Great Swamp Watershed Association (GSWA) was established in 1981 to support environmental awareness of, and encourage good management policies and practices in, the 12,000 acres of exceptional public lands within the Great Swamp watershed. (A watershed is a contiguous area of land within which all rainfall and stormwater runoff are collected in local streams and rivers and flow to a common location. In Great Swamp watershed, an area of 55 square miles, five streams — Black Brook, Great Brook, Loantaka Brook, the upper Passaic River and Primrose Brook — all converge in the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and exit through Millington Gorge as the Passaic River, source of drinking water for hundreds of thousands of New Jersey residents.)
The public lands of the watershed include:
Clean water is the life-blood of Great Swamp. From its inception, GSWA has encouraged well-coordinated, watershed-wide approaches to water-quality enhancement, open-space preservation and educational outreach. Today, with about 2,500 members, we work closely with a wide variety of federal, state, county, municipal and other agencies and organizations to help preserve, enhance and expand the public lands within the Great Swamp watershed.
GSWA is a private, voluntary organization, tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. As such, we rely on contributions from individual members, corporations, private foundations and government agencies to support its programs and projects. Our annual budget is about $500,000. To view our current financial report, click here.
Join the Great Swamp Watershed Association. As a member, you can be as involved as you want in our on-going activities. Your membership will support this most important local environmental cause. Members receive our newsletter, an invitation to our annual meeting and event, and announcememts of special area activities.
Make a donation. The Great Swamp Watershed Association is a private, voluntary organization, tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. As such, we rely on contributions from individual members, corporations, private foundations and government agencies to support its programs and projects.
Volunteer. The GSWA's staff of seven can always use help, from light office work to trail building. Donating your time to support a cause you love can be very rewarding.