Rutgers Cooperative Extension


G.H. Cook Campus
14 College Farm Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
County: Middlesex


Dr. Christopher C. Obropta, Ph.D.

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To support the Water Resources Paraprofessional Program to train and support citizen volunteers to develop impervious cover reduction action plans and implement stormwater management improvements in watersheds throughout the state.

Organization Background

Dr. Christopher Obropta created the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program over 11 years ago and has developed it into an award winning state-wide program dedicated to solving New Jersey's water resources issues. Through competitive grants secured from local, state, and national entities, the program now supports 7 full-time staff, 2 part-time community outreach specialists and 6 undergraduate students. The diversity of backgrounds of this staff reflects the variety of needs to be addressed and the holistic approach needed to solve New Jersey's water resources issues. With engineers, scientists, educators, landscape architects, and other design professionals, the team routinely approaches each project and program from a multidisciplinary point of view.

The mission of the RCE Water Resources Program is to identity and address community water resources issues -- using sustainable and practical, science-based solutions. We intend to do this through the collaborative efforts of our many regional, national, and international partners. We work closely with Environmental Commissions and Green Teams throughout the State to help them with their efforts to become more sustainable.

We have prepared three regional stormwater management plans and seven watershed restoration plans. Each of these plans was developed with strong support from local partners. These plans serve as blueprints to restore impaired waterways in New Jersey. We are presently implementing many of the watershed and regional plans recommendations. We have trained paraprofessionals to collect the data needed to develop new plans. The next step is to work with the paraprofessionals to develop watershed/municipal plans.

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