An Evaluation of NJDEP’s Category One Antidegradation Designation Process
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) began a review of its Category One (C1) designation process in the Surface Water Quality Standards (SWQS) regulations in late 2010, which resulted in the development of this document. It contains a general discussion of antidegradation policies and C1 waters, and an evaluation of the process and scientific criteria used in the designation of C1 waters and areas for improvement. Forty-four percent of the State’s waters are already protected at a C1 level or higher. The document also includes a separate review of decisions made by the Department in 2008 not to adopt C1 protections for certain waters. Finally, the document discusses a recently developed a list of candidate waters to receive C1 protections, totaling 121 river miles. Candidate waters will need to go through the formal rulemaking process to receive C1 designation.