Raritan Headwaters Association

Address

P.O. Box 273
Gladstone, NJ 07934
County: Somerset
http://www.raritanheadwaters.org

Contact

Mrs. Cindy D Ehrenclou

Grant Amount

$20,000

Program Area

Environment

Focus

Grant Details

For general operating support to protect clean water in the North and South Branch regions of the Raritan River.

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 current organizational structure was established through the 2011 merger of two independent groups, South Branch and Upper Raritan watershed associations, both founded in 1959 to engage New Jersey residents in safeguarding water sources and natural ecosystems. By combining these two groups, we have achieved statewide impact, focused on a single powerful vision and the urgent mission to protect clean water. Our comprehensive water protection accomplishments contribute directly to the environmental needs of the state by inspiring real change in people's behavior when it comes to pollution, water conservation, land management and the threats of climate change.

Raritan Headwaters Association is on a mission to protect clean water in the north and south branch region of the Raritan River. Our work combines the science of water quality monitoring and GIS mapping with education, advocacy and public outreach activities that promote wise land use and the protection of clean water. We engage community residents, including more than 3,200 citizen scientists and volunteers, in efforts to protect water supplies and natural habitat, thus helping preserve the region's superb quality of life.

Our organization benefits from an experienced and effective professional team. Executive Director Cindy Ehrenclou leads a team of four directors: Bill Kibler, Director of Policy; Dr. Kristi MacDonald, Director of Science; Lauren Theis, Director of Education; and Kathleen Shea, Director of Development. Other key program personnel are Angela Gorczyca, Water Quality Manager, and Margaret Logreira, Community Well Test Manager. In addition, a team of trained educators, interns, consultants and volunteers support our work, including a Board of Trustees led by John Parker, a lifelong, experienced leader in land and water protection.

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