The Watershed Restoration Section of the Division of Policy Implementation and Watershed Restoration administers the federal Section 319(h) grant program, conducts and facilitates watershed-related outreach and education across the state, and coordinates reporting requirements of New Jersey’s nonpoint source pollution control successes to USEPA.
A watershed is the area of land that drains into a body of water such as a river, lake, stream or bay. It includes not only the waterway itself but also the entire land area that drains to it. Humans have an impact on watersheds in a number of ways. One way people influence watersheds is by changing where stormwater flows. Another way is by adding potential pollution sources (nonpoint source pollution) to the watershed. For more information about watersheds and the human effects of nonpoint source pollution, click on the “Watershed Information” link from the list on the left.
Click on the map on the right to read descriptions of the different watersheds and view many restoration efforts going on within the watershed.
Nonpoint Source Pollution Program
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's (NJDEP's) Statewide Nonpoint Source Pollution Management (NPS) Program is cooperatively implemented with many inter- departmental programs as well as other agencies throughout the state. The Watershed Restoration Section administers the federal Section 319(h) grant program. 319(h) funds are to be used to implement programs and projects designed to reduce nonpoint source pollution. For more information click on the “NPS Program” link from the list on the left.
Watershed Restoration Projects
For more information about New Jersey’s 319-funded Watershed Restoration Plans and implementation projects, please visit EPA's Grants and Reporting & Tracking System (GRTS)
Watershed Outreach and Education
For a list of publications available, click on the “Publications” link from the list on the left.
The Watershed Restoration Section has many resources available for stormwater, nonpoint source pollution and watershed education, such as newsletters and brochures for the community at large and students and teachers, teacher workshops, free classroom presentations and the Urban Watershed Education Program and publications. For more information about these resources, click on the “Outreach & Education” link from the list on the left.