Mission: Since 1981, the Great Swamp Watershed Association has been created by and for New Jersey residents committed to protecting the environment, history and quality of life throughout the towns and counties touched by the Great Swamp. Merely 25 miles from Times Square is one of New Jersey's most vital natural wonders: Great Swamp and its watershed. 55 square miles of marshes, fields, woodlands, ponds, streams, river and swamp, teeming with wildlife. The region contains some of New Jersey's most pristine, historic and environmentally important land. As a Refuge, Great Swamp serves as protected habitat for over 300 species of wildlife, including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish. Plus it is home to more than 200 varieties of wildflowers and a wide cross-section of other North American wild flora. As a local natural resource, everything and everyone in and around our area is impacted by, and has an impact upon Great Swamp, from the water we drink to the air we breathe to the scenery all around us. Great Swamp boundaries encompass many of the most popular and loved natural and historic sites in our area. As a watershed, the Great Swamp is essentially a huge basin into which rainwater flows from five different streams, collects, and exits as the Passaic River. Over a million people get their drinking water from the Passaic River. Think of the Great Swamp Watershed Association as committed friends and neighbors, with substantial expertise and organizational capability harnessed to help protect the places you love and the water you drink!
Great Swamp Watershed Association became an accredited land trust in July 2017, a status that can be renewed every five years. Accreditation means Great Swamp Watershed Association meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Great Swamp Watershed Association demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate the commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. To
learn more about land trust accreditation and the current accreditation status of Great Swamp Watershed Association, visit http//www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.