The Watershed Institute is pleased to announce the nine grantees of the 2011 funding cycle of the Watershed Institute Grant Program, which was made possible by funding from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The grant program aims to strengthen the capacity and programmatic capabilities of organizations working to protect natural resources in their communities. Below is an alphabetical listing of the nine projects that received funding through the 2011 funding cycle.
Flat Rock Book Nature Association $9,530
“Macfadden’s Wetland Transitional Restoration Project”
Macfadden’s Pond is naturally transitioning into a wetland. In order to ensure that it becomes a healthy ecosystem, Flat Rock Brook Nature Association will create a landscape plan for the transitional wetland area, plant native wetland plants, and monitor for and remove invasive plants.
Great Swamp Watershed Association $10,000
“State of the Streams”
The Great Swamp Watershed Association will compile, analyze and report on past water quality monitoring data, including biological, chemical, and visual data. The resulting State of the Streams report will be available to local officials, residents, and other organizations.
Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership $3,000
“River-Friendly Program for the Lawrence Brook Watershed”
Through this project, the Lawrence Brook Watershed Partnership will create and distribute a checklist for watershed residents, outlining land management practices they can take to protect and restore the environment.
Musconetcong Watershed Association $7,500
“River Watcher Stream Characterization in Upper Musconetcong River Watershed”
The Musconetcong Watershed Association will develop a plan for expanding their monitoring work into the Upper Musconetcong Watershed, in order to increase understanding of the water quality and ecological conditions of the area.
New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team $13,670
“NJISST Fundraising and Communications Planning Project”
The New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team will develop a fundraising and communications plan by establishing annual fundraising goals, creating a development and communications committee, conducting a feasibility survey of potential donors, and creating web-based membership/donor materials.
Raritan Headwaters Association $5,000
“RHA Communications Plan”
The Raritan Headwaters Association was formed by the merger of the South Branch Watershed Association and the Upper Raritan Watershed Association in October 2011. Through this project, RHA will implement a portion of their merger communications plan by enhancing their new website.
Raritan Headwaters Association $12,000
“Biological Monitoring Project”
The Raritan Headwaters Association was formed by the merger of the South Branch Watershed Association and the Upper Raritan Watershed Association in October 2011. Through this project, RHA will officially merge the water quality monitoring programs of SBWA and URWA into one.
Sourland Planning Council $3,046
“Development of a Sourland Planning Council Trustee Leadership Training Program”
The Sourland Planning Council will work with a consultant on training their board members on roles/responsibilities and financial management. This will create a foundation for ongoing board orientation and training.
Whippany River Watershed Action Committee $17,744
“Streambank Stabilization Design for Urbanized Segment of Whippany River”
Through this project, the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee will work with a consultant to develop a restoration plan for an eroded stream segment, including geographical information systems (GIS) mapping, fieldwork, modeling, and design work.