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Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation Honors SCMUA-WRWMG
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

 

Members of the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group were recently honored at the Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation’s Lake Preservation Recognition Celebration. The event honored local community groups and individuals for their commitment to preservation of the lake and the surroun

AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Plant Trees along Paulins Kill
Monday, November 20, 2017

 

 

Last week, the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group coordinated a restoration work day for the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors on property owned by the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority. As part of the event, watershed ambassadors from throughout New Jersey trave

Sparta High Environmental Science Students Plant Trees Along Wallkill River
Monday, November 13, 2017

 

251 Sparta High School environmental science students recently assisted the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group with tree planting along the Wallkill River in Sparta Township. 350 native trees and shrubs were installed along the banks of the river in order to shade the waterway and improve the

Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation Supports Wallkill River Reforestation Initiative
Monday, November 06, 2017

 

The Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation recently awarded the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group $3,200 to purchase wetland boots for students to wear during tree planting opportunities along the Wallkill River. The boots will enable students to walk out to the planting site during their s

High Point Juniors and Seniors Plant 150 Trees and Shrubs along Papakating Creek
Friday, November 03, 2017

 

Today, juniors and seniors from High Point Regional High School attended a fall planting day organized by the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group. The students planted and protected 150 native trees along the West Branch of Papakating Creek, building off of the initial planting that w

SCMUA-WRWMG Installs its 2nd Rain Garden
Monday, October 30, 2017

 

 

The SCMUA-WRWMG recently partnered with the Town of Newton to install a rain garden in Memory Park. The project is designed to capture polluted runoff from the parking lot and filter the water into a vegetated garden that will allow the water to soak into the ground, instead of flowing d

Sparta Glen Fall Fun Day a Success!
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

 

   

Over the weekend, Sussex County residents took advantage of the beautiful October weather to participate in the 1st annual Sparta Glen Fall Fun Day hosted by North Jersey Trout Unlimited and the SCMUA-Wallk

Watershed Director Presents in Trenton
Monday, October 23, 2017

 

Nathaniel Sajdak, Watershed Director for the WRWMG, was recently asked to give a presentation in Trenton at the Clean Water Council’s Non-Point Source Pollution Public Hearing. His presentation was entitled, “Leveraging Funding Resources for Water Quality Improvement Projects throughout New Jersey's Farms and Municipalities” and focused on the ways that the SCM

Come to Sparta Glen Fall Fun Day, this Satuday 10/21
Saturday, October 21, 2017

 

To celebrate the successful restoration of Sparta Glen Brook last year, the WRWMG and Trout Unlimited are organizing a free fall event for the whole family. All are welcome!

Location: Sparta Glen Park (located off of Glen Road in Sparta)

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WRWMG and Stroud Install Water Quality Monitor at SCCC
Friday, October 13, 2017

 

On October 12, representatives of Stroud Water Research Center came up to Sussex County to install a stream water quality sensor on the campus of Sussex County Community College. The sensors are equipped with the capability to measure temperature, conductivity, depth, and turbidity of the

WRWMG Receives NJDEP 319 Grant Funding for Sussex Countywide Watershed Restoration and Stewardship Initiative
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

 

The SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group was recently awarded a grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to continue installing agricultural, stormwater, and riparian reforestation projects across an expanded geographical area. Now the SCMUA-WRWMG will be able to utilize NJDEP funding to work throughout all of Sussex County’s watersheds w

Coming Soon: Sparta Glen Fall Fun Day
Friday, September 15, 2017

 

 

To celebrate the successful restoration of Sparta Glen Brook last year, the WRWMG and Trout Unlimited are organizing a free fall event for the whole family.  All are welcome!

 

Pope John Middle School Learns about Stormwater Management
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

 

 

The Pope John Middle School Robotics Club recently worked with the WRWMG to learn how to properly manage stormwater on the school’s campus. Through hands-on science labs and a stormwater walk around the building, students were able to see how stormwater flows across the parkin

1st Tree Shelter Begins to Split
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

 

The protective tree shelter surrounding an American sycamore that was planted along the Paulins Kill River five years ago is getting ready to be removed. The tree shelters are designed to have a perforated seam that begins to split when the tree’s diameter is wide enough to survive

Stormwater Camp a Huge Success!
Friday, August 04, 2017

 

  

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group organized a week long stormwater day camp fo

NJ State Fair Comes to Augusta
Thursday, August 03, 2017

 

 

Kristine Rogers of the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group and Reenee Casapulla of the SCMUA recently worked together to design the 2017 county building display at the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show. The display focused on the SCMUA’s recycling program and the WRWMG&r

WRWMG Leads Station at Nature Rocks Camp
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

 

Kristine Rogers, Education Specialist for the SCMUA-WRWMG, recently worked with volunteers and staff of the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge to assist with their Nature Rocks summer day camp for children ages 8-12. During this 8-week program, participants learn about a diverse range of topics related to nature including, orienteering, kayaking, fishing, wildlife photograp

PJMS Robotics Club Learns about Watershed Health at Station Park
Friday, July 21, 2017

 

   

Pope John Middle School Robotics Club members participated in an educational field lesson led by the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group. Through games, discussion, and hands-on activities, the stud

NFWF Awards the SCMUA-WRWMG a New Stormwater Grant
Thursday, July 13, 2017

 

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation recently awarded the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group funding to build green infrastructure stormwater management projects at Memory Park in Newton and at McKeown Elementary School in Hampton.

