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River-Friendly Coordinator:

Lauren Theis

School and Resident

908-234-1852 x314

The Watershed Institute (formerly The  Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association) pioneered the River-Friendly Programs in the late 1990s. They are  central New Jersey’s first environmental group. Since 1949 The Watershed Institute has worked to keep water clean, safe, and healthy through conservation,  advocacy, science, and education. The Watershed Institute speaks out for local water and the environment, protects and restores  sensitive habitats, tests  waterways for pollution and inspires    others to care for and protect the natural world. Their goal is to improve the health and quality of central New Jersey’s water and sustain a network of protected    habitats for wildlife and people. They have   a successful track record of more than      60 years of effective environmental protection.

The Watershed Institute is a member-supported, 501(c)(3)  non-profit environmental organization,    headquartered at the LEED Platinum Certified Watershed Center on the    beautiful 930-acre Watershed Reserve.

The New Jersey Water Supply Authority manages the water resources of the Raritan Basin for the residents of the State. The Raritan Basin and Manasquan systems provide drinking water for more than 2 million residents in central New Jersey.  The Authority operates the major components of the water supply system, which are Spruce Run Reservoir, Round Valley Reservoir, the Delaware and Raritan (D&R) Canal, and the Manasquan Reservoir.

Water purveyors purchase the water under contract from the Authority and then treat and distribute the water to their customers. Through rate support of our customers, the New Jersey Water Supply Authority seeks to maintain a dependable supply of water to central New Jersey residents, and preserve and enhance source water quality and quantity.

The NJWSA Watershed Protection Programs Division was formed in 1999 to administer a systematic source water protection program for the watersheds that the Authority relies upon for its water supply.

The Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, member-supported conservation organization. RHA's headquarters is Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve, a 170-acre property in Bedminster. RHA's annex office in Flemington is home to an award-winning Well Test Program for communities and homeowners.

RHA's Mission is to protect, preserve and improve water quality and other natural resources of the Raritan River headwaters region through science, education, advocacy, land preservation, and stewardship.

RHA began in 1959 as two separate organizations dedicated to water quality, the Upper Raritan Watershed Association (URWA) and South Branch Watershed Association (SBWA).

RHA coordinates the School and Resident Programs in the region while supporting the Business and Golf Course Programs.

The Watershed Institute
​(Formerly SBMWA)
Raritan Headwaters

The Watershed Institute

River-Friendly Coordinator:

Erin Landis

All Programs

609-737-3735 x21


River-Friendly Coordinators:


Heather Desko

School and Business

908-730-0270 x231

Kathy Hale

Golf Course

908-730-0270 x228

We are able to bring River Friendly programs to our region through the support of these three organizations, our Technical Advisory Committee, and our many community partners.
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