Watershed Management Area 14 includes watersheds draining portions of the Pinelands of New Jersey. Major rivers include the Mullica, the Wading River, Nochescatauxin Brook, Atsion Creek, the Bass River, Batsto River, Nescochaque Creek, Landing Creek, Hammonton Creek and the Oswego River. The area lies in Burlington, Atlantic and Ocean Counties and includes the following watersheds: Mullica River, Mechescatauxin Creek, Wading River, Atsion Creek, Batsto River and Doughty Creek.
The Mullica River and tributaries are considered the primary drainage system for the Pinelands. The total area of the drainage basin (Mullica River and tributaries) is some 561 square miles. Major tributaries within the watershed include the Wading River, Nochescatauxin Brook, Atsion Creek, the Bass River, Batsto River, Nesocochaque Creek, Landing Creek, Hammonton Creek and the Oswego River. The Mullica River empties into Great Bay, a large estuarine system. The population centers are Winslow, Galloway and Hammonton.
About 80 percent of this watershed consists of state parks and forests, with the remainder being agricultural and developed areas. Of the approximately 7 NJPDES permitted discharges here, roughly half are municipal/institutional and half are industrial/commercial. The streams are classified FW-Pinelands Waters, FW-1, FW-2 Nontrout and SE-1. Much of these waterways are incorporated in the New Jersey Wild and Scenic River System.
Or visit the projects web site at http://www.nj.gov/pinelands/landuse/reg/mullica.html
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