Due to precautions related to the COVID-19 Emergency the 2020 Conference will be hosted virtually online. See below for more details.


Session 1: November 12th - 2PM - 5PM

Session 2: November 13th - 9AM - 12:30PM


This year we're hosting the Conference online using Hopin, a virtual conferencing platform


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COVID-19 Update: 2020 has presented so many challenges to all of us. However, the show must go on!


This year we are adapting the NW NJ Rivers Conference to an online platform. Workshops will be conducted over two days with an Afternoon Session on Thursday November 12, and a Morning Session on Friday 13. The Keynote Presentation by Dr David Robinson will be at 11:30AM on Friday 13.

The Delaware River Watershed Initiative is working 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, impacting several tributaries to the Delaware and the communities through which they flow.  Together we all have an opportunity to ensure clean water for generations.

The Northwest New Jersey Rivers Conference invites anyone and everyone who cares about this region, clean water and the River to learn how we can best work to protect its resources:  to conserve, restore, protect, educate, inform and bring communities together to defend and share what we love best.  Enjoy a day of speakers, workshops and community, then take home what you learn to share with others.

Across the Delaware Basin, homeowners, farmers, students, scientists and community leaders are working together to clean up streams, conserve forests and farms, and green our communities. You can help by volunteering for a stream cleanup, tree planting or citizen science project; creating a rain garden; landscaping with native plants; and being careful to use and dispose of harmful substances properly, including motor oil, road salt, fertilizer, paints and pesticides. To get involved with clean water efforts in your area, please contact your local Delaware River Watershed Initiative partner.

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

Topics for 2020 include:
  • Land Use Planning and Conservation

  • Ecotourism and Economic Development

  • Climate Change impacts in northern New Jersey

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Climate change impacts on New Jersey's waters

Dr David Robinson

NJ State Climatologist

As the New Jersey State Climatologist, Dr Robinson conducts research that focuses on the diverse weather and climate of the Garden State.  This includes topics such as climate change, drought, flooding, and issues involving agriculture, transportation, public safety and commerce.

2020 Workshop Presentations

NB: Video recordings of the workshops will be postd to the NJ Highlands Coalition YouTube Channel soon. 


November 12, 2020

Session 1

Session 2

Effectively managing lands for climate change - Leslie Sauer

Discovering Eco & Agro tourism opportunities in the Highlands - John Donahue, Ben Spinelli, and Frank Pinto

November 13, 2020

Advocating at the municipal level - Alex Ambrose, Chris Miller, and Elliott Ruga

Session 2

Conference Sponsors


The Leavens Foundation Inc

Thonet Associates Inc

Environmental Planning & Design Consultants 

Local Partners

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DRWI Partner Organizations 

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Land Trust

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The Northwest NJ 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