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Musconetcong River

Tumbling past historic villages and through rolling green fields, the Musconetcong is one of New Jersey's treasured and federally designated Wild and Scenic Rivers.

Did you know?

The Musconetcong River watershed is home to:

16,096 acres public deer hunting grounds

7,476 acres preserved farmland

59 water access points

29 historic districts

8 public swimming areas

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Who benefits from a healthy watershed?

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Current Challenges

The health of the Musconetcong River watershed faces a number of challenges that can be easily addressed with the right tools, protections, and cooperation:​

  • An uptick in poorly sited development over delicate bedrock, exposing drinkable, swimmable waters to contamination

  • Flooding and excess stormwater runoff from farms that raises water temperatures, harming fish and encouraging bacteria in swimmable waters

  • Dams that impact the spawning of fish

  • Poor septic tank management, contributing to toxic algae outbreaks

  • Poorly planned development close to delicate headwaters

  • Over 100 miles of vulnerable waterway—including a National Wild & Scenic River—without sufficient protections

If not managed and protected now, communities could miss out on the watershed's many recreational and economic benefits for good.

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You can help keep the Musconetcong River watershed great.

Do you live, swim, and fish in the Musconetcong River watershed?  Do you love to visit the beauty, charm and enjoy the recreational opportunities it has to offer?  
 

Many of our local leaders have stepped up to protect our great waters and landscapes by working on smarter zoning, sensible development, and land preservation. Now, we're asking them to use their power and call on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to fix outdated state-level water protections to keep these cherished waters great for generations to come. 

 

Whether you're a mayor, a mom, or a master angler, you have the power to safeguard our state's great waters for generations to come. Sign the petition and check out our municipal action guide:

Lee's Story

"To remember some of my first casts into the Musconetcong are memories I try to share with my nephews, as it is not lost on me that many children of color are often not afforded the same opportunities to interact with nature as I did growing up... Read More

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