Be River-Friendly

River-Friendly Certification Programs promote clean water and a healthy environment through voluntary action by individuals and institutions. To achieve these goals we work one-on-one with residents, businesses, golf courses, and schools to improve land stewardship practices. The program works to reduce pollution, conserve water, restore habitat for wildlife and educate the public about becoming better environmental stewards.


The Watershed Institute, New Jersey Water Supply Authority and Raritan Headwaters Association have formed a partnership to implement a suite of River-Friendly programs for businesses, golf courses, schools, and residents in New Jersey. Click the link below to check out our joint River-Friendly website.


Join our River-Friendly Challenge for a Change to Win Big Prizes!

Enter the challenge. In October 2023, 4 winners will be randomly selected to receive one of the prizes below!

  • 1st Place- Stormwater Assessment OR voucher for Academy 2024
  • 2nd Place- 4 Tickets to Select Watershed Programs
  • 2 Runner Ups- $25 Nature Shop Gift Certificate

What does “river-friendly” mean to us?

Reduce polluted runoff into nearby streams by managing stormwater on properties and changing habits to minimize adding pollutants to the environment.


  • reduce salt use in the winter
  • plant more native trees, bushes, and flowers
  • dispose of any chemicals or medication properly.


Decrease indoor and outdoor water usage by minimizing unnecessary water use or by capturing rainwater for later use.


  • Water in the early morning and only as necessary
  • upgrade appliances to WaterSense-certified appliances
  • fix leaks immediately
  • Install a rain barrel for outdoor water use

Enhance property features to support beneficial, native wildlife which supports healthy local ecosystems.


  • Plant native plants, trees, and shrubs
  • Install bird or bat houses
  • Hanging bird feeders
  • Converting lawn to meadows or gardens

Share River-Friendly information with all of our neighbors and encourage more environmental stewardship throughout our communities.


  • Ask others to participate in a local watershed organization’s events
  • Sharing your efforts with friends and families
  • Contact your local representative about water concerns.

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