Monitoring Our Water
The Watershed monitors local streams for pollution through StreamWatch, one of the core activities in our science and stewardship program. Our TapWatch initiative helps residents test their drinking water for lead and other contaminants that are harmful to our health.
Understanding the health and quality of our waters helps us recommend environmental policies and protections, educate the public about how to protect and restore clean water and the environment, and work to restore ailing habitats. Water monitoring and research is the foundation of the Watershed Association’s efforts to protect streams and rivers in central New Jersey.
Across the region, we collect important data on the health of our streams and on other factors impacting water quality through our StreamWatch volunteer monitoring program. By combining scientific data with mapping systems, we are better able to help local governments and citizens understand the environmental issues facing our communities – and help plan for a better future.
Drinking water in our region comes from both stream and groundwater systems. We work to protect drinking water sources and we care about the water that comes out of your tap. Testing your tap water is the only way to know if it is safe, and the TapWatch program provides this service for local citizens. The Watershed Association seeks to protect clean water both inside and outside of your home.