Rutgers University launched the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative in 2009 to bring together concerned scientists, environmentalists, engineers, businesses, community leaders and governmental entities to restore and preserve New Jersey’s Raritan River, its tributaries and its bay. The Initiative conducts conferences and topical workshops, provides technical assistance, and develops anchor projects that raise the profile of the Raritan River.
The Rutgers Raritan River Consortium is comprised of multiple schools, programs and departments across Rutgers New Brunswick/Piscataway campuses that recognize the critical value of the Raritan and its environs to the social, economic and ecological integrity of the region that Rutgers calls home. Organized as a ‘virtual’ network, the R3C leverages resources and capabilities to advance higher educational programming and research as well as improvements in planning, policy and decision-making for a more sustainable Raritan.
Richard G. Lathrop Jr., professor of environmental monitoring at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, is the inaugural holder of the Johnson Family Chair in Water Resources and Watershed Ecology. As the Johnson Family Chair, Dr. Lathrop leads an interdisciplinary program to study how human activities in upland watersheds affect downstream aquatic ecosystems and how that knowledge can be applied to promote better stewardship of water resources.