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Northwest New Jersey

Rivers Conference

Connecting Community, Ecotourism & Environment


The 2022 Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference was held on September 17 in the Lackland Center at Centenary University. Recordings of the day's workshops will be posted on the New Jersey Highlands Coalition Youtube shortly. Stay tuned for more information for next year!

Keynote Speaker:
The Honorable Tahesha Way
New Jersey Secretary of State

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Tahesha Way serves as New Jersey’s 34 th Secretary of State. Nominated for appointment by Governor Phil Murphy on December 18, 2017, Ms. Way was sworn in on February 26, 2018. As Secretary of State, Ms. Way holds one of the nation’s oldest constitutional offices and leads a department with a diverse portfolio. She serves as New Jersey’s top election official, overseeing the state Division of Elections and its work in securing our democracy and ensuring broad, fair access to the right to vote.


Ms. Way also chaired New Jersey’s Complete Count Commission, a 27 member non-partisan commission established to achieve a complete count in the 2020 US Census. In addition to the critical work protecting what Secretary Way calls the “fraternal twins of democracy,” Ms. Way also oversees the state government offices supporting New Jersey’s vibrant arts, culture, history, and business communities. READ MORE





Rivers Conference

The Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference is the forum for better understanding the relationship between our region’s water and other natural resources and our region’s quality of life, including enhanced water quality, developing a vibrant tourism sector economy, expanding recreational opportunities, and appreciating the region’s scenic values.

The Northwest New Jersey partners of the four-state Delaware River Watershed Initiative presents the Fourth Annual Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference. The focus of this year’s Conference is on Tourism and promoting a compatible tourism economy that leverages the regions incredible natural resources.

Conference Topics
  •  Places to Visit

  • Things to Do

  • Places to Learn

  • The Business of Tourism and Recreation 


The Delaware River

Watershed Initiative (DRWI)

We comprise municipal, county, state and regional officials, conservationists, advocates, students, educators and other academics, property and business owners, residents, recreational users, regulators and the regulated community and other interests.

The Delaware River Watershed Initiative works across four states to protect one source of clean water -- the Delaware River.  In northern New Jersey, the Initiative is active in the Highlands and the Ridge & Valley regions, encompassing the many Delaware River tributaries and the communities through which they flow.  Together we all have an opportunity to ensure clean water for generations.

More Information about the Delaware River Watershed Initiative's work in the Highlands can be found here.

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Delaware River Watershed Initiative

Conference Sponsors


Thonet Associates Inc
Environmental Planning & Design Consultants 

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DRWI Partner Organizations 

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Land Trust

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The Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference is coordinated by the New Jersey Highlands Coalition, with the support of our partner organizations in the Highlands and Ridge & Valley regions of New Jersey. Together, we are collaborating to restore water quality under the four-state Delaware River Watershed Initiative

The opinions expressed during this Conference do not necessarily represent the opinions of all members of the DRWI Highlands Cluster. In support of critical thinking and the advancement of scientific principles and inquiry, the members of the Highlands Cluster encourage participants and viewers to arrive at their own conclusions.

Background photo: Ryan Jiorle

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