Wild & Scenic Designation Timeline
Below is an abbreviated history of the 14 year long effort by the Musconetcong Watershed Association, National Park Service, county and state officials, major industries, Heritage Conservancy, Highlands Coalition, Trout Unlimited, river front property owners and other interested citizens to have the Musconetcong River designated as part of the National Wild and Scenic River System.
As a result of the Wild and Scenic designation, the Musconetcong River Management Council was formed, a group of municipal and non-proft representatives who meet every other month to discuss Musconetcong River related issues.
1991: Concerned citizens began calling for the protection of the Musconetcong River under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
1992: The Musconetcong Watershed Association (MWA) was incorporated as a 501(c)3.
1993: The MWA and the National Park Service (NPS) organized Roundtable Meetings to discuss issues associated with the Musconetcong River's inclusion in the Wild and Scenic system.
1995: The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Office of Natural Lands Management recommended to the NPS that the Musconetcong River be included in the Nationwide Rivers Inventory of "candidate" rivers that are considered to have the appropriate characteristics for wild and scenic designation.
1997: Eighteen of the nineteen municipalities along the river voted to request the NPS to study the Musconetcong River to determine its eligibility and suitability for inclusion in the National System.
1998: The Musconetcong Advisory Committee, consisting of municipal representatives, was formed to work with the NPS and the Musconetcong Watershed Association in completing the National Wild and Scenic study and to conduct the Resource Assessment, Eligibility & Classification Report.
1999: The Eligibility & Classification Report is completed and finds that three segments of the river, representing 28.5 miles of river, were eligible for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System based on flow characteristics and natural and cultural resources.
2004: The House Bill HR 1307 is introduced in the House of Representatives on March 13th, 2004 by Congressman Scott Garrett and cosponsored by Congressman Michael Ferguson and Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen.
2005: The Senate Bill S1096 was introduced on May 23rd, 2005 by Senator Jon S. Corzine and cosponsored by Senator Frank Lautenberg. Both houses of Congress hear testimony on the Wild and Scenic bill, the Senate on September 22nd and the House on November 10th.
2006: On December 26, 2006, President George W. Bush signed Public Law 109-452 - designating the Musconetcong a National Wild and Scenic River.