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Events and Training Archives
May 2013
May 10th: Barnegat Bay Blitz 2013 PDF icon
Be a part of the Annual Watershed-Wide Cleanup of Barnegat Bay. Help with the vital Sandy Recovery Effort! The Barnegat Bay Blitz is a partnership event spearheaded by the NJDEP and the NJ Clean Communities Council in an effort to bring together citizens, students, businesses and local governments to help clean up and foster a greater appreciation for the Barnegat Bay and its' 660 square mile watershed. Sign up NOW by filling out and submitting a Volunteer Pledge Card! Additional information is provided in the blitz flyer and on the Departmetn's Web site at http://www.nj.gov/dep/barnegatbay/bbblitz.htm. If you have questions about the Barnegat Bay Blitz please send them to barnegatbayblitz@dep.state.nj.us.

May 7-8: Stream School Techniques to Monitor & Protect Your Local Stream, Toms River, NJ PDF icon
The Stroud Water Research Center and NJDEP, along with The Forest Education Resource Center and the Barnegat Bay Partnership, are hosting a "Stream School Techniques" workshop on May 7th and 8th, 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., at the Forest Education Resource Center, Don Connor Boulevard, Jackson, NJ 08527. Please register at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/njstreamschool2013. Registration deadline: May 1, 2013. Workshop Fee: $15 per person or $25 for two members per volunteer watershed group. Scholarships are available. This workshop is limited to 20 participants and you must attend both days. Topics covered include:

  • Physical and Biological Aspects of Stream Ecology and the River Continuum Concept
  • Biological Sampling Techniques, Demonstrations, and Hands-On Training
  • Macroinvertebrate Identification and Taxonomic Keys
  • Regional Resources highlighting the Coastal Plains and Pinelands 

This two-day interactive classroom and field workshop will help participants learn about stream health by examining the critters that live there year-round and call it home. You will learn how to collect and count these critters and turn that information into a health report for your local stream. You will receive effective methods to take action with this information to protect your stream if it is healthy or document harm and pollution to help clean it up if it is not.  Additional information is provided in the workshop flyer PDF icon. For more information, please contact Danielle Donkersloot at 609-777-1753 or volunteermonitoring@dep.state.nj.us.

October 2012

October 9-10: Stream School Techniques to Monitor & Protect Your Local Stream, Stockton, NJ PDF icon
The Stroud Water Research Center and NJDEP are hosting a "Stream School Techniques" workshop on October 9th and 10th, 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., at the Historic Prallsville Mills along the Scenic Delaware River, 13 miles north of Trenton, Route 29, Stockton, NJ. This workshop will feature the Wickecheoke Creek – a C1 stream of New Jersey. Please register at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/StreamSchool2012. Registration deadline: October 3, 2012. Topics covered include:

  • Physical and Biological Aspects of Stream Ecology and the River Continuum Concept
  • Biological Sampling Techniques, Demonstrations, and Hands-On Training
  • Macroinvertebrate Identification and Taxonomic Keys
  • Regional Resources and Networking Opportunities
  • Good Times Along the Scenic Delaware River - the longest stretch of Special Protection Waters in the nation – designated because the macroinvertebrates collected showed a healthy River!
This two-day, interactive classroom and field workshop will help participants learn about stream health by examining the critters that live there year-round and call it home.  You will learn how to collect and count these critters and turn that information into a health report for your local stream. You will also learn effective methods for transforming this information into actions you can take to protect your stream if it is healthy or to document harm and pollution and help clean it up if it is not. Additional information is provided in the workshop flyer PDF icon. For more information, please contact Danielle Donkersloot at 609-777-1753 or volunteermonitoring@dep.state.nj.us.
June 2012

June 8th: Watershed Monitoring Study Design Hands- On Workshop in New Brunswick, NJ PDF icon
The Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring and NJDEP are hosting a workshop on June 8, 2012, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (check-in by 8:30 a.m.), in New Brunswick, NJ. This workshop focuses on the need for Study Design and Quality Assurance/Quality Control in monitoring projects. It will also give participants hands-on, step-by-step guidance through the study design process of deciding why, what, how, where, and when to monitor using a “virtual watershed.” Experts will also work on each participant’s individual monitoring study design ideas and monitoring options. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will have a draft study design to take back, refine and implement! FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER, go to the Rutgers Continuing Education Web site at www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/ew0308hb.html or call 732-932-9271. Additional information is also provided in the workshop flyer  PDF icon

