Pequannock River Watershed Surveys
The presence of a spawning trout population is great bonus for any river or stream. Under New Jersey law, such waterways and the wetlands that drain to them have stricter standards for pollutants, temperature and other water quality elements. They also get broader buffer areas to protect them.
With this in mind the Pequannock River Coalition has worked with the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife to survey segments of the Pequannock River, Wanaque River and their tributaries. Where trout spawning has been documented these waters are upgraded in status.
Due to our efforts, upgrades to "trout production" have been adopted in the following river segments and streams:
- Pequannock River from junction with Pacock Brook to Oak Ridge Reservoir
- Pequannock River from Oak Ridge Reservoir to Charlottesburg Reservoir
- Pequannock River from Charlottesburg Reservoir to Macopin Reservoir
- Wanaque River from Wanaque Reservoir to Wanaque Ave in Pompton Lakes
- Macopin River from Echo Lake to Pequannock River
- Kakeout Brook (Stonehouse Brook) from Butler Reservoir to Pequannock River
- Maple Lake tributary (Weber Tract), through Kinnelon and Butler
- Sun Tan Lake tributary, Riverdale
These changes would not have occurred without hard work and generous assistance from Division of Fish and Wildlife staff.
We have also addressed other critical components of waterway health through a series of intensive and specific surveys:
- 2003 Survey of Pequannock River headwaters (Vernon to Hardyston) to determine influences of beaver colonies.
- 2003 Mapping of all stormwater outfalls from Jefferson to Pompton Plains.
- 2003 Water temperature and flow study of all river tributaries from West Milford to Pompton Plains.
- 2004 Survey of Macopin River to determine sources of bacterial pollution and development of a plan to address them.
- 2004 Development of comprehensive Watershed Management Plan for the entire Pequannock River including surveys of riparian tree canopy, stormwater discharges, vacant lands, impoundments and other water quality factors.
- 2005 Collection of detailed river characteristics for intricate flow/temperature modeling to support the NJDEP's recommended flow regimes.
- 2008 R2CROSS survey; a model evaluation of stream and river levels in Ringwood and West Milford for adequacy under summer low flow conditions.
- 2009 NJDEP-funded survey of all beaver dams in the Pequannock River headwaters.
As you can see, at the Pequannock River Coalition we truly believe that "knowledge is power." Few watersheds in the state have been so extensively studied or so well protected.