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.
Nonpoint source pollution is pollution that cannot be traced to any specific source, find
such as a manufacturing plant. Examples of nonpoint source pollution
include fertilizers, grass clippings, pesticides, motor oil, antifreeze,
solvents, detergents, and a variety of common household products –
pollutants resulting from our day-to-day activities. In the Rancocas Creek Watershed,
50% of the pollutants entering the Creek come from these pollutants.
Nonpoint source pollution cause a decline in water quality and harm the
creatures that live in and around the river. Contamination of surface
water and groundwater also puts drinking water resources at risk.
these pollutants enter the Rancocas Creek watershed and Creek system with considerable ease.
Some are intentionally dumped, but most are transported by water
runoff. Pollutants “hitch a ride” on the water runoffs from rain, snow
melt, and lawn sprinklers, and then travel to the nearest storm drain,
ditch, or creek. From there, the polluted runoff water makes its way to
the Rancocas Creek, unfiltered and untreated.
Excess phosphorus is one of the most serious challenges nonpoint
source pollution to the water quality of the Rancocas Creek. Phosphorus is
a naturally occurring element and an important nutrient in aquatic
systems. But, a small amount of phosphorus goes a very long way. As
little as one pound can stimulate the growth of 500 pounds of algae.
The green “muck” of algae is harmful to aquatic species, and more than
annoying to recreational users of the river. As algae and other plant
material decompose, oxygen levels in the water are depleted,
jeopardizing the entire river system and leaving fish and other aquatic
inhabitants “gasping for breath.”
On average, 20% of the phosphorus in the Rancocas Creek originates from
natural sources. Human activity accounts for the remaining 80%. Using
phosphorus-free products – especially fertilizers and dishwashing
detergents – can reduce significantly the amount of excess phosphorus
entering the river system. Please read the labels for these products!
For fertilizers, the label on the bag has a middle
number that indicates phosphorus content (e.g. 10-10-30).
Look for a
middle number as close as possible to zero. Buy that product, and
support retailers who sell fertilizers with zero phosphorus. Most soils
in the Rancocas Creek Watershed do not require added phosphorus. For more
information on phosphorus in fertilizers, consult the Tips for Yard and
Garden web page.
For dishwashing detergents, phosphorus content can
range from 0% to 8.7% (8.7% being the highest content allowed by law).
Look for the lowest possible number, and if the label does not tell you
the phosphorus content, beware! Note: Recently, phosphorus in
dishwashing detergents has been banned by law!
Individual behaviors do make a difference. By keeping water runoff
on site, and by using fewer of the products that compromise water
quality, residents can help to protect the river, and save time and
money in the process. Here are some more links to learn more:
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