Resources Association

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.

Middlesex County Division of Comprehensive Planning and the Environment

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.

Somerset County Chosen Board of Freeholders

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.”

Somerset County Parks Commission

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.

Rutgers Department of Landscape Architecture

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.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension – Water Resources Program

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.

RES flyer Middlesex 2016 final (1)

coLAB Arts

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

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

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.