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  • Connect - The Watershed Institute
    The Watershed Institute is here to be a resource for you If you have questions comments or would like to request information services from the Watershed Institute please contact Kate Hutelmyer Watershed Institute Coordinator kmiller thewatershed org institute thewatershed org 609 737 3735 ext 27 31 Titus Mill Road Pennington NJ 08534 The Watershed Institute is a program of the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association We re housed at the

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  • Our Priorities - The Watershed Institute
    Connect Menu Search Our Priorities Protecting the environment and the watersheds where we live work and play has always been the driving principle behind everything we do here at the Watershed Institute and at our parent organization the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association As a part of our efforts to improve the way we promote watershed health the Institute has defined a set of Priority Issues that reflect the most basic watershed problems water quantity water quality and ecosystem habitat health WATERSHED INSTITUTE PRIORITY ISSUES Restore NJ s waterways to state and federal clean water quality standards Promote resiliency of NJ s watersheds to stormwater and flooding impacts Protect and restore healthy habitats and functioning ecosystems We want to reconnect people in a safe and sustainable way with their rivers and floodplains encourage the implementation of green infrastructure prepare and adapt for the impacts of climate change and ensure that the water we use is properly treated and returned to our ecosystems These priorities will guide the flow of Institute work and resources over the next three to five years We plan to achieve these priorities through our Targeted Actions with help from like minded organizations and motivated citizens across

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  • 2014 Grant Funding Cycle - The Watershed Institute
    be held in the City of Camden in March of 2015 More information about the Camden SMART Initiative can be found here Great Swamp Watershed Association 6 850 Great Swamp Passaic Municipal Alliance Great Swamp Watershed Association will work to engage educate and encourage collaboration among the members of the newly formed Passaic Municipal Alliance which includes a variety of municipal stakeholders from across the watershed GSWA will provide a series of water themed presentations to Alliance members at meetings which will be supplemented by print and web based resources Hunterdon Land Trust 5 127 Natural Resource Management and Public Outreach Hunterdon Land Trust will target private landowners to increase local awareness of the threats to water resources and what actions residents can take to protect those resources This project will focus on topics like removing invasives and replacing them with native species wetlands restoration erosion control etc Outreach efforts will include an educational video series volunteer events and the Hunterdon Land Trust Community Map Lake Hopatcong Foundation Musconetcong Watershed Association 10 000 Communicating Water Quality Data through Watershed Report Cards and Outreach The Lake Hopatcong Foundation and the Musconetcong Watershed Association will work collaboratively to develop a watershed report card format that can be used as a tool to engage and educate the public about water quality Once the format is developed each organization will insert their own collected water quality data and use the report card in their stakeholder outreach efforts New Jersey Tree Foundation 4 000 Camden Tree Keepers The New Jersey Tree Foundation will host a series of Tree Keeper workshops for residents in Camden who have participated in or are interested in participating in the organization s street trees program These workshops will focus on providing residents with the knowledge and tools they need to

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  • NJDEP's Pre-Draft MS4 Presentation - The Watershed Institute
    March 30 2016 by Program Coordinator On March 24th 2016 Kyra Hoffmann of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection presented to a crowd of environmental nonprofits and municipal representatives on the agency s new preliminary Tier A draft MS4 M unicipal S eparate S torm S ewer S ystems permits These are general permits which govern the stormwater discharge from a municipality s pipes gutters catch basins streets channels and any other drainage system that leads to waters of the state In addition to an overview of the new permit a variety of new and updated resources were presented including a TMDL lookup tool and a forthcoming app to help municipalities digitally map their stormwater infrastructure features NJDEP is accepting comments on the pre draft until April 15th Those comments can be emailed to ms4predraft dep nj gov The Preliminary Draft Permit will be the subject of a hearing of the Clean Water Council of New Jersey on April 12 2016 Details of that hearing are available here It is anticipated that the official draft permit will be issued on August 1st 2016 and that the official comment period will begin effective that date Resources from the workshop are

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  • Working with Interns workshop - The Watershed Institute
    TCNJ and Laura Szwak Director of Education and Outreach and intern coordinator extraordinaire at the New Jersey Conservation Foundation Copies of their PowerPoint presentations and the resources they handed out are provided through the links below Then the event became a lively roundtable discussion between the panelists and attendees covering topics like funded vs non funded internships organizational on boarding for new interns in house vs remote working and strategies for encouraging other members of your organization to become intern supervisors Some of the key takeaways for attendees included Internship job descriptions are a must and should include components like learning outcomes and project goals in addition to desired qualifications hours per week start end date and whether the work is paid or for credit only If you can t afford to pay an intern look for a college program that requires internship credits But keep in mind scheduling issues summer interns may have to pay extra for those credits and workload on top of school work Gaining exposure at local universities can be as simple as partnering with other nonprofit organizations to host a table together at internship or career fairs When thinking of how to utilize interns look for projects that without an extra hand might not get done And try to focus on tasks that the intern might be able to see through from beginning to end or at least tasks where they can see the impact of their contributions Having an Executive Director or other organizational leadership actively encourage staff to take on the role of supervising interns can go a long way toward actually making it happen Where possible sharing interns with another similar organization can be a great way to split costs and provide the intern with a full and meaningful workload We extend

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  • Speaking Up: Advocating for Your Nonprofits - The Watershed Institute
    educate others about the importance of your cause It is a tool you can use to raise awareness and mobilize people to do good Many of our nation s most significant environmental policies have come about as a result of advocacy and lobbying by nonprofit groups Influencing public policy can make the difference between a short term band aid approach and long term systemic solutions to pressing social issues We were fortunate enough to have Linda Czipo Executive Director of the Center for Non Profits give a fantastic presentation on January 27th on how board members and staff can be strong well informed advocates for their organizations Her talk covered the rules and guidelines for 501 c 3 lobbying and advocacy both at the Federal IRS reporting and State ELEC reporting levels It also covered the basics of building a culture of advocacy at your nonprofit which is incredibly important for mission driven organizations If you are interested in receiving a copy of Ms Czipo s presentation contact the Watershed Institute Coordinator For your convenience related resources are provided below Nonprofits CAN Lobby Fact Sheet from the Center for Non Profits Engaging Others In Advocacy Fact Sheet from the Watershed

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  • Communicating Financial Information Effectively - The Watershed Institute
    entitled Know the Numbers Communicating Financial Information Effectively Dr Cleopatra Charles Associate Professor at the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration walked through how nonprofit staff can improve communication with financial managers board members and other stakeholders and how to facilitate better management of financial resources within an organization The session explored the fundamentals of nonprofit finance and provided attendees with the basic tools needed to communicate financial information

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  • Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rule Revisions - The Watershed Institute
    Watershed Institute Coordinator have put together the attached document for concerned organizations to use as a resource in addressing this issue The proposed changes to the rule which were written to cut red tape are lengthy and complex However what is clear is that these changes are inconsistent with the original intent of the Act which is to protect human health and public welfare Not only do these changes make it easier to put people and property in floodplains and riparian zones i e harm s way it also may allow for further degradation of water quality in the state This is particularly troublesome because more than 90 of New Jersey s waterways were considered impaired as of 2012 The attached document is meant to be a tool for you in any way you wish to use it if you are interested We believe that the more substantive individualized comments the DEP receives on this issue the more likely we as the watershed community are to have an impact on the process If you would like to use the talking points from our letter to craft and submit your own that would be ideal If you would rather you re

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