Introduction to the Lower Raritan Riverfront Maps

Municipal Stream Maps and Municipal Stream and Raritan River Uses Maps
The following pages contain maps organized by type. There are two different map types for each municipality. These are: a.) the Municipal Stream Map, and b.) the Municipal Stream and Raritan River Uses Map. A different back page designed for each map type explains the map and provides other information. 

Municipal Stream Maps
The Municipal Stream Maps are the simpler of the two map types. They display named and unnamed streams, their extensions into neighboring municipalities, their relationship to major roads and select minor roads, watershed boundaries, wetlands, flood areas and parks and open spaces.

All Municipal Stream Maps share a newsletter format back page, titled "What is Your Stream Sense?". The file is titled BACK SIDE–Stream Maps and can be printed on the back of the map, or used independently. "What is Your Stream Sense?" explains how to find neighborhood streams, what washes into streams, how to name unnamed streams and ten ways to care for streams.

Municipal Stream and Raritan River Uses Maps
Municipal Stream and River Uses Maps add more complex information on the supported uses of each stream and the river, indicators of these uses, and the causes of the inability of a water body to support a use.  They have a detailed back page, titled "How Can You Use Your Raritan River & Streams?", that is intended to be used with the map. The file is called BACK SIDE–STREAM AND RIVER USES MAPS. It explains the map and concepts such as surface water uses, primary and secondary contact and bacterial and chemical indicators and has is a brief history of the Raritan River and considerable contact information.     

  

Municipal Stream and River Uses Maps
are designed for educational use with audiences such as; middle school, high school and college-age students, Environmental Commissions and Health Commissions, municipal green teams and sustainability advisory groups, water-based recreation organizations and businesses, and local policy and planning officials and service staff.

Municipal Stream Maps
are designed for general education with audiences such as; community recreational and environmental programs, summer camps, senior citizen programs and civic organizations, the upper-grades of elementary schools, and attendees of Earth Day and Water Day celebrations, riverfront festivals and similar events.

The maps were prepared through a Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA) pilot program, “Days of Fun on Our Raritan River: Things to Do, Learn and Share on Our Riverfront” and with the assistance of the Middlesex County Planning Office. The Days of Fun program aimed to expand public interest in, and enjoyment and knowledge of the Raritan River. In turn, it is hoped that river stewardship, tourism, recreation, development and open space opportunities will expand and the quality of life will improve. Days of Fun was supported by funding agreement awarded to the MCIA by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission in partnership with the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program and with the assistance of the municipalities of the Lower Raritan Riverfront. For more information, contact the MCIA at 609-409-5002 or 609-655-5141.  

Data Sources for the Lower Raritan Riverfront Municipal Stream Maps and Municipal Stream and Raritan River Uses Maps

Stream Map Data Sources

Flood Zones: Created by Middlesex County Planning Office (MCPO) by merging Dec. 2012 Tidal Flood Zone & the Oct. 2010 National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL) FEMA Flood zone layers. For original data, contact Joe Smalley at MCPO at 732-745-3863 or construct a layer from FEMA data https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/wps/portal/ NFHLWMSkmzdownload (Google Earth-.kmz) https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/wps/portal/NFHLWMS (GIS-.shp)

Streams: “Surface Water Quality Standards,” Jan. 2013. http://www.state.nj.us/dep/gis/stateshp.html#SWQS

Municipal Boundaries: “Municipalities of NJ, NJ State Plane NAD83” Downloaded Jan. 2012. https://njgin.state.nj.us/NJ_NJGINExplorer/ ShowMetadata.jsp?docId={E86BD5A0-3184-11DD-8B97-0003BA2C919E}

Parks & Open Space: Created by MCPO and updated annually by Joe Smalley (contact 732-745-3863).

Watershed Boundaries: “DEP HUC11” Downloaded June 2012. http://www.state.nj.us/dep/gis/stateshp.html#HUC11

Wetlands: “NJDEP 2007 Land use/Land Cover Update, Monmouth Watershed Management Area, WMA12” Downloaded Feb. 2011. http://www.nj.gov/dep/gis/lulc07cshp.html#WMA12

Surface Water: “NJDEP 2007 Land use/Land Cover Update, Monmouth Watershed Management Area, WMA12.” Downloaded Feb. 2011. http://www.nj.gov/dep/gis/lulc07cshp.html#WMA12

Additional Data Source for the Stream & Raritan River Uses Map

Impairments: “NJDEP 2012 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Methods, June 2012. http://www.state.nj.us/dep/wms/bwqsa/ 2012_integrated_report.htm.

Municipal Stream Maps

East Brunswick Perth Amboy
Edison Piscataway
Highland Park Sayreville
Middlesex Boro South Amboy
New Brunswick Woodbridge
Page 2 for Stream Maps- "What Is Your Stream Sense?"



Municipal Stream and Raritan River Uses Maps

East Brunswick Perth Amboy
Edison Piscataway
Highland Park Sayreville
Middlesex Boro South Amboy
New Brunswick Woodbridge
Page 2 for Stream and River Uses Maps – “How Can You Use Your Raritan River and Streams”

The Stream Map and the Stream and River Uses Map are two different guides to the streams and river in your community. The different rear page for each map explains each more fully. The maps were prepared through a Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA) program, “Days of Fun on Our Raritan River: Things to Do, Learn and Share on Our Riverfront” and with the assistance of the Middlesex County Planning Office. The Days of Fun program aimed to increase public interest in, and enjoyment and knowledge of, the Raritan River. In turn, it is hoped that river stewardship, tourism, recreation, development and open space opportunities will expand and the quality of life will improve. Days of Fun was supported by a funding agreement awarded to the MCIA by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission in partnership with the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Program, and with the assistance of the municipalities of the Lower Raritan Riverfront.

MCIA Economic Development Department, 2013. For more information, contact the MCIA at 609-409-5002 or 609-655-5141.