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Municipalities within the Watershed
Barnegat Township
Barnegat Light Borough
Bay Head Borough
Beach Haven Borough
Beachwood Borough
Berkeley Township
Brick Township
Eagleswood Township
Freehold Township
Harvey Cedars Borough
Howell Township
Island Heights Borough
Jackson Township
Lacey Township
Lakehurst Borough
Lakewood Township
Lavallette Borough
Little Egg Harbor Township
Long Beach Township
Manchester Township
Mantoloking Borough
Millstone Township
Ocean Gate Borough
Ocean Township
Pine Beach Borough
Plumsted Township
Point Pleasant Beach Borough
Point Pleasant Borough
Seaside Heights Borough
Seaside Park Borough
Ship Bottom Borough
South Toms River Borough
Stafford Township
Surf City Borough
Toms River Township
Tuckerton Borough
Wall Township

Barnegat Bay

On December 9, 2010, Governor Chris Christie announced a comprehensive action plan to address the ecological health of the 660-square-mile Barnegat Bay watershed. The Administration has been aggressively implementing that plan including the following actions:

  • Governor Christie has made available $28.8 million for stormwater management projects with a pledge of $100 million over the next 10 years;

  • Legislation establishing the toughest fertilizer law in the nation has been passed and standards for soil health and restoration have been proposed;

  • New Jersey's first comprehensive water monitoring network was established with over 5,000 water samples taken and analyzed;

  • The first comprehensive Barnegat Bay biological research agenda was implemented with 10 studies aimed at filling in knowledge gaps;

  • The State acquired nearly 3,000 acres of open space in the Barnegat Bay watershed and is committed to purchasing 30,000 acres over the next 30 years;

  • A comprehensive public education program has been developed to raise awareness of the importance of the health of Barnegat Bay, and

  • Three successful watershed- wide cleanups (the "Barnegat Bay Blitz") have been conducted resulting in thousands of pounds of litter being picked up.

To learn more about these efforts and further details on the Barnegat Bay 10 point Action Plan, click on the links below:

  1. Close Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant

  2. Fund Stormwater Runoff Mitigation Projects

  3. Reduce Nutrient Pollution from Fertilizer

  4. Require Post-Construction Soil Restoration

  5. Acquire Land in the Watershed

  6. Establish a Special Area Management Plan

  7. Adopt More Rigorous Water Quality Standards

  8. Educate the Public

  9. Fill in the Gaps on Research

  10. Reduce Water Craft Impacts

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