In the mid-1990s Monmouth County was split into parts based on watersheds.
Panhandle Regional Environmental Planning Council
(Millstone, Upper Freehold, and Allentown Borough)
Neighboring municipalities later invited to join the Panhandle Council to form the Greenway Group
Hamilton and Washington (Robbinsville) Townships - Mercer County
Plumsted Township - Ocean County
The Greenway Group had its first meeting in September 2001
Greenway Group members (Regular and Alternates) were appointed by their municipal governing bodies.
The Greenway Group applied for NJ DEP Office of Environmental Services (OES) grant in late 2001.
Each of the six municipal governing bodies contributed a $2,500 match for a total of $15,000
(The $15,000 NJDEP grant was awarded for a Project total of $30,000)
Each of the municipal Environmental Commissions went without the opportunity to apply for their own individual municipal grant in the interest of the regional goal.
Only one grant per municipality per year is awarded.
Three firms responded to an RFP to develop a Greenway Plan.
F.X. Browne, Inc. was selected in August 2002 to develop the Plan. The Plan was completed April 2004.
In October 2004, the Greenway Group received the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions’ (ANJEC) Environmental Achievement Award.
On June 12, 2008, the Greenway Group filed a Certificate of Incorporation in the State of New Jersey, thus becoming a stand-alone organization known as the Crosswicks - Doctors Creek Watershed Association, Inc. (CDCWA)
On October 21, 2010, CDCWA received its determination of tax-exempt status from the IRS.
The Association is organized as a non-profit conservation and educational entity under IRS 501(c)(3).