NJRC&D has been awarded two grants of $541,300 and $700,500 from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to implement the Neshanic River Watershed and Musconetcong Watershed Restoration Plans over the next five years.
The overall goal of the implementation plans is to construct stormwater BMPs that will achieve a reduction in bacteria and attain higher standards of water quality. The target area for the Neshanic Watershed includes Raritan, East Amwell, and Delaware Townships, and Flemington Borough.The target area for the Musconetcong Watershed includes Hampton Borough and Bethelehem Township, Hunterdon County, and Franklin and Washington Township, Warren County.
Projects will include:
- conducting rain barrel workshops;
- installation of residential and commercial rain gardens;
- retrofitting of stormwater management facilities;
- installation of bioretention systems to capture, treat and infiltrate stormwater at the source;
- retrofitting roadside ditches to reduce sediment load;
- installation of conservation and riparian buffers;
- enhancement of agricultural/livestock best management practices;
- expansion of agricultural cover crops;
- agricultural mini-grant program; and
- implementation of a Quality Assurance Project Plan.
Project funding and support has been awarded to North Jersey RC&D as a 319h grant from NJDEP Water Resource Management, Division of Water Monitoring and Standards, Bureau of Environmental Analysis, Restoration and Standards (BEARS).