River-Friendly Certification Programs: Businesses, Golf Courses, Residents, Schools and Farms
By Kathy Hale, Principal Watershed Protection Specialist
New Jersey Water Supply Authority
NJWSA’s Watershed Protection Programs Division was formed in 1999, and served as project lead for the Raritan Basin Watershed Management Project, resulting in a comprehensive characterization and assessment report and management plan for the Raritan Basin. NJWSA established a customer-funded Source Water Protection Fund to provide support for projects that result in the protection of drinking water sources.
River-Friendly Certification Programs
The New Jersey Water Supply Authority (NJWSA, www.njwsa.org) implements a suite of River-Friendly programs in the North & South Branch Raritan and Lower Raritan River watersheds, focused on NJWSA’s source water area. These programs are based on those developed by the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. Through the River-Friendly programs, NJWSA works with landowners and land managers to improve water quality by implementing actions in four categories:
Photo of Neshanic Valley Golf Course : A River Friendly Golf Course