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What are the Great Waters of
New Jersey?

The greatest assets

in the Highlands

The Great Waters of New Jersey include the one-of-a-kind rivers, lakes and streams that weave across the Highlands region of Northwest New Jersey. They form seven watersheds over four counties, 50 towns, townships, and boroughs. Each of these watersheds is unique, but bound together by geography, geology, and history:

  • The Delaware River

  • Flat Brook

  • Lopatacong Creek

  • Musconetcong River

  • Paulins Kill

  • Pequest River

  • Pohatcong Creek

Sourced from the Highlands' mountain springs and headwater streams, and fed by cool groundwater from deep beneath the bedrock, our Great Waters are vital. They provide outstanding trout fishing and recreation opportunities and economic well-being to Northwest communities. They are also an important part of the public water supply for millions of people and save New Jersey residents millions of dollars every year in treatment costs.

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A homegrown partnership

Much like the waters themselves, Great Waters New Jersey is a partnership of organizations sourced in the community, sharing the flow of resources and expertise to protect what Highlands residents cherish most.

Working together, we are committed to:


  • Plugging the gaps in our region's protections that leave our priceless water vulnerable to contamination

  • Better protecting our waters at their source: their headwaters

  • Providing the tools for federal, state, and local leaders to work together to preserve the quality of our National Wild & Scenic Rivers. 

  • Promoting tools, education, and collaboration between regional leaders and residents. 

  • Urging the state to better protect the recreational value of our waters and waterfront lands. 

About the Partnership

Great Waters New Jersey also

benefits from partnership with 

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Great Waters New Jersey is made possible by

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Environmental Endowment for New Jersey, Inc.



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