Preserve & Restore Wetlands to Provide Nutrient Reductions & Resiliency
Through research, we are gaining a better understanding of the importance of wetlands in the Barnegat Bay. In addition to providing upland flood protection during storm events, coastal wetlands can remove (deposition & plant growth) approximately 85 percent of the nitrogen and 54 percent of the phosphorus entering the bay from upland sources (Velinsky, et al., 2016). With more than 28 percent of Barnegat Bay’s salt marshes having been lost to development (Rutgers, 2017), stabilizing and restoring existing wetlands and preventing the loss of any more wetlands is of significant importance.
- Actions: Develop a consistent strategy and guidance on wetlands restoration to be included in New Jersey’s Wetland Program Plan; continue to fund and support wetlands restoration projects.
- Lead: DEP – Division of Land Use Regulation, Division of Water Monitoring and Standards, and Division of Science, Research and Environmental Health
- Partners: United States Fish and Wildlife Service, DEP – Fish & Wildlife, environmental advocacy groups, United States Army Corps of Engineers, and Municipal stakeholders