Protecting water, and so much more
High quality water is more than the dream of the conservationists, more than a political slogan; high quality water, in the right quantity at the right place at the right time, is essential to health, recreation, and economic growth.
… Edmund Muskie
- Watershed Protection Issues
We take our role as the region's environmental watchdog seriously. We use these pages to share important information about issues and ways to protect water supplies, the natural environment and our quality of life.
- Emergency Hotline
As the State agency charged with protecting New Jersey's natural resources, the DEP should always be notified when citizens have concerns about environmental emergencies. Depending on the circumstances, you may also want to alert local law enforcement authorities and county/municipal officials about your concerns.
- Leave No Trace
- Watershed Tools for Municipalities
- Stream Monitoring Program
Each summer, a team of RHA staff members and volunteers collect samples of benthic macroinvertebrates, small critters whose presence indicate a stream's health, at over 50 sites on streams and rivers in Hunterdon, Morris and Somerset Counties.
- Well Water Testing
What’s in your water? Make sure the water flowing from your tap is pollutant-free. If your water comes from a private well, it’s up to you to make sure it is safe to drink!
- Programs for Farm and Land Owners
Conservation of land is critically important to protect water quality, preserve important wildlife habitats, filter pollutants from the air, ensure food production and to maintain the character of our communities.
- Science in the Watershed
The Raritan Headwaters Association gathers and records scientific data for a number of projects within the watershed.
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Septic systems that are not properly designed & maintained can contaminate ground & surface waters with bacteria, nutrients, viruses & even toxic chemicals.
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