New Raritan Headwaters seminar series starts Jan. 26

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– Raritan Headwaters will host a seminar series, “Watershed Tools for Local Decision-Makers,” starting on Thursday, Jan. 26, to provide practical guidance on science, regulations, and funding sources that can be used to understand and protect local water resources.

The seminars are targeted for decision-makers from the 38 municipalities in the 470-square-mile North and South Branch Raritan River Watershed.

“Municipalities are important partners in Raritan Headwaters’ mission of protecting water resources in the Upper Raritan, and we hope to help them develop their own internal expertise on a variety of complicated issues,” explained Dr. Kristi MacDonald, RHA’s Director of Science.

The seminar series is geared toward mayors, municipal planners, planning board members, public works employees, board of adjustment members and environmental commission members. The goal is to provide expert-level knowledge through interactive discussions, summary materials and hands-on planning activities on various topics presented by Raritan Headwaters scientists and policy experts, as well as visitors from regulatory agencies, universities, and other non-profits.

The first seminar in the series, “Complying with New Jersey’s Stormwater Regulations,” will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 3-5 p.m. at Raritan Headwaters’ Fairview Farm wildlife preserve, 2121 Larger Cross Road, Bedminster. Space is limited to 30 local decision-makers.

The fee for the program is $15 per person. To register online, go to and click on the registration link.

This seminar will provide an understanding of the new regulations, as well as practical advice for applying for MS4 permits and insuring new developments are in compliance.  The program will be presented by Dr. Chris Obropta and staff from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program, as well as Raritan Headwaters’ Bill Kibler, director of policy, and Dr. Kristi MacDonald, director of science.  The NJ Department of Environmental Protection is a co-sponsor.

Additional seminars planned in 2017 include: Green Infrastructure, Impervious Cover Assessments, Stream and Restoration Planning for Flood Resilience, Local Ordinances for Water Protection, and Open Space Preservation Mapping.

To learn more about this seminar series and to obtain updates and registration information on future seminars contact Kristi MacDonald, Raritan Headwaters Director of Science, 908-234-1852 x322, or visit

About Raritan Headwaters

Raritan Headwaters won the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award in 2015 and 2016 the category of Water Resources for:  improving surface or ground water quality, ensuring sufficient quantities of water through reuse and conservation techniques; and promoting or developing progressive land use policies and watershed management approaches.

The largest watershed organization in New Jersey, Raritan Headwaters has been working since 1959 to protect, preserve and improve water quality and other natural resources of the Raritan River headwaters region through efforts in science, education, advocacy, land preservation and stewardship. RHA’s 470-square-mile region provides clean drinking water to 400,000 residents of 38 municipalities in Somerset, Hunterdon and Morris counties and beyond to some 1.5 million homes and businesses in New Jersey’s densely populated urban areas.