2016 Sponsors:

  • American Rivers
  • Alexandria Township
  • Bedminster Township
  • Bernardsville Borough
  • Bethlehem Township
  • Bridgewater Township
  • Califon Borough
  • Chester Township
  • Crown Trophy of Flemington
  • Delaware Township
  • Far Hills Borough
  • Flemington Borough
  • Glen Gardner Borough
  • High Bridge Borough
  • Hot Rods Hot Dogs
  • Hunterdon County Utilities Authority
  • Lebanon Township
  • Mendham Borough
  • Mendham Township
  • Morris County Clean Communities
  • Mount Olive Township
  • Peapack-Gladstone Borough
  • Ramsey Outdoor
  • Randolph Township
  • Raritan Township
  • Raritan Valley Disposal
  • Readington Township
  • Roxbury Township
  • ShopRites of Hunterdon County, Inc.
  • Somerset County Solid Waste Management
  • Special T’s
  • Tewksbury Township
  • Town of Clinton
  • Union Township

Clean Streams

Each spring RHA organizes clean up programs to protect water quality and promote public stewardship of local streams and rivers.

To register for the 2016 Stream Cleanup, click HERE


2015 Stream Cleanup a Huge Success!

Elijah Downey (L), and his friend, Patrick Jolly, helping to clean up the river this April. They are both 8th graders at Califon School.

Elijah Downey (L), and his friend, Patrick Jolly, helping to clean up the river this April. They are both 8th graders at Califon School.

Over a thousand volunteers helped RHA Staff and Trustees remove 9.6 tons of litter from 40 sites in 29 towns across Hunterdon, Somerset, and Morris Counties during our annual Stream Cleanup event this spring.

From the northernmost point of the 470-square-mile Raritan headwaters region in Mount Olive to the southernmost point at the confluence of the north and south branches in Branchburg, students, Scout troops, families, churches, community clubs, environmental commissions, open space committees, residents, and businesses joined together for the cleanup event on a spectacular sunny Saturday morning.

In three hours, the thousand-strong army of volunteers cleaned up the kind of trash one would expect to find, like tangled fishing line, plastic bags and bottles, and snack wrappers of all kinds from 47 miles of local streams and rivers. Some more unusual items were also found, including the bottom of a wagon, electric powerline parts, a mattress, the front end of a lawn mower, a Ford pickup tailgate, a leaf blower, tires, and 300 pounds of scrap metal.

“Without our dedicated volunteers’ intervention, this trash would end up affecting the drinking water supply of over 1.5 million New Jersey residents,” said Angela Gorczyca, RHA Water Quality Program Manager and Stream Cleanup Event leader. “It often makes its way downstream into the Raritan Bay and eventually the Atlantic Ocean, which is why it was also wonderful to partner with Raritan River Week (www.raritanriverweek.com) during our Stream Cleanup and draw more attention to issues ‘From the Headwaters to the Ocean.’”

Participating Organizations in this highly successful event included: Sunset Lake Association, TD Bank, Acquire the Fire, Affinity Federal Credit Union, AHMP-NJ, BaseCamp31 Service Corps, Bedminster School, Bernards High School Community Service, Bernardsville Middle School, Boy Scouts, Cedar, Brook Manor Neighborhood, Central Jersey Stream Team, CITI Bank, Clinton Environmental Commission, Clinton Green Team, Clinton Township Environmental Commission, CPS School, Delaware Township School Environmental Congress, Dolly, Girl Scouts, Glen Gardner Town Council, Gnarly River Women, High Bridge Environmental Commission, Hillsborough Environmental Commission, Hunterdon Rotary, Hunterdon Youth Services, JORBA, Key Club, Middle Earth, Murphy & Cistaro LLC, Neighbors, New Jersey American Water, Or Chadash, Peapack-Gladstone Environmental Commission, Raritan Township Democratic Club, REACTNJ.org, Readington Township Environmental Commission, Round Valley Trout Association, Rutgers University, Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center, Tewksbury Environmental Commission, Union Township Committee, Verizon Wireless, Washington Township Environmental Commission of Morris County, Willow School Second Grade, Women’s Club, and Zion Lutheran Church.

This event was a great success and victory for watershed protection! For more information about the annual Stream Cleanup, please contact Angela Gorczyca, Water Quality Program Manager, at 908-234-1852 ext. 315.

To let us know about a stream site that needs attention, please contact RHA’s Watershed Ambassador at 908-234-1852, ext. 323 or email.

2015 Stream Cleanup Report

Program History

Ann Greszczak's 6th grade class working together to remove a large tire rim from the South Brach near Mount Olive

Ann Greszczak’s 6th grade class working together to remove a large tire rim from the South Brach near Mount Olive


Our clean up programs began in 1991.  They have been successful thanks to the volunteers who coordinate clean up efforts at various sites across the region, the volunteers who venture out along and into the streams to remove debris, the municipalities and businesses who provide financial and in-kind support for the supplies we need each year and the local media who help us recruit volunteers.