Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring measures the health
of New Jersey's coastal waters with a variety of techniques.
Each is designed to provide a different perspective on
the condition of our bay and ocean waters.
Water samples are collected by boat or helicopter a minimum
of four times each year from over 200 locations along
New Jersey's coast. These are tested for basic measurements
of water quality such as temperature, salinity and nutrients.
This link takes you to interactive maps for access to
results of this monitoring.
Phytoplankton are microscopic plants that float in State's
coastal waters. Under normal conditions, they are beneficial
and are the base of the food chain that most other marine
life depends on. This link describes monitoring performed
by the Bureau for phytoplankton.
Sensing: The Bureau is working cooperatively with
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to
use remote sensing at part of New Jersey's routine water
quality monitoring effort. Remote sensing means making
water condition measurements from a distance, typically
from aircraft or satellites.