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.
LEARN HOW WE’RE MONITORING WATER
In NJ, stormwater pollution accounts for 60 percent of the pollution that enters our waters. 40 other states have created and operate “stormwater utilities” to address this problem.
There is a lot that we don’t know about the Royce Brook! Our water quality assessments are usually based on data collected from StreamWatch volunteers and NJDEP staff, but in this case…
The Lower Millstone River is the final stop for waters in the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed before they converge with the Raritan River and Raritan Bay. What happens here can be indicative of how the rest…
The Watershed recently installed floating wetlands at the Meadow Lakes retirement community in East Windsor and, if successful, this innovative approach to improving water quality may be expanded…
With three monitoring sites along its muddy-bottom main stem and tributaries, the StreamWatch volunteer water quality monitoring program has tracked water quality in the Devils Brook subwatershed for 25 years.
Two grants recently announced by the state Department of Environmental Protection will bolster key efforts by the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association to monitor and improve water quality…
With its bucolic beginnings amidst the sprawling agriculture of Millstone Township, Rocky Brook flows northwest through increasing urban development in Hightstown and commercial sections of East Windsor.
Princeton’s town council is poised to take an important step by considering a strong new measure to address flooding and polluted stormwater runoff—two of the region’s most pressing environmental challenges.
Most of the PennEast pipeline’s proposed route through NJ will interact with Fractured Bedrock Aquifers that feed the region’s private and community drinking wells.
You’d be excused for believing that natural gas is a “clean” fuel. After all, the oil and gas industry has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years on television…