(Cherry Hill, NJ) – The Board of County Commissioners and the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA) continue the expansive project to improve the water quality of Newton Creek. The project encompasses the waterway stretching from Cuthbert Boulevard to the vicinity of the Black Horse Pike to remove sediment from the creek and improve natural infrastructure, including streambank restoration and riparian buffers to reduce the effect of future sedimentation.
The Board will continue to host its next public meeting for the project on Wednesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be held virtually, and available for streaming at camdencounty.com/live.
“We are extremely grateful for the expertise of the CCMUA as they are working with us to design this plan and to ensure that both the process, and the result, are environmentally safe,” said County Commissioner Jeff Nash, liaison to the Parks Department. “We remain committed to hearing the public’s input before resources hit the water. We encourage anyone with questions or comments to join us on March 3.”
The Board of County Commissioners and the CCMUA have been working with the Camden County Soil Conservation District, Delaware Riverkeeper, and the Newton Creek Watershed Association to ensure that the project is environmentally sound. This process has included working with each group to spread information about the steps parkgoers can take to help keep the creek safe and clean for everyone.
The project is funded by the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust financing program. The county will then pay back the loans over the course of the next 30 years at a minimal rate.