Rancocas Pathways Inc. Offical Applicant of the RCNWT nomination
Rancocas Pathways, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated 2 enhanced multi-use public access; promoting the nomination of a Rancocas Ceek National Water Trail through fun, exemplary recreation, stewardship, helathy exercise, conservation and education.
The Rancocas Creek 3 major branches runs through and by over 35 different municipalities. It to faces problems with water pollution. Bacterial contamination,
especially following rain storms, remains a human health concern
for some parts of the watershed.
It is prudent to wait 24 hours post any storm or rainfall before paddling on the Rancocas Creek. A robust hot shower afterward also smart paddling.
What is bacterial contamination?
There are many forms of harmful bacteria that can contaminate a watershed. However, only one form of bacteria, E. coli, is measured as an indicator of the presence of bacteria in general.
Coliforms are a group of bacteria that includes a smaller group known as fecal coliforms,
which are found in the digestive tract of warm-blooded animals.
Their presence in freshwater ecosystems indicates that pollution
may have occurred and that other harmful microorganisms may be present. A
species of fecal coliform known as Escherichia coli, or E. coli, is analyzed to test for contamination, and its presence may predict the presence of multiple harmful microorganisms.
While most strains of E. coli are not dangerous, some
strains and associated microorganisms, when taken into the body,
can cause severe sickness. For more, see “Why do bacteria levels matter?”
It is important to note, however, that an elevated level of E. coli
in one part of a body of water does not mean that the entire body
is contaminated. One key area where RP is working to define the scope
of the bacteria levels in the Rancocas. In sites of elevated E-Coli remediation plans to mitigate impacts are under development
How are bacteria levels measured?
E. coli levels are monitored at specific locations in the
watershed on a regular basis. All designated swimming beaches across the
state are required to test waters for bacteria levels on a daily basis
during the swimming season.
Information on water quality along the Rancocas Creek, in the NJ State Parks and along the NJ Shore are found at the following web sites. (under development).
In addition, the Rancocas Pathways water quality program along the RSP Tidewater Bluetrail will involve taking samples at a range of randomly selected
sites on a frequent basis to identify potential problem areas in the
watershed. Finally, RP volunteers conduct a study to retrieve regular sample issues
at different sites along the water-trail, both in the main stem and in the
tributaries, Year-Round. Water samples are collected
and will be sent to a lab, where lab staff determine a count of E. coli colonies if warranted.
If a persistent elevated levels of E. coli emerge through general sampling, Bacterial Source Tracking (BST) can be used to help determine the species of E. coli
present and thereby narrow the scope of possible sources of the
contaminant. BST uses genetic identification techniques and is more
expensive than general monitoring, so it is only used after a potential
problem has been identified.
With this in mind back around 1900 there was a Typhoid epidemic in Mt. Holly. Since than much improvement. Both Mt. Holly MUA and Burlington County track the Creek for issues.
Paddle safe when paddling after storms. In summer months w low water in Mt. Holly on the creek water temps raise. Do not drink creek water. Paddle safe.
Rancocas Pathways is a 501(c)(3) organization as determined by the IRS. As such, donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed. Check with your accountant if you have questions. For information related to the Unit and its tax status, including the determination letter and Form 990s, contact us at email@example.com