June 7th: Visualization and Communication for Watershed Management Workshop PDF icon
The Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring and NJDEP are hosting a workshop on June 7, 2012, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (check-in by 8:30 a.m.) in New Brunswick, NJ. This workshop will help participants to build their watershed management capacity by finding the story in their water quality data and develop strategies for communicating the story to their local community! Using a virtual watershed, participants will be introduced to simple statistical measures that will help condense the amount of data to analyze and make developing water quality conclusions less arduous. Particiaptns will also be exposed to effective communication strategies and will leave the workshop understanding how to tailor water quality data materials and presentations for their target audiences. If you have completed water quality reports and presentations for your individual watershed, please bring your materials to share and/or receive feedback! FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER, go to the Rutgers Continuing Education Web site at www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/ew0308hb.html or call 732-932-9271. Additional information is also provided in the workshop flyer PDF icon 

May 2012

May - September: New Jersey Lake Watch PDF icon
The New Jersey Lake Watch is designed to provide students, teachers, families, watershed associations, environmental commissions, lake communities, and citizen volunteers with a fun and easy way to provide information on overall lake conditions. The public is encouraged to participate in this easy, family friendly, 30-minute lake assessment.  New Jersey Lake Watch surveys can be conducted multiple times, by multiple participants throughout the growing season between May and September. The data collected will allow us to determine lake use and accessibility across the state, determine nutrient problems at specific lakes, and identify aquatic invasive species. For more information on New Jersey Lake Watch, please contact Sarah.helble@dep.state.nj.us. Details are provided on the Lake Watch flyerPDF icon or go to the Lake Watch Web site at http://www.state.nj.us/dep/wms/bwqsa/lakewatch.htm.

May 12th: Volunteer Monitoring Workshop in Hillsborough, NJ PDF icon
The New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program is hosting a Volunteer Monitoring Workshop on Saturday, May 12, 2012, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., at Duke Farms, 80 Route 206 South, Hillsborough, New Jersey 08844.  Participants will be informed about watersheds and watershed-related issues such as invasive species, nonpoint source pollution, and other impacts to our streams and waterways.  NEW for 2012: Participants will be trained on how to conduct NJDEP's biological protocol for high gradient stream assessments, perform a visual assessment, and submit the data to the NJDEP. Registration is required as space is limited! To register for this event or for additional information, please contact Lola Bobrowski at (908) 685-0315 x224 or at wsamb@raritanbasin.org. Additional information is provided in the workshop flyer. PDF icon

April 2012

April 14th: Volunteer Monitoring Workshop in Tuckerton, NJ PDF icon
The New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program is hosting a Volunteer Monitoring Workshop on Saturday, April 14, 2012, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., at Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, 130 Great Bay Boulevard, Tuckerton, New Jersey 08087.  Participants will be informed about watersheds and watershed-related issues such as invasive species, nonpoint source pollution, and other impacts to our streams and waterways.  NEW for 2012: Participants will be trained on how to conduct NJDEP's newest protocol for stream assessments and submit the data to the NJDEP. Registration is required as space is limited! To register for this event or for additional information, please contact Rachel Cesaro at (609) 812-0649 x214 or at watershed@marine.rutgers.edu. Additional information is provided in the workshop flyer.

March 2012

March 31st: Volunteer Monitoring Workshop in Morristown, NJ PDF icon
The New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program is hosting a Volunteer Monitoring Workshop on Saturday, March 31, 2012, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., at Great Swamp Watershed Association, 568 Tempe Wick Road, Morristown, New Jersey 07976.  Participants will be informed about watersheds and watershed-related issues such as invasive species, nonpoint source pollution, and other impacts to our streams and waterways.  NEW for 2012: Participants will be trained on how to conduct NJDEP's biological protocol for high gradient stream assessments, perform a visual assessment, and submit the data to the NJDEP. Registration is required as space is limited! To register for this event or for additional information, please contact Stephanie Queirolo at (973) 635-6629 or wsa.wma6@morrisparks.net.  Additional information is provided in the workshop flyer.

