Newton creek Watershed Photo Documentation Project

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<p>PowerPoint Presentation</p> <p>Newton Creek Watershed Photo Documentation Project - 2016</p> <p>Words of wisdom from Audubon, NJ baseball field</p> <p>Project objective:To look in the nooks and crannies and other out-of-the-way sections of the watershed to photo-document sources of non-point source pollution.Identify some potential solutions.</p> <p>Trash in creek and no riparian buffer to filter pollutants from land before reaching Newton Creek. R02</p> <p>Newton Creek, outside of the popular parks, is general abused and apparently a low priority. R02</p> <p>Nichols Pond near Newton Lake Collingswood receives sewage overflow during heavy rains R03</p> <p>6</p> <p>Sewage overflows flows into Newton during storms adding nutrients and bacteria and reducing area real estate values and quality of life. R03</p> <p>Peters Creek/the Gully near E. Atlantic Ave - source of foamy discharge from stormwater pipe needs investigation. R07</p> <p>Fertilizers, raw sewage, improperly disposed of lawn care waste all contribute to algal blooms and loss of recreational value of a county resource. R03</p> <p>Fish kills at Crystal Lake and through-out the watershed are a common occurrence</p> <p>Old concrete roadbed disposed of near floodplain should be removed R07</p> <p>Volunteers from Haddon Township and Collingswood high schools, the Center for Aquatic Sciences in Camden and Rowan University received basic watershed and stormwater education, as well as how to geo-tag their photos taken with their own smartphones.</p> <p>Base map used by volunteers. Stream reaches are marked as R01 through R30.</p> <p>Peters Creek/the Gully - vegetation planting could provide water quality enhancements R07</p> <p>Peters Creek partially piped underground in the Gully. R07</p> <p>Direct discharge of stormwater into Peters Creek. - R07</p> <p>Stormwater inlet from Nicholson Rd. townhouses drains directly to Peters Creek. R07</p> <p>Nicholson Rd. townhouses stormwater runoff is eroding the embankment taking sediment to Peters Creek. R07</p> <p>Peters Creek flowing under utility right-of-way. R07</p> <p>Stormwater inlet drains oil, gas, antifreeze, road salt and grit from parking lot directly into lake. R06</p> <p>Stormwater outfall control structure appears to have been tampered with resulting in more untreated runoff from entering Peters Creek at a quicker rate. R07</p> <p>Street runoff from Haddon Heights into Haddon Lake. R16 </p> <p>Stormwater outfall pipe drains Oaklyn neighborhoods. R07</p> <p>Make-shift retaining wall installed decades ago allowed filling of natural floodplain R07</p> <p>Drainage from Graisbury section of Haddon Twp flows into Saddlers Run. R02 </p> <p>Paul VI High School outfall erodes Saddlers Woods with sediment load ending up in Newton Lake. R02</p> <p>Residential property owners improperly dispose of lawn and leaf debris. R02</p> <p>Decomposition of lawn debris adds excess nutrients to Saddlers Run, then to Newton Lake where algal blooms and low dissolved oxygen are fixed with chemical applications and aeration. R02</p> <p>Lawn and leaf debris near Oaklyn DPW dumped improperly. R07</p> <p>PSE&amp;G parking lot adjacent to Nicholson Rd. R07</p> <p>PSE&amp;G parking lot causing erosion which then flows into Peters Creek where sedimentation and algal blooms are a public concern. R07</p> <p>PSE&amp;G erosion. Another view. R07</p> <p>Stormwater drainage pipe near Kendall Blvd, Oaklyn, drains into utility right-of-way. R07</p> <p>Soap suds bubble-up through parking lot near car wash in Haddon Township. R03</p> <p>Riparian buffer cut behind Acme Markets, Cuthbert Blvd, Haddon Twp. R02</p> <p>Riparian buffer cutting near Acme. Different view. Buffers filter pollutants and absorb nutrients. R02</p> <p>Drainage from Acme parking lot flows directly into Newton Creek. R02</p> <p>Riparian buffer provides water quality and flood reduction benefits. Cutting here at Haddon Heights Park appears to be unwarranted. R15</p> <p>Riparian buffer in Haddon Heights Park could be restored especially if up-stream in-puts were reduced. R15</p> <p>Stormwater direct discharge into Newton Creek South Branch in Haddon Heights Park. R15</p> <p>Further downstream accelerated erosion degrades usable open space with sediment load going to Haddon Lake. R15</p> <p>Stream velocity during storm events erodes base of pedestrian bridge. R15</p> <p>12,000 sf. riparian buffer cut reportedly so people could view water better. - R04</p> <p>Active recreational use leaves hillside exposed sending dirt into Newton Lake. R03</p> <p>The volunteers also found some natural beauty and some areas that appear to be in relatively good health. This forested buffer provides many water quality benefits. - R07</p> <p>A tranquil, well-used hiking trail in a forested riparian area. R07</p> <p>Some erosion and invasive plants, but generally, this forested buffer in the Gully near E. Atlantic Ave., provides water quality and natural flood control benefits. - R07</p> <p>Community gardens where urban farmers wonder if tidal Newton Creek is clean enough for crop irrigation. R27</p> <p>Tidal mud flats along Newton are largely inaccessible and in need of restoration. R27</p> <p>Riparian buffers provide habitat. R03</p> <p>Healthy riparian buffer, but county cuts more frequently than recommended. R03</p> <p>Sediment collection chamber near Cuthbert Blvd. gets long over-due maintenance. R03</p> <p>Litter clean-ups is one piece of the puzzle. R20</p> <p>Rain gardens reduce pollution loading in Peters Creek. R07</p> <p>Rain garden increases infiltration of stormwater back into the ground and not direct discharge into Saddlers Run. R02</p> <p>For more information, contactthe Delaware Riverkeeper Network215.369.1188www.delawareriverkeeper.org</p>