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January 2018

Clean-up of Johnson Park (Piscataway)

January 14 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Middlesex County Park Headquarters, 1030 River Road
Piscataway, NJ United States
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Help us kick-off the New Year by giving some clean-up attention to Middlesex County's Johnson Park (Piscataway). Since we last cleaned that area a pair of Bald Eagles has moved in! We'll stay clear of their nesting grounds, but there is plenty to do in the rest of the floodplain. We will meet 9:30am at the Middlesex County Parks Department offices, and from there caravan to the clean-up site. WHAT: a clean-up of Johnson Park on Sunday January 14 from 9:30 AM to 11…

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Listen to your neighbor, Listen to the Land – MLK Day Kick-off

January 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Healthy soil is important to stormwater management, and "Healthy Soils" is the research and action theme for the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership in 2018. The LRWP has planned multiple soil-focused talks, tours and events throughout the year, with a kick-off seed give-away at Kim's Bike Shop (111 French Street, New Brunswick, NJ) on Monday January 15 (Martin Luther King Day). This is organized in conjunction with unveiling of the "Listen to your Neighbor, Listen to the Land" art installation developed by the…

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March 2018

CANCELLED – March 3rd clean-up

March 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Due to fast moving water and flood concerns, we have CANCELLED our clean-up scheduled for March 3. Thanks to everyone who signed up. We hope to get back in this area at another low tide in 2018.

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March 12 General Meeting

March 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

**Please note date change** For our March 12 general meeting, in recognition of the 2018 World Water Day theme of "Nature for Water," we have asked Rutgers Professor JeanMarie Hartman to present on "The Role of Forests as Green Infrastructure." As part of this presentation, Professor Hartman will provide an overview of a proposal to reforest vacant lots in Perth Amboy as a way to manage combined sewer overflow events. The design suggestions will be compared to current best management…

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April 2018

Clean-up of Donaldson Park (Highland Park)

April 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The LRWP is teaming up with Raritan Headwaters Association, Highland Park High School Environmental Club, Highland Park Environmental Commission, Highland Park Ecology and Environmental Group, Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War - Environmental Committee, Central Jersey Stream Team, Plastic Free Waters Partnership and others for an Earth Day clean-up of the floodplain. WHAT: a clean-up of Donaldson Park and the Highland Park Conservation Zone on Saturday April 14 from 9 AM to noon. WHERE: Parking is available in the Highland Park…

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April 16 LRWP meeting

April 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Middlesex County Administration Building, 75 Bayard Street, 5th Floor (Planning)
New Brunswick, 08901 United States
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At our April 16 meeting we will catch up on partner activities and provide status updates for on-going projects. We will also dedicate time on the agenda to discuss ways to link Raritan River activities to energies around the East Coast Greenway. Mike Kruimer with the East Coast Greenway Alliance, and other ECGW advocates have been invited to join in the discussion. The meeting will be held from 10-noon in the Middlesex County Planning Offices at 75 Bayard Street, New…

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May 2018

Visual Habitat Assessment Training in Green Brook

May 5 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Middlesex High School, 300 John F Kennedy Dr
Middlesex, NJ 08846 United States
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Please join us for our May visual habitat assessment training with the LRWP and WMA9 Americorps Watershed Ambassador Rob Hughes! (Here’s more on the LRWP’s water quality monitoring programs). This FREE training on Saturday May 5 will run from 9 AM – 1 PM at the Middlesex High School, located at 300 John F Kennedy Dr, Middlesex, NJ 08846 We will start the morning with a lecture indoors, and then get out in the field to test our knowledge of streams…

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Mile Run Brook Community Cleanup! (New Brunswick)

May 12 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Mile Run Brook, 16 Woodbridge Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ United States

~VOLUNTEERS NEEDED~ Please join the LRWP, our Americorps Watershed Ambassador and community partners including Friends of Mile Run Brook, Greater Brunswick Charter School, Esperanza Neighborhood Project, the New Brunswick Environmental Commission, Elmwood Cemetery and the New Brunswick Department of Public Works for a multi-site clean-up of Mile Run Brook, culminating in a community celebration in Boyd Park! WHAT: a clean-up of Mile Run Brook, followed by a community picnic and celebration WHEN: Saturday May 12 9:00 AM to noon -…

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May 21 – General Meeting: All about Forage Fish!

May 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Middlesex County Administration Building, 75 Bayard Street, 5th Floor (Planning)
New Brunswick, 08901 United States
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At our monthly meeting on May 21 (10-noon) we will welcome Zack Greenberg with the Pew Charitable Trusts for a special presentation on forage fish and ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM). Zack is a Senior Associate at The Pew Charitable Trusts, focusing on marine conservation issues as a part of their U.S. Oceans, Northeast team. At Pew, Zack is raising awareness about the importance of adopting a big picture approach to marine conservation called ecosystem-based fisheries management or “EBFM”, which recognizes…

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June 2018

June 18 Stormwater infrastructure mapping training with NJDEP

June 18 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Middlesex County Fire Academy, 1001 Fire Academy Drive
Sayrevill, 08872 United States
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The NJDEP has developed a new stormwater infrastructure mapping tool to assist municipalities with meeting the requirements of their municipal stormwater permit. This ArcGIS field app will be available free-of-charge to municipalities and partners authorized by the municipality. On Monday June 18, the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership and Middlesex County will host a NJDEP training session for communities interested in learning how to use this new stormwater mapping tool. The training session will be held at the Middlesex County Fire Academy…

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