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NJDEP Monitoring in the Delaware Estuary NJ Department of Environmental Protection Water Monitoring & Standards Monitoring to Protect Public Health National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP) NJDEP, WM&S, Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring • Required by NJ Statute • Required for interstate sale and shipment of shellfish harvested in NJ • Annual program review by USFDA NJ Oyster beds in the Delaware Estuary Coliform bacteria monitoring • Over 200 stations in Delaware Bay • Sampled 5-12x/year •Total coliform bacteria •Fecal coliform bacteria •Data Management: USEPA STORET Phytoplankton monitoring • Required by NSSP to monitor for toxic species • Fixed station monitoring for phytoplankton and chlorophyll a. Phytoplankton monitoring • Pilot Study (NOAA, NASA, NJDEP) • Currently testing remote sensing equipment for routine deployment (USEPA Reg 2, NJDEP Pathogen monitoring (Vibrio parahaemolyticus) •18 illnesses attributed to NJ •Temporary closure of NJ industry in 2002 and 2005 •Non-traditional pathogen - naturally occurring •Non-traditional monitoring - gene probe method used. •Organism is temperature and salinity dependent. Spill Response Monitoring: Oyster tissue PAH & Metals tested 2 weeks & 2 months after spill. Total PAH Red Lines based on NOAA NS&T 1986-2001 DBHC-091204 DBAP-091204 DBBD-091204 Newbedsoermo-091204 DBFE-091204 NJMW1-12-7-2004 WB-12-7-2004 OB-12-7-2004 RN-12-7-2004 LM-12-7-2004 SB-12-7-2004 R-12-7-2004 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.9 1 1.1 ng/g DW Min Mean Max Ecosystem Health “U.S. ocean and coastal resources should be managed to reflect the relationships among all ecosystem components, including human and nonhuman species and the environments in which they live.” U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy NJ Coastal Monitoring Network • Traditional measures of water quality – Temperature – Salinity – Transparency – Suspended Solids – Dissolved Oxygen – Nutrients – Chlorophyll – Enterococcus • Data Management: USEPA STORET Partners in providing real- time coastal water quality monitoring: •NJDEP •EPA Region 2 •Barnegat Estuary Program •Rutgers IMCS 3 Sensors currently operating. All 6 will be operational in 2005. Measuring temperature, salinity, DO, pH, turbidity and chlorophyll a. National Coastal Assessment • Expanded suite of parameters to include – Sediment texture – Sediment chemistry /toxicity – Benthic diversity – Fish assemblage • Data Management: USEPA STORET NCA Partners • USEPA AED • USEPA Region 2 • DRBC - handling mainstem monitoring and coordinating NJ & DE efforts • NJMSC - handled field operations (2000 - 2004) Use of NCA Data by NJDEP • Data currently being used to assess ecosystem health in NJ/NY Harbor • Working with EPA AED, EPA Reg 2, Rutgers IMCS to develop similar indices for other NJ bays and to expand NCA into nearshore ocean waters. Watershed Monitoring Freshwater Ambient Biological Network NJDEP - WM&S - Bureau of Freshwater & Biological Monitoring • Benthic macroinvertebrates assessed. • Sampling stations above the head of tide. • Metrics applied to assess degree of ecosystem impairment. •Data Management USEPA STORET Freshwater Chemical Monitoring Network NJDEP - WM&S - Bureau of Freshwater & Biological Monitoring Data Management: USEPA STORET USGS NWIS Lower Delaware Watershed NPS Monitoring Goal: to characterize pollutant loads associated with predominant land uses in the lower Delaware Watershed for use in TMDL modeling. NJDEP - Watershed Mgmt NJDEP - Water Mon. & Stds USGS
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