Since the mid-1800's, the New Jersey Geological Survey
has experienced many changes. The mission of the Survey
has recently been expanded to include water resource
planning and regulatory functions. These responsibilities
have been added to the geoscience mapping, research and
interpretive roles traditionally overseen at the Survey. While
the Water Allocation and Well Permitting programs have
always been supported by the Survey, these NJ Department
of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) regulatory programs
are now its direct responsibility. With this expanded role,
the Survey will continue to provide governmental agencies,
the business community and the public with information
necessary to address environmental concerns and make
The Survey's name has changed to reflect these added
initiatives. Now known as the New Jersey Geological and
Water Survey, it is organized into two Bureaus: the Bureau
of Water Resources and Geoscience, led by Bureau Chief
David Pasicznyk, will continue to meet the more traditional
role of the Survey, and the Bureau of Water Allocation and
Well Permitting, led by Bureau Chief Terry Pilawski, will
manage the water regulatory program.
As the State Geologist, my direct functions have also
expanded to include coordinating NJDEP input to the
Delaware River Basin Commission, as well as providing
information on issues associated with natural gas drilling
processes such as hydraulic fracturing.
New initiatives include several alternative energy programs. A compilation of geothermal resources is supported by a grant from the USDOE to the Association of American State Geologists. The Survey has assisted in the State initiative to site offshore wind energy. In partnership with the neighboring states the Survey has assessed the potential for subsurface sequestration of carbon dioxide in geological formations
Maps and reports are available to the public in printed and digital format through the Survey website. GIS data is available via electronic transfer
from our Digital Geodata Series .
A publications order form is available on the web or upon request to: Map & Publications, PO 420, Mail Code 29-01, Trenton, N.J. 08625-0420. Unpublished information is provided at cost by writing to Dr. Karl Muessig, State Geologist, N.J. Geological and Water Survey, PO 420, Mail Code 29-01, Trenton, N.J. 08625-0420. Staff are available to answer your questions 8:00AM-5:00 PM Monday through Friday by calling 609-292-1185.