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.
Dams at one time served their intended
purpose of providing power for the now closed mill.
Across the United States, 2.5 million dams of all sizes block and
harness rivers. Most of them are quite small. Of those 2.5 million
dams, only 80,000 are more than six feet high.
Dams serve a wide range of purposes, such as providing hydroelectric
power, water supply, and irrigation, supporting recreation and shipping,
and managing flood control. Many dams have become integral to the
identity of their communities.
Beneficial functions notwithstanding, dams produce severe negative
impacts on the rivers they harness. Dams alter a river’s chemical,
physical, and biological processes. Over the past two decades these
negative impacts have become more obvious, but the environmental costs
of dams have only recently captured scientific attention.
Dams cause the build-up of sediment. They block free-flowing water
and impede the river’s flushing function, as well as the transport of
nutrients and sediment downstream.
Dams fragment rivers and block the natural movement of fish and other aquatic species.
Dams contribute to, and sometimes are the sole cause of, many
species becoming threatened, endangered, or extinct. Prime dam sites
often are prime fish spawning sites.
Dams alter water temperatures, dissolve oxygen levels, and produce
turbidity and salinity, both upstream and downstream of the structure.
RP and Dams
The Rancocas Creek watershed and system is typical of rivers and tributaries in South Jersey What was once a free-flowing river system is now
interrupted by dams on both the main stem and the tributaries.
and national inventories record xxxx dams in the Rancocas Creek watershed
As the dams in the watershed age and require investment for repairs,
an increasing number of communities, dam owners, and government agencies
will face decisions on what to do about dams. The decision to remove or
rehabilitate a dam involves many considerations, as do the decisions
about what methods to use to restore a free-flowing stream. Such
considerations include dam safety, environmental impact (i.e. possible
toxins in the accumulated sediment behind the dam), and economic issues.
Concerned community leaders and citizens have worked together to
remove dams and restore reaches of streams in the watershed throughout the United States. In the Rancocas Creek watershed we are analyzing dams and associated impoundments.
restore more than 100 miles of a freshwater ecosystem;
expand viable habitat for sensitive species including North America’s most endangered animal, freshwater mussels; and
support local economies in riverfront communities through improved water quality and enhanced recreation opportunities.
See the dam program page to learn more about specific actions that others are doing about dams in the RCW (Rancocas Creek Waterhed).
more about the issues surrounding Dams and climate go here.
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