Peters Brook (Raritan River)
Peters Brook is a tributary of the Raritan River that flows south through Bridgewater Township and Somerville, New Jersey in the United States.
Peters Brook is approximately six miles long, beginning near the west side of I-287 and emptying into the Raritan River south of Somerville.
The Brook is named for Peter Van Nest, son of Dutch immigrant Pieter Van Nest. The homestead of the Van Nest family was in nearby Raritan near Glaser Avenue. Peter Van Nest fought in the American Revolutionary War under Jacob Ten Eyck's command.
Peters Brook is notable for having high phosphate levels and flooding, receiving large amounts of stormwater.
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