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. 

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The Watershed Institute is excited to host a free Citizen Science Public Forum on Oct. 23 along with the U.S. EPA (Region 2) and NJDEP.

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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.

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When it rains, water is absorbed into the ground and recharges the aquifer. Because New Jersey is the most densely developed state in the nation, …

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The water we drink in our homes and workplaces comes from a variety of sources depending on where you live.

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Heathcote Brook is one of the smallest subwatersheds in the Millstone basin. Its been monitored monthly by veteran StreamWatch volunteer Ted Chase since 2005!

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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…

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The Watershed recently hosted a daylong seminar on stormwater with New Jersey experts, who discussed the problems and solutions of polluted stormwater runoff.

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Sonja Michaluk, 14, discovered her passion for streams and critters at a young age, and the Watershed has been a nurturing eddy where she’s developed her…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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When rain falls on our roofs, streets, and parking lots, the subsequent water cannot soak into the ground and becomes stormwater runoff.

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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.

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Pollutants run into our streams and lakes, causing the growth of algae and bacteria that makes swimming unsafe for people and their pets.

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Around the globe, the warming atmosphere, land and oceans are causing fundamental changes to the water cycle and weather patterns. 

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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.

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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.

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today revised its schedule for reviewing the PennEast pipeline, resulting in a third delay…

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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…

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New Jersey’s Flood Hazard Control Act rules have two purposes. First, the rules are supposed to reduce the threat to the public safety…