Micro to Macro: The Future of the Raritan Conference and Awards Ceremony – 10th Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony

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Micro to Macro

The Future of the Raritan

Friday, June 8, 2018

Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Learning Center, Douglass Honors College, New Brunswick, NJ


10th Annual Sustainable Raritan Conference and Awards Ceremony

Our 2018 conference explored emerging contaminants affecting the Raritan and renewed watershed planning efforts that will address new and ongoing threats on our path to achieving fishable and swimmable status for the Raritan River, basin and bay.

The new venue for this year’s conference accommodated a sold-out crowd of 180 attendees from state, local and federal government, non-profit organizations, businesses, philanthropic organizations, academia and entities committed to a more sustainable Raritan.  The morning session included a compelling panel on emerging contaminants that discussed the source and fate of PPCPs, POPs, EDCs, nanomaterials and microplastics.  The afternoon session included an overview of basin-wide status and trends reports on key indicators of water quality and watershed health in the Raritan that was followed by a World Cafe style working session where participants explored ten of these key indicators as regards biggest obstacles affecting the issues and how they could be overcome.  The morning and afternoon sessions were supported by fourteen well-received Lightning Talks and twenty-six Posters.  The conference also included well-attended Exhibitor’s tables.

During lunch, keynote speaker, Debbie Mans, Deputy Commission of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection reflected on her past experiences, recent developments at the NJDEP, Department priorities and what she hopes to accomplish during her tenure there.

The lunch program also included the 2018 Sustainable Raritan River Awards to recognize outstanding achievements in efforts to revitalize, restore and protect Raritan River resources and to make the Raritan region a premiere place to live, work and raise a family.  Four recipients were recognized.  Follow the link below to learn more about the recipients and their good works for a more sustainable Raritan.

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Conference Presentation

Thanks to our Sponsors

Multi-year Sponsors




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Blue Heron Level Sponsors

Osprey Level Sponsors



With additional support from

Bayshore Family of Companies


Special Thanks to

 Chancellor Debasish Dutta, Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Dean Michael Greenberg, Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Dean Robert Goodman, Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

The Sustainable Raritan River Initiative is independently funded. For information about how to support our efforts, contact Sara Malone at sara.malone@rutgers.edu or by calling 848.932.2720. Thank you!


Photo Caption: Water quality sampling aboard the R/V Rutgers; Map of Raritan water region showing three watershed management areas and HUC14s from State of the Raritan Report, Volume 1.