2013 Grant Cycle

The Watershed Institute is pleased to announce the six grantees of the 2013 – 2014 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.

Learn more about our 2013-2014 grantees using the map and project summaries below.

Bergen SWAN (Save the Watershed Action Network)     $9,150
“Finding Ecological Solutions for Musquapsink and Pascack Brook Flooding”
Bergen SWAN will conduct an assessment to identify potential stormwater improvement and flooding mitigation projects in two municipalities. The resulting inventory report and GIS database will be used for outreach to build community and municipal awareness.

Great Swamp Watershed Association     $15,000
“Expansion of Local Stream Chemical Assessment”
This award will allow Great Swamp Watershed Association to expand chemical water monitoring and simultaneously assess five streams quarterly, including sampling after storm events.

Hunterdon Land Trust     $5,250
“Stewardship of Saeger Preserve”
As part of a larger project, the Hunterdon Land Trust will establish a native wetland and riparian buffer, enclosed with deer fencing. This buffer would result in a variety of benefits, including resiliency to flooding.

NJ Invasive Species Strike Team     $3,386
“Project WISE: Watershed Invasive Species Education”
The Strike Team will partner with at least five watershed groups to educate about local invasive species. They will develop and conduct programs on invasives of concern in each watershed and how climate change may impact invasive species.

Rahway River Association     $12,300
“Reducing Stormwater Flow through Community Awareness”
In collaboration with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program, the Rahway River Association will conduct stormwater management trainings for planning and zoning boards, a rain garden training for the community, and a rain garden practicum for the Rahway River Stormwater Advisory Board, including installation of two demonstration gardens.

South Jersey Land and Water Trust     $10,736
“Climate Smart Habitat Demonstration Projects – Naturalizing Retention Basins”
The SJ Land and Water Trust will implement two demonstration projects to illustrate how to naturalize detention basins and conduct a rain barrel workshop for citizens. Public outreach will include walks of the project sites, a newsletter, and signs.