CDRW Member Updates
In northwest New Jersey, Trout Unlimited is working on Delaware River Watershed restoration along Lopatcong Creek and the Musconetcong River. They've been planting native trees and shrubs to reduce flooding and stream erosion, and rebuild natural floodplains. This will also help improve fishing conditions for anglers, provide wildlife habitat, and improve drinking water quality for those downstream.
A newly released report from Environment America entitled “Threats to Clean Water in the Delaware River Basin” examines the long-ranging impacts pollution has on the Delaware River, and urges policymakers to utilize tools provided by the Clean Water Act to safeguard the basin. The report comes at a timely moment as the EPA's Clean Water Rule replacement seeks scale back federal protection for streams and wetlands.
Efforts are underway to get Rancocas Creek in Burlington County, NJ included in the National Water Trails System, which would lead to national visibility of the creek and opportunities to obtain assistance with water trail projects. Rancocas Pathways is asking for members of the public to send an email of support for National Water Trails status to Ben Giovine, District Director to Congressman Andy Kim. For more information, please contact John Anderson of Rancocas Pathways.
Musconetcong Watershed Association
The Musconetcong Watershed Association will display 30 new National Wild and Scenic River signs along the Musconetcong River, a major Delaware River tributary in NJ. The signs will increase awareness of the river's Wild and Scenic status, dedicated for superior water quality and recreation. Over 400 miles of the Delaware River Watershed are included in the Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
In a huge win for Delaware Bay birds, Ducks Unlimited spent $4 million to purchase and preserve 1,700 acres of coastal wetlands in southern New Jersey! NJ’s tidal marshes support 60% of American Black Ducks, half of the Atlantic Brant wintering populations, and more than a third of the regional breeding population for many species that require conservation.
Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
The Partnership for the Delaware River Estuary has announced their 2nd annual South Jersey Scrub, which will consist of litter clean up days in communities from Trenton down to Cape May. Litter can be hazardous to both water quality and wildlife in the watershed, so the Scrub is seeking hosts for community clean-ups around South Jersey.