DEP ANNOUNCES NEW DRINKING WATER PROTECTONS FOR
OCEAN AND MONMOUTH COUNTIES
(04/82) TRENTON -- New Jersey Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M.
Campbell today announced the final adoption of regulations
providing the state's highest level of protection for 14
streams and rivers that provide drinking water for residents
in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
"These streams and rivers are another major accomplishment
we've achieved to protect our drinking water for Monmouth
and Ocean counties and statewide," said Commissioner
Campbell. "New Jersey is fortunate to have a Governor
providing the vision and leadership to recognize that we
are stewards of water resources for future generations."
The streams and river segments that provide drinking water
to the Manasquan and Brick Reservoirs will now receive "Category
One" (C1) designation, which prevents any measurable
deterioration in existing water quality, limiting development
impacts and discharges to streams. The Manasquan and Brick
Reservoirs provide drinking water to over 230,000 residents
of the state.
"The importance of this designation to our community
cannot be underestimated," said Joseph Scarpelli, Mayor
of Brick Township. "The Metedeconk River is the most
invaluable natural resource in Brick Township, supplying
our residents with the majority of their drinking water,
as well as recreational and economic opportunities. I thank
Governor McGreevey on behalf of our community for his commitment
to the environment and protecting the Metedeconk River."
In addition to the 14 Monmouth and Ocean County waterways
adopted today, DEP is increasing water quality protections
for 15 waterbodies in Bergen County and Hunterdon County.
Today's adoption of C1 designations for the waterbodies
in Ocean, Monmouth, Bergen and Hunterdon counties is just
one element of Governor James E. McGreevey's continuing
effort to improve the overall quality of life in New Jersey,
such as fighting sprawl, preserving open space and protecting
our state's drinking water.
Last year, Governor McGreevey adopted rules that designated
nine reservoirs totaling 7, 865 acres and six stream segments
totaling 82 rivers as C1 waterways. This was the first time
ever that any Governor applied C1 protection to drinking
The C1 designation for the waterbodies located in Monmouth,
Ocean, Bergen and Hunterdon Counties will be effective on
August 2, 2004.
Below is a list of streams and rivers in Monmouth and Ocean
counties that have received C1 protection:
|Metedeconk River including,
Hay Stack Brook
Muddy Ford Brook
|Manasquan River including,
||Bear Swamp Brook
Long Swamp Brook
Marsh Bog Brook
Timber Swamp Brook
unnamed Manasquan Reservoir tributaries
Below is a list of streams and rivers in Bergen and Hunterdon
Counties that have received C1 protection:
Hackensack River including,
unnamed Oradell Reservoir tributaries
Little Nishisakawick Creek