The Raritan Valley Group covers Middlesex and Somerset Counties and some surrounding areas (for a comlete list of towns see the About Us page). 

Local issues of interest to our communities include but are not limited to:

1. Conservation and Protection of the Raritan River basin area.

2. Passage of and responsible enforcement of environmentally friendly zoning and development ordinances.

3. Prevention of diversion of conserved land for commercial or other development.

Background information will soon be posted on pages devoted to the Raritan River Basin and Responsible Development.  The New Jersey Chapter site has related information.


Group Events/Outings/Meetings

Raritan Valley Group of the Sierra Club Joins AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors’ Volunteer Stream Monitoring Training

Saturday, May 30 at 9:00 AM:  Biological stream monitoring training at Duke Farms (Hillsborough, NJ).  Water quality is a top priority of our Sierra Club Group and something we can all get more involved in as citizen scientists! The AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors for the Raritan region will inform us how water quality is monitored by collecting benthic macroinvertebrates. A hands on overview for monitoring stream pollution will be led by the four Raritan region ambassadors, Brittany Musolino (Union County Dept. of Parks and Recreation), Alexandra Walczak (Raritan Headwaters Association), Jon Dugan (New Jersey Water Supply Authority), and Rachel McGovern (Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association).  Training will include a 1.5 hour classroom component, and 1.5 hours in a nearby stream, so please dress ready to go outside and enter a stream. Waders or rain boots are strongly recommended. The event is free and open to the public, however registration is needed in advance to insure enough testing materials for everyone to learn and enjoy!  Please reserve your spot today by using the online form at Stream Monitoring Training. Any questions about the workshop please contact Alexandra Walczak at americorps@raritanheadwaters.org. No background is necessary. Must be 15 years or older. (12+ if accompanied by an adult.)

A potluck lunch will take place after the hands-on sessions to meet current local Sierra Club members and all interested other participants!  This informal lunch picnic will be held at Duke Farms visitors barn building on the patio next to the cafe. (It is optional to bring a potluck dish, and the cafe has excellent offerings for lunch options too.)  Our May 30 event will take place at Duke Farms (phone: 908-722-3700), 1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough, NJ, just off Route 206.

Nancy Norburn Gladfelter


Monthly Organizational Meetings

We have been meeting to review topics related to environment conservation and education for our community. Please join us. We are happy to share location and time. Please contact us  at Sierra_NJ_Raritan@att.net.


Activities sponsored by the New Jersey Chapter and associated sections

Rescuing the River, the Raritan: A powerful documentary

Please join us for a free screening of the documentary, "Rescuing the River, the Raritan", on Saturday, April 25, 2015 for Earth Day at 7:00 pm at the Unitarian Society, 176 Tices Lane, East Brunswick, NJ  08816.  Jeff Tittel, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, will help lead a discussion/question and answer session.  Refreshments will be served.  Meet and greet.

This documentary tells the story of New Jersey's Raritan River, a water source profoundly contaminated for over 200 years, and the extraordinary efforts to clean it up. The film reveals how government agencies, corporations, environmentalists, developers, scientists, and lawyers have clashed for years in their attempts to deal with the aftermath of extensive pollution and environmental neglect.

The Raritan is still the 14th most polluted waterway in the nation, with 20 federal Superfund sites and 200 state-registered toxic sites along its banks and the banks of its tributaries.

Daphne Speck-Bartynski


 

New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club Chapter Wide Events

NJ Chapter Sierra Singles Upcoming Events 

Seniors/Fifty-Plus Section (a chapter-wide special interest section) For information on sponsored events contact Arline Zatz at azatz@funtravels.com

Young Sierrans (a chapter-wide life stage section for Sierra Club Members in their 20s & 30s) For information on sponsored events contact William at wsevchuk@yahoo.com