Issue #16 

Summer 2007

 

The Basin Bulletin

Newsletter for Stakeholders of the Raritan River Basin

Prepared on behalf of the Raritan Basin Watershed Alliance


News

 

Featured Articles

 
Summary of April 15-18, 2007 Flooding in NJ

URWA  STABILIZES PEAPACK BROOK

Heavy rain began to fall across New Jersey during the early morning hours on Sunday April 15th, 2007. It began as light snow for a short time in the northwestern part of the state. more...

The Upper Raritan Watershed Association (URWA), a non-profit conservation organization recently completed a project funded by a NJ DEP 319H Grant entitled “Design and Implementation of Non-Point Source Pollution Control Measures in the Peapack Brook Subwatershed." more...



Water Quality News

EPA STAR GRANT FOR THE ROCKAWAY CREEK WATERSHED 

The NJDEP is pleased to announce the first annual “Clean Water New Jersey Awards.”  These awards, are designed to recognize municipalities, Public Complexes and Highway Agencies for their efforts in improving NJ's water quality. more...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded a STAR (Science to Achieve Results) grant to New Jersey Institute of Technology to develop innovative strategies to protect and preserve critical source areas at the municipal level for achieving the long-term sustainability of water resources through community-based land use planning and ordinances in the Rockaway Creek Watershed. more...   



NJDEP Proposes Amendments to WQMP Rules

PIKE RUN HABITAT ENHANCEMENT & RESTORATION PROJECT

On May 21, 2007, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) published proposed amendments to its Water Quality Management Planning (“WQMP”) rules, N.J.A.C. 7:15 et. seq. more... 

In 2003, the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association received a Targeted Watersheds Grant from the United States EPA to implement three types of pollutant control measures (restoration, protection/preservation, and pollution prevention) in three different watershed areas. more... 



NJDEP Announces SFY 2008 Request for Proposals for 319(h) Nonpoint Pollution Grant Funding

THE RARITAN PLAN: FOUR YEARS LATER (Article 2)

The NJDEP, Division of Watershed Management is soliciting proposals for funding of nonpoint source projects thorough the 2008 Federal pass-though 319(h) nonpoint pollution grants. The Division is seeking projects proposing implementation of Department approved Watershed Plans as a top priority. more... 

As noted in the Basin Bulletin, Spring 2007, the Raritan Basin Watershed Management Plan was released to the public in early 2003. The first article discussed the six key issues and the resulting stakeholder vision for the basin.  In this article, we focus on the first of the six key issues: surface water pollution, with the related issue of biological stream impairment.  more... 



Middlesex County EARTH Center

SBMWA's NATURAL GRASSLANDS RESTORATION PROJECT

The Middlesex County EARTH Center, home to Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County has had a great summer season!  more... 

In one of the first projects of its kind in the state, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association is restoring 44 acres of native grasslands without the use of chemical herbicides. more...  



Creamer Creek "No Named Dam 31" To Be Repaired!

THE D&R CANAL - BACK TO THE FUTURE 

Clinton Township has an agreement for the repair and maintenance of what many call "the no-name dam 31." For years, the state Department of Environmental Protection has pressed the township to make repairs to the dam. more...

Shortly after passing under Interstate 287, we saw people waving to us from the deck of the Ovations restaurant.  They, too, were enjoying a sunny day along the canal, but we had the advantage: we were actually cruising on the newly-reopened Delaware and Raritan Canal, a smashing success story with its restoration as an operating towpath canal. more...  



Developer Loses Highlands Challenge

THE FUSS OVER PHOSPHORUS

A state appeals court Friday upheld the constitutionality of the Highlands Act, ruling against the developer of a 95-acre acre tract in the Morris County municipality of Washington Township who challenged the 2004 law as "an unfair taking" of the property. more...

Lakes, rivers and streams supply us with clean and plentiful water for drinking, recreation, and a babbling brook can bring tranquility to our hectic lifestyles. For us to make this a reality, we must protect and preserve this vital resource. It is also important that we have a sound understanding of what is needed to accomplish this protection. more...  



Discover the Health of the Streams in Your Community

PRESERVING FARMING AND WILDLIFE IN CLINTON TOWNSHIP

South Branch Watershed Association will present the results of the 2007 river monitoring season and showcase the recently completed comprehensive report on the health of the South Branch Raritan River using 12 years of the Association’s monitoring data. more... 

Clinton Township is managing a portion of its open space acquisition at Hackets Preserve through an agreement with a Federal agency, a wildlife conservation group and a local farmer. This partnership will benefit farming and wildlife in the area and minimize maintenance expenses for the township.  more... 



Wildlife of Many Stripes Flock Here

 RUTGERS' HIDDEN GEM ON THE RARITAN  

Plainsboro Preserve is a 1,000-acre Wonder. 

Hiking around McCormack Lake after sundown, Sean Grace heard a noise, and quickly urged his group to stay silent. more... 


Daniel Van Abs Named Senior Director of Science and Planning for the Highlands Council!

The New Jersey Highlands Council announced today that Dan Van Abs, Director of Watershed Protection Programs for the New Jersey Water Supply Authority since March 1999, will join the staff of the Highlands Council as Senior Director of Science and Planning. more... 


New Guidance on Watershed Permitting

EPA has published a new technical guidance that will help integrate National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits into watershed management plans. more... 

Summertime in New Brunswick often brings a scorching heat and humidity that can feel oppressive.  Car exhaust hangs heavily in the air, and the piercing boom of jackhammers pounds away at the asphalt.  Relief feels a million miles away.    more...


CLEAN WATER AND SEWERS: HELPING NJ PLAN FOR THE FUTURE 

What are the best ways of providing clean water and sound sewers to all New Jersey residents?  That was the topic of discussion at the third Roundtable on Water and Sewer Infrastructure held by PlanSmart NJ. more...


LAND PRESERVED THROUGH TEAMWORK 

Working with a variety of public and private partners, the New Jersey Conservation  Foundation (NJCF) recently assisted in the preservation of two key properties within the Raritan River Basin, a major water source for residents of Central Jersey. more... 



ADDRESSING NUTRIENT IMPAIRMENTS IN THE RARITAN RIVER BASIN 

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has designated many of the streams throughout the Raritan River Basin as impaired because phosphorus concentrations exceed 0.1 mg/l.  Omni Environmental LLC (Omni) is working with NJDEP and Rutgers University – New Jersey EcoComplex to provide the technical basis to develop Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) to address phosphorus impairments in the Raritan River Basin.  more... 


Upcoming Events

Employment

ANJEC's 34th Annual Statewide Environmental Congress

New Jersey Water Supply Authority Employment Opportunities

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NJAFM Third Annual Conference!!

Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association Employment Opportunities

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NJ-AWRA to Host 3rd Annual Water New Year's Event!

F.X. Browne, Inc. Employment Opportunities 

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Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County

National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Employment Opportunities

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Stream Investigation, Stabilization and Design Workshop

The Regional Planning Partnership - Job Opening: Seeking GIS Specialist

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NJ Audubon Environmental Education Programming

Hunterdon County Employment Opportunities 

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Upper Raritan Watershed Association Calendar of Events

NJAPA - Classifieds 

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South Branch Watershed Association Calendar of Events

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If you would like to provide information for the newsletter, please forward it to Lindsay Blount at NJWSA, at lblount@raritanbasin.org.

Although the information in this document has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, it has not gone through the Agency's publications review process and, therefore, may not necessarily reflect the views of the Agency and no official endorsement should be inferred.