Raritan Headwaters Sentinel Climate Stations
Freshwater resources face significant threats from climate change; this is especially true of headwater stream ecosystems, which rely on cold, oxygen-rich conditions to supply clean water to much of the planet’s population. There is a deficit in science overall on the impacts of climate change in freshwater systems, which is needed to inform decisions on short and long-term vulnerability to climate change and the steps necessary for effective climate resilience and adaptation planning.
Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA) was awarded a grant from the Royal Bank of Canada in 2021 to create an innovative program focused on the impacts of climate change within our watershed’s freshwater systems. RHA plans to conduct scientific monitoring and data communication to fill this crucial gap through our brand-new long-term monitoring program called Raritan Headwaters Sentinel Climate Stations Project. RHA installed 5 Mayfly Enviro DIY Climate Stations in 2022 to collect and transmit continuous data on stream temperature, conductivity, and water depth to our website so it can be viewed and downloaded by municipal decision-makers, scientists, educators and students, fishing clubs, and state environmental agencies. Scroll down to access our data!