Musconetcong River Management Council
Tuesday, August 16 Meeting Updates:
With the passage of the Musconetcong Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the Musconetcong Advisory Committee, which guided the designation process, was replaced by the Musconetcong River Management Council (MRMC).
The purpose of the Musconetcong River Management Council is to implement the River Management Plan (RMP) which was developed as a required step in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Study. The RMP was a cooperative effort of the Musconetcong Advisory Committee, Musconetcong Watershed Association, Heritage Conservancy, the National Park Service, and a variety of local, county and state representatives.
The MRMC uses the RMP to promote the long-term protection of the Musconetcong River by: (1) bringing those involved in river issues together on a regular and ongoing basis, (2) stimulating cooperation and coordination among those organizations and individuals, (3) providing a forum for all river interests to discuss and resolve issues, and (4) coordinating implementation of the River Management Plan.
The RMP sets forth five major goals and recommends actions to maintain and improve the Musconetcong River corridor, its tributaries and watershed, and surrounding natural, cultural and recreational resources.
The Musconetcong River is a "Partnership River"
The Musconetcong River study process was conducted by the National Park Service under the "Partnership Program". This component of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System handles rivers that flow primarily through private land, all four N.J. Wild and Scenic rivers are Partnership Rivers. For the Musconetcong River, this management system means the National Park Service will not own, manage or police the river and surrounding riparian areas as it does within the boundaries of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
As a subset of the greater National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, the Partnership Wild and Scenic Rivers Program helps communities preserve and manage their own river-related resources locally by bringing together State, county, and community managers to preserve the outstanding and remarkable values for which the rivers were set aside.