Continue the Long-Term Water Quality Monitoring Program
The Department and its partners have been implementing a long-term, Barnegat Bay monitoring program (bay and tributaries) for the last five years (NJDEP, 2013). This sampling effort, coupled with the two years of intense monitoring for modeling, has resulted in a seven-year targeted data set for Barnegat Bay and its watershed. This monitoring will be continued, as long-term data sets are needed to assess the progress and trends in water quality, and to evaluate the efficacy of various actions in the Strategy. Additionally, an analysis will be performed to optimize and ensure the adequacy of the Barnegat Bay watershed monitoring network, and identify any data gaps.
Bay and Estuary Monitoring River and Streams Monitoring
- Action: Continue monitoring, analyze monitoring data and data gaps, and evaluate and update the related monitoring design and Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) as needed.
- Lead: DEP - Division of Water Monitoring and Standards
- Partners: Barnegat Bay Partnership, Ocean County Vocational Technical School Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science, and Brick Municipal Utilities Authority