New Dam removal to curb floods, boost water quality in Musconetcong River

JON HURDLE / NJ SPOTLIGHT – A sharp bend in the Musconetcong River near Hackettstown, Warren County, looks at first glance just like a natural part of the landscape, but it is in fact the result of an 18th-century dam that is now breached at one end, forcing the current to scour the eastern bank before resuming its southbound flow to the Delaware River.

The remaining part of the dam, now a mess of rubble and broken concrete, also worsens local flooding by acting as a barrier to rushing waters during big storms like Hurricane Irene in 2011, when the river peaked at 2½ feet above flood stage, forcing waters on to nearby properties …

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