New Jersey: Upper Raritan Basin, Hunterdon County, Tewksbury Township, Oldwick, aerial view of countryside at sunrise from hot-air balloon,
USA: New Jersey, Upper Raritan River Basin, Upper Raritan Watershed Association (URWA) BioBlitz on May 21, 2011, sign for rain garden
USA: New Jersey, Upper Raritan River Basin, Mt. Olive Township, Budd Lake (town), Sandshore Road views of Budd Lake at sunset, (Budd Lake is headwaters of South Branch of the Raritan River), kayaker silhouette with dock in foreground
New Jersey: Upper Raritan Basin, Hunterdon County, Tewksbury Township, Califon, River Road, South Branch of Raritan River, man fly fishing in river for heritage trout among fallen fall foliage,
New Jersey: Upper Raritan Basin, Hunterdon County, Tewksbury Township, Mountainville, sunflower (‘Helianthus annus’) with tiger swallowtail butterfly (‘Pterourus glaucus’),
The Raritan River, a long unsung treasure of New Jersey, was high on the list of special places for No Water No Life Founder and Director, Alison Jones. She lived in this NWNL case-study watershed all through her childhood and much of her adulthood. Thanks to documentary efforts by Alison and other Raritan stewards, the Raritan has risen in the esteem of many.
I had the pleasure of working with her and the many organizations that dedicate themselves to restoring and protecting this river. My recently-published book, The Raritan River: Our Landscape, Our Legacy, contains her images and those of many others who clearly love this river and this region.
The book presents the story of key organizations and their leaders by region, so everyone can appreciate their hard work and dedication to the protection of the watershed. The beautiful banks of over 2000 miles of tributaries moved many area photographers and artists to capture its magical nature.
The book offers New Jersey people across the country to say, “Hey. This is the New Jersey we know and love. It’s more than a turnpike and heavy industry. It’s beautiful and it’s really special.”
Since I retired from Rutgers University in December as the Founding Director of the Edward J. Bloustein School’s Sustainable Raritan Initiative, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the stewardship torch pass brightly on to the many who care as much as I did. So, get out and enjoy your natural treasures and capture the wonder in photos or paintings. You’ll be glad you did!
Have you ever posted about Climate Change on social media?
Do you care about animals and their habitat?
Have you used the word “sediment?”
Have you ever talked about soil in casual conversation?
If you answered YESto any of the above questions, think about becoming a Rutgers University Certified Environmental Steward. No previous environmental training is necessary. Anyone with an interest in the environment and a passion for creating positive change in their community can become an Environmental Steward thanks to this upcoming lecture series.
The program is designed to give participants a better understanding of local issues that are important and to improve their own watersheds. Special focus will be on the Lower Raritan River Basin and invasive species management.