Execution of the Non-point Source Measures focused in the Musconetcong River: Hampton to Bloomsbury

Updated: May 25, 2018

The project designers developed a watershed restoration plan that describes the management measures needed to achieve adequate levels in the reduction of fecal coliform and attain water quality standards for both TP and TSS, reduce aquatic life impairments to a non-impaired status and assess the potential for the restoration of the base flow of the Musconetcong River in the 19.6 square miles of the watershed located within the project area. ​ The plan details the management measures needed to achieve the necessary reduction in bacteria (TMDL required 93% reduction) and attain water quality standards for total phosphorus (TP), total suspended solids (TSS), and to reduce the aquatic life impairments to a non-impaired level, for the portion of the Musconetcong River and its tributaries from Hampton to Bloomsbury Borough. The plan will focus efforts on a seven mile stretch of the Musconetcong River as well as 19 miles of tributaries (i.e., West Portal Brook, Turkey Hill Brook, and five unnamed tributaries). The total project area covers 19.6 square miles of the watershed, making its way through five municipalities (Hampton Borough, Lebanon, Bethlehem, Washington and Franklin Townships) and two counties (Hunterdon and Warren). The majority of the Musconetcong River and its tributaries are designated as a Trout Production (TP) Streams with a few being designated as Trout Maintenance (TM) waters.




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