Rancocas Pathways, the Offical  Applicant  of
the Rancocas Creek National Water Trail, nomination
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Rancocas Pathways Inc.
Offical Applicant of the RCNWT nomination

Rancocas Pathways, a 501c3 organization is dedicated to enhanced
 multi-use public access on the Rancocas State Park Bluewater
 Trail
and promotes the nomination of the Rancocas Ceek
National
Water Trail hrough fun, recreation,
stewardship, exercise,
merged w/ conservation and education.



Rancocas Creek Threats 


There are a variety of threats to the quality of any watershed.  The following impairments of are particular concern to the Rancocas Creek watershed.  These links (03-17-17 under development) will bring you to informational pages about why these threats are important.


Bacterial Contamination

Climate

Dams

Development

Flooding

Groundwater Contamination

Impaired Waterbodies

Invasive Species

Non-point Source Pollution

Soil erosion and Sedimentation

What is the Rancocas Creek Watershed?  360 square miles of Southern New Jersey. The Rancocas Creek is non-tidal and tidal.

A watershed – also called a drainage basin or catchment – is the area of surrounding land that drains into a river or creek.  A watershed embodies all the life-sustaining connections and interconnections that provide us with clean, useable water.  First among these is the fundamental and inseparable connection between the local communities, water and land.


A watershed can be as small as a few acres draining into a farm pond, or as large as several thousand square miles for a major river system, such as the Mississippi, or a large inland lake, such as Lake Michigan or Lake Erie.  The Rancocas Creek drains into the Delaware River, because the lower (western) sections of the Rancocas Creek are tidal the Rancocas Creek is part and parcel of the Delaware River Estuary. 


A classic river watershed is drained by creeks and streams, in a pattern similar to that made by the veins of a person and their capillaries.  Each creek has its own small watershed and collectively they merge into the river’s larger watershed.  Whether small, medium or large, all watersheds share similarities of form and function, yet each one is ecologically unique.


From the core connection between water and land, other highly complex relationships emerge, between and among animals and plants and their habitats, the habitats and the resident human beings, human beings and the environment, and human beings and their communities.  The ecology of each watershed embraces all of these relationships, whether good or bad.


The Rancocas Creek is classified by NJDEP as Watershed Management Area 19 and is the largest watershed in south central New Jersey, and is comprised of the North Branch, South Branch and Mainstem of the Rancocas Creek, including Mill Creek. Portions of Burlington, Camden, and Ocean Counties, and approximately 33 municipalities are included in this management area which covers 360 square miles, and reaches deep into the Pinelands.

Of the 360 square miles, the North Branch drains 167 square miles and 144 miles is drained by the South Branch. The North Branch is 31 miles long and is fed by the Greenwood Branch, McDonalds Branch and Mount Misery Brook. The major tributaries to the South Branch include the Southwest Branch Rancocas Creek, Stop the Jade Run, Haynes Creek and Friendship Creek.


The mainstem flows about 8 miles and drains an area of approximately 49 square miles before emptying into the Delaware River at Delanco and Riverside. Tidal influence occurs for about 15 stream miles extending the entire length of the mainstream to the dam at Mount Holly on the North Branch, Vincentown on the South Branch and Kirby Mills on the Southwest Branch.


 The spectrum of land use and water environments ranges across remote natural preserves, cultivated farmland, urban and industrial centers, suburban sprawl, and an equal diversity of lakes, ponds, wetlands, creeks, and streams.