For 60 years, Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA) has been building and maintaining relationships with the 38 municipalities and 3 counties within the Upper Raritan River watershed to promote protection of water resources. Municipalities face unique challenges as well as opportunities to address a host of environmental pressures. RHA provides support and expertise to our municipal partners who are tasked with managing a number of complex water quality and quantity issues impacting their community.

Raritan Headwaters Community Council

The Raritan Headwaters Community Council (RHCC) is a group of dedicated individuals who serve as champions for clean water in their community. RHCC members work collaboratively with RHA staff and partners to support local, on-the-ground watershed protection initiatives and sound local policy to protect water resources. The Council’s goal is to empower citizens to identify local natural resource issues, develop partnerships, and implement collaborative solutions.

To learn more or to join the Raritan Headwaters Community Council, please email Mara Tippett at

Watershed Tools for Local Leaders seminars

Sound local and regional policy is supported by a strong scientific foundation and input from knowledgeable stakeholders. Active learning opportunities motivate and inform Community Council members so that they have the knowledge a language to convey information about current science and available resources back to their communities. Local leaders and volunteers who are informed about best practices and watershed protection can serve their communities as advocates for clean water.

RHA provides educational opportunities, tools, and resources for municipal officials faced with addressing issues of environmental concern. RHA’s Watershed Tools for Local Leaders seminars and workshops provide practical guidance on scientific principles, useful tools, government regulations and funding sources for watershed protection. For more information about the Watershed Tools for Local Leaders series, see the schedule of upcoming workshops, and view past presentations, please visit

For more information or to suggest a topic for discussion at a future workshop, please email Mara Tippett at

Open Funding Opportunities

Events, Conferences, and Workshops

Winter Best Practices to Reduce Road Salt Webinar – Register here 

Date: Dec 12, 2023

Time: 12:00 – 12:50pm EST

Learn about the newest Sustainable Jersey action, Winter Best Practices to Reduce Road Salt, to assist municipalities in understanding how much road salt is being applied, its impact and how to safely reduce the amount used over time. Presenters will describe ways to monitor road salt use; and resources on training and best management practices with plenty of time to answer your questions.

Sustainable Jersey and its program partners regularly host trainings and events that support progress toward Sustainable Jersey certification. In general, events posted on the calendar are FREE or of minimal cost. See current list of events here. 


Stakeholder Engagement and Public Comment

Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (LCRI) Public Hearing – Register Here

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a public hearing to receive public comment on the proposed Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (LCRI) under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

Date: January 16, 2024

Time: 11am-7pm EST


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