The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences collaborate through the Initiative for “science informing planning and policy” for a more sustainable Raritan River, basin and bay. The Initiative conducts an annual conference, topical workshops, provides technical assistance, conducts periodic graduate planning studios, and develops anchor projects that raise the profile of the Raritan River and inform basin-wide watershed planning efforts. The Initiative also publishes a periodic e-newsletter, sponsors this Website and maintains the Collaborative’s Facebook Page.
Conferences and workshops
Conferences, seminars and workshops focused on the Raritan provide exciting opportunities to learn about best management practices and research in complementary fields, to network with professionals in the field, and for students, researchers and practitioners to solicit interest and feedback when they showcase their own work.
Rutgers’ scientific, technical, planning and other resources help advance sustainable projects of Raritan region elected officials, businesses and non-profit groups. Technical assistance takes the form of faculty research, professional and student assistance, and graduate studio courses. The graduate studio courses teach students about best management practices and the role of skilled planners in addressing local issues in a way that is best for the environment and the economy. Follow this link to more information about the Bloustein and Raritan Studios.
The Initiative partners with local organizations, businesses and agencies to assist with tangible projects that promote river restoration and protection. These projects arise from discussions with local leaders as well as in response to research opportunities at the regional, state and federal level. Some of our projects were designed to bring awareness and attention to the region — such as a beautiful coffee-table book, The Raritan River; Our Landscape, Our Legacy, and the video, Reimagining Our Watershed; A Renaissance on the Raritan. Other projects are designed to inform regional watershed planning efforts — such as the State of the Raritan Reports, Volumes 1 and 2.
Communication and outreach
Rutgers hosts the Initiative’s website and the Collaborative’s Facebook page, and produces a periodic e-newsletter with updates on key issues and notices about events and actions from across the Raritan River, basin and bay.