Colonial Park Pond
Protected From Water Quality
Brook-Millstone Watershed Association (SBMWA)
partnered with Somerset
County Park Commission and TRC Omni Environmental Corporation (TRC
Omni) to restore the Powder Mill Pond in Colonial Park by planting
the shoreline around the pond with native plants and shrubs.
Mill Pond is located within the campus of Colonial Park (Somerset County
Park System in Franklin Township, NJ) and on an unnamed tributary that
flows to the Millstone River. The
Powder Mill Pond is a highly utilized pond for paddleboats and fishing
within Colonial Park.
to Colonial Park can now view the progress of the project and see the
plants as they grow through this summer.
For directions to Colonial Park, please visit the Somerset County
Park Commission web site at http://www.park.co.somerset.nj.us/information/Directions/ColonialPk.htm.
was funded through a grant from the New Jersey Department of Environment
Protection’s 319(h) Nonpoint Source Pollution Program.
Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act provides funding to help
focus State and local nonpoint source (NPS) reduction efforts.
NPS is any types of pollution that has no discernable origination
point that results from everyday activities such as fertilizing
the lawn, walking pets, changing motor oil, and littering. These
funds support a wide variety of activities including technical
assistance, financial assistance, education, training, technology
transfer, demonstration projects, and monitoring to assess the success
of specific NPS reducing implementation projects.
States distribute funds from the USEPA to various groups to
implement NPS projects to improve water quality in critical areas.
County Park Commission was established in 1956 as a resource management
agency designated to provide specialized park areas and facilities that
supplement municipal efforts. The
County Park Commission is committed to excellence in promoting
stewardship of land and resources, providing outstanding recreation
opportunities and leisure services, and fostering an environment that is
service oriented and responsive to public needs.
The County park system today exceeds 9,200 acres, and this
acreage is constantly increasing. There are seven General Use Area
parks, offering both active and passive recreation facilities, including
five golf courses (one of which is under construction); two Special Use
Area parks devoted to horticulture and fine arts; three Developed
Natural Area parks, one of which features an environmental education
center and equestrian facility; and nine Undeveloped Natural Areas.
Brook-Millstone Watershed Association is a member-supported
environmental organization based in Pennington on an open space reserve
and is open to the public year round. Since 1949, the Watershed Association has worked to protect
and preserve the natural environment of the 265 square mile drainage
basin of the Millstone River. The
Millstone flows north from Millstone Township to the Raritan River in
Manville Borough. The
Watershed Association Office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and
staff can be reached at 609-737-3735.
Omni of Princeton, New Jersey provides state-of-the-art
environmental consulting services and is well known for its expertise in
watershed modeling, stormwater management, and Best Management Practice
(BMP) design. TRC Omni has
prepared numerous watershed studies to assess the impacts from multiple
point and nonpoint sources of pollution, and to establish load
allocations consistent with the water quality preservation goals of the
applicable standards and watershed plans.
TRC also specializes in designing visually attractive,
state-of-the-art BMPs to meet strict environmental regulations or
aesthetic requirements. Our
focused staff has developed a particular expertise in the design and
implementation of streambank and shoreline restorations, stormwater
treatment systems, and constructed wetlands.
information about this project, contact:
Jeremiah D. Bergstrom, CLA, RLA,
TRC Omni Environmental
Research Park, 321 Wall Street
Princeton, NJ 08540