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About Water Monitoring & Standards


The Administratorís Office oversees all activities of the program, including coordination of policy development, information dissemination and outreach. The Office sets and monitors progress towards various goals which assist the program in achieving its mission.

General monitoring and assessment-related activities and publications are managed by this Office, including:

Coordination with other external water monitoring programs is also a responsibility of the Administratorís Office. As such, the Office oversees the activities of the New Jersey Water Monitoring Coordinating Council. The Office also oversees implementation of NJ's Water Quality Data Exchange System.

Specific monitoring, standards and TMDL development, and water quality assessment functions, within WM&S, are covered by 4 bureaus:

  • Bureau of Fresh Water and Biological Monitoring
  • The Bureau is responsible for monitoring the ambient conditions of the state's fresh and ground water resources. This monitoring includes regular sampling through a statewide network consisting of 115 surface water monitoring stations, 760 benthic macroinvertebrate biological stream monitoring stations, 100 fish assemblage biological stream monitoring stations, and 150 ground water stations. In addition, the bureau operates the the department's biological biomonitoring laboratory where bioassay and macroinvertebrate, fish and algal studies are regularly conducted. The bureau is also responsible for implementing the state's Ambient Lakes Monitoring Program. 

  • Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring
  • The Bureau, located in Leeds Point, Atlantic County, is responsible for water quality monitoring used to classify approximately 700,000 acres of marine and estuarine shellfish waters, In this regard, approximately 15,000 ambient water samples are collected yearly from a 4,000 station sampling network. All of these samples are analyzed at the Bureau's southern regional DEP laboratory. Additionally, this bureau reviews CAFRA, waterfront development and dredging applications, administers the Special Shellfish Resource Recovery Program, and participates in a wide variety of sampling projects throughout the state's estuarine and coastal waters. One such project is the Marine/Estuarine monitoring network which monitors key chemical parameters from 200 stations. In addition, the bureau oversees both the Beach Monitoring and the Clean Shores programs.  

For additional information, please contact Patricia Gardner, Director

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Department of Environmental Protection
P. O. Box 420 (Mail Code 401-04I)
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420

Last Updated: June 18, 2015

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