Primer on Water Quality and Pollution in the Rahway River Watershed:
Status, Sources, Causes, Effects and SolutionsDr. Kirk Barrett, PE, Director
Passaic River Institute
Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
973-655-7117With data provided by NJDEP Bureau of Water Monitoring and Standards and Bureau of Geographic Information Systems A small building where water is stored? What is a Watershed?Watershed: area of land whose water flows to a certain lake or river.
Synonyms: Basin, drainage area, catchment, river valley
Rahway River Watershed
83 sq miles; 53,00 acres
215 sq km; 21,504 hectares.
River is about 23 miles long, from its mouth at the Arthur Kill to start of West Branch in West Orange 25 towns,
populationPERCENT OF WATERSHED AREA Where?
“Clean” for what purpose?
for swimming? for wading? (“primary contact recreation”)
for boating? (“secondary contact rec”)
for recreation (catch and release)?
for fish and wildlife support?
which fish and wildlife species? How clean (or polluted) is the Rahway River?Regulations call these “Designated Uses” ...