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Technical Support and Archived Documents (by program)

Below are links to various technical support and other documents related to the development and administration of the Surface Water Quality Standards Program, the Ground Water Quality Standards Program, and Water Quality Assessment Program, and Nonpoint Source/319(h) Grant Program. Technical support documents related to New Jersey's Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) are available through the New Jersey TMDL link at http://www.state.nj.us/dep/wms/bear/tmdls.html.

Links to unofficial versions of proposed and adopted rule amendments from 2002 through the present are provided in the table below. These include several amendments to upgrade waters to Category One designation. Information about obtaining an official copy of these documents as printed in the New Jersey Register is available at http://www.nj.gov/dep/legal/get_rule.htm.

Proposed
Adopted/Effective Date
Description
Map

November 18, 2002  

May 19, 2003  

Category One Upgrades*

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January 6, 2003  

November 3, 2003  

Trout Water Reclassification

View Map

November 3, 2003  

August 2, 2004  

Category One Upgrades*

View Map

December 20, 2004  

June 20, 2005  

Category One Upgrades*

View Map

September 19, 2005  

October 16, 2006  

Rule Amendments

View Map

May 21, 2007  

Category One Upgrades*

View Map

Readoption with Amendments**
n/a
Amended Nutrient Policies and Criteria
n/a
n/a
Administrative Corrections
n/a
n/a
Readoption without change via administrative notice
n/a
*In 1985, the Department amended the Surface Water Quality Standards (SWQS) at N.J.A.C. 7:9B-1.15 to upgrade certain surface waters of the State to Category One. While most of New Jersey's Category One waters were designated under these amendments, no specific basis for these upgrades was documented. Between 1985 and 2002, the Department designated more surface waters of the State as Category One. These upgrades were based on their value as trout production (FW2-TP) waters. Since 2002, the Department has promulgated several more amendments to the SWQS to upgrade the stream classification and antidegradation designations of additional waters of the State based on exceptional ecological significance or exceptional water supply significance. More information on Category One upgrades is available on the Department's Web site, along with maps of the stream classifications corresponding to each change to the stream classifications. Additional information on the Category One rulemaking actions, including the process for changing stream classifications is also available on the Web site.
Click here for information about obtaining an official copy of the SWQS rules.

Links to unofficial versions of proposed and adopted rule amendments, basis and background documents, and administrative changes from 1992 through the present are provided in the table below. Information about obtaining an official copy of these documents as printed in the New Jersey Register is available at http://www.nj.gov/dep/legal/get_rule.htm.

Proposed
Adopted
Description
Basis and Background
January 21, 1992
(see 24 NJ.R. 181)
January 7, 1993
(see 25 N.J.R, 464)
Adopted Repeal and New Rules: N.J.A.C. 7:9-6
Readoption and Recodification with Amendments
n/a
Administrative Change
n/a
Amendments to Antidegradation Provisions
n/a
Special Adoption of Amendments via Site Remediation Program rules
n/a
n/a
Administrative Corrections via Site Remediation Program rules
n/a
n/a
Readoption without change via administrative notice
n/a
Amendments to N.J.A.C. 7:9C-1.7 and Appendix Table 1
*The 2008 GWQS rule amendments were adopted as a companion to the Water Quality Management Planning (WQMP) Rule amendments at N.J.A.C. 7:15. The basis and background document is a technical support document for the WQMP rules, entitled "Nitrate as a Surrogate for Assessing Impact of Development Using Individual Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems on Ground Water Quality" (NJDEP, 2007). This document provides the scientific basis for the Department's proposal to establish nitrate as a surrogate for the large number of constituents in wastewater effluent discharged to ground water, which can occur in variable concentrations and are subject to numerous fate/transport responses after discharge, and the establishment of 2 mg/L as the statewide average existing ambient concentration of nitrate in ground water.

2016 Integrated Water Quality Assessment Report (Integrated Report)

2014 Integrated Water Quality Assessment Report (Integrated Report)

2012 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report (Integrated Report)

2010 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report (Integrated Report)

2008 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report (Integrated Report)

2006 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report (Integrated Report)

2004 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report (Integrated Report)

2002 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report (Integrated Report)

Older Water Quality Assessment Reports

The following historic reports are also available from New Jersey's electronic digital library using the links provided:

Watershed Based Plans

Quality Control Information

 

   
For more information, please contact Kimberly Cenno, Bureau Chief,
Bureau of Environmental Analysis, Restoration and Standards at (609) 633-1441.

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