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Pohatcong Creek

Brass Castle Creek

Rising in the mountains of eastern Warren County and shaded by tall trees and deep ravines, Pohatcong Creek and its tributaries are beloved by locals and visitors alike.  The Merrill Creek Reserve is a favorite spot for bird watchers.

Did you know?

The Pohatcong Creek watershed is home to:

4,435 acres preserved farmland

1,045 acres public deer hunting grounds

40 managed fishing miles

(wild or stocked)

17 historic districts

13 miles of hiking trails

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Who benefits from
a healthy watershed?

Current Challenges

The health of the Pohatcong Creek 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

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

  • 2 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.

You can help keep the Pohatcong Creek watershed great.

Do you live, fish, and hike in the Pohatcong Creek 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 Now, we're asking them to use their power and call on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to fix outdated state-level water protections to keep these cherished waters great for generations to come.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 master angler, a mayor, or mom, 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:

Anne's Story

"For 15 years I lived in Jersey City and commuted daily to Manhattan where I worked for a major investment company.  For me, the Great Waters region was a refuge from the noise, the crowds, and the everyday stress of the living and working in the city . . ."

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