Edison Wetlands Association


206 Tyler Road
Edison, NJ 08820
County: Middlesex


Mr. Robert P. Spiegel

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For general operating support of advocacy for toxic site clean up in vulnerable New Jersey communities, protection of the Raritan River, and to promote conservation and sustainability.

Organization Background

Founded in 1989 by Executive Director Robert Spiegel, Edison Wetlands Association (EWA) is New Jersey's leader in toxic waste site cleanup and restoration and conservation of environmental resources. EWA works in several critical areas cleaning and restoring the longest river solely in New Jersey, the Raritan River (BlueRaritan.org), preserving Central New Jersey's remaining natural areas including the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area (DSCA) and helping to empower communities that suffer disproportionate negative impacts from environmental injustices and equities. Over the past 25 years, EWA has successfully developed innovative strategies that have led to the cleanups and restoration of challenging, high-profile sites such as the 'Green Rabbit' former Chemical Insecticide Corp. Superfund Site in Edison, once an Agent Orange soaked toxic wasteland and is now a fully remediated clean Green Acres public park.

EWA's Environmental Justice Program directly empowers marginalized communities such as the Ramapough-Lenape Native Americans who live on a Superfund Site in Ringwood. Dana Patterson, EWA's Program Supervisor, and Spiegel spearhead our Environmental Justice Program and Raritan River Project. EWA also serves as a central New Jersey conservation leader, successfully managing a range of innovative projects that preserve and restore open space. This includes 'Brownfield-to-Greenfield'(B2G) projects in partnership with municipalities and green business leaders, which balance economic factors that lead to environmentally balanced redevelopment. Patterson also manages EWA's fee-based Environmental Education Program at EWA's Triple C Ranch. EWA reaches over 45,000 readers monthly with our conservation news blogs - WildNewJersey.tv and NewGreenMedia.tv - offering mainstream environmental news as well as original stories and videos.

EWA's Re-Purpose New Jersey program was launched to expand that economic-environment initiative, partnering with municipalities to recycle and re-purpose clothing and other textiles, saving thousands of taxpayer dollars while greatly reducing waste in the landfills. Program Coordinator Matthew DeFilippo leads the Re-Purpose New Jersey Program. He also manages our online platforms, coordinates our volunteer and intern program, memberships, and co-leads the Environmental Education Program.

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