Raritan Headwaters Association


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


Mrs. Cindy D Ehrenclou

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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 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 is a strong voice in advocating for sound land use policies. We are known as a leader in environmental education and outreach, and continue to receive recognition for our work. Last year we received the Governor's Environmental Excellence Award for our water protection efforts, and in 2014 we received the Garden State Green Award for best environmental nonprofit in New Jersey.

The health of the Raritan watershed and the integrity of its water systems have a direct impact on the health, safety, environment and quality of life of the region's residents. In addition, the Raritan Headwaters region provides clean water to 1.5 million people in central New Jersey, as well as areas of preserved open space for recreation and the protection of critical water resources. Our work combines the science of water quality monitoring and GIS mapping with education, advocacy and public outreach activities that promote sound land use and policies that protect clean water. Each year we engage community residents, including more than 3,200 citizen scientists, volunteers and members, in efforts to protect water supplies and natural habitat, thus helping preserve the region's superb quality of life.

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