Delaware River and Bay Blitz - Dash for the Trash PDF icon
The Delaware River and Bay Blitz is a week long stream clean up event along the Delaware River and its tributaries to commemorate the sixth annual National AmeriCorps Week. NJ AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassadors are partnering with numerous local, regional, and state entities to host concurrent events throughout the Delaware River Watershed. For additional information, click on the list of events PDF icon or contact Ms. Akili Gordon, NJ AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassadors Program Manager, at (609)777-1406 or Akili.Gordon@dep.state.nj.us.

August 2011

August 20th: Volunteers Needed to Hand-Pull Water Chestnuts from Lake Musconetcong PDF icon
The AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program, in partnership with the Lake Musconetcong Community Association, is looking for volunteers to help remove invasive water chestnut plants from Lake Musconetcong on Saturday, August 20th in Netcong, New Jersey. Volunteers will meet at the parking lot next to Arbolino Park (Center Street, Netcong) at 9 a.m.

Water Chestnut plants have become a nuisance throughout the United States, hindering navigation of waters and inhibiting the growth of native aquatic plant species. They reproduce rapidly and form extensive floating mats. The hard spines on the fruit can impact swimming. Decomposition of this abundant plant species can also lead to lower oxygen levels in the water. Lake Musconetcong has the largest infestation of water chestnuts in the State. This lake's outlet is to the Musconetcong River, which further downstream is a nationally designated "Wild and Scenic" river. Water chestnut plants will not take hold in these faster waters but we really do not want the seeds traveling to the river.

A lot of volunteers (hoping for 100!) are needed for this effort. Some row boats and canoes will be available, but people can bring their own. Volunteers may also assist at the registration desk, help direct parking, and help prepare food since there will be a small barbecue afterwards for the volunteers. Contact Chris Trainor at 908-537-7060 or e-mail him at americorps@northjerseyrcd.org for more information.

July 2011
July 9th: Regional Stream Monitoring Workshop in Branchburg, NJ PDF icon
The NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program is hosting a stream assessment workshop on Saturday, July 9th, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., at the Great Swamp Watershed Association, 568 Tempe Wick Road, Morristown, NJ 07960-6657. Participants will be informed about watersheds and watershed-related issues such as invasive species, nonpoint source pollution, and other impacts to our streams and waterways. Participants will be trained on how to conduct visual and biological stream assessments, and how to submit the data to the NJDEP. Registration is required as space is limited! To register for this event or for additional information, please contact Calvin Lin at (908)-234-1852 x10 or at americorps8@urwa.org. Additional information is provided in the workshop flyer .
June 2011
June 4: Stream Monitoring Workshop in Bridgeton, NJ
The NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program is hosting a stream assessment workshop on Saturday, June 4th, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m, at the Rutgers University's JCNERR David Sheppard House, 31 W. Commerce Street, Bridgeton, New Jersey 08302.  Participants will be informed about watersheds and watershed-related issues such as invasive species, nonpoint source pollution, and other impacts to our streams and waterways. Participants will be trained on how to conduct visual stream assessments, how submit the data to the NJDEP, and will receive additional information about volunteer monitoring through the Watershed Watch Network. For additional information or to register for this event, please contact Philip Arsenault at (856) 825-3700 x4023.
June 11: Regional Stream Monitoring Workshop in Branchburg, NJ PDF icon
The NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program is hosting a stream assessment workshop on Monday, June 11th, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., at Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, New Jersey 08876. Participants will be informed about watersheds and watershed-related issues such as invasive species, nonpoint source pollution, and other impacts to our streams and waterways. Participants will be trained on how to conduct visual and biological stream assessments and how submit the data to the NJDEP. For additional information or to register for this event, please contact Calvin Lin at (908) 234-1852 x10.
June 26: Stream Monitoring Workshop in Franklinville, NJ
The NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program is hosting a stream assessment workshop on Saturday, June 26th, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., at the Triple Oaks Nursery, 2359 Delsea Drive, Franklinville, New Jersey 08322.  Participants will be informed about watersheds and watershed-related issues such as invasive species, nonpoint source pollution, and other impacts to our streams and waterways. Participants will be trained on how to conduct visual stream assessments, how submit the data to the NJDEP, and will receive additional information about volunteer monitoring through the Watershed Watch Network. For additional information or to register for this event, please contact Philip Arsenault at (856) 825-3700 x4023.
May 2011

