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Welcome to "The Source" - Fall 2012 Newsletter

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In This Edition

:: Welcome
:: 10/07/12 Todd W. Kratzer, 52
:: Heather Barrett Got Married
:: Stormwater Retrofits in South Bound Brook to Protect the D&R Canal
:: Rain Garden Installed at Walck Park in Somerville

:: Meet our Watershed Ambassador: Elyse

We hope that you are safe and well.

In the face of Hurricane Sandy and the unprecedented aftermath, we hope that this newsletter finds you safe and comfortable. We know that many throughout the state have suffered great damage and loss and we hope for a speedy recovery for everyone.

While we are not able to be a resource for disaster relief, following are a few things that we have learned and can share:

For information regarding road closures, transit information and shelter locations, the best number to call is 2-1-1 and of course if you are still in need of emergency assistance dial 9-1-1.
To find a Red Cross shelter operating in your community call 1-800-RED-CROSS or check online at http://app.redcross.org/nss-app/.

The Federal Government has a website that allows people to apply for disaster relief assistance online: http://www.disasterassistance.gov. This website consolidates the application process across several Federal agencies, including FEMA and the Small Business Administration. The website also reduces the number of forms you will ultimately have to fill out, shortens the time it takes to apply, and allows you to check the progress of your applications online. If you want to apply by phone rather than the internet, you can call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362.)

Again, we hope that you are all safe and well and continue to be so over the course of the recovery from this unprecedented storm.

10/07/12 Todd W. Kratzer, 52

Rain Barrel

As many of you may already know, the Watershed Protection Programs Division of the New Jersey Water Supply Authority has lost a valued colleague and friend. Todd W. Kratzer, 52, of Kingwood Township, NJ passed away on Sunday October 7, 2012 at St. Lukes Hospital in Fountain Hill, PA, due to an automobile accident.

Todd worked as a Senior Watershed Protection Specialist in our Somerville office. He was dedicated to protecting and improving the environment generally and water quality in particular. In recent years his work focused on implementing innovative stormwater controls within the watersheds of Lockatong and Wickecheoke Creeks located in Hunterdon County, NJ. Todd was keenly interested in developing and applying methods to assess the effectiveness of stormwater controls. He understood the importance of and worked hard to share his findings with others. He worked closely with colleagues at our Manasquan River treatment plant to identify and isolate contaminant sources affecting the source-water in that watershed. His expert guidance, as always, was instrumental in developing and implementing effective strategies to address the problem. Todd informed and inspired us with his knowledge, intellect and passion for water quality and scientific data. Todd's rare gifts made positive real-world impacts on all of the watersheds and communities that he touched.

todd streamBorn January 23, 1960 in Sunbury, PA, Todd lived in Sunbury, PA before moving to Kingwood Township, NJ in 1993. He graduated from Penn State University with a master's degree in environmental resource management and became a professional engineer. Prior to his work for the New Jersey Water Supply Authority, he worked for the N.J. Dept. of Environmental Protection, the Delaware River Basin Commission for 15 years and the U.S. Geological Survey in Harrisburg, PA. Todd was a loving husband and father and will be dearly missed by his beloved family. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Upper Tinicum Lutheran Church and served on the church council. He was also a member of the Kingwood Twp. Planning Board, the Kingwood Twp. Board of Health, a life member of the East Sunbury Vol. Hose Co. and the Sunbury Social Club.

Son of the late William and Harriet Ketler Kratzer, Todd is survived by his beloved wife of 18 years, Deborah J. Drelich Kratzer, his two sons Christopher T. and Samuel J., both at home, his brother Greg of Mechanicsburg, PA and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Saturday October 13, 2012 at the Johnson-Walton Funeral Home, 24 Church Rd. and he was interred at the Upper Tinicum Cemetery, Upper Black Eddy, PA. Memorial contributions may still be made to a college fund set up for Todd's sons, payable to The Kratzer Children Fund, C/O PSECU, P.O. Box 67013, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7013.

Todd, we thank you for your quiet humor, your thoughtfulness, your passion for your work. Our hearts go out to Debbie and your sons. We will miss you both personally and professionally and will think of you with every water sample, every analysis, every chocolate bar.

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Heather Barrett is Now Heather Desko

lockatong and wichechoeke creek watershedHappier news brings congratulations to Heather!

Heather Barrett, Assistant Watershed Protection Specialist for the NJWSA Watershed Protection Programs Division, was married to Andrew Desko on August 18, 2012 in a ceremony at Mountain Springs Lake Resort in Reeders, PA. The couple traveled to Costa Rica for their honeymoon. Heather and Andy will be moving to a new home and are looking forward to a happy future together. Heather's new husband, Andy, is an Environmental Education Specialist for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. The NJWSA Watershed Protection Programs Division wishes Heather and Andy all the best.

