Watershed Institute News Archives

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The 2015 NJ Confluence – November 2015

On Friday, November 13th, the NJ Confluence, a statewide volunteer water monitoring summit, was held at the Watershed Center for Environmental Advocacy, Science, and Education, headquarters of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. This an all-day conference featured speakers from local watershed groups, environmental consultants, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, EPA Region II, and the National Water Quality Monitoring Council. (read more…)

Communicating Financial Info Workshop – August 2015green-dollar-sign-clipart

On August 25th, 2015, the Watershed Institute hosted a workshop entitled “Know the Numbers: Communicating Financial Information Effectively.” Dr. Cleopatra Charles, Associate Professor at the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration, walked through how nonprofit staff can improve communication with financial managers, board members, and other stakeholders, and how to facilitate better management of financial resources within an organization. (read more…)

Flood Hazard Area Rule Revisions – July 2015flood6_29Aug2011

The public comment period for the Flood Hazard Area Control Act rule revisions ends this Friday, July 31st. Mike Pisauro, Policy Director for the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, and Kate Hutelmyer, the Watershed Institute Coordinator, have put together the attached document for concerned organizations to use as a resource in addressing this issue. The proposed changes to the rule, which were written to “cut red tape,” are lengthy and complex. However, what is clear is that these changes are inconsistent with the original intent of the Act, which is to protect human health and public welfare. (read more…)

Watershed Institute Strategic Plan – July 2015Strat Plan Pic

The Watershed Institute is pleased to unveil its first Strategic Plan! This plan was the result of extensive stakeholder and expert interviews, as well as a state and national review of organizations with similar missions and overlapping services. The result is a plan that reflects our unwavering commitment to support New Jersey’s watershed and environmental nonprofits. (read more…)

Logo 2015Institute Grants Program Release – June 2015

A detailed program description and eligibility requirements for the 2015-2016 Watershed Institute Grants Program is now available! The program was unveiled at an informational session on June 17th. More than fifteen nonprofits from across New Jersey participated in the workshop, which included presentations from a five of the Institute’s nine current grantees. (read more…)

“Website Management Made Easy” Webinar – May 2015CMS Webinar Photo

On May 20th, the Watershed Institute and Idealware hosted a webinar called “Website Management Made Easy.” This webinar focused on using Content Management Systems (CMS’s) to make it easier for nonprofit employees and volunteers to manage and update websites in house. (read more…)

Marketing Planning 101 Workshop – March 2015Marketing Map

On March 26th, the Watershed Institute and the Land Trust Network hosted a workshop on Marketing Planning with Dr. Matt Weber of Rutgers University. This hands-on, interactive workshop gave participants an opportunity to learn the strategies and tactics necessary to build an effecting marketing and outreach plan. (read more…)

Pipeline Forum: Pipelines and Preserved Lands – Feb. 2015unnamed

On February 12th, the Watershed Institute was proud to co-sponsor a workshop on the processes surrounding proposed pipelines in New Jersey. With presentations from the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, the Delaware Riverkeeper, and directors from the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, this workshop educated nonprofit staff and municipal officials on how to actively participate in the federal scoping process for proposed natural gas pipelines. (read more…)

2014 Watershed Institute News

2014-2015 Watershed Institute Grantees Announced! – Nov. 20142014 Grantees

The Institute is pleased to announce the grantees for the 12th annual Watershed Institute Grant Program. Nine grantees from all across the state have been selected as recipients 2014-2015 Grant Cycle. The $42,442 awarded for project-based grants (ranging from $1,500 – $10,000) was generously provided through funding from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. (read more…)

I Am #4OpenSpace Campaign Launch – Oct. 2014

In late September through a very generous grant from the Keep it Green Coalition, the Watershed Institute launched the “I Am 4OpenSpace#4OpenSpace”campaign. This social media campaign is all about raising awareness for the importance of the woods, meadows, farmland, and open space that you love. Joining the movement is simple, and your voice can make a difference! Just take a picture of yourself holding up an “I am #4OpenSpace” sign and post it to your favorite social media sites. Use the hashtag #4OpenSpace, share your pic, and tell us why you support protecting open space in New Jersey. Then inspire and challenge your friends to do the same! (read more…)

Invasive Species and Climate Change Workshop – Sept. 2014photo 5 (2)

On Sept. 9, 2014 the Watershed Institute, along with the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team and the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, hosted a workshop on existing and emerging invasive species in New Jersey, as well as the impact climate change might have on the spread of invasives. NJISST’s Susan Brookman led the presentation, which covered the importance of recognizing and reacting to the spread of invasive species in the Garden State (read more…)