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New Jersey Lake Watch



The New Jersey Lake Watch is designed to provide students, teachers, families, watershed associations, environmental commissions, lake communities, and citizen volunteers with a fun and easy way to provide information on overall lake conditions. The public is encouraged to participate in this easy, family friendly, 30 minute lake assessment.  New Jersey Lake Watch surveys can be conducted multiple times, by multiple participants throughout the growing season between May and September.

The data collected will allow us to determine lake use and accessibility across the state, determine nutrient problems at specific lakes, and identify aquatic invasive species.

Communities are often not aware of the natural resources that are available for their enjoyment right in their own towns and back yards. Through the New Jersey Lake Watch, communities will be able to make these types of connections to the natural world while promoting the importance of volunteer monitoring and local stewardship of our water resources. 


Follow the three-step process below to get started:

Step 1: Download the Lake Watch Assessment Form and Lake Watch Manual (click on pictures below).  

Step 2: Visit a lake! Spend 30 minutes around your local lake between May and August.

Step 3: Submit your assessment to NJDEP at


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Help Spread the Word!
Invite others to participate in Lake Watch 2013.
Download and share the flyer below with colleagues, friends, family, and neighbors.

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Thank you for your participation in the NEW JERSEY LAKE WATCH.

Volunteers like YOU help to save our New Jersey watersheds!

For more information on New Jersey Lake Watch, please email us at


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For more information on the NJDEP volunteer monitoring program, please visit


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