While traditional stormwater management practices are designed to quickly move rainfall away from buildings and roads through pipe

Calling All Potential Watershed Ambassadors!
Monday, July 10, 2017

 

Are you a college graduate looking to get your foot into the environmental field? Then, the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador program may be for you!

As a watershed ambassador, you will be required to complete 1700 hours of service over a 10 to 12 month period in which you will conduct

Kayaking to Remove Water Chestnut from Lake Wawayanda
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

 

Amanda Hayes, AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador for the Wallkill River Watershed, recently organized a water chestnut pull at Wawayanda State Park. Participants kayaked and canoed around Lake Wawayanda and removed invasive water chestnut plants by hand. Without volunteer assistance, wate

Fight the Bite at Wheatsworth Park
Thursday, June 29, 2017

 

   

Local Girl Scouts, High Point High School students, and family members of the WRWMG recently participated in a litter clean-up at Wheatsworth Park in Hardyston as part of national

Trout Unlimited Cleans Up West Mountain Road
Sunday, June 25, 2017

 

Members of the Fred S. Burroughs Chapter of Trout Unlimited recently participated in a Mosquito Control Awareness Litter Clean-Up that was organized by the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, Sussex County Clean Communities, and the Office of Mosquito Control.

Participants listened to a

Join Us for Litter Clean-ups throughout Sussex County
Friday, June 23, 2017

 

 

To celebrate national Mosquito Control Week, the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group has teamed up with Sussex County Clean Communities and the Sussex County Office of Mosquito Control to organize litter clean-ups throughout the county. Join us at a clean-up location near you to he

Gray Tree Frogs Spotted at Restoration Site
Thursday, June 22, 2017

 

Three gray tree frogs (Hyla versicolor) were recently spotted camouflaged on a log and in the rocks at a USDA-NRCS wetlands reserve program restoration site. The animals were utilizing the newly installed shallow water habitat pools. Shallow water habitat pools are intended to be season

Rain Garden Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held at McKeown Elementary
Monday, June 19, 2017

 

  

The WRWMG recently organized a ribbon cutting ceremony at McKeown Elementary School in Hampton Township to celebrate the successful installation of its first rain garden at the school. Event

Sign Up for Our June 24th Rain Barrel Workshop
Monday, June 12, 2017

 

Click on the following link to purchase tickets for the rain barrel workshop:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rain-barrel-workshop-make-and-take-tickets-35138408927

WRWMG Hosts 1st Planting Event Behind Sparta Middle School
Thursday, June 08, 2017

 

 

7th grade students in Mrs. Botti’s life science classes recently worked alongside the WRWMG to plant 500 sycamore and gray birch saplings provided by the NJ Tree Foundation. The trees were planted behind the Sparta Middle School in an area next to the Wallkill River.

McKeown Hosts Rain Garden Maintenance Day
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

 

Students at McKeown Elementary School in Hampton Township participated in a rain garden maintenance day with the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group. The students assisted the WRWMG with weeding and mulching the garden and laying down river stone. The day’s work helped to

Merriam Avenue Elementary Students Learn about Watershed Health
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

 

20 Merriam Avenue Elementary students in 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade recently worked alongside the SCMUA-WRWMG to plant native trees and shrubs in Newton’s Memory Park. The students also learned how people cause water pollution by littering, over fertilizing their lawns, and not picking up their pet’s waste. Students then brainstormed ways that they can reduce the amoun

Halsted Middle School Cleans Up Memory Park
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

 

On May 30, 6th and 7th grade Halsted Middle School students participated in a litter clean up at Memory Park in Newton. The event was organized by Amanda Hayes, AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador, with assistance from the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group.

