On May 13, 2010 a summit was held to discuss the role of nutrient management in urban and suburban landscapes and how that effects nutrient loading in surface and groundwater. This document provides a summary of the information provided during the meeting, as well as … Read more »
The purposes of BBNEPs Communication Plan are to establish clear objectives, approaches, and methods to engage distinct target audiences that are important to protecting the Barnegat Bay ecosystem. The Communication Plan defines a strategy for effectively leveraging and coordinating the efforts of all communication and … Read more »
In the summer of 2009, the BBNEP office delivered a survey to key partner organizations to collect information about the BBNEP partners (e.g., organizational type), their outreach and education topic areas, target audiences, and their tools and methods. The results of the survey are summarized … Read more »
This report details a study conducted by Rutgers University to determine the nitrogen concentrations in eelgrass blades along a north-south estuarine gradient. These data were compiled to generate a Nutrient Pollution Index (ratio of leaf nitrogen to leaf mass) for different areas of the estuary … Read more »
Final report from the County of Ocean and the Ocean County Soil Conservation District for a Atlantic Coastal Watershed Program Grant project to retrofit poorly functioning stormwater basins in the Barnegat Bay watershed.
The Trust for Public Land (TPL) continues to lead the charge to conserve highly valuable land with in the Barnegat Bay watershed by producing this report to build on the success of The Century Plan (1995). Visit TPL’s website for more information including a map … Read more »
This report has been prepared to document the findings of activities conducted by Birdsall Engineering, Inc. as part of the Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program Experimental Watershed Project, which focuses on the Ocean County College campus, located in the Township of Dover, Ocean County, New … Read more »
The BBNEP’s three-year Strategic Plan is the result of a 12-month collaborative effort from all major partners of the BBNEP to identify the key priority issues to focus on over the next three years. This three-year plan focuses the efforts of all partners on those … Read more »
The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey’s analysis is a two-year effort to quantify the economic impacts of recreational boating in the state of New Jersey. The purpose of the study, the first of its kind in New Jersey, was to characterize New Jersey’s recreational … Read more »
This report is the result of extensive research by Dr. Richard Lathrop and Scott Haag of the Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis (CRSSA) and the Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University. The research was funded, in part, … Read more »
Groundwater provides most of the drinking water used in the Barnegat Bay watershed, as well as most of the fresh water input to the estuary. Subsurface flow represents a significant contaminant transport pathway from the land surface to the estuary. Therefore, tracking the status of … Read more »
This report, prepared by Christine Weiben of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the BBNEP, is an assessment of one of the indicators presented in the BBNEP Monitoring Program Plan. The BBNEP 2005 State of the Bay Technical Report includes an assessment of … Read more »
A study was conducted of undisturbed and disturbed urban soils in Ocean County, New Jersey, to investigate the impact on soil infiltration rates due to modification and compaction during construction operations, to examine if the effects are significant enough to alter the Hydrologic Soil Group … Read more »
This peer-reviewed publication discusses why the bay is classified as highly eutrophic and identifies several of the adverse impacts associated with excess nutrients and potential solutions to those problems.
In this report, Michael Kennish, Ph.D. of Rutgers University focuses on the serious impacts that eutrophication poses to the estuary’s ecosystem, as well as the immediate need for a reduction of nitrogen loading to the Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor estuarine system.
A Natural Resource Inventory forms the foundation of future planning and development of a municipality by taking inventory of the municipalitys natural resource characteristics. This baseline report includes information on the Borough of Tuckertons physical resources, biotic resource and current land uses presented in both … Read more »
The Lakewood Township Environmental Commission, in consultation with its Planning Board and Township Committee, prepared this Natural Resource Inventory for use as a reference in the land use planning decision making process. This document identifies Lakewood’s natural resources and describes their importance for public health, … Read more »
To determine whether brown tide blooms are a threat to coastal waters in New Jersey, the division of NJDEP Science Research and Technology implemented the Brown Tide Assessment Project from 2000-2004. The primary objectives of this study are to (1) characterize the spatial and temporal … Read more »
The Research Team for this study consisted of six students of the Marine Academy of Technology and Evironmental Sciences (M.A.T.E.S). The purpose of their research was to determine the overall health of the Ocean County College pond and estimate the populations of endemic and non-native … Read more »
The effects of nonpoint-source contamination on the water quality of four tributaries to the Toms River in Ocean County, New Jersey, have been investigated in a 5-year study by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The purpose … Read more »
The Township of Ocean, in consultation with the Township of Ocean Land Use Board, has prepared this Environmental Resource Inventory as a reference for land use and planning decisions in the Township. The purpose of the Environmental Resource Inventory is to identify the natural resources … Read more »
The overall objective of this research, conducted by Paul Jivoff, Ph.D. of Rider University, was to examine the effect of bulkheading on marine and estuarine habitats, the diversity of species and the relative abundance of individuals, particularly the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus. In addition, the … Read more »
Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program’s (BBNEP)2005 State of the Bay Technical Report is a collaborative work of many partnering organizations and committed individuals. The indicators adopted by the BBNEP, six of which are presented in this report, were selected by the BBNEP Science and Technical … Read more »
The Sub-aqueous Vegetation (SAV) Sediment Classification System and Mapping Study for the Barnegat Bay (SCMS), prepared by The Ocean County Soil Conservation District in Cooperation with the USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service is a study to determine if a relationship exists between bottom sediment … Read more »
Led by Richard Lathrop, Ph.D. of the Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, the purpose of this study was to map the areal extent and density of submerged aquatic vegetation within the Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor estuary, as part of ongoing monitoring for the … Read more »
The purpose of this report by the New Jersey Pinelands Commission is to present information on the natural resources of Oyster Creek that may allow the Commission to reevaluate the existing land management designations. A brief description of the Waretown Creek watershed is also given. … Read more »
The Toms River Corridor Task Force submitted this report and its recommendations to Jackson Township, Manchester Township, Ocean County, and the New Jersey Pinelands Commission for consideration. Based upon its analysis of available natural resource and land use data, the Task Force recommends that resource … Read more »
This Monitoring Program Plan is a comprehensive blueprint for monitoring activities in the Barnegat Bay/Little Egg Harbor estuary and watershed that relate to the mission of the Barnegat Bay Estuary Program.
With the USEPA support, the Trust for Public Land, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and U.S. Forest Service designed the Source Water Stewardship Project to foster sustained local and regional efforts to conserve forests and open space, mitigate pollution, and improve water quality. This link will provide … Read more »
This report contains important scientific and technical information pertaining to various aspects of watershed resources, water quality, water supply, habitat, competing uses and environmental stressors. The Characterization Report provides, in large part, the scientific basis for CCMP Action Plans. It was prepared by the Barnegat … Read more »