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Press Release: MWA doing our part to protect clean drinking water

MWA summer interns next to interpretative sign at Riverside Park, Byram Township

Asbury, NJ Just in time to celebrate National Drinking Water Week (May 6-12), the Musconetcong Watershed Association (MWA) installed a new educational sign along the river at Riverside Park in Byram Township, Sussex County. The sign, created by Princeton Hydro and with grant funding provided by the Watershed Institute, includes a map of the area, a description of how the river was used historically, how the river is used today and how our activities affect water quality. The sign also provides a link to MWA's website, where there is more information on the special sensors used to gather data on river health which is used in part to help local municipalities.

"Everyone that lives in our region gets their water from a municipal well or private ones," said Earl Riley, Chairman of the Lake Musconetcong Regional Planning Board. "Since the local geology allows the river and water in the ground to mix more easily than in other areas of New Jersey, it just makes sense for everyone to learn as much as they can, so we can all work together to keep the river clean and in good shape."

National Drinking Water Week is observed as a time to remember how important clean drinking water is in our daily lives. This year's theme, "Protect the Source" encourages people to learn more about where their drinking water comes from and how to protect the water sources that keep our families and towns healthy.

The Musconetcong Watershed Association (MWA) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and improving the quality of the Musconetcong River and its Watershed, including its natural and cultural resources. For more information on the MWA and water quality, visit


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