The Watershed Institute is pleased to announce the eight grant recipients of the 2010 Watershed Institute Grant Program, which was made possible by funding from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the William Penn Foundation. These grant awards aim to strengthen the capacity and programmatic capabilities of organizations working to protect natural resources in their communities. Below is an alphabetical listing detailing their funded projects.
Crafts Creek/Spring Hill Brook Watershed Association $7,500
“Mansfield Township Residential Stormwater Basin Study”
The Crafts Creek/Spring Hill Brook Watershed Association will work with an environmental engineering consultant to assess existing stormwater basins that appear to be failing, in order to determine if they are functioning as designed and are in compliance with applicable state and local regulations. The results of this study will be compiled into a report with recommendations and presented to the public.
Flat Rock Book Nature Association $9,625
“Stream and Pond Restoration Project”
Through this project, the Flat Rock Brook Nature Association will survey and record invasive plant populations on their property using GPS (global positioning system) and GIS (geographic information systems). Invasive species will then be removed based on the surveying, and native plants will be installed near removal areas to help create a seed bank of native plants.
Great Swamp Watershed Association $6,650
“GSWA’s Chemical Assessment Program”
Great Swamp Watershed Association will initiate the first year of a 3-year chemical water quality monitoring effort on the Upper Passaic River. Sampling will occur quarterly at 6 sites, with the assistance of trained monitoring volunteers.
Pequannock River Coalition $8,460
“Pequannock River Coalition Seeds Program – Phase 2”
Under a 2009 grant, the Pequannock River Coalition surveyed and removed populations of the invasive plant Japanese knotweed in Riverdale’s Appelt Park. For this project, they will continue to monitor the site for knotweed, and will plant native trees and shrubs in the areas where knotweed has been removed in order to restore habitat and prevent the knotweed from returning.
Pinelands Preservation Alliance $8,100
“Black Run Community Engagement & Stewardship Project”
In order to increase awareness and stewardship of the Black Run Preserve, the Pinelands Preservation Alliance will create a Preserve map/brochure, hold community meetings, lead Preserve hikes, and hold cleanups on the Preserve. Additionally, they will work with local residents to advocate for zoning changes and protection efforts in the Black Run headwaters.
Rancocas Conservancy $10,580
“Establishing a Scientific Database to Benefit Conservation and Organizational Growth”
Rancocas Conservancy will inventory habitat types, flora, and fauna on their North Branch property as a prototype for future preservation efforts. Inventory protocols will be developed, and data will be collected and recorded in database.
South Jersey Land & Water Trust $14,619
“Riparian Buffer Restoration Program”
Through this project, the South Jersey Land & Water Trust will launch a new riparian buffer restoration effort. Working with a variety of project partners, SJLWT will design and conduct 3 riparian buffer restoration projects, to include native plantings and erosion control methods. Volunteers will be recruited to assist in plantings and educational information will be created.
Upper Raritan Watershed Association $20,000
“Central Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team – Somerset County Initiative”
Through this project, the Upper Raritan Watershed Association aims to increase the presence of its Central Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team in Somerset County. URWA will conduct outreach activities and trainings in the county in order to bring in new partners. Working with new and existing partners, properties will be surveyed for emerging invasive species and invasive populations will be removed.