May 4th & 5th: Stream School 2011: Techniques to Monitor and Protect Your Local Stream, Stockton, NJ PDF icon
The Stroud Water Research Center and The New Jersey Watershed Watch Network are hosting a two‐day interactive classroom and field workshop to help participants learn about stream health by examining the critters that live there year‐round and call it home. Participants will learn how to collect and count these critters and turn that information into a health report for their local stream. Effective methods will be shared for turning this information into actions to protect healthy stream and to document harm or pollution in unhealthy streams. The workshop will be held on May 4 & 5, 2011, 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Historic Prallsville Mills along the Scenic Delaware River 13 miles north of Trenton, Route 29, Stockton, NJ 08599 . Stream School 2011 features the Wickecheoke Creek - a C1 stream of New Jersey. Click here to register. The registration deadline is April 30, 2011. The workshop is limited to 30 participants and you must attend both days. The cost of the workshop is $15 per attendee (or $25 for two members per volunteer watershed group) and includes all materials and instruction for this 2-day course. All proceeds go to the Delaware River Mill Society. Payment may be made the day of the workshop. Please make checks payable to: Delaware River Mill Society, PO Box 298 Stockton, New Jersey 08559. Limited scholarships and partial stipends are available to volunteer monitors or members of a local watershed group. Additional information is provided in the workshop flyer PDF icon. For more information about scholarships, contact Danielle Donkersloot at (609) 633-9241.

