In late July, Eastern Concrete Materials, Inc. discharged sludge from their quarry in Glen Gardner into the Spruce Run. The sludge impacted about 1.7 miles of the creek and traveled as far as the Spruce Run Reservoir. The clean-up effort is continuing. Spruce Run is a Category-1 Trout Production stream, which means water quality in the stream is supposed to be protected because the stream is critically important habitat.
Raritan Headwaters responded to the spill. Our staff is visiting Spruce Run regularly to monitor the clean-up, support local residents, and address our concerns with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Ignoring the will of the voters, Governor Christie vetoed the Preserve New Jersey Act (S969) late yesterday. In 2014, the voters of New Jersey approved a constitutional dedication of money to preserve open space, farmland, and historic sites in the Garden State. This bill would have allocated those funds.
Effectively, the constitutional dedication put money in the bank for preservation. The bill the Governor conditionally vetoed would have allowed that money to be spent for specific preservation purposes.
The residents of the Raritan Headwaters voted overwhelmingly to provide permanent, sustainable funding to preserve open space in New Jersey. Read More »
Vote Yes on Question 2 on Election Day to Protect Clean Water, Open Spaces, Farms and Historic Sites for Future Generations
A program created by the National Ground Water Association (NGWA), Protect Your Groundwater Day encourages citizens to utilize the day to begin doing their part for protecting one of our most important natural resources — groundwater. NGWA believes in the principle — Acknowledge, Consider, Take action or ACT! For more information, visit their website – www.ngwa.org.
On November 4, 2014 New Jersey citizens will have an opportunity to vote to approve the dedication of state funds for open space, farmland and historic preservation as well as other important environmental programs. Raritan Headwaters Association has worked hard as a member of the Keep It Green (KIG) coalition to create long–term, dedicating funding for open space preservation in the Garden State. Please Vote “Yes!” on this critical ballot measure!
Raritan Headwaters’ annual stream clean-up was recognized with a Clean Water Award at the New Jersey Clean Communities Conference at the Lambertville Inn on May 22nd.
Raritan Headwater’s 24th annual stream clean-up set a record with over 1000 volunteers working together to clean their local streams this year.
Eastern Concrete Materials, Inc. wants to expand their quarry in Glen Gardner and Lebanon Township. They propose to take more than 30 acres of land adjacent to Hagedorn Geriatric Facility in Lebanon Township which was preserved by the State of New Jersey and is managed by the New Jersey Natural Lands Trust. Eastern Concrete continues to lobby both Glen Gardner Borough and Lebanon Township to support the proposed quarry expansion.