The History of Bergen SWAN

January 17, 1985

Deeds for the transfer of 700 acres of land from HWC to Rivervale Realty are recorded at the Hackensack Court House.

January 1988

Bergen SWAN is founded after several citizens groups concerned about watershed development meet and agree join forces.

March 20, 1988

Opinion piece outlining the history of the watershed transfer written staff writer Phyllis Kronick, appears in The Record.

September 25, 1988

Walk For Watershed, a fund raising walkathon takes place around the Oradell Reservoir.

November 16, 1988

Watershed Protection Act signed into law by Governor Kean, placing a moratorium on the sale or development of utility-owned watershed buffer lands.

May 8, 1989

Protest at annual stockholder's meeting of United Water Resources held at the Haworth water treatment plant.

June 9, 1989

White-tailed deer living on watershed property in Emerson is captured and removed at the request of the water company, after becoming the subject of public attention.

October 20, 1989

Music For the Watershed benefit concert featuring Eric Anderson, Rod McDonald, and Doah is help in Hackensack.

January 12, 1990

On the last day of Kean administration, the BPU approves an exemption to Watershed Protection Act, allowing HWC to transfer three golf courses.

May 14, 1990

Second annual protest at annual stockholder's meeting of United Water Resources held at the Sheraton Hotel in Hasbrouck Heights.

June 6, 1990

Option piece outlining the history of the watershed conflict written by Tim Searchinger of the Environmental Defense Fund appears in The Record.

June 21, 1990

BPU denies motion by SWAN and EDF for reconsideration of January golf course transfer approval.

October 14, 1990

Walk For Watershed II fund raising walkathon takes place around the Oradell Reservoir.

January 16, 1991

Sierra Club North Jersey Group gives it's endorsement to the Watershed Protection Act.

April 18, 1991

"Wildman" Steve Brill visits watershed land in Emerson and Old Tappan as part of talk on edible wild plants.

April 25, 1991

Opinion piece supporting passage of the Watershed Protection Act written by Louisa Spencer of the Environmental Defense Fund appears in The Record.

May 13, 1991

Third annual protest at annual stockholder's meeting of United Water Resources held at the Sheraton Hotel in Hasbrouck Heights.

June 7, 1991

A state appeals court rules to overturn the transfer of the three golf courses to Rivervale Realty.

June 20, 1991

Poor Land Use-- Poor Water Quality, a talk by journalist Robert Hennelly, is held at the Oradell Library.

July 21, 1991

Bergen SWAN picnic at Pascack Brook County Park.

October 6, 1991

Walk For Watershed III walkathon is postponed to the following week due to rain.

October 13, 1991

Walk For Watershed III, a fund raising walkathon takes place around the Oradell Reservoir.

November 19, 1991

Feature expose on United Water Resources by Robert Hennelly appears in The Village Voice.

March 22, 1992

Lengthy feature story When the Waterworks Lands on You by Ruth Mayard Smith appears in The New York Times.

May 11, 1992

Demonstration at annual stockholder's meeting of United Water Resources held at the Sheraton Hotel in Hasbrouck Heights.

July 23, 1992

Public hearing held in Hackensack over HWC "Evergreen" plan to transfer of the three golf courses.

May 5, 1993

State officials approve a negotiated settlement between United Water Resources and SWAN/EDF returning approximately 400 acres of woodlands to protected status and preserving the three golf courses.

April 23, 1994

Hackensack River Clean-up Day takes place at Von Steuben Landing in River Edge, cosponsored by The Baykeeper and Bergen SWAN.