May 16th: Regional Stream Monitoring Workshop in Branchburg, NJ PDF icon
The NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program is hosting a stream assessment workshop on Monday, May 16th, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., at Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, New Jersey 08876. Participants will be informed about watersheds and watershed-related issues such as invasive species, nonpoint source pollution, and other impacts to our streams and waterways. Participants will be trained in conducting visual and biological stream assessments and submitting the data to NJDEP, and will receive additional information about volunteer monitoring through the Watershed Watch Network. Additional information is provided in the workshop flyer PDF icon. To register for this event, please contact Calvin Lin at (908) 234-1852 x10 by May 11, 2011.
May 21st: Stream Monitoring Workshop in Southampton, NJ
The NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program is hosting a stream assessment workshop on Saturday, May 21st, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, 17 Pemberton Road, Southampton, New Jersey 08088. Participants will be informed about watersheds and watershed-related issues such as invasive species, nonpoint source pollution, and other impacts to our streams and waterways.  Participants will be trained in conducting visual and biological stream assessments and submitting the data to NJDEP, and will receive additional information about volunteer monitoring through the Watershed Watch Network. For additional information or to register for this event, please contact Caroline DiGiovanni at (609) 859-8860 x56.
April 2011
April 9th: Stream Monitoring Workshop in Pittsgrove Township, NJ
The NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program is hosting a stream assessment workshop on Saturday, April 9th, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., at Parvin State Park, 701 Almond Road, Pittsgrove, New Jersey 08318.  Participants will be informed about watersheds and watershed-related issues such as invasive species, nonpoint source pollution, and other impacts to our streams and waterways.  Participants will be trained on how to conduct visual stream assessments, how submit the data to the NJDEP, and will receive additional information about volunteer monitoring through the Watershed Watch Network. For additional information or to register for this event, please contact Philip Arsenault at (856) 825-3700 x4023.
April 9th: Stream Monitoring Workshop in West Long Branch
The NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program is hosting a stream assessment workshop on Saturday, April 9th, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., at Howard Hall, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ. Participants will be informed about watersheds and watershed-related issues such as invasive species, nonpoint source pollution, and other impacts to our streams and waterways. Participants will be trained on how to conduct visual stream assessments, how submit the data to the NJDEP, and will receive additional information about volunteer monitoring through the Watershed Watch Network. The registration deadline is Monday, April 4th. For additional information or to register for this event, please contact Kayla Connor at (732) 577-6794.
April 10th: Volunteer Monitoring Training in New Egypt, NJ PDF icon
The NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program is hosting volunteer monitoring training on Sunday April 10th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., at the New Egypt Welcome Center, 31 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, New Jersey 08533. Participants will learn about watersheds and watershed-related issues such as invasive species, nonpoint source pollution, and other impacts to our streams and waterways. Participants will also be trained on how to conduct visual and biological stream assessments, submit the data to NJDEP, and other aspects of volunteer monitoring as part of the Watershed Watch Network. The registration deadline is April 1st. For more information or to register for this event, please contact Lindsey Fenner at 609-586-9603.
April 17th: Stream Assessment Workshop in Hillsborough, NJ PDF icon
The NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program is hosting a FREE Stream Assessment Workshop on Sunday April 17th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m..at Duke Farms, 80 US Hwy 206, Hillsborough, NJ 08844. The workshop will help you become a steward of your local waterways. Find out how to determine water quality by looking at stream habitat and sampling for live freshwater benthic macroinvertebrates (stream insects) along a tributary of the Raritan River. The registration deadline is April 14th. For more information or to register for this event, please contact Meghan Keffer at 609-883-9500 ext 246.
April 23th: Stream Monitoring Workshop in Clayton Borough, NJ
The NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program is hosting a stream assessment workshop on Saturday, April 23rd, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m, at the Scotland Run Nature Center, 980 East Academy Street, Clayton, New Jersey 08322. Participants will be informed about watersheds and watershed-related issues such as invasive species, nonpoint source pollution, and other impacts to our streams and waterways.  Participants will be trained on how to conduct visual stream assessments, how submit the data to the NJDEP, and will receive additional information about volunteer monitoring through the Watershed Watch Network. For additional information or to register for this event, please contact Philip Arsenault at (856) 825-3700 x4023.
December 2010
December 11: Stream Monitoring Workshop in Franklinville, NJ
The NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program is hosting a stream assessment workshop on Saturday, December 11th, 9:00 am to 12 noon, at the Franklin Township Community Center, 1584 Coles Mill Road, Franklinville, NJ 08322. Participants learn about watersheds and watershed-related issues such as invasive species, nonpoint source pollution, and other impacts to our streams and waterways.  Participants will be trained on how to conduct visual stream assessments, how submit the data to NJDEP, and other aspects of volunteer monitoring as part of the Watershed Watch Network. Contact Philip Arsenault at (856) 825-3700 x4023 or email watershed17@ccia-net.com for registration or additional information.

POSTPONED UNTIL 2011: 8th Annual Water Monitoring Summit, originally scheduled for December 1 and 2, 2010 at Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey.

Original announcement: The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, in cooperation with the Passaic River Institute, the Watershed Watch Network Council, and the NJ Water Monitoring Council, is hosting the 8th Annual Water Monitoring Summit on December 1 & 2, 2010 at the Conference Center at Montclair State University. The Summit provides a forum for volunteer watershed monitors and other water monitoring partners, watershed associations, educators, and government agencies from across the State, as well as neighboring areas, to showcase their water monitoring programs, projects, and tools, which may include school-based monitoring efforts and monitoring of all water body types - including streams, large rivers, lakes, ground water, wetlands, estuaries, and oceans. Volunteer and partner monitoring efforts help both citizen organizations as well as local and state officials to better understand the unique characteristics of their watershed, to establish holistic watershed plans and to protect and restore local waterbodies. Watershed partners are the voice for their local waterways and critical to successfully implementing watershed restorations and protection plans. The audience for this forum includes private and public partners, watershed association staff, volunteers, watershed educators, academics, government staff, and all other environmental stakeholders.If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the Department's Water Monitoring and Standards Program at 609-777-1753 or email us at njwatersummit@dep.state.nj.us.

