Watershed Partnership
c/o Jerry Silbert, M.D.
155 White Birch Drive
Guilford CT 06437-2142
Contact Information
Address c/o Jerry Silbert, M.D.
155 White Birch Drive
Guilford, CT 06437-2142
Telephone (203) 453-8537 x
Fax 0-000-0000
E-mail WaterPartnership@SBCglobal.net
Web and Social Media
Mission
The mission of the Watershed Partnership is to promote healthy, sustainable communities and watersheds in harmony with the environment through education, advocacy, and technical assistance.
 
We envision healthy, sustainable communities of beauty and vitality that enhance the quality of life and provide opportunities for individual and community development in harmony with a sustainable environment; an environment with wholesome food, clean water, healthy soil, clean air, healthy forests, and functioning wetlands, where both people and a diversity of wildlife can flourish.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2004
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Jerry Silbert M.D.
Board Chair Mr. Jim Bussmann President
Board Chair Company Affiliation Commercial Real Estate Realtor
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $45,000.00
Projected Expenses $40,600.00
Statements
Mission
The mission of the Watershed Partnership is to promote healthy, sustainable communities and watersheds in harmony with the environment through education, advocacy, and technical assistance.
 
We envision healthy, sustainable communities of beauty and vitality that enhance the quality of life and provide opportunities for individual and community development in harmony with a sustainable environment; an environment with wholesome food, clean water, healthy soil, clean air, healthy forests, and functioning wetlands, where both people and a diversity of wildlife can flourish.
Background
The Watershed Partnership has evolved from an entity created by a government initiative called the Quinnipiac River Watershed Partnership to an independent tax exempt charitable organization incorporated in the state of Connecticut in 2004.  The Watershed Partnership now serves, in addition to the Quinnipiac River watershed, the entire state of Connecticut with an emphasis on the Greater New Haven Area.
 
Being a small organization with limited resources, we sought ways to do the most good with the resources we had by reaching the largest target population through our Safe Grounds Campaign funded by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.  We have worked successfully to decrease the use of toxic lawn pesticides at schools throughout Connecticut and have protected hundreds of thousands of children.
 
Through our Safe Grounds Campaign we have formed relationships with municipalities and formed working relationships with other organizations interested in children's health and the environment.  These alliances have been, and will be, invaluable as the Watershed Partnership works on future initiatives.
Impact

The Watershed Partnership played a leadership role in protecting the lawn pesticide ban that now protects over 600,000 Connecticut children from involuntary exposure to toxic lawn pesticides at school by preventing its repeal by pro-pesticide interests. Our current goal is to decisively defeat the misguided attempts to repeal the ban and extend the ban to all public places where children and pregnant women can be exposed.

 

 We continue to help municipalities and groundskeepers maintain healthy, safe, playable and attractive sports turf with nontoxic care. Our goal is to continue this effort and conclusively demonstrate that nontoxic turf care can be successful and affordable.

Four years ago the Watershed Partnership founded an organic community garden on the property of the Guilford Keeping Society. The garden is thriving and has ten raised beds for the Guilford Food Bank.  We also have a children's garden integrated with the second year curriculum on food and soil of Guilford's Cox Elementary School.

Because the garden was doing so well, the Watershed Partnership's Board decided that the garden could now be independent so the Partnership could concentrate on its primary interest in its Safe Grounds Campaign.

 Having presented successful educational programs with documentary films and talks on food, health, and environmental issues in Guilford, the Partnership in in the process of expanding these programs to other towns.  We are particularly interested in the issue of meeting the challenge of climate change and climate justice.As President Obama said in his state of the union address in January 2015, "No challenge, no challenge, poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change."

Needs
The Watershed Partnership needs a minium of $50,000 in yearly funding in grants and donations to continue its work of eliminating toxic lawn pesticides from public places where children and pregnant women can be exposed.  Part of this would also be used for our Resilient Communities Initiatives.
 
 
 
 
CEO Statement
It is a privilege to work as Executive Director of the Watershed Partnership. I am proud of our proven track record. Our present and future successes will be a legacy for the future, for the health of our children, and the health of the earth that sustains us.
Board Chair Statement

I believe in local philanthropy that directly affects the health and well-being of the community where my family lives.  I am, therefore, proud and privileged to volunteer my time, talent and treasure to the Watershed Partnership, a Guilford CT based environmental not-for-profit organization that promotes healthy, sustainable communities and watersheds in harmony with the environment.  

 Though small in size, the Watershed Partnership has improved the environment for children on a national scale. Through education, advocacy, and technical assistance the Watershed Partnership was instrumental to Connecticut being the first state in the union to pass legislation mandating organic lawn care practices on school grounds. This legislation model was thereafter adopted by multiple other states.

 Our organizational guidance and fiduciary support enabled Guilford’s community garden project to launch and become an asset not only to its gardeners, but also to local schools and the food bank.

 The joy and replenishment I receive from the time I spend working with the Watershed Partnership’s Board and its Executive Director is only increased by the catalytic success we have achieved. 

