What We Do

Welcome to all things Ramapo River and the greater New York/New Jersey Highlands — a federally recognized four-state region that includes the Ramapo Mountain range and part of the Hudson Highlands.

Indian Kill Reservior

Shot of the Indian Kill Reservoir in Sterling Forest, Tuxedo, NY – the reservoir is an important Tuxedo water supply and is on a tributary of the Ramapo River. (Photo courtesy of Geoff Welch)

The Ramapo River is the northern headwater region of the Passaic River, with the Ramapo watershed a designated federal Environmental Protection Agency Sole Source Aquifer for Orange and Rockland Counties, as well as a key water source for  northern New Jersey.

The Ramapo River Committee works with local and regional agencies to educate the public about watershed and river corridor protection, wildlife conservation and appreciation, the study of scenic and historical vistas, including those painted by the Hudson RIver School, and trail and recreational river corridor use.

The Ramapo River Watershed Conference is an annual gathering that includes participation from a variety of individuals, agencies, organizations and students that interact with Highlands and watershed issues, including educators, regulators, governmental agencies, and environmental groups.

Now in it’s 22nd year, the Watershed Conference is held at the Institute for Environmental Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey.