Watershed Tools for Municipalities
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.
A small registration fee will be charged for each session and space is limited to 30 local decision-makers (e.g., mayors, municipal planners, planning board members, DPW employees, board of adjustment members, environmental commission members). CEU credits are available.
Seminar Series Schedule
Impervious Cover Assessments and Reduction Action Plans: Helping Communities Reduce Flooding, Improve Water Quality, and Get Sustainable Jersey Points
Thursday, May 18, 3-5pm
Raritan Headwaters’ Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve.
Come learn about the work Dr. Obropta and his staff are doing to help municipalities address the problem of stormwater runoff, flooding and erosion due to impervious covers such as building and pavement. Rutgers has already completed Impervious Cover Assessment and Reduction Action Plans for several municipalities in the North and South Branch Raritan Watershed. The Plans are an incredibly valuable resource that presents data on the amount and distribution of impervious cover within the municipal boundary and offers shovel ready green infrastructure projects designed by engineers and landscape architects. We will have copies of those completed Plans available at the seminar for registrants. In addition, we will discuss implementation of the existing Plans and learn how to have one created for your municipality. Most importantly, Dr. Obropta will share information on how to implement the Plan from funding sources to local ordinances.
Future topics, dates to be announced.
Stream and Restoration Planning for Flood Resilience
Local Ordinances for Water Protection
Open Space Preservation Mapping
To learn more about this seminar series and to obtain updates and registration information on future seminars contact;
Kristi MacDonald, Raritan Headwaters Director of Science
This seminar will provide an understanding of the new regulations as well as practical advice for applying for MS4 permits and insuring new developments are in compliance. Presented by Dr. Chris Obropta and staff from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program, as well as Raritan Headwaters’ Bill Kibler, director of policy, and Dr. Kristi MacDonald, director of science. NJ Department of Environmental Protection is a co-sponsor. This seminar will provide an understanding of the new regulations as well as practical advice for applying for MS4 permits and insuring new developments are in compliance. Presented by Dr. Chris Obropta and staff from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program, as well as Raritan Headwaters’ Bill Kibler, director of policy, and Dr. Kristi MacDonald, director of science. NJ Department of Environmental Protection is a co-sponsor.