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Water Quality
Management Planning


Rule Information
Statutory Authority: N.J.S.A. 13:1D-1 et seq., 13:19-1 et seq., 13:20-1 et seq., 23:2A-1 et seq., 40:55D 93-99, 58:1A-1 et seq., 58:10A-1 et seq., 58:11A-1 et seq., 58:16A-50 et seq., 58:11-23 et seq., and 58:29-1 et seq.
Effective Date: April 10, 2015 – Readoption
Rule Expiration Date: April 10, 2022

Adopted Readoption
Published in the New Jersey Register May 4, 2015

Current Rule
Complete Rule
The WQMP rule documents above are available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. These online copies are "courtesy copies." To obtain official copies of these regulations consult the NJDEP Office of Legal Affair's How to Get Copies of Departmental Rules page.

Status Update

County Wastewater Management Plan Status Report (pdf)
July 31, 2013

Rule Guidance

Slideshow Overview of the Water Quality Management Planning Rules (N.J.A.C. 7:15) Readopted with Amendments
July 2008

Table Identifying Locations of New Provisions and Major Changes to the Water Quality Management Planning Rules (N.J.A.C. 7:15)
Effective July 7, 2008

WMP Guidance

County Wastewater Management Plan Template (Word)
September 2009
Urbanized Municipalities List
July 2011
Executive Order 109

Nitrate Dilution Model Related Information

Nitrate as a Surrogate for Assessing Impact of Development Using Individual Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems on Ground Water Quality
May 21, 2007
A Recharge-Based Nitrate-Dilution Model for New Jersey, v6.2 (MS Excel)
A Recharge-Based HUC 11-Scale Nitrate-Carrying-Capacity Planning Tool for New Jersey, v3.0 (MS Excel Workbook)
A Recharge-Based Nitrate-Dilution Model for Small Commercial Establishments in New Jersey, v2.2 (MS Excel)
Map of New Jersey Septic Densities Based on Regional HUC 11 Analysis - this map depicts statewide variations in HUC 11 septic densities
Septic Density per HUC 11 (MS Excel) - average acres per individual subsurfacesewage disposal system, HUC 11s by County and HUC 11s by Municipality

Septic Management Plan Guidance

Septic Systems 101: A Primer to Understanding Your ISSDS (Pdf Format) - an introduction to septic system operation principles and maintenance recommendations
A Homeowners Guide to Septic Systems (Pdf Format) - NJDEP Division of Water Quality

Warren County Septic Management Guidance

Warren County Health Department brochure (Pdf Format)
Warren County Septic Management Overview (Pdf Format)


TMDL Related Guidance

US EPA 2002, EPA Review of 2002 Section 303(d) Lists and Guidelines for Reviewing TMDLs under Existing Regulations
US EPA 2002, Establishing TMDL Wasteload Allocation (WLAs) for Stormwater Sources and NPDES Permit Requirements Based on those WLAs
US EPA 2006, Establishing TMDL "Daily" Loads in Light of the Decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Friends of the Earth, Inc v. EPA et al.

Model Ordinances

Minimum Acceptable Riparian Zone Model Ordinance (Pdf Format)
February 2010
Septic Management Model Ordinance (Pdf Format)
October 2009
Septics in SSA's Model Ordinance (Pdf Format)
September 2009
Riparian Zone Model Ordinance (Pdf Format)
July 2008
Steep Slope Model Ordinance (Pdf Format)
June 2008
Fertilizer Application Model Ordinance (Pdf Format)
June 2006
Model Stormwater Control Ordinances for Municipalities (Pdf Format)
March 2004



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