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Raritan River Week Returning for Second Year

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Sustainability and Marketing firm Summit SMT has announced the second annual Raritan River Week from April 16 through April 30.

Raritan River Week was established to show the unity and efforts of organizations and towns to focus their attention on the river.

According to a release, residents will have an opportunity to volunteer to help clean up the river from the headwaters to the ocean.

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The week, the release said, will begin with the 16th annual Stream Clean Up April 16 with the Raritan Headwaters Association, followed by events and other clean ups. On April 30, the Clean Ocean Action will hold the annual beach sweeps.

Throughout the week, residents can visit www.raritanriverweek.com for the chance to connect to different organizations, find information on the calendar of events and donate to the efforts of the groups.

In addition, according to the release, residents will have the chance to connect to organizations, find information on the calendar of events and donate to the efforts. The website’s resources page will have the chance to increase awareness on a variety of topics.

And on the photos page, people will have the chance to see a gallery of photographs, or upload their own, in the categories of nature, wildlife, recreation and pollution.

“I wanted to give people a chance to see all of the aspects of this great river, as well as have a means to participate even if they could not make one of the events,” Jim Rokosny, president of Summit SMT and architect of the project, said.

“I wanted to find a way to unite all of these great organizations, and give focus to this vital resource in NJ,” he added. “The Raritan is a treasure and many people don’t know a lot about it and what it offers. This is our second year at this and everyone is very excited, all of our partners support the idea of cross-promoting each other."

Partners this year include Somerset County Parks Commission, Hunterdon County Parks Division of Parks, the Somerset County Library System, the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, the city of Perth Amboy and the Bayshore Regional Watershed Council.

In 2015, Raritan River Week won a sustainable Raritan River Award for Public Education, and Rokosny was awarded a NJ Senate Citation by Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman.

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