2014 Grant Funding Cycle

 Logo 2015The Watershed Institute is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 grantees! Through the generosity of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Institute was able to provide approximately $42,500 in project funding to nine organizations from across New Jersey.

Over the past year, with input from watershed organizations, expert peers, conservation allies, and our funder, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Watershed Institute taken on the process of strategic planning in an effort to better serve the needs of New Jersey’s watersheds, as well as the organizations that work to protect them. The projects funded this year are consistent with the ideals and priorities identified as a part of those efforts, and the Watershed Institute looks forward to a successful grant cycle.

Learn more about the awardees and their projects through the maps and summaries below!

Cooper’s Ferry Partnership   $1,500
“Camden SMART Initiative Forum”
The Watershed Institute has provided funding to sponsor speakers at the 4th Annual Camden SMART (Stormwater Management and Resource Training) Initiative Forum, to be held in the City of Camden in March of 2015. More information about the Camden SMART Initiative can be found here.

Great Swamp Watershed Association   $6,850
“Great Swamp Passaic Municipal Alliance” 
Great Swamp Watershed Association will work to engage, educate, and encourage collaboration among the members of the newly formed Passaic Municipal Alliance, which includes a variety of municipal stakeholders from across the watershed. GSWA will provide a series of water-themed presentations to Alliance members at meetings, which will be supplemented by print and web-based resources

Hunterdon Land Trust   $5,127
“Natural Resource Management and Public
Outreach”
Hunterdon Land Trust will target private landowners to increase local awareness of the threats to water resources and what actions residents can take to protect those resources. This project will focus on topics like removing invasives and replacing them with native species, wetlands restoration, erosion control, etc. Outreach efforts will include an educational video series, volunteer events, and the Hunterdon Land Trust Community Map.

Lake Hopatcong Foundation & Musconetcong Watershed Association   $10,000
“Communicating Water Quality Data through Watershed Report Cards and Outreach” 

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation and the Musconetcong Watershed Association will work collaboratively to develop a watershed report card format that can be used as a tool to engage and educate the public about water quality. Once the format is developed, each organization will insert their own collected water quality data and use the report card in their stakeholder outreach efforts.

New Jersey Tree Foundation   $4,000
Camden Tree Keepers
The New Jersey Tree Foundation will host a series of Tree Keeper workshops for residents in Camden who have participated in or are interested in participating in the organization’s street trees program. These workshops will focus on providing residents with the knowledge and tools they need to protect and maintain local street trees, and the importance of green infrastructure in urbanized watersheds.

NY/NJ Baykeeper   $5,965
Green Infrastructure Workshop for Property Owners and Stakeholders”
In conjunction with Rutgers University and Newark DIG, NY/NJ Baykeeper will host a workshop within the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission Sewershed to educate property owners and builders about integrating green infrastructure practices into new and existing construction practices.

Rahway River Watershed Association   $5,000
Community Engagement in Stormwater Management” 

Rahway River Watershed Association will work, in conjunction with students from the Seton Hall University Environmental Studies major, to collect information on watershed enhancement projects throughout the watershed, and will target five municipalities to work with on the passage of a stormwater ordinance.

Sourland Conservancy   $4,000
“Sourlands Stewardship Program”
 
The Sourland Conservancy will work to develop a stewardship certification program designed to meet the specific needs and challenges of the Sourland Mountain region. This program will train residents about best practices to protect the diversity of plant and animal species, and to preserve water resources in the Sourlands.

Engagement Grants

Delaware River Steamboat Floating Classroom – $170
Watershed Congress Along the Schuylkill River

Lake Hopatcong Foundation – $435
North American Lake Management Society Annual Symposium

Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership – $190
New Jersey Future Redevelopment Forum

Sourland Conservancy – $150
2015 ANJEC Environmental Congress