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. ***


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

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


Join the Rahway River Watershed Association Stream Team!

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.








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 A fee of $250.00 applies.

For more information, contact Michele Bakacs at or 732-398-5274.

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

Visit the Green Connection at for all Union County environmental programs and activities.


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