The Watershed Institute is pleased to announce the eight grantees of the 2012 – 2013 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. Learn more about our 2012-2013 grantees using the map and project summaries below.
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Citizens United to Protect Maurice River and Its Tributaries $5,000
“25 Year Report of Avian Studies on the Maurice River”
CU Maurice River will create and publicize a report based on 25 years of bird survey data. This long dataset allows for a better understanding of changes in the watershed and bird populations. Outreach efforts included strong participation at the Delaware Estuary Partnership’s Science and Environment Summit. .
Crosswick – Doctors Creek Watershed Association $2,500
“Well Water Testing Initiative”
Crosswicks – Doctors Creek Watershed Association will provide a well-testing service to local homeowners and businesses, with discounts provided to those who sign up as members. The data collected will help provide a clearer picture of groundwater quality locally.
Flat Rock Book Nature Association $4,500
“Wetland Wonders Educational Program”
Flat Rock Brook Nature Association will develop a wetlands and watersheds educational program for middle school students. New equipment for water quality monitoring will provide hands-on learning for students and important data for the watershed.
Great Swamp Watershed Association $10,000
With support from the Watershed Institute, the Great Swamp Watershed Association is creating and promoting a watershed-friendly certification program for local homes and families. An interactive website will provide the central piece to this exciting new program.
Musconetcong Watershed Association $4,513
“Assessment of Habitat, Biological and Chemical Changes Resulting from Removal of Hughesville Dam”
This project seeks to understand the impacts of removing the Hughesville Dam through pre and post-removal physical, chemical, and biological monitoring. Findings, including photo-documentation, will be provided to diverse stakeholders.
New Jersey Highlands Coalition $4,000
“SaveH2Onj.org: Know and Protect our Water Supply Website”
As part of a multi-faceted outreach campaign, the NJ Highlands Coalition is creating a website providing a central location for information on the importance of the Highlands to our water supplies and tools to help citizens take action..
New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team $12,000
“Northern Region Expansion”
The New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team will expand their efforts in northern NJ, particularly the Highlands, developing existing and new partnerships to combat invasive species. The project focuses on education and outreach to land owners, nurseries, outdoor groups, and the general public.
Pinelands Preservation Alliance $8,200
“Barnegat Bay Ecology and Conservation Curriculum and Professional Development”
The Pinelands Preservation Alliance, in partnership with the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, will develop a Barnegat Bay Ecology and Conservation curriculum for grades 7-12.