It’s almost the New Year. Have you considered donating to Friends of the Musconetcong? We’re a tax-deductible donation because we are a non-profit organized under the umbrella of the Highlands Coalition.
Here’s what we’ve been up to this year.
- At the Haberman site in Hampton, we continued to communicate to the NJDEP about the presence of an intermittent stream tributary to the Musconetcong River.
- We submitted a public comment of over 400 pages to the NJDEP, including 150 photographs of the stream over two years with water in it during 14 rain events, for their Freshwater Wetland and State Open Waters delineation submitted this spring. As a result, NJDEP has conducted two site visits this year, and began investigating the regulated status of the intermittent stream.
- We hired Amy S. Greene Environmental Consultants to review the NJDEP’s Flood Hazard determination letter of interpretation on the Haberman site, and submitted a complaint to NJDEP’s enforcement division.
- We applied for two grants this year. One was a small grant from the Highlands Coalition, and won it! The other is pending review at the Environment Endowment for New Jersey.
Friends of the Musconetcong receiving a small grant at the Highlands Coalition Annual Meeting.
All funds that we raise go to hiring the expert consultants that have proven well-worth the investment. Without experts speaking up for protected resources on the site, and potential risks to the Musconetcong and the groundwater, the NJDEP would only be hearing one side about the potentially regulated water resources on the site.
There is more ahead next year. The Haberman site is in the very first stage of seeking approval for the groundwater discharge sewage system, with an application pending at the Highlands Council. Because of the limestone presence, additional experts will be needed to survey the ground. We’ll be watching this, and with your support, we can engage experts to provide informed comments.
You can make a charitable, tax-free donation. Donate online via the Highlands Coalition website, http://njhighlandscoalition.org/special-gift-contribution/, and in the memo area to type “Friends of the Musconetcong.” You will get a receipt emailed to you or mailed to you. You can also make a check out to the Highlands Coalition, our fiscal sponsor, and use the memo area to indicate Friends of the Musconetcong.
Thank you for your interest and support.
Friends of the Musconetcong Board – Alan, Bill, Elizabeth, and Nick