State of the Raritan Conference and Awards Ceremony – 9th Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony

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State of the Raritan

Status and trends from across the region, where do we go from here?

Friday, June 9, 2017

Douglass Student Center, New Brunswick, NJ


9th Annual Sustainable Raritan Conference and Awards Ceremony

Our 2017 conference showcased a series of status and trends reports by Raritan stakeholders from across the region.  Presentations described several decades of change in key indicators of watershed health for the Raritan River, basin and bay. And during lunch, keynote speaker, Andrew Johnson of the William Penn Foundation reflected on the strategic approach developed and applied through the Delaware River Watershed Initiative to address the same types of issues we face in the Raritan.  What do these reports say about the health of the Raritan and what are the key concerns that still need to be addressed?  How do we best leverage existing resources to tackle them?  These are a few of the questions panelists and participants considered during this day long conference.

We also presented the 2017 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.  Eight recipients were recognized.  You can follow the link below to learn more about them and their good works for a more sustainable Raritan.

New at this year’s conference was a Data Blitz.  The Data Blitz — a series of eleven five-minute long lightning talks — covered a broad range of topics highlighting  current academic research, community actions, policy and planning efforts by stakeholders across the Raritan region.  Each talk was supported by a poster, and the conference closed with a poster session and networking reception.

If you missed the conference or want to learn more about the presentations and talks, check out the links below, or contact Sara Malone for more information.

Also, watch for our announcement of next year’s conference — our 10th Annual!

Links to more information:

Conference Presentations

Thanks to our Sponsors

Multi-year Sponsors



Bald Eagle Level Sponsor

Osprey Level Sponsors


In Memory of

Ann McGovern Suydam


Special Thanks to

 Chancellor Richard Edwards, Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Dean James Hughes, 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 or by calling 848.932.2720. Thank you!


Photo Credit: “Aerial view of the Raritan River Bridge at left with Old Edison Memorial Bridge paralleling it, in Middlesex County on the Garden State Parkway of New Jersey”, from Tichnor Brothers Collection, Boston Public Library,