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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. Here’s a look at the WRWMG’s Top 5 Achievements of 2016:

  1. The SCMUA-WRWMG partnered with Cerbo’s Nursery, Hampton Township Board of Education, Hampton Township DPW, Ed Ramm of Land Power LLC, New Jersey Audubon, Rutgers Water Resources Program, NJDEP, and the William Penn Foundation to install a 3,865 square foot rain garden at McKeown Elementary School in Hampton Township, establishing the nucleus for the expansion of the WRWMG’s stormwater management program.
  2. In 2016, the SCMUA-WRWMG conducted community outreach for over 2,300 residents, including engaging 1,369 community volunteers in hands-on watershed stewardship.
  3. The SCMUA-WRWMG has been awarded a new contribution agreement with USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service to coordinate agricultural best management practice implementation countywide.
  4. In 2016, the SCMUA-WRWMG and TNC began Phase 2 of their Paulins Kill reforestation corridor project that will result in the reforestation of an additional 22 acres of Paulins Kill floodplain by 2018.
  5. The SCMUA-WRWMG partnered with The Land Conservancy of New Jersey to assist with the update of Sussex County’s Open Space and Stewardship Plan. The plan was formally adopted by the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders in September 2016, demonstrating the county’s ongoing commitment to protecting open space.