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  Bureau of Environmental Analysis, Restoration and Standards

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The Bureau of Environmental Analysis, Restoration and Standards (BEARS) is responsible forconducting and coordinating environmental stewardship, water quality analysis and restoration, and water quality standards programs and activities designed to protect, maintain and enhance water quality for all waters of the State in accordance with the federal Clean Water Act, NJ Water Pollution Control Act, and NJ Water Quality Planning Act. BEARS develops, promotes and supports community-based environmental stewardship programs like the AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program and the Watershed Education and Urban Fishing Program, which are designed to raise public awareness about watershed issues and promote watershed stewardship through hands-on experience. BEARS conducts water quality assessment of all waters of the State, including assessment of data collected by non-departmental entities (e.g., regional and local government agencies and community water monitoring organizations), and determining the causes and sources of water quality impairment. Assessment results are reported every two years in the New Jersey Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report (Integrated Report), which includes the Section 303(d) List of Water Quality Limited Waters (303(d) List). BEARS is also responsible for determining the pollutant reductions needed for restoration of water quality, through the development and implementation of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) or Watershed Based Plans (WBPs) to restore water quality. "Water quality impairment" means that waters do not fully support the designated uses established for those waters by the New Jersey Surface Water Quality Standards at N.J.A.C. 7:9B. BEARS also coordinates a statewide program for managing nonpoint sources (NPS) of pollution and administers grant programs targeted at restoring water quality impaired by NPS pollution, including the federal Clean Water Act Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Pollution Control grant program. BEARS is also responsible for New Jersey's Surface Water Quality Standards and Ground Water Quality Standards, which establish the designated uses and criteria necessary to meet New Jersey's water quality goals.

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For more information, please contact Kimberly Cenno, Bureau Chief,
Bureau of Environmental Analysis, Restoration and Standards at (609) 633-1441.

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