Raritan Headwaters Association > Articles by: Cindy Ehrenclou

By | February 27th, 2018

The woodcock is a robin-sized, stocky bird with short legs, neck and a long bill, colored in shades of brown, tan and black. It is found summering east from the Mississippi River basin to southern Canada. When the ground is frozen, northern-most woodcock migrate south and winter in the Gulf States.

Woodcock probe into soft, wet soil for earthworms and grubs with their long bills. Their large, dark eyes are set high and far aft on its head, allowing them to see almost entirely backwards, keeping alert for predators while feeding. The ears are positioned in front of the eyes, perhaps to hear faint earthworm sounds underfoot. All these peculiar adaptations have earned the woodcock an assortment of names befitting its oddities including, “timberdoodle,” “bog sucker,” “mud bat” and “big eyes.”

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By | November 23rd, 2016

With a new administration preparing to move into the White House, changes are coming. Exactly what these changes will be is still unknown, but there’s cause for deep concern when it comes to the environment.

During the campaign, the president-elect spoke of shutting down the Environmental Protection Agency and dismantling the current administration’s climate change policies and regulations, including the Paris agreement.

It’s an understatement to say this is extremely disheartening to folks who care about clean water, clean air and healthy communities … now and for future generations. But protecting the environment is far from a lost cause.

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By | November 23rd, 2016

Are you concerned about the health of your drinking water?


I am. That is why I have spent the past 22 years working with the watchdog of our watershed region, Raritan Headwaters. I am honored to be a part of an organization that works so tirelessly to uncover and correct existing and potential threats to our water.

RHA could not be as successful as we have been in our mission to protect clean water without the generous support of the people who live, work and play in the region—people with a passion for preserving our precious natural resources and who care about educating our children to be good and vigilant stewards of our shared environment.

Our job is to keep your water safe.

Your support, combined with our expertise in science, education and advocacy, gets the job done. But with ever-increasing challenges to the health of our water supplies, we are in need of greater financial support.

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By | June 9th, 2016

Well study shows arsenic increase in drinking water

An analysis of well water tests by the nonprofit watchdog group Raritan Headwaters has detected a disturbing increase in concentrations of arsenic, a known carcinogen.

Raritan Headwaters (RHA) recently analyzed data from over 30 years of well testing within its 470-square-mile watershed in Hunterdon, Somerset and Morris counties. Among the study’s findings was that the percentage of wells with high levels of arsenic rose significantly from 2003 to 2015, the period for which arsenic testing records were available.

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By | February 11th, 2016

Limited Time Offer | Ends April 1st

“lead” test kit for $30 | members will receive a $5 discount
Pick up and Return to our Bedminster Office (2121 Larger Cross Road) or Flemington Office (124 Main St, Lower Level)
Reserve your kit today by calling 908-234-1852 x401

Could what happened in Flint, Michigan happen here? If you’ve seen the news, you’ve seen that people in Flint have been poisoned by their drinking water due to high levels of toxic lead.

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By | December 19th, 2014


Results of Raritan Headwaters Association’s Stream Monitoring and Community Well Test programs describe a growing problem within the watershed

Director of Science & Planning for the NJ Highlands Water Protection & Planning Council Christine M. Danis was the keynote speaker at this year's RHA State of Our Watershed Conference

Director of Science & Planning for the NJ Highlands Water Protection & Planning Council Christine M. Danis was the keynote speaker at this year’s RHA State of Our Watershed Conference. Photo by Nick Romanenko.

BEDMINSTER TWP, NJ – December 19, 2014 – Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA), a highly respected conservation organization, announced today that its annual State of Our Watershed Conference, held on December 6th, was a great success and shared this year’s results of the organization’s stream monitoring and community well test programs with 60 participants. The results show that water quality is declining in more than a dozen locations within the Raritan headwaters region across Somerset, Morris, and Hunterdon Counties.

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By | December 9th, 2014


Accomplishing plan will result in well-informed and engaged citizens and lawmakers safeguarding the quality of NJ water for years to come


BEDMINSTER TWP, NJ – December 8, 2014 – Raritan Headwaters Association, a highly respected conservation organization, announced today that its Board of Trustees has approved an ambitious strategic plan that will significantly increase the impact the organization has on its mission to protect clean water in the North and South Branch region of the Raritan River. Read More »

By | December 2nd, 2014


#GivingTuesday is today! During the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holiday season, please join us in a movement to celebrate giving back to the organizations that make our world a better place to live.

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By | November 11th, 2014

Thanks to the support of our donors, members, sponsors, and our local community, the 35th Annual Old Fashioned Country Fair was a great success! Read More »

By | October 31st, 2014


New Jersey voters will be faced with a public question on the November 4th ballot that will directly affect the quality of our state’s water. Open tracts of protected land soak up rain like a sponge, filtering impurities, allowing it to seep into the ground, recharging aquifers with clean, drinkable water. By voting YES on public question #2, we can create a permanent, sustainable way to fund the protection of open tracts of land, thereby ensuring the future health of our water.

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