Water is one of South Jersey’s most important natural resources; because of the important role it plays, the South Jersey Land & Water Trust considers watershed education, stream assessments, and waterway protection some of its highest priorities. SJLWT conducts regular watershed assessments through vernal pool surveys, macroinvertebrate inventories, monitoring, and community cleanups of bodies of water, including Kirkwood Lake, the Cooper River, Oldmans Creek, and many small streams and tributaries. Learn more about watersheds and discover some ways you can help protect the waterways of South Jersey.
SJLWT advocates on behalf of many worthy environmental programs, including the preservation of farmland and open space and the passing of legislative bills designed to help the natural environment.
Most recently, SJLWT has advocated for the approval of a Motorized Access Plan, or MAP, which would reduce damage to unique Pinelands species in Wharton State Forest, caused by off-road vehicles. Off-road vehicles have caused much damage—some irreparable—to the Pinelands in this area, and all the species supported by the Pinelands habitat. Learn more about Wharton’s MAP and our friends at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.
Protecting habitats is another high priority of the South Jersey Land & Water Trust. This is done through ongoing programs, such as community cleanups, swamp pink fence project, and walks in the woods, which educate members about endangered habitats and introduce them to protected species.
Citizen Stream Science Program
Our citizen science stream monitoring program seeks to engage the public to apply their curiosity and talents to get to know the Delaware Watershed. We provide training for physical, biological and chemical stream testing such as: habitat assessment, macroinvertebrate assessment and chemical assessment parameters such as dissolved oxygen and phosphorus. Citizen scientists can provide information that would not otherwise be available due to time or resource limitations. This is a perfect program for school groups, college students, interns or anyone interested in learning about water quality and our beloved Delaware River! Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
River Friendly School Program
The River Friendly School Certification Program is aligned with and complementary to the Watershed Institute’s River-Friendly School Program, designed to provide Pre-K to 12 schools with the opportunity to implement projects that benefit water quality, promote water conservation, and improve wildlife habitat, while also creating real-life learning opportunities for students, staff, parents, and other visitors.
SJLWT works with individual schools to help them reach the goals and requirements for certification in each of four areas: Water Quality Management, Water Conservation Techniques, Wildlife and Habitat Enhancement, and Education and Outreach. The River-Friendly School Program is a tiered system, where schools can choose the level they would like to work towards. All schools are required to have at least one lesson in each category (Water Quality, Water Conservation, Wildlife and Habitat), and share river-friendly information with parents and the community.
The program provides ongoing technical information, support and guidance for implementing environmental projects specific to the unique location, resources and needs of your facility.
To learn more about our current citizen stream science projects (or other programs) or for information on how to get your school river-friendly certified, contact Ashley Aversa, our Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org