Watershed Health in 2018

 

This year the watershed health is a C.

Our regional water quality ratig recieves a C for 2018. Because we are the headwaters of the Raritan River and the source of drinking water to 1.5 million people in New Jersey, our goal is for the map to be green and to receive an A in all areas. There is great need for improvement through stream restoration, stormwater management, and river friendly best management practices as well as protection of forests and wetlands. 

Stream Monitoring 2018 Graphs

Stream Monitoring Retired Site Graphs

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.