Franklin Township – Warren

Township General Information

Stormwater Education Program

Rain washes pollutants into storm drains and directly into our lakes, rivers and the ocean. So what can you do?

View Franklin Township Stormwater Notice

Caregivers Coalition

The United Way NNJ website as it has many valuable resources for the community including free tax prep, resources and support for caregivers and so much more. Please visit our website at

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Eligible households do not need to reapply for the program to receive supplemental benefits. The benefits are available because LIHEAP funding for the year increased beyond the original projection provided by the federal government.

Nearly 158,000 households that heat their homes with gas will receive an added benefit of $100 while those that heat with electric will receive a $250 benefit. Approximately 28,000 families that heat with deliverable fuels, such as oil or propane, will receive a $175 supplemental benefit. Also, about 51,000 households that received medically-required cooling assistance will receive a $100 supplemental benefit.

The DCA's Division of Housing and Community Resources administers the LIHEAP program, which is a federally-funded initiative that helps low-income residents with their heating and cooling bills, and makes provisions for emergency heating system services and emergency fuel assistance. To be eligible for LIHEAP benefits, a household must be responsible for home heating or cooling costs, either directly or included in the rent; and have gross income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

The LIHEAP application also serves as an application for the Universal Service Fund (USF) Program, which is run by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. USF helps low-income households pay for their electric and natural gas costs. LIHEAP eligible households may also be eligible to receive USF assistance.

To be eligible for USF, a household gross income must be at or below 175% of the federal poverty level, and pay more than 3% of its annual income for electric, or more than 3% for natural gas. If a household has electric heat, it must spend more than 6% of its annual income on electricity to be eligible. USF applications are accepted throughout the year.

For more information on LIHEAP, or to find the nearest agency participating in the program, please log on to or call 1-800-510-3102 (LIHEAP).

Steps to Take After a Flood

From NJ's Office of Emergency Management:

Steps To Take After a Flood (.pdf)

Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act – Information

The Highlands Water Protection Act (Highlands Act) was enacted on Aug. 10, 2004 with the purpose of protecting the region’s great wealth of natural resources, including the waterbodies that supply drinking water to more than half of the state’s population. The Highlands Act defined both a Highlands Preservation Area and a Highlands Planning Area. The regulatory program established by the Highlands Act applies only to Major Highlands Development in the Highlands Preservation Area. An interactive map (i-map) of the Highlands Region is available at The Highlands Special Adoption Rules were adopted on May 9, 2005 and became immediately effective.

For more information on the Highlands Act, visit

Highlands Council
100 North Road
Route 513
Chester, New Jersey 07930
(908) 879-6737
Fax (908) 879-4205

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Watershed Management
Bureau of Watershed Regulation
P.O. Box 418
401 East State Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0418
(609) 984-6888

Well Water Testing

The New Jersey Private Well Testing Act (PWTA) requires that all private well owners involved in a real estate sale have their water tested in accordance with the Act.  The Act also requires landlords served by wells to test every 5 years with an initial test conducted before March 15,  2004. The Warren County Health Department recommends that all private well owners have their wells tested for the parameters listed under the PWTA to insure that the water is potable.

The Warren County Health Department strongly recommends that residents of Franklin Township have their wells tested for volatile organic compounds in the area referred to as the Pohatcong Valley. An EPA investigation of the area (Pohatcong Valley Superfund Site) has been ongoing since the early 1980’s.  A new study area has been identified by the EPA as Operable Unit 2 (OU2). All residents in Operable Unit 1 (OU1) should already be using public water.  Operable Unit 2 runs along the Pohatcong Valley in Franklin Township and runs into Greenwich Township. A map is available for review at the Warren County Health Department.  Many residents are aware of the contamination through reading newspaper articles, EPA Town Meetings and Warren County Health Department notifications as part of the PWTA. The chemicals of concern are trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) which are common solvents used in industry and dry cleaning.

Nitrates are also a concern in Franklin Township due mainly to the geology of the area and the extensive use of fertilizer from agriculture. Fertilizers enter the groundwater easily through sinkholes in cavernous limestone.

If you contact a NJ State Certified Lab to test your well for the PWTA parameters make sure you explain that the test is for your knowledge and not a real estate transfer.    

If you have any questions about water sampling or have inquiries about the Superfund Site please feel free to contact the Warren County Health Department at 908-475-7960.

Private Well Testing Act Parameters in Warren County

Total Coliform Bacteria*                                                         
2. Nitrates
3. Volatile Organic Compounds (EPA Method 524.2)
4. Iron
5. Manganese
6. pH
7. Total Hardness
8. Lead**

*Total Coliform positive results must be identified further to rule out Fecal Coliform or E Coli contamination.

**Lead results above 10 ppb must be evaluated further to rule out improper sampling procedures or plumbing issues as the likely cause/source of the lead in the sample result.

Bicycle Helmet Law

The New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety has asked us to remind you that, effective march 1, 2006 New Jersey's Bicycle Helmet Law will change. Young people under the age of 17 will be required to wear an approved helmet when cycling, roller skating, inline skating, or skateboarding. The law currently affects riders under the age of 14. For more information on the new law and other bicycle safety issues, please go to the Division's website at


Just a reminder to all residents, please be sure to clearly mark your homes/mailboxes with your house number so that it can be seen from roadside. It will help a firetruck/ambulance/cop find your home in case of an emergency!

9-1-1 Emergency Message

With the winter months ahead and the hazards of this season's driving conditions around the corner, the State's 9-1-1 emergency system will be busy, more than ever, with increased calls. Thousands of calls regarding roadside emergencies and life-threatening accidents will pour into our 9-1-1 centers.

Last year, New Jersey residents placed more than two million emergency calls to 9-1-1 using wireless phones. But, wireless phones don't automatically provide 9-1-1 call-takers with all the information they need.

That's why it is important for all wireless users to remember to provide 9-1-1 call-takers with an exact location, type of emergency, who is involved, and a phone number. If driving, pull over to a safe place, and then provide as much specific information as possible. The more information you provide, the quicker we can help.

Thank you. Together, we can all help New Jersey's 9-1-1 system help you.

Charles S. Dawson
Chief Technology Officer

Franklin Township Online!

We would like to express a hearty thank you to Christie Jacobsen, our webmaster, for a job very well done and for making this site possible. If you would like something added to these pages, please contact the Mayor or the Township Clerk with your request. We want this web site to reflect your interests and needs.

New Environmental Complaints Toll-Free Number

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has recently established a new toll-free telephone number, 1-877-WARNDEP (I -877-927-6337) for the reporting of environmental complaints and abuses including spills, discharges and emergencies. This toll-free hotline number will be operated on a 24-hour, 7-day/week basis.

No Dumping!

Please, NO DUMPING at the Franklin Township Municipal garage. This is not a dump and violators will be prosecuted. If you observe anyone attempting to dump please notify the municipal building and try to obtain a license number. The problem is so severe that the township is contemplating video surveillance of the scene. Refuse is accepted by the Warren County Landfill. For more information call 908- 453-2174.