EMPACT is a project designed to provide the public with
access to current information on the condition of their
coastal waters. Users may include fishermen, bathers,
researchers, schools, and the public in general.
It is intended to enhance the connection between the public
and their bays and coastal waters, to ultimately provide
a better understanding of this valuable resource.
New Jersey's EMPACT Project has three components that
are described below. A link to each of these components
Water Quality Sensors - Provides near real-time
water quality monitoring data from southern New Jersey's
coastal waters to persons interested in coastal water
Beach Data - Provides the beach-going public
with access to the latest bathing beach monitoring results.
Pollutant Levels in Shellfish Tissue - Provides
toxic measurements where a shellfish resource is available
and FDA criteria exist for the chemical analytes. Presently,
the maps indicate forty-nine stations where boat captains
looked for a shellfish resource; twenty-six of the stations
are in Atlantic County, and twenty-three stations are
in Cape May County. The metals with molluscan bivalve
FDA criteria include; lead, arsenic, nickel, chromium,
and cadmium. This is an on-going project, so as more results
become available, they will be posted on this site, please
check back often.