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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
TO HELP CLEAN UP THE RAHWAY RIVER

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH
11:00AM to 2:00PM

We apologize for canceling the last scheduled cleanup, but the threat of thunderstorms, THE THUNDERSTORMS THAT NEVER CAME! made the prospect of doing it dangerous.

The plan for September 8th is – there will be 2 teams -- one "river team" to assist the Central Jersey Stream Team in locating and securing items from the riverbed to be pulled out of the river by ropes, and one "bank team" to pull the items up and out of the river.

For anyone else, there is ALWAYS trash that needs to be picked up, so everyone of all ages is needed!

A late lunch will be served after the cleanup at 337 E Milton, directly across from the cleanup site, in the new Rahway River Watershed Association office!

Call Executive Director Clea Carchia at 908-892-7229 with any questions.

Call Tim Valente at 732-675-1426 if you would like to donate food for the event. Pot luck is welcome!

 

 

Green Earth Day at The Gallery Space
Sunday April 8th, 12 noon to 4pm
1670 Irving Street, Rahway

The Gallery Space, Rahway River Watershed Association and The Rahway Environmental Commission invite you to join us on Sunday April 8th from 12 noon to 4 pm for a fun, Earth themed event on the grounds of the gallery, located at 1670 Irving Street in Rahway.

Get a chance to sign up for fun upcoming events, learn about the BAG IT program and come inside to see the new Earth Month art exhibit inside THE GALLERY SPACE.

April is when we celebrate the Earth worldwide. Please join us at The Gallery Space and experience a visual appreciation of our only home in this galaxy, EARTH. The art exhibit will be up for the entire month.

 

 

Good Clean Fun!
Sunday April 15th, 10AM to 12PM
Rahway Library

Volunteers needed for a community clean up

Join the Rahway River Watershed Association, NY/NJ Baykeeper and the Rahway Environmental Commission to help clean up the banks of Rahway River behind City Hall and the Library.

Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

• No registration is required!
• All ages are welcome!
• Please wear a long sleeved shirt, and long pants you won't mind getting dirty or wet. High boots or waders will also be appreciated.
• Bags and gloves will be provided.

Meet in front of Rahway Public Library, 2 City Hall Plaza, Rahway, NJ 07065 at 9:45 AM

Lunch provided for volunteers after the clean up
Call RRWA Executive Director Clea Carchia at 908.892.7229

 


Rahway River Earth Day Cleanup
Saturday April 21st, 9 am to 12 noon
** Meet at the parking area adjacent to the waterfall of the Rahway River by the dam at Winfield Park at 8:45am

All volunteers are invited to celebrate Earth Day with Boy Scout Troop 330, Cub Scout Pack 30 and members of the Rahway River Watershed Association, Rahway Environmental Commission and Clark Environmental Commission in a clean-up of the Rahway River on Saturday, April 21st (with a rain date of Sunday, April 22nd). The clean-up will focus on areas upstream and downstream of the dam at Winfield Park, New Jersey. It is our hope to have enough folks participate that we can have teams work as far upstream as the Garden State Parkway and downstream through Rahway River Park in Clark, Linden and Rahway all the way to Elizabeth Avenue. Plans are to meet at the parking area adjacent to the waterfall of the Rahway River by the dam at Winfield Park at 8:45. This is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and if you haven't participated in an event like this before, you will find it invigorating, and you will feel good about what you have accomplished . . . it is also a lot of fun . . . especially for scouts and young adults as they always find something interesting. This adds both education and adventure to the event.

The clean-up will generally be between 9-12, but any amount of time or effort that folks can volunteer is appreciated. There is always a large volume of floatable debris to pick up. This includes tires and of course floatables (cans, bottles, plastics, etc.). The County of Union generously supplies gloves and garbage bags, and we solicit material donations (donuts, bagels, coffee, bottled water, paper towels, hand-wipes, etc.) for all volunteers.

Last year, nearly 150 folks participated, including girl scouts, cub scouts, boy scouts, fishermen, local activists and citizens, and we pulled some amazing things from the river. Sponsors came through with coffee, bagels, danish, donuts, cookies, bottled water, and juice boxes, and we had grilled hot dogs for lunch. We also had other giveaways for the participants.

All participants should wear jeans, long-sleeved shirts, gloves and boots, and waders are welcome for folks who like to get a little wet. Each participant should bring a standard 5-gallon carry bucket with a handle (put your name on the bottom)...this makes for easy carrying of "stuff" for transfer to the large garbage bags. When we complete the event we do a basic inventory of the "big stuff" that we removed....and within approximately 24 hours Union County Parks removes and disposes of all the trash. There is no RSVP required but if you need more information or think you will attend please let us know by e-mail at rivercleanup@comcast.net

Please do not hesitate to forward or let us know if there are any questions . . . hope to see you on April 21st!

– Joe Seebode

 

Join the Rahway River Watershed Association Stream Team!
April 28th/May5th (see flyer for more info on times and locations)

As part of a new initiative by the Rahway River Watershed Association, and funded by a grant from The Watershed Institute, we are excited to be starting a Water Quality Monitoring Program in the Rahway River Watershed!

To kick it off, training sessions will be held on Saturday April 28th and Saturday May 5th.

Please call RRWA Executive Director Clea Carchia at 908-892-7229 to register for training sessions.

FREE!

 

 

 

 

 

Water Quality Awareness Workshop
Wednesday May 9th, 7:30pm to 9pm
Library of the Chathams, 214 Main St. Chatham

The Loantaka Group of the Sierra Club, in collaboration with the Rahway River Watershed Association present . . .

