Issue #14 

Winter 2006/2007

The Basin Bulletin

 

 Newsletter for Stakeholders of the Raritan River Basin

Prepared on behalf of the Raritan Basin Watershed Alliance

     


News

Featured Articles

Highlands Draft Regional Master Plan

On November 30, 2006, the Highlands Council released the Highlands Draft Regional Master Plan.  more...


New NJDEP Flood Rules May Limit Landfill Redevelopment Potential

Proposed Changes Would Limit Scope of Planned Redevelopment

Read Courier News Online Article

North view of Somerville Landfill Model  (http://www.somervillenj.org/redev/landfill.html)


NJAFM Honors Hoffman Park Project

The NJ Association for Floodplain Management honored the NJ Water Supply Authority’s (NJWSA) Hoffman Park Stream Restoration Project at their October 2006 conference.  more...


Funds Awarded for Open Space Partnership Program Projects

Somerset County Freeholder Peter S. Palmer, planning board liaison, presents ceremonial checks totaling $1 million at the Board of Freeholders November 8, 2006 meeting.  more...


2007 Planning Grants for NJ Municipalities and Counties

ANJEC is pleased to announce that they have received funding from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to continue our Smart Growth Planning Assistance Grant Program in 2007.  more...


Flood Conference Sets Record for Attendance

Somerset, NJ, October 26-27, 2006:  The New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management (NJAFM) had a record attendance of 250 participants at its second annual conference held in Somerset, New Jersey.

  more...


Freeholders Announce Preservation of Four Seasons Nursery in Manalapan

The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the preservation of Four Seasons Nursery and Landscape Company in Manalapan Township.  more... 


NJDEP Earmarks Funding to Improve Public Access at Ken Lockwood Gorge Wildlife Management Area

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson today (October 18, 2006) announced that the DEP will spend $150,000 in capital funding to improve public access to Ken Lockwood Gorge Wildlife Management Area.  more... 


NJ Section American Water Resources Association Wins National Award!

The New Jersey Section of the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) received the Outstanding State Section Award from the American Water Resources Association.  more...


NJDEP Division of Watershed Management Awarded an EPA 319(h) Grant to Restore Neshanic River Watershed

Researchers at New Jersey Institute of Technology are leading an effort to improve water quality in the Neshanic River watershed.  more...


DECK THE STREAMS
Sung to the tune of "Deck the Halls"

Deck the streams with lots of green, Fa la la la la la la la la!
Trees & shrubs will keep them clean,
Fa la la la la la la la la!
Willow twigs build hearty buffers,
Fa la la la la la la la la!
So our watersheds won't suffer,
Fa la la la la la la la la!

See the flowing streams before us, Fa la la la la la la la la!
Thanks for helping to restore us,
Fa la la la la la la la la!
BMPs can clean our water,
Fa la la la la la la la la!
Keeping fish from needless slaughter,
Fa la la la la la la la la!

Fast away the runoff passes, Fa la la la la la la la la!
Over fields but slowed by grasses,
Fa la la la la la la la la!
Streambanks holding strong together,
Fa la la la la la la la la!
Regardless of the rainy weather,
Fa la la la la la la la la!

The music to Deck the Halls was reputed to have come from a Welsh tune called "Nos Galan" dating back to the sixteenth century. The "fa-la-la" refrains were probably originally played on the harp. In the eighteenth century Mozart used the tune to Deck the Hall for a violin and piano duet. The English words generally sung today are American in origin and date from the 19th century.

(Deck the Streams Song and Citation compliments of F.X. Browne, Inc. )


NESHANIC RIVER WATERSHED RESTORATION PLAN DEVELOPMENT

NJDEP 319 Grant Received by New Jersey Institute of Technology

The Neshanic River watershed is in the southwestern portion of the South Branch Raritan River watershed.  It is a 31 square mile drainage basin of mixed land uses containing Walnut Brook, First, Second and Third Neshanic Rivers and the Neshanic River main branch.  more...


ENHANCING WILDLIFE HABITAT ON PRIVATE LANDS

The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) has been popular with landowners in New Jersey interested in wildlife habitat management since its inception in 1998.  more...


UNION TOWNSHIP RECEIVES NJDEP 319 GRANT TO DEVELOP A SIDNEY BROOK WATERSHED PROTECTION PLAN

Sidney Brook is a headwater stream of the South Branch of the Raritan River located in Union and Franklin Townships, just above the Round Valley Reservoir intake.  It is a Category 1 (C1) designated stream meaning it has exceptional ecological, recreational, or aesthetic character, or that it is an exceptional resource for fisheries, water supply, or open space.  more...


ARMY CORPS AND STATE COLLABORATE TO RESTORE AND ENHANCE HISTORIC PROPERTY 

This past summer, a volunteer from the Somerset County Historical Society warmly welcomed Army Corps visitors at the historic Van Veghten House in Somerset County, N.J.  more...


SOUTH BRANCH RARITAN IS HEALTHY ACCORDING TO STREAM CRITTERS

On Saturday, November 11, 2006, the South Branch Watershed Association presented the results of the 2006 river monitoring season at Echo Hill Environmental Education Area.  more...


EPA TARGETED WATERSHED GRANT FOR THE RARITAN BASIN

NJWSA's Municipal Assessment Program Updates 

The true test of innovation is success, not the uniqueness of individual project components.  The Raritan Basin provides a unique opportunity to demonstrate and evaluate an innovative set of approaches to restore, protect and enhance water resources.  more...

River-Friendly Programs:

River Friendly Residents

The NJWSA is gearing up for the initiation of the River Friendly resident program in the main stem Raritan area, encompassing sections of Raritan Borough, Somerville Borough, Manville Borough, Bridgewater Township, and Hillsborough Township.  more...


Hoffman Park Stream Restoration Project Update!

The Hoffman Park Stream Restoration Project is located on a branch of the Mulhockaway at the eastern end of the park, off Mechlins Corner Road.  Hunterdon County owns and manages the park.  more...

Completed Project, October 2006


NEW JERSEY WATERSHED AMBASSADORS PROGRAM

Lower Raritan Watershed Management Area Update:

The sub watershed of focus this year in Lower Raritan Watershed Management Area is the Manalapan Brook.  The Manalapan Brook runs through portions of Manalapan, Millstone, and Freehold Townships. more...


DEVELOPMENT OF NUTRIENT TMDLs FOR THE RARITAN RIVER BASIN

TRC Omni Environmental Corporation (TRC Omni) is working with NJDEP and the New Jersey EcoComplex to provide the technical basis to address phosphorus impairments in the non-tidal Raritan River Basin.  more...


PEAPACK BROOK STREAM BANK STABILIZATION PROJECT

The Peapack Brook, contained within the Upper Raritan Watershed, is a trout production stream that flows through Chester Borough, Chester Township, the Borough of Peapack-Gladstone, and Bedminster Township.  more...


OPEN SPACE ACQUISITIONS

NJWSA is using Source Water Protection funds from dedicated portion of its water rate to partner with the State, counties and municipalities in the purchase of open space identified in the Spruce Run Initiative’s “Critical Areas Plan for the Spruce Run Reservoir Watersheds,” the Raritan Basin Watershed Management Project’s “Critical Water Resources Areas in the Raritan River Basin,” and NJWSA’s “Critical Water Resources Areas in the Lockatong and Wickecheoke Creek Watersheds.”   more...


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.