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Bureau of Freshwater & Biological Monitoring
Chemical/Physical Monitoring; Rivers and Streams

The Chemical/Physical Water Monitoring program, initiated in 1976, monitors rivers, and streams using State and Federally approved sample collection and analytical methods. River and streams chemical and physical monitoring generates a large portion of the high quality data used by the DEPís Bureau of Environmental Analysis, Restoration and Standards for water quality assessments, supports the DEPís priority of achieving waters that are fishable and swimmable, and provides data used for water quality status and trends results to inform water resource management on a statewide basis. Recent information on surface water quality trends in New Jersey is available in the following two reports:


Trends in the quality of water in New Jersey streams, water years 1971-2011

Surface Water Quality Ė Rivers and Streams: Chemical and Physical Measurements

The federal Clean Water Act section 106 (e) (1) requires states receiving water grants to monitor the quality of their surface water. The design and implementation of the Stateís chemical/physical monitoring programs for freshwater rivers, and streams follows U.S. EPAís National Guidance on Elements of a State Water Monitoring and Assessment Program (March 2003).


For more information, please contact the Bureau of Freshwater & Biological Monitoring at 609-292-0427
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