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Manasquan River
Watershed Association

The Manasquan River Watershed Association 501(c)3 non-profit corporation is inactive, and in April 2010 papers were signed to formally dissolve the corporation. We and our predecessors did much in the last two decades (see below). The people who were with the organization all the way through are owed quite a bit of thanks for their efforts and perseverance. Nearly all of the MRWA achievements are due in some part to Steve Taylor's talents. Wilma Morrissey, Vince Domidion, Rich Famularo, Faith Hahn, and Cathie Oliver were with us from start to end. Scores of others came, departed, passed through, or passed on. Everyone has my sincere appreciation.

About, briefly  (and less briefly)

The Manasquan River Watershed Association was formed as the successor organization to the Monmouth–Ocean Alliance to Enhance the Manasquan River (1993–1998), the Monmouth County Planning Board's Manasquan Valley Regional Environmental Planning Council (1993/94–c.2000), and the Manasquan Watershed Management Group (1998–2000).

MWMG came into being to build on the successful intergovernmental, public-private partnership demonstrated by the Alliance, and the regional collaboration of the planning council. The work of the MWMG ended with creation of a watershed management plan for the Manasquan River watershed and the publication of contracted reports.

As MWMG wound down, people continued to meet ad-hoc to further the objectives laid out in the watershed management plan. The group decided to transform to a formal organization, and MRWA became a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation on September 19, 2002.

Most of what MRWA did came out of volunteer efforts and many small contributions from environmentally-minded watershed residents. We had no dedicated source of funds. Some grant money paid for projects and a little bit of staff time to manage them. Our successes are due to the generosity of our members and stakeholders. We are extremely proud of our decade. Our major accomplishments follow.

Major Activities

By far, our most important function was to be a regional forum. There was no other place where DEP staff could talk directly with local officials about new regulations, where the folks who run the Manasquan Reservoir could talk to local land use people, where representatives from Howell and Colts Neck could compare notes with their counterparts in Brielle and Manasquan, or where a homeowner could find answers from professionals who worked with those questions every day. Our meetings were the one place where the collective expertise of knowledgeable people from industry, environmental organizations, local and county government, and state agencies was sitting around one table every month.


Note that many of these programs ran for years after they got started. Further, all of those Activities too numerous to track (farther down) were going on each year as well.










Activities too numerous to track

Key Documents

Important Manasquan River Products

The Manasquan River Watershed Management Plan (March 2000), was produced out of the Watershed Management Group process, but it marked the end of the road for the MWMG. It is an essential MRWA document.

The Manasquan River Friendly Program and checklist of 20 things you can do for wildlife and habitat protection, water quality protection, water conservation, and education + outreach.

Preservation of Critical Areas in the Manasquan River Watershed (September 2005), prepared with NJWSA and others.

Assessment of the Manasquan River -19 MB (June 2002). "The objective of this project was to develop a conceptual stabilization approach for impaired segments of the Manasquan River... to serve as a guide... for ameliorating the effects of existing erosion damage and minimizing future erosion."


The Watershed Management Plan's Manasquan Watershed map (.pdf)

The Critical Areas report's Figure 1, Manasquan River Watershed map (.pdf)

Many more maps can be found within the other documents on this site.

Monmouth–Ocean Alliance

The Alliance worked for many years to build a case, and to build support, for establishing a no-discharge zone in the lower Manasquan River. All of the process and data were distilled into a document of supporting material that was submitted to NJDEP to support the state's first no-discharge zone application.

As a result of the Alliance's work, the State of N.J. petitioned EPA (1997), and on May 26, 1998, EPA designated the Manasquan Estuary as a No Discharge Zone (published in the June 5, 1998 Federal Register).

MWMG Year 1 Reports (issued Spring 1999)

Various assessment reports about the state of the watershed were prepared with the first year of funding from NOAA and NJDEP under the CZMA process that supported the MWMG.

A CD-ROM containing these documents was issued in 1999, and its files are presented here as they would have appeared if you put the CD in your computer at the turn of the century. (Slight edits were made to the CD contents to delete the technical support files, the warnings about large file sizes, and the bundled copy of Adobe Acrobat 3.0, none of which are now needed in the year 2010.)

MWMG Year 2 Reports

Assessments with an estuary focus were prepared with the second year of funding from NOAA and NJDEP, they were published in Spring 2000.

MWMG Factsheets

Factsheets were published in late-1999 or early-2000 (they were mentioned as newly available in a newsletter dated January 2000).

Get involved

If you are interested in getting involved in watershed management, here are some good places to start:

If a legitimate successor organization is forming, get in touch.

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Pages last modified Dec. 28, 2010.
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