Barnegat Bay Funding Initiative
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust are jointly working to effectuate meaningful water quality improvements in the Barnegat Bay Watershed as a component of the Governor's Comprehensive Plan of Action. A primary objective of the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2012 New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program (NJEIFP) is to fund projects designed to remove pollutants that adversely impact the Barnegat Bay.
To support the Governor's initiatives, the Department is proposing to establish a reserve for capital improvement projects designed to remove pollutants that adversely impact the Barnegat Bay.
In SFY 2012, a reserve fund up to $17 million in Clean Water SRF monies has been established to support this initiative. Projects that qualify for funding from the highest ranked projects totaling $11 million of this reserve are eligible to receive a principal forgiveness loan for up to 100% of the allowable project costs, subject to certain limits. The remaining balance has been set aside for 25% principal forgiveness loans for the next highest ranked projects, subject to certain limits.
For the SFY 2013 Program, the Department has allocated $10 million to provide loans for up to 100% of the allowable project costs, subject to certain limitations in the approved appropriations bill or other factors. Entities eligible to apply for financing from the reserve are Ocean and Monmouth Counties and the municipalities in the Barnegat Bay Watershed.
Local governmental units in the Barnegat Bay Watershed can apply for low interest loans to finance a wide variety of stormwater and nonpoint source control projects including:
- The construction of new stormwater best management practices (BMPs) (e.g., gravel wetlands, bioretention basins, constructed wetlands)or retrofits of existing BMPs that reduce existing nitrogen discharges into Barnegat Bay;
- The purchase of equipment (e.g., street sweepers, vacuum trucks) to reduce the pollution from stormwater runoff discharging into the Bay;
- The construction of new stormwater best management practices (BMPs) or retrofits of existing BMPs that reduce existing pollutants (e.g., suspended solids) that discharge into Barnegat Bay (e.g., infiltration basins, extended detention, and manufactured treatment devices);
- Projects involving the replacement and upgrade of septic systems ,
- Land acquisition and conservation measures, Land acquisition for siting a new, or expanding an existing, stormwater basin,
- Stormwater outfall relocation or extension,
- Installation of tide gates,
- Major stormwater system rehabilitation,
- Replacement of existing storm drains,
- Runoff controls (manure/feedlots and streambank stabilization/restoration),
- Salt domes, and
- Other nonpoint source controls.
For additional information regarding the Barnegat Bay project ranking methodology and ways to maximize your project's funding eligibility to receive a low interest loan, see the New Jersey Priority System, Intended Use Plan and Project Priority List .
Click here to see the Barnegat Bay funding Project Priority List for SFY 2012.
Paul Hauch, Bureau Chief, BCPA, (609) 292-3114
NJDEP Barnegat Bay Planning home page
New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust