Some good news this week as the DEP announced a settlement with Houston, Texas based El Paso Corporation, which operated several sites including a refinery and three polymer plants throughout New Jersey. The four dams, one of which is over 100 years old, will open a nearly 10 mile stretch of the lower Raritan River which empties into the Raritan Bay at Perth Amboy near the Aurthur Kill. In addition several tributaries off the Raritan River will be open. The removal of the dams will hopefully open spawning grounds for shad, herring, eel, and striped bass.
Map showing the Raritan Bay. The Raritan River is opposite the tip of Sandy Hook and south of the Authur Kill