December 2018
"There are no passengers on planet Earth - only crew"

-- Marshall McLuhan
Uncharted Waters

grab sample microplastics
A grab sample from Loantaka Brook
"You can actually see little shreds of plastic in this jar"  Those were Sandra LaVigne's first words to us after she returned from GSWA's first microplastic sampling run. Just when you think you have grasp on what's out there, you find out there's always more to uncover...
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Dreaming of a Green Christmas
green holiday package Each holiday season, Americans' produce trash like its their job - trash increases 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year's, that's an extra  six million tons  (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). And while it's likely that the readers of this publication are ahead of the curve in greening your holiday season, we thought we would share some more ideas about how to make your holidays more eco-friendly...
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Glacial History of the Great Swamp

CGI of melt water forming Glacial Lake Passaic.

18,000 years ago - a glacier advancing from the North ceased its forward motion and began to melt. The melting glacier left behind a great pile of rock and soil in a line from Chatham to Morristown
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GSWA Environmental News of Note
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In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Volunteer Workday

Sat 12/8

This is the  final CMA workday of the year, and our education associate, Adam, makes everything fun! This event is great for those who want to
understand land stewardship and what it entails; trail maintenance, fence repair, and invasive plant removal. Lighter tasks will also be available. 
Lower Passaic Superfund Update

Tues 12/11, 
190 Lord Stirling Rd
Basking Ridge, NJ
9:15 AM- 10:30AM .

The lower Passaic River dredging project is the
largest in the history of the federal superfund programAna Baptista, Chair of the Passaic River Superfund Community Advisory Group, will speak on the status of this dredging and discuss impacts it may have on the local communities
GSWA Annual Meeting

Weds, 12/12

Please note
: This event will be held at 
30 Washington Pl, Morristown, NJ

I f you've been a stranger in 2018, then let's  get reacquainted Learn about our successes in
our expanded education and  water quality  programs,  our great gala honoring
former NJ Governor Tom Kean, and our exciting inaugural  music festival fundraiser.  We will also present  what's next for 2019 . Event is open to the public but you must 

There's Still Time For a Double Donation
There's still time to make your year-end donation double ! Our generous mystery donors will continue to match any gifts made before December 31st 
(up to $15,000 total). 

Help us continue our wonderful work for the community and the environment by making your donation before the end of the month.
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GSWA Goes Social!
A Special Message:
Great Swamp Watershed Association
The Passaic River Waterkeeper Alliance Affiliate

Protecting our waters and our land for more than 35 years
Street Address: 568 Tempe Wick Road, Morristown, NJ  07960 - Map It!
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 300, New Vernon, NJ  07976