This interactive web application has been designed to allow users to access a variety of water quality data collected on the Raritan River. Rutgers University has deployed a real-time water quality monitoring station on the river bottom in the mid-channel in front of the Rutgers Class of 1914 Boathouse (at approximately Lat/Long 40.488960, -74.33184). YSI/Xylem EXO2 Sonde sensors include: conductivity, temperature, depth, dissolved oxygen, salinity, chlorophyll, turbidity. A Sontek Argonaut-XR ADCP measures pressure, temperature, and current velocity. All data coming from this monitoring station is recorded every 10 minutes and uploaded every hour. Through this web interface allows users to select parameters by time period of interest and then graph or download data from the hydrological station as well as from US. Geological Survey stations elsewhere in the Raritan basin.
Other data include depth profile data taken at selected stations on the Lower Raritan by student crews on the RV/Rutgers. In addition, starting in the summer of 2019, a pathogen sampling program on the Lower Raritan was initiated. The sites include Riverside Park in Piscataway, Rutgers Class of 1914 Boathouse in New Brunswick, Edison Boat Basin and Riverwalk, Ken Buchanan Riverfront Park in Sayreville, Raritan Bay Waterfront Park in South Amboy and 2nd Street Park in Perth Amboy.
This web application and the water monitoring program is supported by funding from the Johnson Family Chair in Water Resources & Watershed Ecology, the Rutgers Raritan River Consortium and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. The pathogen sampling is conducted in collaboration with the Lower Raritan River Partnership and the NJ Agricultural Extension Service.