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As part of the Division's Coastal Programs, Clean Shores is a statewide effort to remove floatables such as wood, garbage, medical waste and recyclables from tidal shorelines with the use of inmate labor. The Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program (CCMP) with the participation of local environmental health agencies assesses coastal water quality and investigates sources of water pollution. During the summer season, local health agencies collect and analyze water samples each week for fecal coliform concentrations from 179 ocean and 138 bay monitoring stations. The Adopt A Beach volunteers have been cleaning beaches of litter and debris on two designated clean-up days.

There are three National Estuary Programs in New Jersey: Barnegat Bay Estuary Program, Delaware Estuary Program and New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program. The National Estuary Program was established by Congress in 1987 to improve the quality of estuaries of national importance. The Clean Water Act Section 320 directs the US Environmental Protection Agency to develop plans for attaining or maintaining water quality in an estuary. This includes protection of public water supplies and the protection and propagation of a balanced, indigenous population of shellfish, fish, and wildlife, and allows recreational activities, in and on water, requires that control of point and nonpoint sources of pollution to supplement existing controls of pollution. Each program establishes a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan to meet the goals of Section 320.

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Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
Barnegat Bay Estuary Program
New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program
Clean Shores
Cooperative Coastal Monitoring
Adopt A Beach
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