Site Description

Site ID: RC16
Readington Township (East Whitehouse), Hunterdon County
Stream Category: FW2-NT (Category 2, Non-trout waters)
Site monitors Rockaway Creek (below McCrea Mills) subwatershed (HUC: 02030105050090)
The site is located behind the East Whitehouse Fire Station. Please follow along the treeline to the white trail, which takes you to  the stream site. The closest riffle to the point at which the trail nears the stream is the sample riffle.

What is being monitored at this site?

  • Biological and Visual Assessments (?)
  • Chemical Testing (?)

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 RC16

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Threats and Recommendations

The HGMI at RC16 was found to be good  in 2019, which means it was not biologically impaired. RC16 has consistently scored good with respect to HGMI, meaning that this stream has very high water quality. Though the HGMI scored high, the habitat scored sub-optimal. This site suffers from high embeddedness, which means that there are not spaces between the stream gravel for the stream macroinvertebrates to take refuge from predators. This site also has high sedimentation rates and low bank stability.  In systems like this, we must make an effort to preserve high water quality, while also mitigating the habitat issues. Increasing stream bank vegetation can help to increase bank stability.




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