Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Rutgers Environmental Stewards]

Stream Assessment Program

Host Agency Info: South Jersey Land & Water Trust
Address: PO Box 233 Glassboro, NJ 08028
Phone: (856) 881-2269
Supervisor Name: Michael Hogan
E-mail of supervisor:
Nature of Host Agency (circle): Non-profit
Project Description: Stream Assessment Program
The streams and wetlands of Gloucester and Salem Counties have a variety of water quality and habitat impairments, most of which are due to soil erosion at specific sites, to lack of adequate stream buffers both in developed areas and within farmland, or to incursion of invasive, non-beneficial plant species. These conditions are broadly understood to be the source of habitat degradation but their specific occurrence is not well documented. In fact, there is insufficient information on the specific problems along any of these streams, although several stream segments are listed as impaired due to contaminants or to insufficient aquatic life support.

To address this problem, SJLWT began to collect information on streams and lakes in 2006. Currently, our focus is on conducting visual assessments, which investigates and documents conditions along streams and lakes throughout Gloucester and Salem Counties. In addition, SJLWT is working with Rutgers to develop a prioritized list of habitat restoration/remediation projects that the SJLWT will conduct beginning fall 2008.

SJLWT is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that has been working since 1991 to preserve and protect the land and water resources of Southern New Jersey. For more information about our work, please visit our website at

Position Description:
SJLWT is seeking an intern to assist in gathering stream and lake data and to assist in the management of our stream monitoring program. The intern will be responsible for:

Gathering stream data
Input data reports into Rutgers database
Solicit volunteers to attend trainings
Assist in preparation of stream assessment training in September (if still assisting program in the fall)
Assist program manger with field and volunteer duties
Assist in PR for program
Assist in the development of a prioritized list of habitat restoration/remediation projects that the SJLWT will conduct.

Nature of anticipated impact: Social, Environmental

Evaluation Plan:
SJLWT will evaluate the success of the intern based on the number of stream reaches assessed. SJLWT goal is to assess 200 stream reaches within the region. In project year 2007, staff and volunteers completed 147 stream reach assessments. Stream reach length is a 1/8 to a ½ mile long using bends, splintering, lakes, or bridges as breaks. Reaches have been delineated on HUC 10 sub-watershed maps.

In addition, the intern will complete the entry of all information gathered on local streams into the Rutgers databases of impairments.

These results will be summarized and reported to the Rutgers Environmental steward program as requested.

Learning Objectives in plan: The intern will have a firm knowledge of how to complete visual assessments from assisting a training, soliciting volunteers, managing volunteers and collecting and assessing data.