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The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's (NJDEP's) Statewide Nonpoint Source Pollution (NPS) Management Program is cooperatively implemented with many other department programs as well as agencies throughout the state such as the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, local governments and the watershed associations. The Watershed Restoration Section is a major participant in the Statewide NPS Program. In addition to the Section's role in developing watershed partnerships, the Section also administers the federal Section 319(h) grant program and coordinates with the following programs as needed to control water pollution attributed to nonpoint sources: Section 6217 Coastal NPS Implementation, Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), Stormwater Management, Stormwater Permitting, Land Use Regulation, Water Quality Management Planning (WQMP), Water Supply Administration and other state and local programs. The Section is also responsible for coordinating certain facets of the NPS Program with USEPA and other States on implementing national nonpoint source management policies and produces an annual report for USEPA documenting New Jersey's progress in implementing the Statewide NPS Strategy.

Section 319(h) NPS Grant Program
Congress amended the Clean Water Act (CWA) in 1987 to establish the section 319 (h) Nonpoint Source Management Program that authorizes USEPA to grant money to States, Territories and Indian Tribes to address nonpoint source pollution (NPS). Federal 319(h) funds are granted to the States as both base program funds and as incremental funds.

New Jersey is authorized to be granted funds through section 319(h) from the USEPA due to its approved Nonpoint Source Assessment Report and Nonpoint Source Management Program. These funds are to be used to implement programs and projects designed to reduce nonpoint source pollution. As required by section 319(h), the state's Nonpoint Source Management Program describes the state program for nonpoint source management and serves as the basis for how funds are spent.

Funding through section 319(h) is extremely competitive in New Jersey. Over most recent years, funding requests have totaled over $10 million each funding cycle, far surpassing the available funding. Selection of projects to receive section 319(h) funds is conducted by NPS Program staff with input from other Department Staff.

USEPA Nonpoint Source Pollution
The United States Environmental Protection Agency's Nonpoint Source Homepage. This site has a variety of useful information ranging from outreach materials to other nonpoint source funding available.

New Jersey Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
NJ-CREP is designed to assist farmers in reducing nonpoint source pollution caused by agricultural water runoff sources in an effort to improve water quality in New Jersey.

New Jersey TMDL Program
In general terms, a TMDL quantifies the amount of a pollutant, known as pollutant loading, a waterbody can assimilate without violating a state's water quality standards. This page has everything you need to know about TMDLs in New Jersey.

New Jersey Bureau of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
The Bureau of GIS within DEP facilitates the integration of information and providing spatial analysis through GIS technology. They play a key role in DEP efforts to integrate information resources, and in the development of an Environmental Master Plan while encouraging the establishment of a statewide network of public and private sector GIS partners to assist local planning, encourage data sharing, and broaden the base for data development. This site has data available for download, information on GIS and Global Positioning System (GPS), and courses posted that are available for training needs.

Municipal Stormwater Regulation Program
As a result of USEPA's Phase II Stormwater rules published in December 1999, the Department is developing the Municipal Stormwater Regulation Program and the new rules to facilitate the implementation of this program. This program will address pollutants entering our waters from many storm drainage systems owned or operated by local, State, interstate or Federal government agencies.

Center for Watershed Protection
The Center for Watershed Protection is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation that provides local governments, activists, and watershed organizations around the country with the technical tools for protecting some of the nation's most precious natural resources: our streams, lakes and rivers.

The Watershed Institute
The Watershed Institute's goal is to create a consolidated resource that provides tailored advice, workshops and lectures to New Jersey watershed organizations.

Stream Corridor Restoration Handbook
This handbook collaboratively developed by 15 Federal agencies of the United States government is a benchmark document that is being used by these agencies, as well as many others who are interested in restoring the functions and values of the nation's stream corridors.


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