Stony Brook - Millstone Watershed Association
31 Titus Mill Road
Pennington, NJ 08534
ContactMr. Jim Waltman
General operating support for science, advocacy, and community engagement to ensure that water is clean, safe, and healthy for communities in central New Jersey, and to support statewide watershed protection efforts through the Watershed Institute.
Founded in 1949, the Watershed Association aims to protect and restore clean water and the environment through conservation, advocacy, science and education. Originating as an advocacy organization focused on land use issues, the Watershed broadened its programs in the 1980s when it received a gift of more than 400 acres and several buildings from Dr. Muriel Gardiner Buttinger. The land base enabled the organization to develop robust environmental educational programming, a model organic farm and a network of trails. In the 1990's, the Watershed Association initiated Stream Watch, a comprehensive stream monitoring program that engages over 100 volunteers; the Project for Municipal Excellence, designed to assist municipal governments to improve land use planning; and the Watershed Institute, geared toward building a network of effective watershed associations across the state. In late 2014, the organization moved into the new LEED-Platinum Watershed Center on the 930-acre Watershed Reserve. The new Center now serves as a model of sustainable design, architecture and green infrastructure, and is the backbone of our science and education programs. Our policy work consists of both statewide and local advocacy to promote sound environmental policies, ordinances and regulations.