is an electronic compendium of standards for water and soil that
are promulgated by the New Jersey Department of Environmental
Protection. Included are Surface Water Quality Standards, N.J.A.C.
7:9B; Ground Water Quality Standards, N.J.A.C. 7:9C; Drinking
Water Quality Standards, N.J.A.C. 7:10; and soil remediation standards
from the Remediation Standards, N.J.A.C. 7:26D.
compendium includes the standards and information about the basis
for the standards contained in the above referenced rules. Please
refer to the applicable rules for the official information about
the standards currently in effect and how they are administered
by the Department. Information on obtaining official versions
of Department rules is available on the Department’s Web
site at http://www.state.nj.us/dep/legal/get_rule.htm.
constituents are listed in alphabetical order. To see all of the
standards for a specific constituent, select the first letter
of the constituent name to see a list beginning with that letter.
Drinking water standards are developed by both the Federal and
State governments. The standards are set for biological contaminants,
dissolved chemicals and suspended particulate matter and are based
on those levels necessary to protect public health as well as
analytical and treatment limitations. These contaminants are naturally
occurring, the result of industrial and/or domestic pollution.
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Water Quality Standards
The Ground Water Quality Standards (GWQS), N.J.A.C 7:9C, establish
the designated uses of the State's ground waters and specify the
water quality (criteria) necessary to attain those designated
uses. The ground water quality criteria are numerical values assigned
to each constituent (pollutant) discharged to ground waters of
the State. The GWQS also contain technical and general policies
to ensure that the designated uses can be adequately protected.
Ground water is classified according to its hydrogeologic characteristics
and designated uses.
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Water Quality Standards
The Surface Water Quality Standards (SWQS), N.J.A.C. 7:9B, establish
designated uses for
waters of the State, classify
streams based on uses, designate antidegradation categories, and
develop water quality criteria to protect those uses. Designated
uses include drinking water supply, fish consumption, shellfish
resources, propagation of fish and wildlife, recreation, and agricultural
and industrial water supplies. In addition, the SWQS specify general,
technical, and interstate policies, and policies pertaining to
the establishment of water quality-based effluent limitations.
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The soil remediation standards, codified in the Remediation
Standards rules at N.J.A.C.
7:26D establish the minimum residential direct contact and
non-residential direct contact soil remediation standards.
rules do not establish the minimum impact to ground water soil
remediation standards; these standards are developed by the Department
on a site-by-site basis, pursuant to the Department’s authority
under N.J.S.A. 58:10B-12a.
more information on Soil Remediation Standards, please visit the
Site Remediation’s web site for remediation standards guidance
and a copy of the rules at Remediation
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