NJDEP Monitoring in the Delaware Estuary

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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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