Classifications (Shellfish Harvest Classifications):
Classification of New Jersey's coastal waters for shellfish
harvesting is displayed on a series of maps. These
classifications are based on extensive water quality monitoring
and pollution source surveys that are performed by the
Quality (Coastal Data): The bureau also performs regular
testing of the basic water chemistry of the coastal waters.
Information such as salinity, oxygen levels and nutrient
levels in the coastal waters can be accessed through a
series of maps.
Monitoring (Source Pollution Monitoring): Since 1994,
the bureau has been performing intensive monitoring in
a number of locations along the New Jersey coast in order
to address the impact of nonpoint source pollution on
coastal water quality. Nonpoint source pollution
is contaminants that enter our streams, lakes, rivers,
bays and oceans from sources such as storm water runoff,
wildlife and overboard discharges from boats. The
bureau is developing methods to monitor these pollutants
and to track down the sources of pollutants so that their
impact can be reduced or eliminated.
Support: Monitoring coastal water quality involves
the use of sensitive laboratory procedures for detection
of nutrients, salinity, oxygen, bacteria and viruses.
The Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring operates laboratories
with a variety of capabilities for these measurements.