History was made 50 years ago with the passing of the Clean Water Act, recognizing that access to clean, safe water is a basic human right. This monumental law spelled out water quality improvement programs, establishing a framework for regulating the discharge of pollutants into lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands, and creating standards for the protection of water resources for every American.

At Raritan Headwaters, clean water is at the core of our mission. Our dedicated staff and volunteers work tirelessly to protect the health of our watershed, delivering award-winning science and education programs, stewarding and preserving key watershed lands, and advocating locally and statewide for policies that protect clean water.

Last year with your support, we:

  • Monitored 77 stream sites and deployed 5 sentinel climate stations to study the impact of climate change on our headwater streams;
  • Engaged 1,800 volunteers in stream cleanup events, the removal of invasive plant species, and native tree plantings;
  • Provided 1,400 households with the opportunity to test for contaminants in their drinking water;
  • Hosted hundreds of children at Nature Days, summer camps, field trips on Fairview Farm and partnered with 24 schools in the Raritan Basin;
  • and Created a Community Council to engage and provide local leaders with information and tools to protect water resources in their hometowns.

The full promise of the Clean Water Act has yet to be met. This anniversary is an opportunity to draw on past successes and inspire momentum to address the challenges of today and the next 50 years.

Please make a gift to Raritan Headwaters today to help us ensure a future with clean, safe water for all.

With gratitude,

Cindy Ehrenclou

Interested in joining the 2121 Club named after our Bedminster address on Fairview Farm? By making a gift of $2,121 or greater, members of 2121 Club receive special invitations to unique events and receptions. For more information, contact Beth McConnell, at bmcconnell@raritanheadwaters.org.