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The NJ DEP is about to embark on the 2004 Routine Monitoring Program for Toxics in Fish. This year the study will focus on Estuarine and Marine waters and a stand-alone investigation of dioxin contamination on the tidal Passaic River and its downstream receiving waters, which will support both the Department's Natural Resource Damage (NRD) claim process as well as its Passaic River Directive. The project is scheduled to begin this summer with data collection continuing through the fall.

The primary goal of the Monitoring Program is to update the human health fish consumption advisories for certain recreationally caught species in specific geographic areas. Additionally, data that is collected will be used for natural resource management, hazardous site characterization, water quality assessment, natural resource damage claims, and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development.

The NJDEP has made every attempt to design this monitoring program so that it will provide reliable data that can be used in our public health and regulatory decision making process. While the monitoring program has received internal review by DEP scientists, we would like you to review the work plan and provide comments. To this end, we will be holding four public information meetings throughout the research area.

The meetings will be held;

Following a presentation by NJDEP Monitoring Program managers, there will be a question and answer session. We invite your comments and concerns at this time. If you are unable to attend the meetings, we invite you to send your comments and concerns to kerry.pflugh@dep.state.nj.us. We will post any responses to comments on the DEP fish advisory webpage.

We are also looking for input and feedback on the State's fish advisory outreach activities and education materials. We are particularly interested in any suggestions you may have on outreach strategies within your community. Finally, we are interested in learning any information on subsistence angling that you may have.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the public information meetings or the work plan, please feel free to contact kerry.pflugh@dep.state.nj.us.

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Trenton, NJ 08625

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Last Updated: April 12, 2004