 The Watershed Partnership is truly a local organization with exponential impact.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Environment / Alliances & Advocacy
Secondary Organization Category Health Care / Public Health
Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Citizen Participation
Areas Served
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
State wide
We serve all of Connecticut with a concentration in the Greater New Haven Area.
Programs
Description

The Watershed Partnership's Safe Grounds Campaign focuses on decreasing the use  of toxic lawn pesticides to protect children's health and the environment.

Lawn pesticides are among the most toxic agents used where people work and play. The potential harm of these agents is significant. Children and the child in utero are particularly susceptible to the adverse effects of these toxic chemicals. Many commonly used lawn pesticides have studies linking them with cancers, birth defects, abnormal mental development, liver or kidney damage, allergies, and disruption of hormonal systems.  It makes absolutely no sense to expose children and pregnant women involuntarily to these toxic chemicals when there are safe, effective, and affordable alternatives.

Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) / Infants to Preschool (under age 5) / At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Though the Watershed Partnership is a small organization, we have already had significant successes. The Watershed Partnership was instrumental in the passage of state-wide landmark legislation banning the use of toxic lawn pesticides on public and private school grounds with children in grade 8 and below. This also includes day care centers. Connecticut was the first state to pass this type of legislation.  New York has followed passing similar legislation in 2009.

Working with municipalities in Connecticut, we have shown that pesticide-free turf care works.  We have formed working relationships with those directly responsible for the care of school lawns and turf.  We have good relationships with other nonprofit organizations interested in the environment and children's health, as well as experts in the health and environmental fields.
 
Since its passage we have helped to successfully protect the pesticide ban from repeal by pro-pesticide interests. 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The Watershed Partnership as well as others have shown the use of toxic lawn pesticides is not necessary for the maintenance of school lawns and safe, playable athletic fields.  The Watershed Partnership successfully advocated for a law in Connecticut banning toxic lawn pesticides on all public and private school grounds in Connecticut with children in grade 8 and below.  This law will promote the development of an  infrastructure for the maintenance of pesticide-free lawns that will show the cost of pesticide-free lawn care is no more and probably less than conventional care.  Our long term goal is to institutionalize pesticide-free lawn care at all of Connecticut's schools and other public places and make toxic pesticide-free care the standard of practice for lawns and turf.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
The number of successful conversions to pesticide-free care.
Decrease in the use of toxic lawn pesticides at schools.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Two landmark laws banning the use of toxic lawn pesticides for all Connecticut public and private schools with grades 8 and below, and all day care centers.
 
Review of pesticide records and field surveys of selected towns showed 100% compliance with the ban.
 
Some municipalities have gone above and beyond what the law mandates and have successfully stopped using pesticides on parks and non-school athletic fields without any deterioration of the turf.
 
Two test sites on the lawn of the Governor's official residence converted to pesticide-free care.
Description
The Watershed Partnership's Sustainable Communities Initiative was inspired by the realization that endless consumption of resources is impossible on a finite planet. We have already exceeded the capacity of the environment to absorb greenhouse gas emissions.  We are not headed in the right direction.
 
As a catalyst organization working at a state and local level, we feel that our most useful role will be to help communities understand the challenges we face and build the resilience to adapt to the changes that lie ahead. The three areas we consider important are food, energy and individual values that lead to a strong, health, and just society that is living within environmental limits.
 
 
Population Served Families / Adults / At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
We are in a strategic planning phase of determining where the Watershed Partnership can be most effective in promoting resilient communities. 
 
Our community garden is a start in this direction.  In October 2010 we were given use of one acre of farmland at the historic Medad Stone Tavern museum in Guilford, owned by the Guilford Keeping Society. Starting our third season we have doubled the number of our gardeners to 30 and have a large plot supplying fresh organic produce to the Guilford Food Bank.  We also started a children's garden and it is being used for a nearby school's 2nd grade curriculum on food and soil.  We also have had successful community educational programs showing documentary films and talks on food health and the environment.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Long term success would be a substantial increase in local and regional sustainable food and energy production and distribution that is affordable to all.
 
Individual and community adoption of an energy descent plan to adapt to increasing fossil fuel prices and the need to decrease greenhouse gasses.
 
An increase in individual and collective action that promotes resilience and adaptability to future economic and climatic changes.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
A productive community garden and the activities and programs associated with the community garden, to be followed by monitoring how this has changed peoples behavior and attitude toward the food they buy, grow, prepare, and eat.
 
Providing our local food bank with organic produce in season and monitoring how much food is provided and how it is used by the clients of the food bank.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
We now starting our third season of an up and running community garden, food bank garden, and a film series on food security and sustainability in collaboration with the Guilford Free Library.  We have had several events in the garden involving both children and gardeners and are planning more educational events for children, gardeners, and the public.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
It inspires me, as Executive Director of a small organization, that we have been able to accomplish so much - protecting hundreds of thousands of children in Connecticut.  This work would not have been possible without our major funder, the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, our donors, our supporters in the legislature, and other organizations interested in the environment and children's health in Connecticut.
CEO/Executive Director
Jerry Silbert M.D.
Term Start June 2004
Email WaterPartnership@SBCglobal.net
Experience
Dr. Silbert is a physician trained in Pathology (the study of the causes and effects of human disease), Laboratory Medicine, and Environmental Health. He was former Chief of Clinical Laboratories at the West Haven VA Hospital and was a faculty member at the Yale School of Medicine in the Department of Pathology and the Department of Laboratory Medicine.
 
