Watershed Management Area 13 includes watersheds that drain the central Atlantic drainage of New Jersey. The Barnegat Bay Watershed is a 660 square mile area encompassing all of the land and water in Ocean County, as well as parts of Monmouth County. The area lies mostly in Ocean County and includes the Barnegat Bay as well as the following subwatersheds: Metedeconk River, Toms River, Forked River, Cedar Creek.
The Toms River drains an area 124 square miles. It flows from western Ocean and Monmouth Counties southeast to Barnegat Bay at the town of Toms River, 11 miles north of Barnegat Inlet. This is an area of low relief, containing many small tributaries which feed into the Toms River. The larger tributaries include Davenports Branch, Union Branch and Wrangle Brook. The watershed also drains a large area of the Pinelands. Major impoundments include Success Lake and Horicon Lake. Population centers include Toms River, Lakehurst, Dover and Manchester.
This watershed lies in the Coastal Plain and is about one-half forested, with the remainder residential developments, a military installation and agriculture. There has been a substantial amount of new residential and commercial development throughout the watershed in the past five years. Of approximately 9 NJPDES permitted discharges within the watershed, half are industrial/commercial, and half are municipal/institutional. Waters have been classified as Pinelands (some of the Pinelands waters are also designated trout maintenance), FW-1, FW-2 Nontrout, and SE-1.
The Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program
The Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program (BBNEP) was created subsequent to the USEPA recognizing the Barnegat Bay/Little Egg Harbor estuarine system as an "estuary of national significance." The restoration work done by the BBNEP compliments the Department's efforts to address identified water quality impairments within Watershed Management Area 13. Click here for more information on the Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program.
For additional information on the Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program, please contact:
Bob Mancini, Section Chief
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