November 2010
November 14: Stream Monitoring Workshop in Franklinville, NJ
The NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program is hosting a stream assessment workshop on Sunday, November 14th, 1:00 to 4:00 pm, at Triple Oaks Nursery, Delsea Drive, Franklinville, NJ 08322.  Participants will learn about watersheds and watershed-related issues such as invasive species, nonpoint source pollution, and other impacts to our streams and waterways.  Participants will be trained on how to conduct visual stream assessments, how to submit data to NJDEP, and other aspects of volunteer monitoring as part of the Watershed Watch Network.  Contact Philip Arsenault at (856) 825-3700 x4023 or email watershed17@ccia-net.com for registration or additional information.
PRESENTERS NEEDED: The Department of Environmental Protection is looking for presenters for the 8th Annual Water Monitoring Summit, to be held at Montclair University on December 1 and 2, 2010. The Summit, which will be hosted by the Department in cooperation with the Passaic River Institute, the Watershed Watch Network Council, and the NJ Water Monitoring Council, provides a forum for volunteer watershed monitors and other water monitoring partners, watershed associations, educators, and government agencies from across the State, as well as neighboring areas, to showcase their water monitoring programs, projects, and tools, which may include school-based monitoring efforts and monitoring of all water body types - including streams, large rivers, lakes, ground water, wetlands, estuaries, and oceans. Abstracts of presentations should be submitted by October 18, 2010 via email to: njwatersummit@dep.state.nj.us. Additional information, including a list of suggested topics, is available by clicking on the "Call for Presenters" link below or by contacting NJDEP Water Monitoring and Standards Program at 609-777-1753 or via email to: . Check back often for updated information, including on-line registration and other details.

Call for Presenters PDF icon

Volunteer and partner monitoring efforts help citizen and other organizations, as well as local and state officials, to better understand the unique characteristics of their watershed, to establish holistic watershed plans, and to protect and restore local waterbodies. The audience for this forum includes private and public partners, watershed association staff, volunteers, watershed educators, academics, government staff, and all other environmental stakeholders. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the Department's Water Monitoring and Standards Program at 609-777-1753 or email us at njwatersummit@dep.state.nj.us.

July 2010

July 27 and 29: Water Conservation Workshops
Sustainable JerseyTM will be offering a WATER CONSERVATION WORKSHOP to help your municipality conserve water through the implementation of the Water Conservation Ordinance, which is one of the program’s priority actions, and the Water Conservation Education Program.  The workshop will be presented in 2 locations in the State (northern and central), July 27, 2010, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Memorial Meeting Room at the Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker Street; and July 29, 2010, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Belmar (Courtroom), 601 Main Street, Belmar, NJ  07719. The elements of the model Water Conservation Ordinance will be discussed in detail. A Water Conservation Ordinance can help municipalities curtail unnecessary water waste. To be successful, water conservation efforts must also include an education program that informs individuals of the need to use water resources in a sustainable manner.  Municipal education programs that promote water conservation can serve as a good starting point for a more comprehensive water conservation program. The Water Conservation Workshop will highlight municipal examples that have achieved water conservation through a variety of education strategies. Speakers from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection will present an overview of the Water Conservation Ordinance, and Education and speakers from area municipalities will present two municipal examples and talk about their own efforts on this topic. 

June 2010
June 5: Volunteer Monitoring Training for WMAs 20, 19, 18, 17
Volunteers are encouraged to attend to learn about biological and visual techniques to assess health and water quality. This training session is limited to 25 people. Located at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Southampton, NJ; 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Contact Chiare Vernon or call (609) 859-8860 ext. 17 for registration or information. Sponsored by the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and the NJ Watershed Ambassador Program.
June 5: South Branch Watershed Association's 17th Annual Biological River Monitoring Workshop
South Branch Watershed Association is hosting their annual volunteer monitoring training workshop. Become a Volunteer “Water Steward”. Learn how to monitor the water quality of the South Branch Raritan River Watershed using a US EPA approved protocol. Located at SBWA offices in Echo Hill Park, Clinton Township, NJ; 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Contact Nicole Rahman or call 908-782-0422, ext. 14 for registration or information; or click on the following links: press releasePDF icon, invitation letter PDF icon, flyer PDF icon and directions PDF icon. Sponsored by the South Branch Watershed Association and the NJ Watershed Ambassador Program.

