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.
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.
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)
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