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THE RARITAN WATERSHED REGISTER
March 2016 - Vol. 2, Issue 3
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Dear Friends of the Lower Raritan Watershed -

Even with the extra leap year day, February flew by. For the LRWP it was a month focused on issues related to flooding (including - oh the irony - getting stranded in New Brunswick because of flooding while en route to the Raritan Millstone Flood Control Commission meeting). Some of our flooding-related work is highlighted in the boxes below.

Good news: flooding is also being discussed at higher levels of state government! Yesterday the New Jersey Senate Environment & Energy Committee approved legislation to establish a Flood Advisory Task Force to address flooding in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties. The legislation (S-166) would establish a Task Force to review past flooding of the Raritan and Delaware Rivers and their respective tributaries and to make recommendations for mitigating future flooding. The task force would also review the effectiveness of county and local emergency response plans. S-166 now heads to full Senate for consideration. The LRWP supports this legislation, and would encourage any future Task Force to start their review with consideration of land use - including current impervious cover assessments and future build out analyses to predict increases in flow based on development trends.

March kicks off a season of stewardship. Please join us on March 5 and March 19 to spruce the watershed up in advance of April's Earth Day festivities details below). Learn about our cultural and recreational assets at our next Natural Assets Mapping meeting on Tuesday March 15, from 9:30-noon. And look for our table and LRWP banner at the March 18 Land Conservation Rally in Trenton.

See you in the watershed!

Heather Fenyk, President
Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership
March 15 - Natural Assets Mapping Presentations
On March 15 join us for presentations by Middlesex and Somerset County representatives on "Recreational Assets and Neighborhood, Cultural & Historic Assets". Presentations from 9:30-11:AM followed by LRWP general meeting. Location: 5th floor conference room of the Middlesex County Office of Planning, 75 Bayard Street in New Brunswick, NJ 08901. For more info.

Tier A Municipal Storm Sewer System (MS4) Preliminary Draft
All of the Lower Raritan Watershed is in the state's "Tier A" for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permitting. The LRWP is preparing comments (due April 15) on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's "Preliminary Draft Permit for Tier A MS4s". This permit authorizes the discharge of stormwater from MS4s in New Jersey. The preliminary draft permit and support documents are posted here

Watershed Clean-ups: March 5 & 19
We have scheduled two late winter clean ups to take advantage of the seasonal die off of nuisance shrubs. On March 5 we'll work with our Watershed Ambassador Justin Berlity to clean-up South Bound Brook. And on March 9 we'll be back in Johnson Park (Piscataway) with Middlesex County Parks for a clean up of the floodplain. Check our events page to RSVP and for more info.

Voices of the Watershed Blog
We're have enjoyed some wonderful posts this month to the "Voices of the Watershed" blog. Read about our Endangered Species of the month, the Indiana Bat, in an informative post by our youth consultant Maya Fenyk. And learn all about our local hawks in a beautiful post by Joe Mish.

 

February Speakers Series Recap
Many thanks to Professor JeanMarie Hartman (Rutgers) and Jessica Jahre (Princeton Hydro) for their wonderful presentations on wetlands, riparian areas and floodplains and the important roles these areas play in our landscape. Read more about their presentations in our blog post here. Thanks also to Jeanine Kopec-Zanghi for the beautiful maps for these presentations, including this map of the Lower Raritan Watershed Management Area Flood Zone Classifications.

Rutgers Workshop Recap: Fixing Flooding One Community at a Time
Thanks to Chris Obropta and his Rutgers Water Resources Program team for coordinating an amazing set of presentations (downloadable here) as part of "Fixing Flooding One Community at a Time: Innovative Solutions Using Green Infrastructure."

 

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