June 12: WMA 19 & 20 Watershed Walk
Scout troops are encouraged to attend a partnership event with the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors and the Friends of the Marsh for a Watershed Walk around John A. Roebling Park. Events include: Dragonfly walk, learn about stream health by viewing macroinvertebrates, scavenger hunt, and litter cleanup. Located at the John A. Roebling Park at the end of Sewell Avenue in Hamilton, NJ; 10:00 a.m. -2:30 p.m. Contact Meghan Keffer or call 609-586-9603 for RSVP, directions, or questions.

June 14th through June 26th: Stream Monitoring Across the Watershed
Each year, staff members and volunteers from Upper Raritan Watershed Association (URWA) collect samples of benthic macroinvertebrates, small critters whose presence indicate a stream's health, at various sites on the Peapack Brook, Rockaway Creek and the North Branch of the Raritan River. After the samples are analyzed by a state-certified laboratory to assess water quality and stream ecosystem health, the data is presented as a New Jersey Impairment Score. Sites may be classified as non-impaired, moderately impaired or impaired. When biological monitoring indicates an impairment, URWA investigates local land uses and targets the site for chemical and metals testing to aid in a better understanding of the problem. Contact Lauren Theis or call 908-234-1852 ext.12 for more information.

June 19: Clean Up Event: Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area PDF icon
Come and help clean up your local community! Meet at 10:00 am in the parking lot of the Ocean County Vocational Technical School, 850 Toms River Road, Jackson, NJ. Rain or Shine! Dress Appropriately! Refreshments and clean up supplies will be provided. Ages 10 & up. Registration not required but Please RSVP by June 14, 2010. Contact Lindsay Harrington or Click on flyer PDF icon for more information. Sponsored by Jackson Township, New Jersey Clean Communities, NJ Watershed Ambassador Program, and the Barnegat Bay Partnership.

