The Natural Resource Department provides educational programs and resources to county and municipal staff and officials, watershed and environmental groups, professionals, homeowners, youth groups, and schools. Faculty and staff help clients develop and implement stormwater disconnection and watershed restoration practices, provide education on aquatic invasive species and provide youth and water programs in Morris and Somerset Counties. Information is provided through various venues including workshops, newsletters, publications, corporate events, telephone inquiries, presentations, and websites.
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In 2014, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) awarded a $175,539 grant to Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County for implementation of projects in Hillsborough Township to reduce Total Suspended Solids (TSS) and phosphorus in the Royce Brook watershed and ultimately the Raritan River. One of the projects is for reduction of pollution inputs to Fox Chase Pond (Hunt’s Pond) in Hillsborough Township. The pond drains to the Royce Brook, therefore addressing non-point source pollution within the pond will help to reduce total suspended solids and phosphorus inputs to the Royce Brook.
The Restoration Plan for the Hunt Club Road (Fox Chase Pond) was prepared by Rutgers Water Resources Program, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. This plan was developed to provide a scientific basis and a valid plan to execute for the greatest effect possible.
Additionally a residential rain garden rebate program that is funded under the grant will be focused on this area of the Township. Volunteers from the Rutgers Environmental Stewards program (http://envirostewards.rutgers.edu/ ) will assist with canvassing the neighborhood surrounding the Fox Chase Pond and informing neighbors of the impact they can have in assisting with reduction of non-point source pollution through the installation of rain gardens.