Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Annual River Events...

As the waters continue to recede looking forward to two annual trips on the Delaware River.

This weekend the American Canoe Association - Delaware Valley Division (see links list) is holding the Upper Delaware Camp & Paddle including a smashing potluck dinner and two days on the river between Callicoon NY and Lackawaxen PA. This is often a challenging time of year due to the strong headwinds coming out of the southwest.

Then it's the 18th (or 19th?) UN School trip with a hundred or so teens. Three days on the river and two nights camping. Fun fun fun.

Meanwhile the Musconetcong River is running about half the normal flow according to the Bloomsbury gage. Ditto for the Delaware River.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

More of the same...

Ditto on my previous post. We received about 1.50 inches of rain in the lower Delaware Basin, but we're still 3.50 inches + below normal for the year so far. The vegetation is looking great but most streams are still at or slightly below normal flow.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


A long soaking rain was what the landscape needed but a lot more will have to fall to bring the aquifers back up.

Almost every creek and river in the entire Delaware River Basin continues to run below normal including the Delaware River itself. Check the Musconetcong gage at Bloomsbury and the Delaware River gage at Belvidere. The river is running about 5000 CFS lower for this time of year.

The Tohickon Creek is a rare exception as it's running just higher than normal for this date.

This being April we can reasonably expect more rain to fall in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

A Return to Below Normal...

It was a nice soaker and put a big dent in the water deficit that's been steadily building, but the recent day-long storm left us with at least a 4.00" deficit. That's reflected in the response from creeks and rivers around the Delaware River Basin; most up to be sure, but they fell right back down to below the seasonal median flow.

The Musconetcong River was back up close to normal flow (300 CFS) on Saturday but has since fallen back below 200 CFS. I attended the Musconetcong Watershed Association's open haus for the new River Resource Center on Saturday and reconnected with several comrades from the part of my career known as the Musky Era (1997-2004 RIP). That was seven years of 'all things Musconetcong' 24/7. The RRC is stunning, check it out. (the link goes to their website - it hasn't been updated yet)

The Delaware River came up a little but it is still a bit below the norm for this time of year. The storm did wonders for the flora and it perked up the small streams and vernal pools, but we still have a thirsty bunch of aquifers.

The Delaware Valley Division - American Canoe Association's annual Upper Delaware River Camp & Paddle is coming up first weekend in May. It takes place at Landers Campground in Narrowsburg NY. Free for ACA members - $40 for non-members but that gets you an ACA membership. It's a great campground situated in the prettiest town on the New York side of the upper river valley. My favorite part of the the weekend (besides paddling through Skinners falls and Coolang Rapids) is the potluck dinner under the pavilion.

If you don't like camping there are reasonable places to stay near the campground in Narrowsburg or downriver in Lackawaxen, PA.

Go to the DVD-ACA website for details and registration info.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Intense storm...

Looks like even more rain for our region with an approaching storm from the midwest. The prediction is for 1-2" in the lower Delaware River Basin.

The National Weather Service issued a Flood warning for small streams. Some creeks like the Tohickon Creek are running a little higher than normal, others have fallen back to seasonally normal levels.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Lovely rain...

We received enough rain throughout the region to give the vegetation a deep drink, bring the creeks up a little and put a tiny dent in the large precipitation deficit.

The Musconetcong River at the Bloomsbury gage is now running at the minimum needed to paddle (just over 2.00 ft.). The rain didn't have as much of an impact on this river due to the porous limestone watershed. However, much of what fell on the ground infiltrated into the aquifer and the Musky will stay up longer as a result.

On the other hand, the runoff prone Triassic shale watersheds like the Wickecheoke Creek and Tohickon Creek rose quite a bit more and of course they will fall just as fast because the relatively impermeable soils and rock do not allow precip to infiltrate as easily as the upland limestone watersheds or the sandy coastal soils do. These two beautiful creeks enter the Delaware River just a few miles part, with the Wickey flowing on the NJ side and the Toh on the PA side.

The Delaware River at Riegelsville came up about two feet over the past few days but that is still a little below the median flow for this time of year.

Alternate rainy and sunny days are just what is needed for a glorious spring and drought free summer.