EPA Funding at Work
Brook-Millstone Watershed Association’s (SBMWA)
Assessment Program aims to strengthen a municipality’s ability to
achieve its own unique vision while protecting the natural environment.
An Assessment report provides a comprehensive analysis of how a
municipality's local laws and practices support its vision. Assessment
reports are complete for 10 of the 12 municipalities enrolled in the
program in the Millstone River Watershed. SBMWA staff assist
municipalities in implementing recommendations in the report. Some
East Amwell received grant
assistance and is leading the effort among the five Sourland Mountain
municipalities to establish a Region Stormwater Management Plan.
East Windsor applied for a state grant to produce A Guide to
the Native Tree Arboretum at Etra Lake Park that will compliment the
restoration projects completed by the SBMWA in the Township.
Hillsborough Township is drafting an ordinance to protect stream
corridors and critical areas.
Hopewell Township implemented both a stream corridor protection
and a pet waste ordinance.
Millstone Township passed a stormwater control ordinance that
establishes requirements for new major developments.
Montgomery Township organized a community education tour of the
Sourland Mountain region.
West Amwell’s Environmental Commission (EC) rented the GPS unit
from and attended a training session held by the SBMWA’s GIS Center.
EC members then used the GPS unit as they hiked a number of
Moores Creek tributaries to ensure they are accurately represented on
is SBMWA’s goal to partner with all 26 municipalities in the Watershed
through the Municipal Assessment Program to achieve our mutual goals of
protecting and preserving the health of the watershed.
Others to Conduct Municipal Assessments
2004, NJWSA staff worked with
the SBMWA to learn how to implement the municipal assessment program.
In turn, NJWSA has introduced the municipal assessment program to
members of the Raritan-Highlands study committee who will be conducting
surveys in the North and South Branch Region.
Thus far, NJWSA has partnered with Bethlehem, Union, and
Bridgewater Townships to conduct assessments.
works cooperatively with businesses, golf courses and residents to
encourage environmental stewardship and reduce nonpoint source pollution
through better land management practices. SBMWA staff work with
applicants to tailor goals for River-Friendly certification. Some
advantages of River-Friendly certification include: decreased water use,
reduced exposure to chemicals, and increased natural habitat that
attracts beneficial wildlife. Janssen Pharmaceutica is the first
business to accomplish its goals and receive River-Friendly
certification. In 2005, several residents, golf courses, and additional
businesses are expected to complete their goals and receive
Expands River-Friendly Program Beyond our Borders
2003, SBMWA began working with the New Jersey Water Supply Authority (NJWSA) and South Branch Watershed Association (SBWA)
through the EPA Targeted Watershed Grant to implement the River-Friendly
Program in the Mainstem Raritan and South Branch Raritan Watersheds. To
date, NJWSA received commitments from National Starch and Chemical and
from NJ American Water Company/Elizabethtown Water Company (both in
Bridgewater) to participate in the River-Friendly Business Program;
NJWSA has conducted a site visit at National Starch and Chemical. SBWA
has commitments from and also conducted site visits at the High Bridge
Hills Golf Course and NJWSA’s Spruce Run Facility.