Heather will be transitioning her email and business contacts to her new name. Although she can still be reached at hbarrett@raritanbasin.org, Heather's new email address is: hdesko@raritanbasin.org. If you work with Heather or need to contact her, please update your contact information. Her telephone and address information remain the same.

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Stormwater Retrofits to Protect the Delaware & Raritan Canal in South Bound Brook Borough, Somerset County, NJ

NJWSA's Delaware & Raritan Water Supply System provides water for 1.5 million users. The Delaware & Raritan Canal is an important component of that water supply system. Studies have indicated that sediments do not decrease between 10-Mile Lock & Landing Lane because of added sediment from stormwater discharges. This increased sediment causes the need for additional water treatment by water purveyors, leading to additional chemical costs and sludge disposal.

NJWSA completed a watershed restoration plan for the final 11 miles of the Canal, from Amwell Road to Landing Lane. More than 70 stormwater infalls were identified in the project area. NJWSA delineated the area draining to each infall and estimated the sediment and phosphorus load. The drainage areas were then prioritized for project implementation. The top 15 infalls contribute 75% of the sediment to the Canal in the project area. See the Canal restoration plan factsheet or the Infall 21 factsheet for more information.

Double Tree Filter Filterra

NJWSA received funding from the New Jersey Division of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to implement stormwater retrofit projects in the highest priority drainage areas. NJWSA worked with South Bound Brook Borough to install five vegetated inlets (Filterra) and a baffle box at infall 21 in South Bound Brook. Infall 21 was ranked number six in the prioritization and receives the drainage from 142 acres of primarily residential land.

The five Filterra units were installed adjacent to five existing stormdrains. As stormwater flows along the curb, it enters the Filterra unit and flows through a filter media. A plant in the Filterra unit increases the amount of nutrient uptake and evapotranspiration. If flow exceeds the Filterra capacity, it goes into the existing storm drain. The Filterra units are located on Barber Boulevard, Catherine Street, and Baldwin Avenue and will reduce the sediment load from the drainage area by approximately 5%.

The Suntree Technologies nutrient-separating baffle box was installed at the Abraham Staats House where the stormwater system discharges into the Canal. The baffle box will remove approximately 65% of the sediment from the drainage area.

Baffle Box Diagram baffle box

Kathy Hale presented the Infall 21 project at the 2012 NJ Association for Floodplain Management Conference.

The NJWSA Watershed Protection Programs Division is proud to be making a verifiable difference in water quality for the Delaware & Raritan Canal.

Read more about the Delaware & Raritan Canal project.

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Rain Garden Installed at Walck Park in Somerville

delaware and raritan canal

On September 27th, the New Jersey Water Supply Authority partnered with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Somerville Borough, and The Nature Conservancy to install a rain garden in Somerville in an effort to protect the area's drinking water.

The rain garden was installed in Walck Park and builds on previous efforts by the New Jersey Water Supply Authority Watershed Protection Programs and Rutgers Cooperative Extension to enhance the environment and improve water quality in the center of Somerset County. This project is also part of The Nature Conservancy's Forest to Faucet Program, a community education effort designed to spread awareness of the vital role trees and plants play in ensuring clean drinking water for New Jersey residents.

Rain water washes pollutants from rooftops and paved surfaces into local waterways, impacting drinking water quality. Walck Park and the surrounding neighborhoods drain to the Ross Brook, a tributary to the Peters Brook, which is a priority watershed in the New Jersey Water Supply Authority's source water area.

The new rain garden will capture and filter runoff from roofs and paved areas before the stormwater enters the Ross Brook, reducing pollutants that enter the local drinking water system. The project neighborhood is just a few miles upstream from New Jersey American Water Company's drinking water treatment plant, which supplies drinking water to customers in central New Jersey.

walck parkNJWSA and our partners hope that the Walck Park rain garden will inspire local residents to install similar rain gardens in their own back yards to help protect this important drinking water source area. NJWSA and Rutgers are working to develop a rain garden rebate program similar to the Peters Brook rain barrel rebate program which will provide both education and funding for rain gardens in the community.

See more NJWSA photos from the installation.
See more photos from the Nature Conservancy from the installation.
Read more about NJWSA initiatives in the Peters Brook Watershed.

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Meet our Watershed Ambassador: Elyse

AmeriCorps LogoElyse Foladare is the 2012-2013 AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassador for the Lower Raritan, South River, and Lawrence Brook Watershed (Watershed Management Area 9). She is a 2012 graduate of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY with a B.A. in Anthropology and a concentration in Middle Eastern studies.

The Watershed Ambassadors are required to complete a variety of requirements over the course of their year of service in AmeriCorps. This includes presentations on environmental education, stream visual and biological assessments, setting up partnership projects, training volunteer stream monitors, and generating volunteerism within their host communities.

Read more about Elyse.

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