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Tree Planting in Paulins Kill Watershed Lake Communities is Underway

Monday, June 10, 2024



The SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group has been working in 6 different lake communities in the Paulins Kill Watershed to enhance the tree canopy that was lost because of the infestation of the emerald ash borer. Because ash trees throughout NJ are dying, the SCMUA-WRWMG’s tree replacement program (funded by the NJDEP) is designed to provide native trees at no cost to residents of the various lake communities. Replacing trees around the lake is important because each full-grown tree is able to prevent thousands of gallons of stormwater runoff from entering the lake. By reducing stormwater runoff volumes, the SCMUA-WRWMG is helping to reduce pollutants, like road salt, fertilizer, and pesticide, from flowing into the lake. A total of 859 trees were ordered as part of this program by 200 different households in the Paulins Kill Watershed.