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Phase Two: Moving Science into Action

Toms River Stormwater Study to Evaluate the Effect of Fertilizer Law

A Toms River Stormwater Study will be designed to replicate the study conducted by DEP from 1994-2000. The previous study evaluated the runoff loadings of nutrients from various types of land uses. Repeating this study will allow DEP to determine if the water quality data reflects nutrient reductions realized from implementation of New Jersey’s fertilizer law, which went into effect in 2011 and implemented nutrient reduction Best Management Practices.

A multi-year stormwater monitoring initiative will calculate the non-point source loadings of nutrients, bacteria, and suspended solids from various land use areas in the watershed. Original monitoring sites representative of five specific land uses will be replicated.

  • Action: Undertake Toms River Stormwater Study and analyze data.
  • Lead: DEP

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