Thursday, December 24, 2009
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Peters Brook, Somerville, facing downstream towards Cliff St. bridge
Since we have an interest in the Peters Brook in Somerville for several projects, I took a trip out today after the rain had stopped to see what the Peters Brook looked like. By the time this photo was taken, the peak stage had already passed and the waters were receding. The Peters Brook over-topped its banks and was carry quite a bit of sediment. Most of this photograph is showing land that is now covered by the high flows of the stream.
Here's what this spot looks like in normal flows from the top of the bridge facing upstream (at Cliff Street, Somerville):
(taken December 2008)
The Peters Brook Greenway is a great way to spend some quality time with this stream!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Here we have an example of streambank erosion along the Peters Brook in Somerville, NJ. Streambank erosion is a result of high velocity and/or high volume flows during rain events. The problem is compounded by impervious pavement and pipes that deliver stormwater to the stream before it can infiltrate or evapotranspirate. Homeowners can reduce stormwater runoff by installing a rain barrel or a rain garden.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Visited the Freehold Soil Conservation District today. Very interesting discussion of sub-watershed approach to construction site review. They have a lot of good info on projects broken down spatially on a sub-watershed basis so a developer/inspector is aware of what's happening upstream and downstream of a particular project. Much more regional approach then you typically see - but still need to refine and institutionalize the approach.
Also, checked out the rain garden that we built with Rutgers Extension over the summer at the adjacent vo-tech school site (see picture above). It looks to be functioning well but we'll get a better sense of its success come spring.
Monday, October 19, 2009
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