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Rancocas Pathways Inc. Offical Applicant of the RCNWT nomination
Rancocas Pathways, a 501c3 organization dedicated 2 enhanced multi-use public access n promotes the nomination of a Rancocas Ceek National Water Trail through fun, recreation, stewardship, exercise, conservation and education.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org