New Jersey Water Science Center
Great Falls of the Passaic River at Paterson, N.J.
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Cumberland Co. Ground Water
Project Title: Cumberland Co. Ground Water
The objectives of this proposed project are to:
Statement of Problem
Ground water is an important source of water supply and has a critical role in maintaining the health of aquatic freshwater and estuarine ecosystems in the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Coastal drainage basins of southeast New Jersey, including the Lower Maurice River and Cohansey Rive. In the coming years, the need for water supply is expected to grow and the priority of maintaining dependent ecosystems will continue. Supplying the increase in demand while maintaining adequate streamflow for aquatic habitats and protecting the long-term resource is the challenge that will require effective water resource management to ensure sustainability.
Strategy and Approach
The general approach to complete this project will be to initially collect specific hydrologic data relevant to understanding the relationship between surface and ground water in the study area. These data combined with data from network observation wells and gages, and available information on the hydrogeology and water use will be used to develop and calibrate a ground-water flow model. The flow model will then be used to evaluate the conditions and consequences of various water management schemes.