Watershed Tools for Municipalities

Dr. Chris Obropta, Rutgers Coop Extension

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

Complying with New Jersey’s Stormwater Regulations
Thursday, January 26, 3-5pm
Raritan Headwaters’ Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve.

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.

Link to Presentation

Future topics, dates to be announced.

  • Green Infrastructure

  • Impervious Cover Assessments

  • 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
Email: kmacdonald@raritanheadwaters.org
(908)234-1852 x322