Message from Departing NJRCD Director Grace Messinger

I would like to start of saying THANK YOU to all who work so hard to make New Jersey a Better Place- and who work tirelessly to improve northwestern NJ’s water quality and way of life.

North Jersey RC&D has been in existence, covering 6 northwestern counties since 1988, however the roots of RC&D in NJ started in 1972 as the Sussex-Warren RC&D.  In the last 43 years transitions and changes have taken place.  One of the most significant changes, at least during my time with RC&D, was when the federal government eliminated the financial support for the program back in 2011.  North Jersey RC&D was able to weather that storm due to the great past leadership and Council support that was set in place through the arrangement we had with the USDA-NRCS.  North Jersey RC&D is growing and forging new partnerships.  We have a great opportunity to make an even larger impact on improving and protecting the water quality of the region for many years to come.

In the spirit of change or transition I have to inform you all that I am transitioning out of the Executive Director position of North Jersey RC&D and have relocated with my family to North Carolina.  I can still be reached by email at through this fall and as I assist to transition the new Associate Director to the position. My replacement will be Marcus Gray.  He will assume the role of Associate Director/Project Manager  and will officially start September 1st.  He will be located at the office space we share with the Musconetcong Watershed Association in Asbury.

Marcus’ contact information is:

Direct line: 908-441-9191 ext. 2

Office line: 908-574-5368

North Jersey RC&D, P.O. Box 117, Asbury, NJ 08802

I have really enjoyed these last 15 years working in NJ and have many treasured memories of working with great people and great projects that will all be our legacy. I wish you all the best. Please join me in welcoming Marcus Gray to NJ and to North Jersey RC&D.

Also please keep in mind the following staff working on RC&D projects that you are free to contact at any point if you have questions:   

  • Additional Agricultural support, especially for the Delaware River Watershed Initiative-NJ Highlands Cluster area for Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) reach out to Christian Bench at (908) 782-4614 x 111.