Natural Resource Injury Assessments
The investigation and restoration of injured natural resources are part of the regulatory standards applicable to the remediation of contaminated sites in New Jersey (see Technical Requirements for Site Remediation N.J.A.C 7:26E). Therefore, all of the site information needed to assess and restore natural resource injuries is usually generated as part of the site characterization process described in N.J.A.C 7:26E.
As a result, the site remediation information, normally used to characterize a contaminated site, can also be used to assess natural resource injuries. There is generally no need for additional sampling/studies. Natural resource injuries fall into two general categories: ground water injury and ecological injury, which may involve federal co-trustees.