Community and Urban Science Enrichment Water Stewards Program
Project Purpose: The Community and Urban Science Enrichment (CAUSE) Water Stewards
Program seeks to expand and extend the work done under their U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency grant #NE96291913. The CAUSE Water Stewards will continue to test water quality sites
around Camden’s waterways, such as the Newton Creek, Cooper River, and Delaware River. The
Stewards then use the collected information, in conjunction with their aquatic training, to present
workshops and other informal presentations to families and students in Camden, as well as those up
CAUSE Water Stewards are high school students in Camden participating in the CAUSE youth
development program at the Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium. The CAUSE
program provides youth with character education, life skill training, mentoring, and advanced
aquatic science education that leads to paid work as educators for younger kids in their community
in summer science camps. Youth with an interest in furthering their science experiences can choose
to join the Water Stewards program and gain further training in water testing and the importance of
water quality to the environment and city that surround these rivers. These youth will be
knowledgeable about the current state of the local waterways and will become leaders of their
community, educating their Camden neighbors about ways to protect the environment.
Resource Values/Project Outputs:
1. The project will lead to a better informed public that understands local water quality issues and
their effects on these waterways, ultimately leading to action to improve conditions as warranted.
2. Additionally, we will create a corps of environmental stewards that are trained with marketable
21st Century workplace skills in water quality monitoring.
Initiation of project in April 2015; with completion by November 2015 (7 months)
List of Partners:
Delaware Riverkeeper Network, US. Environmental Protection Agency, Camden
County Municipal Utilities Authority
What is requested from the CWRP/Contribution:
The funds from this proposal would allow the
continued support of staff and youth to do additional water testing sites and extend the testing
beyond the original EPA timeline (ends in June 2015). Additionally, funds would support test
supplies, workshop materials, and travel expenses.
Point of Contact:
Barbara Kelly, Director of Development & Communication, Center for Aquatic
Sciences, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103, (856)361-1014;