Can you help the Hunterdon Land Trust remove invasive plants along Walnut Brook on Saturday, Nov. 16th? If so, come to Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine St. Flemington from 9:30-12:30. Contact Watershed Ambassador Laura Dillman at (908) 234-1852 x323 or email her at email@example.com if you can make it!
As part of the continuing Musconetcong Watershed Association (MWA) River Talk series, Pat Rector, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Environmental Agent, will provide a talk on ways to conserve rainwater runoff with a focus on rain barrels on Tuesday November 12th at 7:00 p.m. She will discuss how rain barrels help to both conserve water and reduce water pollution, and show how simple it is to build a rain barrel. Learn how some municipalities are encouraging the use of rain barrels and what Environmental Commissions or others might do to increase the positive impact of rain barrel use.
Why use a rain barrel? Rain barrels can be used to collect and store rain water to reduce water bills, reduce runoff into streams, prevent streambank erosion and enhance plant growth. A single rain barrel can save about 1,300 gallons of water during an average summer. Captured rainwater can be used to water gardens and flowers, rinse hands/feet/muddy shoes, tools & wash cars.
Want your own rain barrel? As a follow-up to its River Talk, MWA is participating in a Rain Barrel Project workshop at Villa Milagro Vineyards where participants will make their own rain barrel from recycled wine barrels. You may pre-register with the MWA for this November 16th event. The workshop price of $100 price includes a 53- gallon used American oak wine barrel, all fittings and components to convert it to a rain barrel, instruction and assistance in building your own barrel, advice on how to install it at home and other tips on conserving water at home.
Because of special project funding available to MWA and its partner organization North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development, the first 25 participants who are residents of Hampton Borough, Bethlehem Township, Washington Township and Franklin Township (Warren County) who register will receive a $25 discount. Participants will leave with a ready-to-install rain barrel and other helpful handouts from Rutgers University. You will also be treated to a complimentary wine tasting and a gift monogrammed glass to take home. Coffee and pastry at 9:30am; instruction and workshop 10am – noon. Wine tasting at noon. You must register through the MWA and participate in both events to receive this discount. Call (908) 537-7060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details or to register.
As part of the continuing Musconetcong Watershed Association’s River Talk Series, the MWA presents “Septic System Basics and New Technologies” on 10/22 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. It’s everything you ever wanted to know about Septic Systems but were afraid to ask. A properly functioning septic protects everyone’s drinking water. Local contractor Tim Terry will share his knowledge of the basics of septic systems including care and maintenance, and share information on new technologies. Bring your questions. This program is free and open to the public, donations are always welcome. Talk will be held at the River Resource Center, 10 Maple Avenue, Asbury NJ. For more information or to register email email@example.com or call 908-537-7060.
Fall is a great time to spruce up your indoor and outdoor living space. Back to Nature Home and Garden offers great solutions in landscaping and decor! When you purchase goods and services from Back to Nature, you’ll get a 10% discount for mentioning NJRC&D, AND they’ll donate 5.5% of your purchase right back to NJRC&D to help us continue our great work.
Thinking about doing a landscaping project? How about installing a fire pit for those cold autumn evenings? Maybe you’d like help selecting deer-resistant plants to get in the ground before winter. Back to Nature has great solutions, and the best gifts for nature lovers. Be sure to visit Back to Nature Home and Garden and mention NJRC&D to get your discount and help us fund some terrific projects!
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With our selection of locally sourced plants and organic materials, you’ll find everything needed for gardening success. Our store hosts an array of artisanal gifts including pottery, woodwork, organic soaps and local honey.
North Jersey RC&D is currently working on securing funding for a project that will help improve water quality in the Lopatcong Creek while simultaneously protecting further deterioration of the Morris Canal. To read more about this project in the local news follow this link.
North Jersey RC&D and Back to Nature want to help you create the perfect backyard habitat! Each month throughout the year North Jersey RC&D and Back to Nature will provide tips to help you improve your outdoor spaces. If you would like to receive these monthly tips through email please sign up above for our newsletter!
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NJRC&D has been awarded two grants of $541,300 and $700,500 from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to implement the Neshanic River Watershed and Musconetcong Watershed Restoration Plans over the next five years.
The overall goal of the implementation plans is to construct stormwater BMPs that will achieve a reduction in bacteria and attain higher standards of water quality. The target area for the Neshanic Watershed includes Raritan, East Amwell, and Delaware Townships, and Flemington Borough.The target area for the Musconetcong Watershed includes Hampton Borough and Bethelehem Township, Hunterdon County, and Franklin and Washington Township, Warren County.
Projects will include:
conducting rain barrel workshops;
installation of residential and commercial rain gardens;
retrofitting of stormwater management facilities;
installation of bioretention systems to capture, treat and infiltrate stormwater at the source;
retrofitting roadside ditches to reduce sediment load;
installation of conservation and riparian buffers;
enhancement of agricultural/livestock best management practices;
expansion of agricultural cover crops;
agricultural mini-grant program; and
implementation of a Quality Assurance Project Plan.
Project funding and support has been awarded to North Jersey RC&D as a 319h grant from NJDEP Water Resource Management, Division of Water Monitoring and Standards, Bureau of Environmental Analysis, Restoration and Standards (BEARS).
North Jersey RC&D is proud to have been awarded a Coastal America Partnership Award as part of the Musconetcong River Restoration Partnership. This group was recognized for its role in the successful removal of the Finesville Dam, thereby restoring natural stream flow, improving aquatic habitat for native fish populations, and reducing local flooding in heavy rain events. This award is given to just a few groups each year. Its purpose is to recognize outstanding collaborations which restore and protect our nation’s coastal environment.
NJRC&D also congratulates its partners in this award: USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Musconetcong Watershed Association, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, American Rivers, Conservation Resources, NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, Musconetcong Home River Intitiative, Trout Unlimited, NJ Corporate Wetlands Restoration Parnership, and the National Park Service.
Want to learn more? Please check out the press coverage at these links:
69 News, WFMZ-TV
Lehigh Valley Live
North Jersey RC&D is proud to be a recipient of a 2013 Franklin Parker Small Grant Award. Conservation Resources awarded NJRC&D $5000 to continue the great work of its River Friendly Farm certification program. Many thanks to Conservation Resources for its support!