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Great Swamp Watershed Association’s (GSWA) Breakfast Briefing Speakers Series returns for spring on March 10, 2015!

This seasonal presentation series was created to help busy professionals stay informed about community environmental issues without taking valuable time away from work or family life.

Presentations are kept brief, focus on current environmental topics, and minimize overlap with most traditional business hours.

Briefings are usually held on the second Tuesday of the month from 8 to 9:30 a.m. There are occasional exceptions* to this schedule, so please be read the descriptions carefully.

Tuesday, March 10, 8—9:30 a.m.

GSWA Office, 568 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown, NJ

What is the Water Utility Cycle?

Our Spring 2015 Breakfast Briefings kick off with a visit from representatives of New Jersey American Water – one of the state’s largest water utilities. Learn where your tap water comes from, where it goes when it leaves your home, and what water and wastewater treatment plants must do to keep it clean and safe for us and our environment.

Think the process is simple and obvious? Guess again! What you don’t know about your water utility cycle will surprise you.

A continental breakfast will be served beginning at 8:00 a.m.

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Saturday, May 30, 8 - 9:30 a.m.


GSWA Office, 568 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown, NJ

A Report Card for the Great Swamp Watershed

Laura Kelm, director of water quality programs at the Great Swamp Watershed Association, wraps up the Spring 2015 Breakfast Briefing Series by introducing the organization brand new watershed report card program. The new program is designed to provide members of the public with an annual update on the quality of water in the five major streams feeding the Great Swamp and the Passaic River.

*This is a special Saturday morning briefing beginning at 10AM (see above and below for details). A continental breakfast will be served.

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Note: Rescheduled from May 12!

Tuesday, June 9, 8—9:30 a.m.

GSWA Office, 568 Tempe Wick Rd., Morristown, NJ

Healing the Lower Passaic: Diamond Alkali Superfund Cleanup Update

David Kluesner, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 team leader for community affairs, returns to provide an update on plans for the remediation of hazardous contamination along the last eight miles of the Passaic River.

A continental breakfast will be served beginning at 8:00 a.m.

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Registration & Cost

Seating is limited for all events, so please register online in advance by clicking one of the registration links above. To register by phone, please call (973) 538-3500 x22.

Current members of GSWA may attend free of charge as part of their membership benefits. If you are not a current member, please consider making a donation in support of these programs and others like it when your register. Suggested Donation Amounts: $10/adult, $5/child (6 to 17 years old), or $35/family (includes 4). There is no suggested donation for children 5 years or under.

Programs are suitable for all ages. For updates, rescheduling, or cancellations, please call our Event Information Hotline at (973) 538-3500 x22.


View presentations from some past Breakfast Briefings:

The Economic Implications of Climate Change, Professor Joseph J. Seneca, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, Tuesday, December 13, 2012

Why Is New Jersey’s Weather Changing? (presentation (pdf)) (video — as you watch, please turn up the volume. Audio quality is complicated by our presentation space.) Anthony Broccoli, director of the Rutgers Center for Environmental Predication, Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The State of the Passaic River, Kirk R. Barrett, Director, Passaic River Institute, Montclair State University, Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Every Drop Counts, David Robinson, NJ State Climatologist, Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Citizen Science — What’s In It For You?, Danielle Donkersloot, NJDEP’s Volunteer Monitoring Coordinator, Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Climate Change and You… Perfect Together?, Dr. Michael Kennish, Rutgers University, Tuesday, November 11, 2008