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Raritan Headwaters Announces 2016 Volunteer Awards

Oldwick, NJ - Nature united with history at the 2016 Raritan Headwaters  2016 Member Meeting and Volunteer Awards Ceremony held on Friday evening, February 26th at the Oldwick Manor in Tewksbury. Following a brief welcome by Executive Director Cindy Ehrenclou, the congenial crowd of 100+ enjoyed “gourmet buffet” followed by the presentation of awards to volunteers recognized by staff for their significant contributions to the Association’s mission. The evening was capped off with shared stories, and research about the creation of Round Valley Reservoir in Lebanon, NJ, presented by Hunterdon County historian, Stephanie Stevens. 

2016 Award recipients included Wende Dasteel of Tewksbury for her donation over years, of artwork for RHA stream cleanup t-shirts; Joanne Endahl of Clinton for her work supporting RHA’s WaterWays and RiverFest programs; Bill Leavens of  Long Valley for his outstanding support and volunteering his piloting skills to record the aerial view of our breathtaking headwaters region; Kathleen Katz of  Lambertville for her amazing commitment to RHA’s well testing program; and Brayden Donnelly of Freehold for creation of a water trail on the South Branch of the Raritan, including nine exceptional videos of the river and watershed. 

“Fabulous evening as always. I have been coming to the membership meeting for years and as always this year had a wonderful speaker, nice crowd, and great food,” said fellow volunteer Joe Metelski. After purchasing his own copy of Stephanie Steven’s book, “Beneath these Waters” we asked our youngest attendee, Dustin Petty, what his favorite part of the night was. “I liked the speech a lot,” he replied. Dustin has participated in many of RHA’s children programs including; Farm camp, Tree Frogs, and Red Squirrels, but this year was his first time attending the membership meeting.

About Raritan Headwaters Association

The largest watershed organization in New Jersey, Raritan Headwaters Association has been working since 1959 to protect, preserve and improve water quality and other natural resources of the Raritan River headwaters region through efforts in science, education, advocacy, land preservation and stewardship. RHA’s 470-square-mile region provides clean drinking water to 400,000 residents of 39 municipalities in Somerset, Hunterdon and Morris counties and beyond to some 1.5 million homes and businesses in New Jersey's densely populated urban areas. RHA has achieved statewide impact and is a proud recipient of the 2015 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award. To learn more about the Raritan Headwaters Association, please visit www.raritanheadwaters.org or call (908) 234-1852.