part of the Division's Coastal Programs, Clean
Shores is a statewide effort to remove floatables
such as wood, garbage, medical waste and recyclables
from tidal shorelines with the use of inmate labor.
The Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program (CCMP)
with the participation of local environmental health
agencies assesses coastal water quality and investigates
sources of water pollution. During the summer season,
local health agencies collect and analyze water
samples each week for fecal coliform concentrations
from 179 ocean and 138 bay monitoring stations.
The Adopt A Beach volunteers have been cleaning
beaches of litter and debris on two designated clean-up
are three National Estuary Programs in New Jersey:
Barnegat Bay Estuary Program, Delaware Estuary
Program and New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program.
The National Estuary Program was established by
Congress in 1987 to improve the quality of estuaries
of national importance. The Clean
Water Act Section 320 directs the US Environmental
Protection Agency to develop plans for attaining
or maintaining water quality in an estuary. This
includes protection of public water supplies and
the protection and propagation of a balanced, indigenous
population of shellfish, fish, and wildlife, and
allows recreational activities, in and on water,
requires that control of point and nonpoint sources
of pollution to supplement existing controls of
pollution. Each program establishes a Comprehensive
Conservation and Management Plan to meet the
goals of Section 320.