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Whippany River group plans June BioBlitz thanks to investors grant

Attend the Bioblitz, a Free Environmental Education Event on June 12

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – The Whippany River Watershed Action Committee (WRWAC) is planning a new educational event, “BioBlitz Morris Nature Festival” on Saturday, June 12, thanks to a $1,000 grant from Investors Foundation.

The BioBlitz Morris Nature Festival will feature dozens of environmental educational programs and activities for kids of all ages, including reptile and fly fishing demonstrations, water quality testing, exploration hikes and more. A BioBlitz is an event where participants find and identify as many species of flora and fauna as possible in a specific location.

“We are so grateful for this, our first, grant from Investors Bank,” says Siva Jonnada, 2021 WRWAC Chair.  “Funding from local institutions helps WRWAC in its continuing mission as steward of the watershed.  These funds will allow us to move forward with running a successful BioBlitz Morris Nature Festival — the first BioBlitz for WRWAC in collaboration with the Morris County Park Commission.”

The mission of the WRWAC is to preserve, protect and maintain the land and water resources of the Whippany River Watershed. The WRWAC sponsors river clean ups, community outreach programs and works with towns and municipalities in the watershed to preserve and protect it. The Whippany River is 16 miles long and the watershed is approximately 70 square miles, throughout Morris County.

For more information about BioBlitz Morris Nature Festival or to sponsor a program, visit

Investors Bank created the Investors Foundation in 2005 to support the communities Investors Bank serves. Investors Foundation supports initiatives in the arts, youth development, health and human services, education and affordable housing.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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