The Watershed Institute is pleased to announce our 2015-2016 project grantees! Through the generosity of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Institute was able to provide nearly $43,000 in project funding to six organizations from across New Jersey.
As with the previous grant cycle, projects funded this year are consistent with the priorities identified as a part of our recent strategic planning efforts and seek to move toward a stronger, healthier New Jersey through the implementation of our Targeted Actions.
Learn more about the awardees and their projects through the map and summaries below! [Expertise Grantees are listed at the bottom of the page.]
Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River and Its Tributaries, Inc.
“Empowering Citizens to Become Maurice River Watershed Stewards” – $7,953
CU Maurice will begin an intensive outreach campaign to generate awareness and to educate riverfront property owners, along with other landowners in the watershed. This program aims, via community workshops, events, and outreach materials, to encourage environmentally friendly property management techniques that will benefit local water quality. This educational campaign will pave the way for the development of a River Friendly Resident certification program.
Flat Rock Brook Nature Association
“Flat Rock Brook Water Quality Monitoring Program” – $2,500
This project seeks to improve Flat Rock Brook’s water quality monitoring protocols, and to educate students and volunteers on proper monitoring procedures in order to compile (and subsequently share) information that will lead to improved understanding of the local watershed. Students and core volunteers will participate in water quality testing efforts for a local pond and the brook on a seasonal basis and promote their findings to the broader community.
Great Swamp Watershed Association
“SWaMP – School Water Monitoring on the Passaic” – $10,000
Great Swamp will expand the geographic scope of their SWaMP program for high school and college students, which provides hands-on experience with water sampling and analysis, as well as a personal connection to the river and a deeper understanding of how the health of local waterways impacts the environment. This year’s program will also be expanded to include a civics component for the students following data collection and analysis.
New Jersey Tree Foundation
“Camden/Newark Treekeepers: Workshops and Booklets“ – $9,500
Through a series of workshops and informational materials, this initiative will empower New Jersey residents as urban forestry stewards. There will be a strong emphasis placed on the impacts and benefits of trees on local watersheds, including the role of trees as a component of green infrastructure and the importance of long-term tree maintenance to improve watershed health. This year’s workshops will also include the development and distribution of tree care booklets to encourage proper maintenance of trees as urban green infrastructure.
Save Barnegat Bay
“This Way to Barnegat Bay!” – $8,249
Through in-class lessons and teacher training workshops, Save Barnegat Bay will provide hands-on learning experiences to students of Ocean County, and provide valuable resources for educators to continue the program in their own classrooms in the future. These age-appropriate lessons have been correlated to the Next Generation Science Standards and it is anticipated that they will reach hundreds of students in the coming year. This project will specifically target those schools that have minimal access to the Bay through other means, whether because of distance or budget cuts that have restricted field trips.
Whale Pond Brook Watershed Association
“Restoring a Watershed: A Community Takes Action” – $4,750
Whale Pond Brook will develop and host a series of informational workshops designed to educate adults and teenagers about the importance of the local watershed. These workshops are meant to inspire attendees to take action that will ensure the survival and maintain the beauty of the Whale Pond Brook watershed, and encourage participants to become a voice for the environment and their communities. Session topics include an overview of watershed ecosystems, rain gardens as stormwater management, macroinvertebrate sampling, and advocating for your watershed.
Musconetcong Watershed Association – $500 External Expertise
To increase the accessibility of water quality information by translating materials and signage into Spanish
Great Swamp Watershed Association – $500 Internal Expertise
To sponsor staff attendance at the 2016 New Jersey Land Conservation Rally
Delaware River Steamboat Floating Classroom SPLASH – $280 Internal Expertise
To sponsor staff attendance at the 2016 Watershed Congress along the Schuylkill
Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership – $500 Internal Expertise
To sponsor staff attendance at the 2016 Urban Waters Federal Partnership Training
Save Barnegat Bay – $400 External Expertise
To increase the climate resiliency of beach access point restorations through coordination with a native plant specialist