Welcome to the Sustainable Raritan River Collaborative
We are a network of over 130 organizations, governmental entities and businesses in the Raritan River region that work together to balance social, economic and environmental objectives towards the common goal of restoring the Raritan River, its tributaries and its estuary for current and future generations.
The members of the Sustainable Raritan River Collaborative are working together to achieve the highest quality for the waters and riparian areas of the Raritan River basin. Each member organization in the Collaborative contributes to the overall restoration and preservation of the River, and collectively we are changing the conversation about the future of the river.
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, participates in the Collaborative through the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative, which is housed in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
The Initiative supports the Collaborative by assisting with an annual conference, topical workshops, technical assistance, anchor projects, and communications and outreach.
Support for the Initiative comes from various sources including private foundations, sponsorships and government grants. Donations to the Initiative are always welcome.
The Collaborative set goals for a regional approach, embraced by state and federal organizations and implemented at the local and county level. These goals are outlined in the Sustainable Raritan River Action Plan and are focused on five key areas of concern in the Raritan region:
Site remediation, rehabilitation and reuse of abandoned and underutilized properties
Public access and recreational use of the river
Stewardship, habitat restoration and protection
Improved water quality and management of water quantity including stormwater
Balanced redevelopment for both economic growth and environmental quality
This website provides a central link among the many groups and government efforts supporting the restoration and preservation of the Raritan River and a clearinghouse for historic and current information on the River and its restoration.
"The Raritan River Initiative" created by Associated Pictures for No Water No Life
Originally aired on NJTV in August 2013, Reimagining Our Watershed: A Renaissance on the Raritan, was produced in 2012, by the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, and with the generous support of the Cape Branch Foundation. The award-winning Rutgers iTV Studio provided production services.