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DEP & CUMBERLAND COUNTY SIGN WATERSHED CONTRACT TO PROTECT COHANSEY, MAURICE AND SALEM RIVERS

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Shinn today signed a contract with the Cumberland County freeholders to develop a comprehensive management plan for clean and plentiful water in the Cohansey, Maurice and Salem River watershed covering Cumberland and Salem counties.

The Cumberland County Planning Board will coordinate development of the plan. The county will receive $400,000 for the two-year contract and a total of $600,000 over four years to complete the plan. The area, known as Area 17 in the state’s watershed management program, covers 885 square miles in 39 municipalities, including a small part of Atlantic and Gloucester counties. The watershed also includes the Alloway, Dividing, Manamuskin, Menantico and Stowe creeks.

"With Cumberland and Salem counties working together with other participating organizations, the public and DEP, we will produce a plan that will enhance the high quality waters of the Cohansey, Maurice and Salem rivers. These rivers and their tributaries are vital to the area’s environment and economy and must be protected," Shinn said.

Commissioner Shinn signed the contract with Cumberland County Freeholder Director Douglas Fisher at a press ceremony in Bridgeton.

The county will prepare a characterization and assessment report of the watershed as the first phase of the planning process. DEP had divided the state into 20 watershed management areas and DEP is establishing similar partnerships in the other areas for plans to be developed to protect all of New Jersey’s waterways.

Cumberland County will work with planning boards, municipalities, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, the Delaware River Basin Commission and watershed associations to establish an executive committee. The executive committee will seek input from other local groups and interested citizens in developing the plan. Task committees will be formed for public outreach and other technical and support work. Upon completion of a draft plan, DEP will seek formal public comment and review prior to adoption.

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