Pequest River

Mud Pond

A watershed for all seasons, the Pequest boasts excellent fishing, paddling, hiking, and hunting opportunities for everyone.  Not to mention exquisite scenery all year round.

Did you know?

The Pequest River watershed is home to:

15,897 acres public deer hunting grounds

10,552 acres preserved farmland

15 water access points

11 historic districts

8 boatable public-access lakes

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Who benefits from a healthy watershed?

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Current Challenges

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

  • Delicate bedrock vulnerable to poorly planned, exposing drinkable, swimmable waters to contamination

  • Excess runoff waste from towns and farms that raises water temperatures, harming fish and encouraging bacteria in swimmable waters

  • Poor septic tank management, contributing to toxic algae outbreaks

  • Nearly 50 miles of vulnerable waterway 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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Gibbs Farm, Allamuchy

You can help keep the Pequest River watershed great.

Do you live, paddle and hunt in the Pequest River watershed?  Do you love to visit the natural beauty and enjoy all of 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 Now, we're asking them to use their power and call on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to fix outdated state-level water protections to keep these cherished waters great for generations to come.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:

Dave's Story

"When I was growing up in Warren County in the 1970s, they didn't have summer recreation programs for kids like they do now.  Beaver Brook was our summer recreation program.  My friends and I would hike to the brook when it got hot, and wade or fish or explore the bank for hours...Read More

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