Dr. Silbert was Vice-chairman of the Guilford Inland Wetland Commission and Former Chairman of Guilford's Conservation Commission. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Watershed Fund, on the Advisory Committee of the Connecticut Water Planning Council, Grant Making Committee of  New England Grassroots Environmental Fund, Steering Committee of the Connecticut Conservation Network, Technical Advisor to the Natural Resource Inventory Committee of Guilford, Chairman of Guilford's Conservation Task force, and member of the DEP Vernal Pool Workgroup.
 
In 2013 Dr. Silbert received the Dragonfly Award from the national organization Beyond Pesticides for "Vision  and leadership in advancing knowledge and action to protect health and the environment."
 
 
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 10
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
Our organization works in partnership with many environmental and health organizations in Connecticut and nationally.  We have special relationships with Environment and Human Health, Inc., Northeast Organic Farming Association, Audubon Connecticut, Connecticut Sierra Club, Beyond Pesticides, Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, and Grassroots Environmental Education.
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Nonprofit of the YearGuilford Chamber of Commerce2011
Dragonfly Award for vision and leadership in protecting health and the EnvironmentBeyond Pesticides (a national organization)2012
Comments
CEO Comments The Watershed Partnership is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. working in Connecticut to promote safe, healthy, livable communities for present and future generations. We envision communities with wholesome food, clean water, soil, and air, with healthy forests and functioning wetlands, where people and a diversity of wildlife can flourish.

We work collaboratively with other organizations to foster values, attitudes, policies, and laws that promote our vision. The Partnership’s director, Dr. Jerry. Silbert, is a physician trained in pathology, laboratory medicine, and environmental health. He has been director of the Watershed Partnership for over ten years.

* The Watershed Partnership works on practical projects for change at the local, regional and state level. We are proud of our accomplishments.

* The Watershed Partnership is working towards building strong resilient communities in the face of an uncertain economy, rising energy costs, and the effects of global warming.

* We founded an organic community garden on an acre of land leased from the Guilford Keeping Society on the grounds of the historic Medad Stone Tavern. Ten plots dedicated to growing food for the Guilford Food Bank. Another area is dedicated to a children’s garden for education. In 2011 the Watershed Partnership was awarded the nonprofit of the year by the Guilford Chamber of Commerce for the community garden.

* In 2014 we spun off the garden as an independent nonprofit organization called the Guilford Community Garden so we could focus our efforts on our Safe Grounds Campaign, to decrease and eliminate the use of toxic lawn pesticides in Connecticut in order to protect the health of children’s and the environment. The Watershed Partnership spearheaded a successful effort to ban toxic lawn pesticides on the grounds and athletic fields of all public and private elementary and middle schools and all day care centers. Connecticut was the first state to do this. New York has followed our example.

* In 2012, Dr. Silbert received the Dragonfly Award from the national organization Beyond Pesticides for protecting children and the environment from exposure to toxic lawn pesticides.

* We are working with municipalities to help them transition to successful safe pesticide-free athletic fields and have started an internet forum for nontoxic turf care. We are also helping towns stop using toxic lawn pesticides on municipal properties and town greens by providing information about how to do successful nontoxic turf care.

We have been giving educational talks on the effects of toxic chemical trespass on health and the environment.

Board Chair
Mr. Jim Bussmann President
Company Affiliation Commercial Real Estate Realtor
Term Jan 2014 to Jan 2017
Email jjbuss@aol.com
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Ms. Kathryn Greene TreasurerGreene Gallery Owner
Mr. Rick Mayer Vice PresidentBarocas Photography
Ms. Roberta Silbert SecretaryNone
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 2
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Standing Committees
Board Governance
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2015
Projected Revenue $45,000.00
Projected Expenses $40,600.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$27,633$32,414$46,000
Administration Expense$12,387$12,573$17,000
Fundraising Expense$3,292$4,125$4,000
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.541.140.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses64%66%69%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%8%6%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$16,786$36,500$29,406
Current Assets$16,786$36,500$29,406
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$16,786$36,500$29,406
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Quinnipiac River Fund $20,000MFUNd $10,000MFund $28,500
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMFUNd $15,000Cornell Douglas Foundation $8,000Quinnipiac River Fund $16,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Communtiy Foundaiton for Greater New Haven $10,000 --The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $10,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments
The Watershed Partnership had a reserve of 37,363 at the end of the 2012 FY.  The reserve may need to be used, in part, in 2013 to supplement any shortfall in anticipated funding, to implement our new Resilient Communities Initiative, and to prepare for an expected assault on the school lawn pesticide ban in 2014 by pro-pesticide interests.
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

 

Address c/o Jerry Silbert, M.D.
155 White Birch Drive
Guilford, CT 064372142
Primary Phone 203 453-8537
CEO/Executive Director Jerry Silbert M.D.
Board Chair Mr. Jim Bussmann President
Board Chair Company Affiliation Commercial Real Estate Realtor

 

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