Oak Ridge Reservoir

Oak Ridge Reservoir

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Charlotteburg is the last reservoir in Newark's water supply system; the water in it has little opportunity for natural filtering before it reaches the City's faucets. Surface water flowing directly into Charlotteburg, therefore, must be given maximum protection from contamination with silt or pollutants.

Oak Ridge is the first of the other reservoirs to be tapped to keep up the water level in Charlotteburg. The water level in Oak Ridge accordingly fluctuates substantially.

When Oak Ride cannot meet the needs of keeping Charlotteburg up to the required level, Clinton Reservoir is drawn down next. Its level does not fluctuate nearly as much as Oak Ridge.

Canistear Reservoir is drawn down third and tends to be very stable except in times of drought.

Echo Lake is theoretically drawn down when needed. However, its water holds a large volume of suspended soil particles and has not been considered of high enough quality to enter the Charlotteburg Reservoir for several years. It is for all practical purposes out of the system and is well suited to recreational purposes.

Canistear, Oak Ridge, and Charlotteburg Reservoirs are all connected by the Pequannock River from which the Watershed takes its name. The river is ideal for fishing in many spots and has a naturally regenerating trout population. It has been channelized along its approach to Oak Ridge reservoir as a result of the construction of Route 23.

Among other streams in the Watershed are Clinton Brook and Kanouse Brook, which also have a naturally regenerating trout population. Both of them flow continuously and are tributaries of the Pequannock River. Clinton Brook is especially beautiful as it leaves the Clinton Reservoir and flows over a fall toward hemlock grove near the Clinton Furnace. All the streams in the Watershed are important to the wildlife population there


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