||Bureau of Water Quality Standards and Assessment
The Bureau of Water Quality Standards and Assessment (BWQSA) is responsible for the development, adoption, and administration of New Jersey's Surface Water Quality Standards and Ground Water Quality Standards. BWQSA is also responsible for conducting and coordinating water quality assessments of all waters of the State, including assessment of data collected by non-departmental entities (e.g., regional and local government agencies and volunteer monitoring organizations). These assessments are reported through the New Jersey Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report (Integrated Report).
The Integrated Reports are intended to provide effective tools for maintaining high quality waters and improving the quality of waters that do not attain their designated uses (i.e., contain impaired waterbodies).
The Integrated Reports describe attainment of the designated uses of surface waters of the State, as specified in the New Jersey Surface Water Quality Standards (N.J.A.C. 7:9B), which include: aquatic life, recreation, drinking water, fish consumption, shellfish consumption, industrial and agricultural. In addition to identifying impaired waterbodies, the Integrated Reports identify subwatersheds where there is no water quality impairment, i.e., all designated uses are attained.
Bureau of Water Quality Standards and Assessment
Debra Hammond, Chief
PO Box 420 (Mail Code 401-04I)
401 East State Street, 4th floor
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0420