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CONTACT: Loretta O’Donnell or Amy Collings
609-984-1795 or 609-292-2994

DEP AWARDS CONTRACT TO RESOURCE CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL TO PROTECT UPPER DELAWARE AREA WATERSHED

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Shinn today awarded a $400,000 contract to the North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development Council to develop a comprehensive management plan for the Upper Delaware watershed.

The council will receive $400,000 for the two-year contract and a total of $600,000 over four years to complete the watershed plan for the area, which covers 52 municipalities in Warren, Hunterdon, Morris and Sussex counties.

"Working together in partnership, we will produce a plan for this area that will protect and enhance the Delaware River and its tributaries from Montague in Sussex County to Pohatcong Township in Warren County," Shinn said.

Commissioner Shinn presented a $144,000 advance check to Caroline Armstrong, chair of the North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development Council, along the Pequest River at the Pequest Trout Hatchery in Oxford Township (Warren).

The Upper Delaware watershed, known as Area 1 in the state’s watershed management program, covers 1,072 square miles from Clove Brook in the north to the Musconetcong River in the south. It includes the Pohatcong Creek, Lopatcong Creek, Paulins Kill River, Delawanna Creek, Flat Brook, Shimmers Brook, Van Campens Brook, Buckhorn Creek and Beaver Brook.

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.

The NJRC&D Council will work with county planning boards, municipalities, the Delaware River Basin Commission, watershed associations and other agencies 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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