This is a very unique project! The Lopatcong Creek served as a water supply for the Morris Canal througout its life. When the Morris Canal was decommissioned in 1924, the Lopatcong Creek was pushed out into a field to save the integrity of the Morris Canal. Today, the stream has migrated back towards the Morris Canal and is actually eroding the towpath away.
The Warren County Planning Board would like to preserve the Morris Canal and restore the towpath to create recreational opportunities for local residents. The challenge of this project is to preserve the Morris Canal without degrading the Lopatcong Creek.
North Jersey RC&D and Warren County Planning Board will be working with NJDEP, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and other project partners to establish the best method of restoring the Morris Canal and preserving the Lopatcong Creek.
To learn more about this project, contact Grace Messinger or call us at 908-441-9191.