James Loring and Gretchen Wittenborn Johnson have a dream to clean up New Jersey’s Raritan River. To that end, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are endowing a new chair position in water resources and watershed ecology at Rutgers University in the department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources at the university’s School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Endowing the position was a way to knit together several interests of Mr. and Mrs. Johnson that focus on the restoration and preservation of the river. Part of that stewardship, they say, is a greater focus on the relationship between the land and water in and around the Raritan.
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