Professional Programs

January 16th, 2024

Did you know that The Watershed Institute offers informative webinars throughout the year that are geared toward people who have a background in water quality, engineering, or law.  Topics include water treatment, chemicals in water, and environmental legislation. While these classes are technical, they are open to anyone who is interested in attending.  Upcoming sessions will be listed below and can also be found on our calendar. If you have any questions, please contact Pri Oliveira at [email protected].

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Watershed Restoration Academy

Dates: May 9 – 10 (Rain date for May 10 is May 13)

Place: The Watershed Center at 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington NJ, 08534

Cost: $598

Cost includes breakfast, lunch, field day bus, access to all materials, and continuing education credits for professionals.

Join this brand new, two-day, in-person course to learn all about streams! Spending one day in the classroom and one day in the field, participants will dive into the basics of watershed analysis and stream processes.

This class is designed to be an entry level course for water resources professionals (i.e., engineers, scientists, landscape architects, planners, restoration practitioners) and will include an introduction to site assessments for stream restoration projects. The course will be taught by a licensed professional engineer, fluvial geomorphologist, regulatory experts, and watershed scientists.

The field day will include a visit to a degraded stream and a healthy stream with visual and hands-on assessments. Data collected will be reviewed and analyzed at the close of the course. Attendees must commit to attending the full course to receive a course completion certificate.


May 9 – Classrooms

  • Water Policy & Regulation
  • Fluvial Geomorphology 101
  • Stream Ecology
  • Stream Restoration
  • Stream Channel Design
  • Field Assessments Primer

May 10 – Field Day (Rain Date: May 13)

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New Jersey’s Water Supply Plan

Time: May 17, 12 – 1:15 p.m. EST

Cost: This webinar is free to the public on Zoom. 

New Jersey recently released the draft of its Water Supply Plan. This plan explores the current and future availability of drinking water in the State. NJ law requires the plan to come out every five years and look at sources of water supply regionally and statewide; current and future demands for drinking water and needs for new infrastructure or interconnections between systems. The newest update to the plan also looks at the impacts of climate change and water pollution on the availability of drinking water.


Jennifer Coffey, Executive Director of the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions and member of the NJ Water Supply Advisory Council and Laura Norkute, Director of Water Quality and Environmental Compliance for New Jersey American Water, will be talking about the draft plan and how drinking water suppliers use the plan to protect sources of their water supply.

This event will be 100% virtual and on Zoom. Recordings will be shared with attendees after the event.

If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to contact Pri Oliveira at [email protected]

Register here for New Jersey’s Water Supply Plan


A New Treaty to Protect Ocean Biodiversity

This webinar is currently being rescheduled. A new date will be posted soon.

Cost: This webinar is free to the public on Zoom. 

A new treaty is anticipated to provide protection for ocean biodiversity that lives in the estimated 95 percent of all occupied habitat on Earth. It’s called the Agreement on Biodiversity beyond National Jurisdiction, or the BBNJ Agreement – but just because it deals with the ocean more than 200 miles from the shore, it has close ties to New Jersey by protecting the habitat of migratory species like our American Eels that travel from NJ rivers to the Sargasso Sea to spawn, the birds that reverse that journey, and the great whales.

Given the ocean’s role in absorbing 30% of carbon emissions, the treaty is vital for climate resilience. New Jersey residents, academic institutions, and government agencies can support its success through US ratification and active participation in knowledge exchange under the BBNJ Agreement.

Join The Watershed Institute in hearing from guest experts and learn more about the BBNJ Agreement. We will hear from Cymie Payne who is an Associate Professor from Rutgers University, Chair of the Ocean Law Specialist Group International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Environmental Law, fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, visiting scholar from the Environmental Law Institute, and member of the Atrocity Crimes Working Group. 

This event will be virtual on Zoom. Recordings will be shared with attendees after the event.

If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to contact Pri Oliveira at [email protected]

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