Bags of garbage

Selective Insurance Employees Volunteer along Sussex Branch Trail
Thursday, May 25, 2017

 

Yesterday, The Nature Conservancy and the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group hosted a tree planting day along the Paulins Kill River for 13 Selective Insurance employees. The workers were given an opportunity to have a paid work day to participate in community service projects

High Point High School Begins New Restoration Project Along Papakating Creek
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

 

    

Advanced Placement Environmental Science students at High Point Regional High School participated in a streamside tree planting day at Wantage Dog Park. Amanda Hayes, the WRWMG’s AmeriCorps NJ Watersh

WRWMG’s AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Organizes Rain Barrel Workshop
Thursday, May 18, 2017

 

Amanda Hayes, AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador for the Wallkill River Watershed, organized a rain barrel workshop at the Fairgrounds for the Master Gardeners of Sussex County. Amanda highlighted the benefits of rain barrels for decreasing the amount of polluted stormwater that enters loca

Legacy Tree Video Tells Story of SCMUA-WRWMG's Work
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

 

The Open Space Institute, with funding provided by the William Penn Foundation as part of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, sent a film crew to Sussex County to tell the story of the Paulins Kill Reforestation Corridor and the SCMUA-WRWMG's work with other conservation partners and community volunteers. Click here to view the video

Local Girl Scouts Celebrate Earth Day with WRWMG
Sunday, April 30, 2017

 

K through 12th grade Girls Scouts from the Wallkill Valley Service Unit (Ogdensburg, Hamburg, Hardyston, and Franklin) recently assisted the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group with tree planting along the Paulins Kill River, helping to extend the 4 mile reforestation corridor that adjoi

TNC and WRWMG Employees Take Their Children to Work
Thursday, April 27, 2017

 

         

To celebrate Take Your Child to Work Day, the WRWMG’s partners at The Nature Conservancy organized a tree planting day along the Paulins Kill. Children and employees from both orga

Earth Energy Day a Huge Success!
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

 

    

The Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority and the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group recently hosted their 12th annual Earth Energy Day Celebration at the SCMUA’s Recycling Faci

Hooked On Fishing, Not on Drugs Helps Improve Local Water Quality
Friday, April 14, 2017

 

The Sussex County Chapter of Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs recently participated in a tree planting event with the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group. The planting took place along a tributary to the Paulins Kill River at Hidden Pastures Alpaca Farm in Branchville, NJ. Over time, the tree planting will help stabilize water temperature fluctuations, helping to imp

Tree Planting at the Sussex County Civil Defense Center
Thursday, April 13, 2017

 

Three Sussex County Community College (SCCC) environmental science lab classes recently participated in a tree planting event at the Sussex County Civil Defense Center across from the Sussex County Library. The students planted 300 trees and shrubs along a tributary to the Paulins Kill. The

Earth Day Celebration Returns to SCCC
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

 

    

Photo Credit: Matthew Gizzi

The WRWMG is proud to announce the continuation of its Earth Day Celebration in partnership with Sussex County Community College and Halsted Middle School.

Trout Unlimited and NJ Youth Corps Assist WRWMG with Memory Park Maintenance
Friday, April 07, 2017

 

      

The WRWMG recently hosted a maintenance event at Memory Park for members of the New Jersey Youth Corps and Trout Unlimited. As part of the event, the volunteers p

WRWMG Watershed Director Presents at 21st Annual NJ Land Conservation Rally
Monday, March 20, 2017

 

On St. Patrick’s Day, Nathaniel Sajdak of the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group had the honor of presenting at the New Jersey Land Conservation Rally alongside Barbara Heskins Davis of The Land Conservancy of New Jersey and Bill Rawlyk of the Open Space Institute. Their presentation

NJCWRP Pledges Additional Funding for Continuation of Wallkill Reforestation Project
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

 

 

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group is extremely excited to announce that the New Jersey Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership (NJCWRP) has pledged an additional contribution of $20,425 to help fund the continuation of its Wallkill River Floodplain Reforestation Initiative.

SCMUA-WRWMG’s Top 5 Accomplishments of 2016
Friday, December 23, 2016

 

      

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group has had tremendous success with the implementation of its riparian reforestation, stormwater management, and agricultural outreach and assistance programs. H

2016 Year in Review
Thursday, December 22, 2016

 

2016 was a tremendous year for the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group in terms of on-the-ground restoration projects, community engagement, and conservation partnership building. Take a look at some of the many highlights from the past year!

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Tree Planting Takes Place Behind Chatterbox Drive-In
Thursday, December 08, 2016

 

300 native trees and shrubs have been planted on the commercial property behind Chatterbox Drive-In, helping the staff of the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group and The Nature Conservancy meet the fall planting requirements of their restoration grant. The next time you&rsq

Franklin Students Assist SCMUA-WRWMG and Sussex County Division of Engineering
Monday, November 21, 2016

 

   

The Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group recently teamed up with the Sussex County Division of Engineering and representatives of the Office of Bridge and Tra

AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassadors Reforest Paulins Kill Corridor
Thursday, November 17, 2016

 

 

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group recently planned and coordinated a restoration work day for the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors. As part of the event, watershed ambassadors from throughout New Jersey travelled to Sussex County to learn about the benefits of planting tr

Trout Unlimited Assists with Paulins Kill Reforestation Expansion
Tuesday, November 08, 2016

 

 

Members of the Fred S. Burroughs North Jersey Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Hacklebarney Chapter of Trout Unlimited joined the staff of the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group,The Nature Conservancy, and the Open Space Institute out in the field to assist with the expansion of the P