A Water Quality Awareness Workshop

Sandra LaVigne, Director of Water Quality Programs at the Great Swamp Watershed Association, will present a brief talk on water quality in our region. Topics include the various ways pollution makes its way into our waterways, the types of contaminents we see in our water, what we test for, the results of recent testing and what we can do to improve the quality of our water.

Sandra will present the newly released 2017 GSWA Water Quality Report Card, including the new Downstream Passaic River expansion. The report card shows the status of streams and rivers throughout the Great Swamp Watershed and in the region of the Passaic River between Millington Gorge and Stanley Ave Park in Chatham and Summit. Sandra will also address how our own actions can affect water quality, and what simple life choices we can make to help preserve the quality of water that makes its way to our tap.

 

PAST EVENTS

 

Great Falls Tour - Patterson NJ
Saturday March 24th, 10 to 11:30AM

This tour will be led by Kirk Barrett, Asst. Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering at Manhattan College.

Call 908-892-7229 to register. Space is limited.

The Great Falls of the Passaic River is a prominent waterfall, 77 feet high, on the Passaic River in the city of Paterson. The falls and surrounding area are protected as part of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, administered by the National Park Service. The Congress authorized its establishment in 2009.

Dr. Kirk Barrett, PE, PWS
Asst. Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Manhattan College

The fee for this tour is $15

*** Note - For those of you that bid on the tour at our silent auction in December, please confirm your attendance with Kirk. You should have received an email or a call. ***

 

Dont Be Afraid of the Dark –
Wednesday February 28th from 7 to 9pm
With 110,000 species of moths worldwide, approximately 3,200 in the Garden State, one can be kept pretty entertained during sleepless nights attracting, keying, and trying to get a peek into their secret lives. Rothauser will discuss moth biology with an emphasis on NJ's ecology and share a stunning array of images he has taken in a multitude of varied landscapes throughout New Jersey.
This educational event is FREE for children and adults. Registration is requested but not required.
For more information and to RSVP please call RRWA program manager Clea Carchia at 908-892-7229.

 

 

 

 

 

Environmental Steward Program

Make a Difference in 2018: Environmental Stewards Program Comes to Union County This 20 week program takes place on Fridays from 9:30 am to 12:30pm starting January 26th

Union County, NJ – Union County residents in search of a meaningful New Year’s resolution have one at their fingertips: the Rutgers Environmental Stewards program is now being offered in Union County.

“If working to improve the environment in your community is among your New Year’s resolutions, I encourage you to sign up for the Rutgers Environmental Stewards program,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen. “The program is conveniently located in Westfield, and we are looking forward to welcoming Union County’s very first class of Environmental Stewards.”

Environmental Stewards is an award-winning program run by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County, a division of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station supported in part by the Freeholder Board.

The program aims to provide local residents with an understanding of the science behind the environmental issues impacting their communities. The goal is to enable non-scientists to focus on effective conservation projects and other improvements.

On successfully completing the program, participants earn official certification as Rutgers Environmental Stewards.

“Every year hundreds of Union County residents volunteer to help with conservation projects in Union County parks,” said Bergen. “The Environmental Stewards program provides the tools and know-how to take this volunteer effort to the next level.”

Since the inception of the program in 2005, hundreds of certified Rutgers Environmental Stewards have engaged in projects statewide.

One outstanding example is the rain garden at the Cranford Municipal Building. Planted in 2014, the garden is designed to filter pollutants associated with stormwater runoff. It helps to protect the Rahway River, provides a habitat for valuable pollinators, and beautifies the property with native wildflowers including giant hyssop, cardinal flower and purple coneflower.

The Environmental Stewards program will hold classroom training sessions beginning Friday, January 26 at the Extension offices in Westfield, at the Colleen Fraser Building in the Union County complex, 300 North Avenue East.

Classes are held on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for 20 weeks. Experts from Rutgers University and non-profit organizations will guide the participants through topics including energy conservation, climate change, invasive species, open space management, soil health, water resource pollution, environmental policy, protecting pollinators, and habitat conservation.

Applications are available online at envirostewards.rutgers.edu. A fee of $250.00 applies.

For more information, contact Michele Bakacs at bakacs@njaes.rutgers.edu or 732-398-5274.

For information on all Extension programs offered in Union County, including 4-H, Master Gardeners and Master Tree Stewards, visit ucnj.org/rce.

Visit the Green Connection at ucnj.org/green-connection for all Union County environmental programs and activities.

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Annual Watershed Conferences

NJ Land Conservation Rally: This annual full-day conference, held in March, is organized by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, in partnership with many other NJ environmental groups.

ANJEE Environmental Education Conference: This annual conference, held each January, is geared towards both formal and non-formal environmental educators.

ANJEC Environmental Congress: This annual conference is geared towards environmental commissions, but is often relevant to watershed groups.

Land Ethics Symposium: This annual, full-day conference focuses on ways to create low-maintenance, economical and ecologically balanced landscapes with native plants and restoration techniques.

River Rally: This annual national conference, organized by River Network, focuses on both nonprofit management and river conservation.

NJ Invasive Species Conference: This conference, hosted by the New Jersey Invasive Species STRIKE Team, offers expert presentations about emerging invasive species science & management issues in the Garden State.

Environmental Events

Union County Bio-Blitz

Sustainable Jersey

Duke Farms

The Watershed Institute

NJ Audubon Hawk Rise Sanctuary