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Watershed Characterization of Agricultural & Recreational Lands Principal Investigators – Bill Sciarappa & Cara Muscio Project Manager – Brian Hulme.

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1 Watershed Characterization of Agricultural & Recreational Lands Principal Investigators – Bill Sciarappa & Cara Muscio Project Manager – Brian Hulme

2 Agricultural and Recreational Assessment Approaches Ag and Recreational Land Surveys Water Quality Monitoring Farm Tours Soil Analysis Macroinvertebrate Sampling These environmental tasks are a key part of a watershed management plan yet provide excellent site specific information for agriculture and ag agents

3 1. Land Assessment Agricultural & Recreational 2005 Tax Atlas GIS LU and Aerial Photos Ag Land Mail Survey Local Agent Knowledge

4 Ag and Rec Land Assessment Results 13 219Total 15Sheep 140Rabbits 14Pigs 27Donkeys 278Horses 33Cats/Dogs 112Cows 270Chickens Number of Owners Total Animal Number Animal 528.061208.5Total 17.3527.71Nursery 382.53836.62Crop 128.18164.17Pasture Area Actively Farmed (acres) Size (acres) Land Use 59.38533.37Total 023.92Athletic Field 50369.2Golf Course 9.38140.25Recreational Impervious (acres)Size (acres)Land Use Agricultural Land Results Recreational Land Results Livestock Results

5 2. Water Quality Monitoring Samples taken once per week at 8 sampling sites for 1 full year baseline data set YSI Multiparameter ProbeHach Orthophosphate Kit

6 Water Quality Monitoring Results 0.272230.05 - 1.50PO 4 -3 mg/LOrtho-Phosphate 2.83100.0 - 82.0µg/LChlorophyll 5.43180.00 - 308.3NTUTurbidity 0.623180.02 - 15.79NO 3 mg/LNitrate 0.003100.00 - 0.040NH 3 mg/LAmmonia 6.353185.18 - 7.48pH 10.392143.47 - 27.87mg/LDissolved Oxygen 0.1793010.090 - 16.200mS/cm Conductivity 16.533182.92 - 30.34ºC Temperature Median Values # of Observations Range (Min & Max Observed)UnitsParameter 9318< 50 NTUTurbidity (NTU) 2214> 4.0 mg/LDissolved Oxygen 212318 6.5-8.5pH 3318< 10 mg/LNitrate # of Exceedences# of Samples*CriteriaParameter Water Quality FW2 – NT Excedences

7 3. Farm Tours Manure Management Erosion and Drainage Issues Fertilizing Practices A representative sampling of various farms were visited to observe:

8 Farm Tours Cont. Right Wrong

9 4. Soil Analysis Soil Samples were taken from both stream banks and Agricultural & Recreational Land

10 Soil Analysis Results Wide Ranges Nitrate – (ppm) Wide Ranges Average High Organic Carbon (%) Wide Ranges Average High Organic Matter (%) Low/Adequate Micronutrients (ppm) Above Optimum Below/At Optimum Calcium (lbs./ac) Above Optimum Below/At Optimum Magnesium (lbs./ac) Above Optimum Below/At Optimum Potassium (lbs./ac) Above Optimum Below/At Optimum Phosphorous (lbs./ac) Wide Ranges pH Recreational Land Ag LandNative/Control Streambanks Developed Streambanks Mixed Streambanks Ag Streambanks * High Phosphorous, Iron and pH levels were detected and are naturally occurring for the region

11 5. Macroinvertebrate Sampling Samples taken in June, July and August at 8 sites to quantify percentages of Sensitive, Somewhat Sensitive and Tolerant organisms. These indicators help determine long-term stream health

12 Macroinvertebrate Results

13 Conclusions & Recommendations Agricultural and Recreational Land do not appear to be having a major impact on the overall health of the Wreck Pond Brook Watershed. However, it is the intention of RCE to: Remind Growers, Landscapers and Home owners of the importance of soil testing and appropriate fertilizing rates Inform farmers about Manure Management Standards Demonstrate on-farm manure containment facilities Such information should help: Prevent erosion, soil compaction and stream encroachment during new and ongoing building projects Educate the general public of the impact they are having on their Watershed

14 THANKS TO New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Wreck Pond Regional Stormwater Management Committee New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Rutgers Department of Agriculture & Resource Management Agents


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