Watershed Health in 2017

Last year our watershed rated B (Good).

Our goal for water quality in our rivers and streams is Excellent (A).  There is room for improvement based on data Raritan Headwaters staff and volunteer citizen scientists collected this year as part of our annual Stream Monitoring Program.  Our watershed needs restoration to improve water quality and land preservation to protect water quality.

What caused this rating?

Poorly-planned development and unwise policy decisions at the local and state level continue to threaten the region’s waterways along with the cumulative impacts of pollution coming from irresponsible management of hazardous materials, fertilizers, pesticides, failing septic systems and other common sources. Especially in the context of extreme weather events, there is a  heightened sense of urgency to protect our streams.

How healthy are the streams near you?

We all have a “watershed address.”  Enter your address in the map below to locate your subwatershed and see how the streams and rivers in your neighborhood scored this year in terms of water quality. Click on the colors to view the overall grade. For more details, click on the grey dots representing Raritan Headwaters permanent stream monitoring sites.

You can help protect water quality.