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Thank you to everyone who came out to RiverFest 2021!

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We would like to thank everyone who came out to Rahway RiverFest! It turns out an 8-day festival is quite the undertaking! While unfortunately a few things had to be canceled because of the rain, there were many well attended events and the feedback we received was exuberantly enthusiastic! We are looking into rescheduling the Lantern Float at Rahway River Park and the Creature Crawl for later this fall. The Spanktown Splash Canoe and Kayak Race will not be able to be rescheduled this year, but will be back next year, so stay tuned for that!

This festival would not have been possible without the help of many, many volunteers whose selflessness will not be forgotten. 

A VERY BIG THANK YOU goes out to the City of Rahway for sponsoring this festival and for all their support in putting it on. 

We would also like to thank the following for their sponsorship of Rahway RiverFest:
Phillip66
Covanta
Suez
Merck
Mr. B Printing
Samsel & Associates Real Estate Services

In addition, we would like to thank everyone on the RiverFest Committee for their guidance and advise. We would like to especially recognize two people who's voluntary contributions proved essential in the production of RiverFest -- Joanna Miles and Eric Miles. Thank you guys!!!

We would also like to thank the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the City of Rahway, for funding a mural as part of RiverFest. The mural, located on Main Street at the Paseo, depicts a mermaid frolicking in the river, and was painted by Porkchop, a well known muralist from Asbury Park. 

We would also like to thank the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the City of Rahway, for funding a mural as part of RiverFest. The mural, located on Main Street at the Paseo, depicts a mermaid frolicking in the river, and was painted by Porkchop, a well known muralist from Asbury Park. 

We can't forget the plethora of people whose energy and creativity made these events so special.

Thank you Merchant's and Drovers Tavern Museum, Hamilton Stage Performing Arts Center, and Wet Ticket Brewing venues for the use of your facilities.

In addition we would like to thank Wizdom Media for going above and beyond in the creation of all the promotional material for the 'Fest. These folks are so talented and professional it's not funny. 

It's not too late to donate to the RRWA! We rely almost solely on funding from grants, which are few and far between. Your donations go far in helping us put on the type of programming you are used to. Community engagement through recreational, citizen science and educational programming is our focus. We need you to keep us strong. Please consider a donation today. We accept donations through the PayPal link on our website: RahwayRiver.org, or you can download a membership application from the website and mail it to us with a check.

We look forward to an upcoming season of exciting programming! The RRWA is always looking for volunteers to help with a variety of projects. Call Executive Director Clea Carchia at 908-472-6152, or email her at cleacarchia@outlook.com, to volunteer. We hope you all join us in helping to make the Rahway River Watershed cleaner and healthier for all watershed residents (human and non-human!) by volunteering, participating and/or donating.

Click for a full listing of RiverFest events and map!

RRWA River Friendly Certification Program – 2020/2021

In Spring of 2020 the RRWA was awarded a Merck Foundation, Neighbor of Choice grant for the purpose of implementing a River Friendly Certification Program in our watershed.

The Watershed Institute, New Jersey Water Supply Authority and Raritan Headwaters partner together to implement a suite of River-Friendly programs. The RRWA joins the River-Friendly team as the first affiliate. The River Friendly Program promotes clean water and a healthy environment through voluntary action by individuals and institutions.

The RRWA will be administring the River-Friendly Schools and River-Friendly Residents Programs in the Rahway River Watershed.

The River-Friendly Program for Schools has generated a good deal of interest with many schools agreeing to participate. If you are an educator or decision maker for a school or school system in the watershed and wish to take part, please call Clea at 908-472-6152 for more information.