GSWA's Across the Watershed...In Brief
December 2013
Life in us is like the water in a river.
--from Walden; or, Life in the Woods,
by Henry David Thoreau, 1854 
Gifts That Give Back
Living Ornament in the shape of a star, from Back To Nature Home and Garden
Courtesy of the Back To Nature Fund.
Looking for a last minute gift idea that also does some good for the environment and your community? Look no further!

Help feed our feathered friends this winter and support Great Swamp Watershed Association -- with Living Ornaments from Back to Nature.

Visit  Back to Nature Home and Garden at 3055 Valley Road in Basking Ridge, purchase some handmade seed ornaments, and request that your purchase be credited to GSWA.

There are four styles to choose from--snowflake, holiday tree, star, and candy cane--and each one was created by a Back to Nature staff member.

100% of each $5 ornament purchase will benefit Great Swamp Watershed Association.

Stop by soon to buy several to deck your trees!

Click here to download a flyer for this promotion.

(And, don't forget that GSWA members receive a 10% discount on all other purchases at Back To Nature. See the Promo section below for details.)
Watershed Moments
GSWA Releases Review of Work for 2012-13

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In late November, GSWA released a report to donors outlining all of the organization's accomplishments for the 2012-13 fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2013.

This document includes information about projects completed in each of our core work areas, including water quality monitoring, environmental education, and environmental advocacy.

Please take a moment to download this report (PDF format) and enjoy a quick review of all the good work you have supported here at GSWA in the past year.

Click here to download GSWA's 2012-13 accomplishments.

From all of us here at GSWA, we wish you a Happy New Year! See you again in 2014!
In Case You Missed It...
Meet the Coywolf (Jan. 22, 2014)

From []: (Less an "In Case You Missed It" than a "Don't Miss This!") The coywolf, a mixture of western coyote and eastern wolf, is a remarkable new hybrid carnivore that is taking over territories once roamed by wolves and slipping unnoticed into our cities. Its appearance is very recent - within the last 90 years... Read the Article
N.J. judge approves $165 million settlements in Passaic River pollution case (Dec. 13, 2013)

From []: A state judge has approved a pair of settlements worth $165.4 million to the state from nearly 300 companies, towns and public agencies accused of polluting the Passaic River... Read the Article
Did You Know?
Living With Wildlife: The Coyote
by Jim Northrop, GSWA Volunteer

Coyote Pounce. Credit:
Coyote Pounce. Credit:
YES, there are coyotes (Canis latrans) living in the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge!  Members of the Refuge staff have seen and heard them a number of times. And, you know if they live in the Refuge, you can be sure that they live throughout the rest of the Great Swamp Watershed region too.

At first glance, the coyote resembles a small German shepherd dog, yet its color can vary from animal to animal. Shades include black, brown, gray, yellow, rust, and tan. They have shorter, bushier tales than their dog cousins that they carry low-almost dragging on the ground. Coyotes also have longer, narrower muzzles than dogs.

Most of us have a very negative image of this spectacular animal. In popular culture, coyotes are portrayed as villains, dastardly outlaws, thieves, and all-around scoundrels. Just think about the impression you have of Wile E. Coyote--you know, the creature that remains in constant pursuit of the Road Runner in Warner Brothers "Looney Tunes" and "Merrie Melodies" cartoon. The long rap sheet of offenses we humans have pinned on the coyote could not be farther from the truth of their real lives...Read more!

Click here to continue this story on our blog.
GSWA Promotions
Back To Nature Fund: Back to Nature Home and Garden, Conservation Resources Like the holiday ornament promotion you learned about above?

Need another good reason to shop at Back to Nature in Basking Ridge?

Here you go!

Members of the Great Swamp Watershed Association (GSWA) receive 10% off all purchases made in the store, online, or through BTN's Landscape & Construction Services.


Every time you buy from BTN using the promo code below, GSWA receives a donation equal to 5.5% of the price of your purchase.

All you need to do to take advantage of the discount and the donation is mention the promo code GREATSWAMP10 when you are checking out or making payment. It's that easy!

So remember to visit Back To Nature Home and Garden at 3055 Valley Road in Basking Ridge today! You also can visit the online store at or call BTN at (908) 350-7506.

Let's get Back to Nature...
With our selection of locally sourced plants and organic materials, you'll find everything needed for gardening success. Our store hosts an array of artisanal gifts including pottery, woodwork, organic soaps and local honey.

This program is sponsored by CRI.

In This Issue
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Other Upcoming Events
Winter Solstice Celebration, 12/20

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Morris County's Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center. Join a woodland gathering around a campfire to participate in the historical and ceremonial aspects of the solstice. Listen to storytellers as you enjoy hot cider and roasted marshmallows. Age 6 and up. Register now, as space is limited. Preregistration is required. Note: This is not a GSWA event.
Learn more here!

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Great Swamp Watershed Association
Protecting our waters and our land for more than 30 years
Street Address: 568 Tempe Wick Road, Morristown, NJ  07960 - Map It!
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 300, New Vernon, NJ  07976
For more than 30 years, the Great Swamp Watershed Association has been dedicated to protecting and improving water resources New Jersey's Great Swamp Watershed region. We do this by monitoring and maintaining streams and open space, advocating for intelligent land use and environmental policy, and educating communities about water and its effect on the health and natural beauty of the local environment.

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