June 26: Japanese knotweed Removal: Pequannock River Watershed
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Appelt Park in Riverdale, on the east side of Hamburg Turnpike, about ½ mile north of Rt. 287. The goal is to remove japanese knotweed from the park and eventually replace it with native trees and shrubs. Japanese knotweed, a plant invader from Asia, grows to heights of 12 feet, forming dense stands along rivers and streams, and offers no benefit to our wildlife. This weed has been forcing out native vegetation and gobbling up the Pequannock riverbank. Time for it to go! Please give us a hand! Drinks, tools, and gloves will be provided, but extra shovels are welcome. There will be tasks to suit everyone at every age or energy level. These efforts will not only prepare the park for replanting in 2011 with native shrubs and trees, but will also help spread the word about the danger that these invasive plants pose. it just won't happen without a good deal of help. We need you!! Bring a friend, a neighbor, son or daughter. Please turn out for this event! For additional information, contact Ross Kushner, Executive Director, Pequannock River Coalition at 973-492-3212 or www.pequannockriver.org.
May 2010
May 4- 7 & Saturday, May 15: Walnut Brook Riparian Restoration PDF icon
Sponsored by North Jersey RC&D, Hunterdon Land Trust, and Raritan Township.
Volunteers will be utilized to plant 800 trees and shrubs along the Walnut Brook as it flows through the Hunterdon Land Trust Dvoor Farm.  Volunteers will be needed to dig holes for the plant material, plant the trees and shrubs, mulch the newly planted material and place fencing around the plant to shelter it from deer browse.  Volunteers will have available to them shovels, rakes, wheel barrels, mulch and shelter fencing material.  Proper instruction on how to plant a tree and shrub will be given at the start of the day.  Additional instruction for placing the mulch and protective fencing around the material will be given. The area to be planted by trees and shrubs maybe wet, depending on rainfall received.  Please dress appropriately for getting dirty and potentially wet (or at least damp). Located at Mine Brook Park & Hunterdon Land Trust Dvoor Farm, Raritan Township, Hunterdon County (Flemington area). The site is near Route 12, off Old Croton Road. Contact Grace Messinger or call 908-735-0733, ext. 110, for registration or information.
May 11 - 14: Station Park Riparian Restoration:
Sponsored by the NJ Watershed Ambassador Program and hosted by North Jersey RC&D.
Volunteers will be utilized to plant 500 trees and shrubs along the Wallkill River as it flows through Station Park.  Volunteers will be needed to dig holes for the plant material, plant the trees and shrubs, mulch the newly planted material and place fencing around the plant to shelter it from deer browse.  Volunteers will have available to them shovels, rakes, wheel barrels, mulch and shelter fencing material.  Proper instruction on how to plant a tree and shrub will be given at the start of the day.  Additional instruction for placing the mulch and protective fencing around the material will be given. The area to be planted by trees and shrubs maybe wet, depending on rainfall received.  Please dress appropriately for getting dirty and potentially wet (or at least damp). Located at Station Park; Sparta Township - Sussex County. Off Route 517 and Station Road. Contact Nathaniel Sajdak or Grace Messinger to sign up and for more information. Or call 973-579-6998 ext. 109 or 908-735-0733 ext. 110 
May 15: NJ Watershed Ambassadors Volunteer Monitoring Training PDF icon
Become part of the NJ volunteer monitoring network. Learn how to use both visual and biological assessments to evaluate your local waterways. Located at the Forest Resource Education Center in Jackson, NJ; 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Contact: Lindsay Harrington by May 10, 2010. Click on the link above for more information.
May 22: URWA Annual Stream Monitoring Volunteer Training
Join the Upper Raritan Watershed Association (URWA) staff and volunteers as we review the purpose and methods of stream monitoring and learn to identify benthic macroinvertebrates in our area. The training will begin indoors with an overview of the program, and then we'll travel to Peapack for a stream sampling demonstration. This program is suitable for new and returning volunteers ages 15 and up, and for anyone that would like to learn more about URWA's stream monitoring program. Located at the Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve, 2121 Larger Cross Road, Bedminster; 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Contact Lauren Theis or call 908-234-1852, ext. 12, by May 19 for registration or information.
May 24: Rahway River Dual Biological/Visual Assessment Training for WMA 7
Meeting at Bloodgoods Dam in Clark, NJ 07066 (Rahway River Parkway) at 10:00 a.m. Contact Steve Hruby or call 908-789-3209 for registration or more information. Sponsored by NJ Watershed Ambassador Program and Union County Department of Parks & Community Renewal.
April 2010
April 13 & 14, 2010: Watershed Monitoring Stream School
Sponsored by Stroud Water Resource Center & NJ Department of Environmental Protection. Click here for more information and the registration form PDF icon. Additional stream training opportunities are available through the NJ Watershed Ambassador Program. Please contact your local AmeriCorps member for information on you local training events.
June 2009
June 29, 2009: Communicating Conservation to Citizens Workshop PDF icon
Sponsored by the NJDEP Volunteer Monitoring Program. Re-learn the language that everyday citizens use and you will become more confident and successful whenever you set out to enlighten the uninformed and persuade the undecided to take a stand on behalf of our rivers, lakes, and oceans. This interactive hands-on workshop is specifically designed for watershed organizations, waterkeepers, water resource managers and land trusts. Come prepared to roll up your sleeves and participate! In one day, you will learn and practice a FOUR-STEP WRITING METHOD for translating monitoring data, scientific reports, policy documentation, and other professional materials into action language that is clear and motivating for everyday citizens; and PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS that you can use to win over your audience at a public hearing, chamber of commerce, civic club, or other influential group of people. Trainer Eric Eckl is fascinated by the intersection between language, technology, and the environment, and blogs on the topic at http://waterwordsthatwork.com. He offers marketing and communications training and services to nature protection and pollution control organizations, including the National Park Service, the American Water Resources Association, the Association of State Wetland Managers, and many others. Before launching Water Words That Work, Eric led advocacy campaigns, managed media relations, and oversaw web and print publishing activities for a variety of private and public nature protection and pollution organizations.

Additional stream training opportunities are available through the NJ Watershed Ambassador Program, AmeriCorps. Please contact your local AmeriCorps member for information on you local training events. You can find your local member at: http://www.nj.gov/dep/wms/bear/americorps_contact_info.htm.

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