We need it to survive. It is also beautiful to look at, to hear in a running stream and to use for recreation.
We are all directly responsible for the quality of our water. Every time it rains anything that we put on our lawns, pour down the drain or in the weeds, or put on the roads for safety, seeps into the ground and into our wells, goes into ditches and gets into our streams and rivers. The going "Green" movement has helped us to be more educated about the detrimental affects of pollutants to our environment and we are more observant and caring of our everyday world.
A three-year study was conducted concerning the deteriorating water quality of the Neshanic River. It involved eight project teams led by the New Jersey Institute of Technology under a Clean Water Act section 319(h) grant from the former Division of Watershed Management of the NJDEP. The result is a comprehensive plan to help bring funding to restore the Neshanic Watershed which includes the First, Second, and Third Neshanic Tributaries as well as a part of the Neshanic Main branch. It encompasses Flemington Borough and portions of Raritan Township, Delaware Township, and East Amwell Township.
The members of the Neshanic Watershed Restoration Project collected land use and stormwater infrastructure data, sampled water quality, assessed stream conditions, and identified strategies to develop a restoration plan for the Neshanic Watershed.
The objective of the project is to develop a restoration plan that will detail the management measures needed to:
1) Achieve the necessary reduction in fecal coliform,
2) Attain water quality standards for total phosphorus and total suspended solids (TSS),
3) Reduce the aquatic life impairments to a non-impaired level, and
4) Outline the possibility of restoring the base flow of the Neshanic River in late summer.
Residents in the watershed area are encouraged to be engaged in the watershed restoration planning process by volunteering their services, or by offering their own observations, concerns, and ideas.
If you have any questions or need more information on the Neshanic Watershed Restoration Project go to their website at: http://ims.njit.edu/neshanic/index.html.
There are many easy and low cost preventative measures we can take to improve or maintain the quality of our water. Homeowners can prevent contaminating their groundwater by having their septic tanks pumped on a regular basis and by having their soil tested to prevent over-use of fertilizer or lime on their lawn.
The Association of NJ Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) has a great webpage full of information about protecting our water at: http://www.anjec.org/WaterResources.htm. You can also download, print and share their publication “Protecting Our Streams” which is available at: http://www.anjec.org/pdfs/StreamsRP-2010.pdf.
Thank you for your help in keeping East Amwell clean and green.
East Amwell Environmental Commission