Raritan Headwaters is delighted to welcome Anthony Adams, our Rutgers Raritan Scholar for the Fall 2017 semester. Anthony is working with RHA to help identify target areas for stream buffer restoration by mapping existing stream corridors and highlighting the locations where there are gaps in need of planting. Under the guidance of RHA’s GIS Specialist Melissa Mitchell Thomas, Anthony is using ArcGIS to identify potential sites and then he will visit these locations to verify the condition of the buffer.
Anthony says, “I chose this project because I thought I can be an asset with not just GIS but with my love and knowledge of the outdoors and the species that inhabit it, especially from being a pretty avid fisherman outside of school. The experience thus far has been rewarding and challenging at the same time, as GIS often presents a wide range of problems to solve on any given project, but getting to participate in one of the tree plantings was a good reminder of the rewards of meeting said challenges.”
On September 14, Raritan Headwaters co-sponsored a workshop with Columbia University and NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), “Informing Residents of the Health Effects of Arsenic in Drinking Water & the Need to Test and Treat Private Wells” at the Hunterdon County Library in Flemington.
Twenty-five representatives from municipalities where arsenic often exceeds New Jersey drinking water standards attended the event. Participants learned about the sources of arsenic in our wells, the areas where there is high arsenic in Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, the health effects of exposure, and testing and treatment options as well as how municipalities can reach residents to inform them of the risks. Presenters included scientists from Raritan Headwaters, Columbia University, NJDEP and the Hunterdon County Division of Public Health Services. A common theme throughout the workshop was the importance of everyone testing their well for arsenic and a variety of other contaminants.
Volunteer Citizen Scientists needed! Our annual stream monitoring program continues this year at 67 sites in the Watershed. Our top-notch program provides 100 Citizen Scientists with knowledge, skills and equipment to collect data on the health of our streams. NJDEP and other organizations use this high quality data to inform decisions about which streams are in need of protection and restoration. To learn more about the program and to volunteer, please contact Angela Gorczyca, Water Quality Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit https://www.raritanheadwaters.org/protect/stream-monitoring-program/.
Rain gardens are designed to capture precipitation and stormwater runoff so it recharges the aquifer and keeps pollutants out of our streams. Plus, they provide habitat for native pollinators and add beauty to our community. Join Dr. Kristi MacDonald, RHA’s science director, at the North County Branch Library in Clinton on Tuesday, March 28 at 7pm to learn the basic function and design of rain gardens, including size and placement, soil amendment, and choices of native plantings. Kristi will also go over the basic River-Friendly certification activities as most of them apply to landscaping and gardening, and will provide resources so you can create your own rain garden.
Raritan Headwaters is hosting the seminar series, Watershed Tools for Local Decision-Makers, in order to provide practical guidance on science, regulations, and funding sources that can be used to understand and protect local water resources. The seminars are targeted for the decision-makers from the 38 municipalities in the 470-square-mile North and South Branch Raritan River Watershed.
As important partners in Raritan Headwaters’ mission of protecting water resources in the Upper Raritan, we hope to help municipalities develop their own internal expertise on a variety of complicated issues. The goal of these seminars is to provide expert-level knowledge in a succinct, practical workshop through interactive discussions, summary materials and hands-on planning activities on various topics presented by Raritan Headwaters scientists and policy experts, as well as visitors from regulatory agencies, universities, and other non-profits.
Join naturalist Alan Rennie on December 5, 12 and 19 at 8 am as he surveys birds in the forest, meadows and pond at our preserve. Please bring binoculars, good walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. In case of inclement weather, the walk will be canceled. For more information, contact Kristi at email@example.com or 908-234-1852, ext. 322.
All are welcome! No need to pre-register.