Princeton Water Watch

An Empty Urban Canvas…
July 28, 2009, 8:25 pm
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Help us paint it! Go to to to learn more and donate.

Every $5 sponsors a square foot!

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who came out to Small World Coffee last night for the benefit show. The music, art and support were great. A special thanks to Vin, Small World Coffee, Ja’c, Red Hawk Fly, Paella!, Michael Kragh and Dinner.



Dear Friends,

New Jersey Community Water Watch is currently seeking donations for two water-themed mural projects in Trenton. One will be at Rutherford Avenue Park with the theme of “Water Makes the World Go ‘Round” and will be completed by five local artists.  The other, in collaboration with CitySmiles, will be inspired and painted by the children partaking in Water Watch’s environmental education classes. Through these murals, we hope to reach the next generation of children and their parents about the importance of protecting local waterways.

Over 75% of New Jersey’s waterways are too polluted for fishing and swimming. Though pollutants from industry, pollutants from our lawns and streets continue to threaten our lakes, streams and rivers. With more and more children growing up in cities around the state, with little or no access to the natural environment, it is difficult to emphasize that they are connected to nature and that their actions directly influence the health of the environment.

To show that everyone is related to the environment, we will be completing a mural that explains this connection visually, with images from Trenton and the environment connected by water.

In order to start working on this mural, we need donations to help cover the costs of painting more than 400 square feet. For every $5 donated, we will be able to paint approximately one square foot. To calculate your donation, just decide how many feet you would like to sponsor and then multiply by five.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by phone at (609) 529-8437 or by email at By partnering with NJCWW for these murals, you are helping us make a difference in the greater Mercer County community (and downstream, as well).


Laura Burke and Louise Finnell
NJ Community Water Watch


Join Us For A Night Of MUSAIC!
July 26, 2009, 6:33 pm
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Small World Coffee and NJ Water Watch Present,


A night of art, music and environmental awareness, to benefit the NJ Water Watch Trenton Mural Projects.

Featuring the music of:



Michael Kragh


Red Hawk Fly


 Small World Coffee

14 Witherspoon st. 

Princeton, NJ 08540

Riverpalooza! Trenton
July 23, 2009, 9:33 pm
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To sign up and find more information about the sites around the state, visit the main Water Watch website.

Summer Projects
July 20, 2009, 4:33 pm
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Just to update everyone on what Princeton Water Watch is doing this summer, here’s a summary.

Mural Project:

Water Watch is teaming up with artist Leon Rainbow of Trenton and Dean Innocenzi of TerraCycle  to complete a mural that shows the importance of water in our daily lives, encouraging a new generation to protect our local waterways.

Titled Water Makes the World Go ‘Round, the 30’x9′ mural will be at a community park in Trenton.

We also hope to work with kids on a smaller mural at the Riverside Community School in Trenton later in the month.

We will be having a benefit show with six bands on Wednesday, August 5th from 7-9 at Small World Cafe in Princeton, NJ.

Environmental Education:    WE  LOVE  A (clean) WATER CYCLE

Louise is teaching kids of all ages fun lessons about the environment at local summer camps. Last week campers made crinkled paper watersheds with spots of pollution (black marker dots). When we sprayed water on them, the campers could see the pollution meander through the crinkles and settle in the lowest points, or the bottom of the watershed. Very fun!


One of seven sites around the state, Princeton Water Watch will be hosting a bluegrass – breakfast river cleanup on Saturday, August 8th at 10 A.M. at Aussunpink Park in Trenton, NJ. This will be part of the statewide Summer 2009 Water Watch effort, Riverpalooza. Email Laura at if you can make it!

Videos and Podcasts:

Laura worked with the Student  Environmental Communication Network at Princeton University to create a podcast about water quality in Lake Carnegie and a video project about the Delaware River. Both are in progress and will be up on this website within the next few weeks.

Inspiring Ideas
July 16, 2009, 5:37 pm
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This week, Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times featured charity:water, an organization started by a self-proclaimed narcissist who woke up one morning and decided he wanted to “make a difference.” Kristof’s article, Clean, Sexy Water, features charity:water’s founder, Scott Harrison, who ventured to western Africa to photograph Mercy Works, a Christian aid group, and ultimately realized that what people really needed was basic, clean water. 

Mr. Harrison’s history is a truthful, inspiring story of how an average person can use his or her skills and motivationto make a charitable program successful. Take a look at his website and you’ll see what we mean. 

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