Stony Brook - Millstone Watershed Association

Address

31 Titus Mill Road
Pennington, NJ 08534
County: Mercer
www.thewatershed.org

Contact

Mr. Jim Waltman

Grant Amount

$220,000

Program Area

Environment

Focus

Grant Details

General operating support for the protection and restoration of the Millstone Watershed through science and policy, and support to strengthen other watershed protection efforts beyond the region through the New Jersey Watershed Institute.

Organization Background

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 1990s and 2000s, the Watershed Association initiated StreamWatch, a comprehensive stream monitoring program, 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 will move into a new environmental center on the now 930-acre Watershed Reserve that has been designed to be a model for sound management of water and energy and to attain a LEED-Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council. The new center will form the backbone of education and advocacy programs designed to improve management of stormwater and wastewater and conserve water and energy.

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