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.



Logo from the Back Bay Tidal Cycles.  Same hold true on the Tidal Reaches of the Rancocas Creek.


Do not get and avoid being "mud sucked" when kayaking. 


Paddle on tides before and after low and high tides. Photo above provides a model on such tracking of paddling in the tides.


Stay in channel until u have experience to explore the backwaters of the tidal reaches of the Creek.


There is a balance when paddling.  There is a balance w/ impacts.  There are ways for innovation and creativity.


Help enhance the water quality of the Rancocas Creek. 


Paddle down.

The Impact of Development on Fresh Water and Tidewater Resources

In an undeveloped watershed, and most precipitation (rain and snow) either infiltrates into the ground or is taken up by vegetation.  Much of the water that infiltrates into the ground eventually finds its way into streams or lakes through groundwater seeps or springs.  Water that is taken up by vegetation cycles back into the atmosphere through evaporation, a process also known as evapotranspiration.


As a result of these processes, runoff in undeveloped or natural areas is negligible, with the exception of the brief period after a severe storm.  Ecologically intact systems thus benefit communities in many ways – groundwater recharge, pollutant removal, temperature reduction, erosion control, air purification, flood and drought management, wildlife habitat, human recreation, and increased property values.


Within a watershed, increasing development brings an increase in impervious surfaces.  Water runs directly off the hard surfaces (such as parking lots and paved roads) into rivers, lakes, and streams, causing serious problems for these fresh water resources and their inhabitants.


In highly impervious watersheds,


1) streams are flooded with runoff after rainfall or snowmelt, but deprived of water during dry periods;

2) high flows damage aquatic habitats and scour the stream banks;

3) low flows deprive aquatic wildlife of water and oxygen;

4) runoff water is warmer than infiltrated groundwater;

5) runoff water carries soil and other substances picked up along the way, such as fertilizer, pesticides, oils, and other pollutants;

6) and the entire system loses its capacity to provide important ecological benefits, such as groundwater recharge, pollutant removal, temperature reduction, and erosion control.


The pollution found in unfiltered runoff is called nonpoint source pollution.  It does not come from one specific source, such as a factory.  Rather, it is the result of our everyday activity in and around our homes and businesses, and on our roads and farms.  (For more information on nonpoint source pollution, please go to the web page Nonpoint Source Pollution.)


To learn more about the connection between land use and water quality, please consult articles posted here. (under development)