Site Description

Site ID: MN01
Far Hills Township, Somerset County
Stream Category: FW2-NT (Category 2, Non-trout waters)
Site monitors Raritan River North Branch (incl Mine Brook to Peapack Brook) subwatershed. (HUC: 02030105060070)
The site is located on private property, downstream of the driveway bridge to Moorland Farm. This site is not to be accessed without consent from the property owner.

Water Quality Data

Each June, Raritan Headwaters scientists and volunteers visit 72 stream sites in the North and South Branch Raritan Watershed Region (WMA8) of New Jersey to collect data on the health of our streams.  Data collected includes a sample of benthic macroinvertebrates (used to calculate the High Gradient Macroinvertebrate Index;HGMI score), an assessment of the habitat in and around the stream, and chemical conditions in the water.  Chemical parameters include dissolved oxygen, phosphate, chloride, specific conductance, nitrate, turbidity, pH, and temperature. The HGMI is used by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to determine if the site is meeting state and national water quality standards under the Clean Water Act. Click here to learn more about our stream monitoring program and water quality reports.


Site Data for MN01

Threats and Recommendations

The water quality at MN01 was found to be fair in 2018, but we could not access this site for sampling in 2019. This site is located within an agriculturally rich section of our watershed, which means that run off from farm field as well as lack of riparian buffers play a large role is shaping the water quality of this stream. More sustainable farming practices and keeping an intact riparian buffer can help to increase water quality in this region.




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