A volunteer from Hillsborough was awarded for working with science and flow monitoring programs.
Raritan Headwaters honored five volunteers at its annual remote meeting, which took place remotely at Zoom on February 23rd. These are Carrie Hazelton of Bernardsville, Tracy Gordon of Danville, Ray Kruth of Hillsboro, Ronald Redling of Bernardsville and George Schaberg of Montague.
“We owe our volunteers a huge thank you,” RHA Executive Director Cindy Erenclow said in a statement. “They have made extraordinary efforts and we are very fortunate to have their dedication and support.”
Ray Krut of Hillsborough has received an outstanding volunteer award for his work with research and flow monitoring programs.
“Ray is a rock star among volunteers,” said Dr. Christie McDonald, RHA’s research director, in a statement, noting his commitment to the organization’s mission, his skills in collecting high-quality data, and his enthusiasm and interest in new conservation projects. .
According to the statement, Krut started as a volunteer in the RHA’s Purification and Flow Monitoring programs more than seven years ago, and participated in a two-week intensive chemical monitoring program.
This fall, Croot helped the RHA evaluate the connection of 150 streams under the North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity (NAACC) and Connecting Habitat Across New Jersey (CHANJ) programs.
“Because of Ray’s commitment to this project, the RHA was able to assess the intersections of streams in important wildlife corridors so we could find out where bridges and culverts need to be re-equipped so that streams stay connected and terrestrial wildlife has safe passage under roads “, MacDonald said in a statement.
“I like volunteering because it allows me to be in the woods and rivers and help protect the natural environment that I love so much,” said Krut, who is retired. “It’s hard for me to say nothing.”
He also enjoys spending time outdoors at camping, canoeing and hiking.
Raritan Headwaters has been working since 1959 to protect, conserve and improve the water quality and other natural resources of the Raritan River Upper Region through science, education, advocacy, land conservation and governance. The 470-square-mile RHA region provides clean drinking water to 300,000 residents of 38 municipalities in Somerset, Hunterdan and Morris counties and beyond about 1.5 million homes and businesses in New Jersey’s densely populated urban areas.
To learn more about Raritan Headwaters and its programs, visit www.raritanheadwaters.org or by calling 908-234-1852.