Whippany River Watershed Action Committee

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Welcome to Whippany River Watershed Action Committee
The Whippany River Watershed Action Committee's members are the stewards of the Whippany River Watershed. The members have come together to preserve, protect and maintain the land and water resources of the watershed through broad-based community action, projects, on-going assessment, education and promotion of resource conservation.
Whippany River Watershed Action Committee
PO Box 223
Morristown, NJ 07963-0223

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Photo credit: Pamela Hasegawa
Our Mission
The next regular meeting of the Action Committee will be on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.  The guest speaker will be Pat Rector, Associate Professor at Rutgers University, Environmental Specialist for the Morris County Cooperative Extension.  The subject will be Aquatic Invasive Species, especially Hydrilla, a.k.a., The Perfect WeedMeetings are held at 6pm at the Morris County Public Library located at 30 E. Hanover Avenue, Whippany. As always, meetings are open to the public. 

The Action Committee will be sponsoring the 1st Annual Whippany River  Historic and Environmental Hike in collaboration with the Morris County Historical Society on October 16th from 12:30pm-3:00pm. This event is open to the public. The hike will highlight and bring awareness to the cultural and natural history of this significant and treasured waterway. 

The two-hour family friendly interpretative hike will follow Patriots Path for 2 miles, from Acorn Hall to Frelinghuysen Arboretum and back again. Presentations, given along the hike, will highlight four distinct cultural and natural features of this section of the Whippany River Watershed, as well as the flora and fauna: The MCHS’s recovery of a culturally significant woodlot behind Acorn Hall, lost during Superstrom Sandy, the archaeological remains of a Revolutionary-Era Powder Mill along the river, and the land-use of George Griswald Frelinghuysen’s ‘Whippany Farm,’ better known today as Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

Registration for this free public event will take place from 12:30-1 PM at Acorn Hall, 68 Lafayette Avenue, Morristown, with the hike starting, rain or shine, at 1 PM. Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of Wegmans, and WRWAC’s documentary film, “A River’s Journey” will be shown. After the hike, participants are welcome to view Acorn Hall and the MCHS’s exhibit “Fine, Fancy and Fashionable: 125 Years Dressing The Bride” with admission to the museum. 

WRWAC’s mission is to preserve, protect and maintain the land and water resources of the Whippany River Watershed and sponsor outreach programs, educational and social events such as this one to educate and inform the public and private sectors about the significance of the river and the land around it. The MCHS, founded in 1945, is a member supported 501©3 organization whose mission is to discover, preserve, promote and interpret the history of Morris County and New Jersey through events, programs, exhibits, publications, and preservation advocacy.

For more information, please contact the Morris County Historical Society at 973-267-3465 or the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee at 973-290-9338.

Donate today and receive a DVD of "River's Journey." Tax deductible donations can be mailed to PO Box 223, Morristown, NJ 07963-0223. Make check payable: WRWAC, Inc.
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Art Vespignani, WRWAC facilitator, 
Jim Baranski, WRWAC vice-chairman and Virginia Michelin, Morris County Principal Environmental Planner admire the poster presentation of our project at the NJ State Museum in Trenton, where the 2013 Awards Ceremony was held, November 2013.
photo by Amy DiBartolo
2013 NJDEP