The Raritan River has a rich history, which includes strong ties to Rutgers University. A number of entities from across the university are collaborating to transform the Raritan Basin into an academic solution, an interactive field laboratory that enhances the student experience and partners with stakeholders across the region to address real-world concerns for the Raritan River, basin and bay.
The Rutgers initiatives involved in Raritan-related efforts include the Johnson Family Chair in Water Resources and Watershed Ecology, Rutgers Raritan River Consortium (R3C) and the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative (SRRI). These initiatives facilitate an interactive Raritan-based field laboratory and a faculty learning community to enhance Rutgers faculty, staff and students’ exposure to the Raritan across multiple academic disciplines. Externally, these initiatives coordinate and expand the university’s engagement with external partners including watershed organizations, federal, state and local governments, other non-profit community based organizations, businesses and others. External efforts include education and outreach to better integrate Rutgers’ science and research into planning and decision-making, establishment of partnerships to help inform, and coalition building regarding overall regional planning for the Raritan.
This website provides visitors with information about the Raritan Basin and Bay, Rutgers Raritan River initiatives, efforts of Watershed Partners — the Sustainable Raritan River Collaborative, and news and events that relate to the Raritan region.