Raritan Headwaters Association


P.O. Box 273
Gladstone, NJ 07934
County: Somerset


Mrs. Cindy D. Ehrenclou

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For general operating support of water quality programs, land preservation, stewardship, education and advocacy to protect, preserve, and improve water quality and natural resources of the 470-square mile Raritan River headwaters region.

Organization Background

The largest watershed organization in New Jersey, Raritan Headwaters Association protects, preserves and improves water quality and other natural resources of the Raritan River headwaters region through our efforts in science, education, advocacy, land preservation and stewardship. Our organization was formed by the 2011 merger of two effective conservation groups, the Upper Raritan and South Branch watershed associations, both founded in 1959 to engage New Jersey residents in safeguarding water sources and natural ecosystems. Our combined organization is a strong voice in advocating for sound land use policies. Major programs also include water monitoring, ecological research, habitat restoration, land preservation and stewardship, as well as extensive public education and outreach.

Our 10-member staff is led by two veteran conservation professionals. Cindy Ehrenclou, Executive Director, joined the Upper Raritan Watershed Association in 1994. She serves on the NJ Highlands Coalition, Chair of the NJ League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, and serves on the steering committee of Keep it Green, Sustainable Raritan River Initiative and the Raritan Basin Watershed Alliance. Cindy is a 2007 Leadership New Jersey Fellow. Bill Kibler, Director of Policy & Science, headed South Branch Watershed Association from 2005 to 2011. He holds a BS in environmental science from West Point and a law degree from Syracuse University. He served as a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officer in the first Persian Gulf War and is a respected authority on environmental, land use and international law.

To plan for our organization's future sustainability, this year we have carried out a comprehensive strategic planning effort. Based on our new strategic plan, we are embarking on a focused organizational initiative aimed at strengthening our capacity in the areas of communications and fund raising and expanding our ability to collect and manage scientific data that will inform water protection measures and land use policies. In 2015 we propose to hire a science director to design, implement and advance science-focused research and programs related to water quality, water conservation, and land preservation and stewardship.

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