About the Watershed
Institute Resource Service

Mission & Vision

The Watershed Institute Resource Service, formerly known as the Watershed Institute, was established in 2000 to focus on the goals of:

  • Strengthening the organizational and mission-critical program capacity of NJ’s watershed organizations to protect and restore the State’s watersheds
  • Connecting NJ’s watershed organizations and allies in a way that promotes community and meaningful collaboration
  • Mobilizing NJ’s watershed organizations to address distinct priority issues affecting clean and plentiful water and healthy habitats throughout the State

What We Do

The Watershed Institute Resource Service offers a variety of services to watershed, conservation, and environmental groups throughout the State of New Jersey. These services include:

  • One-on-one assistance to support watershed nonprofits on issues relating to organizational health, capacity building, and mission-critical environmental programming
  • Workshops, trainings, and roundtable sessions where groups can come together, learn from one another, and share best practices on a host of environmental and organizational issues
  • An annual grants program for watershed-focused nonprofits, provided through generous contributions from the Geraldine Dodge Foundation
  • Facilitating the New Jersey Council of Watershed Associations— a coalition of​ nonprofit watershed organizations— to utilize the collective expertise of the watershed community and to act with a unified voice on issues related to the improvement of water quantity and quality across the state.

We pride ourselves on the ability to offer these services to nonprofit organizations completely free of charge, and we are grateful for the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, which allows us to do so.

Our Philosophy

We believe that healthy watersheds are essential to public health and safety, a robust economy, and a resilient environment. Working from a watershed perspective uniquely addresses New Jersey’s most pressing environmental challenges by managing water resources along the boundaries established by nature, rather than along arbitrary political boundaries.

We believe that any watershed organization can grow and thrive as a champion for the environment if they have the right tools and support. For us, no group is too large or too small to be deserving of assistance. We consider every group we work with to be a partner organization, and we are proud to support the important and inspiring work they do.

The Watershed Institute Resource Service has more than sixty-five years of experience in working at the watershed level to protect the environment and benefit local communities. The Watershed Institute’s track record of success in conservation, advocacy, science, and education within our 265 sq. mile watershed has laid the foundation for the Institute Resource Service to serve as a resource provider for New Jersey’s environmental nonprofit community. We’ve got the experience, and we’re happy to put it to work for you.

Connect with us today to see what we can do for you, because together we can do more.

Thank you to the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation for making this program possible!


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