Nitrogen Water Quality Standard for Barnegat Bay: Information Session on Nov. 29th

NJDEP is holding the first of 3 public information sessions about its proposed nitrogen water quality standard for the bay on November 29th at Ocean County College.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and Barnegat Bay partners are announcing the first of three information sessions on the development of a nitrogen water quality standard proposed for the Barnegat Bay.

The first information session, which is on November 29th from 9 am to noon at Ocean County College, is intended to provide an update on the crafting of a pollution budget for the Bay and its watershed. The NJDEP is seeking participation from the public, local, county and federal governments, business and industry, civic associations, environmental organizations, academic experts, and other interested stakeholders.

To register to attend the session, scan the QR code on the NJDEP flyer or click here. When registering, you have the option to attend either in person or virtually.

The November 29th session is an overview of the Barnegat Bay initiative to develop a rigorous water quality standard for nitrogen through the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) process. Established under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act, the TMDL process focuses on identifying and restoring polluted surface water bodies in the United States.

A TMDL is the calculation of the maximum amount of a pollutant allowed to enter a water body so that the water body can meet water quality standards for that pollutant. A TMDL specifies the amount a particular pollutant needs to be reduced to meet water quality standards, allocates pollutant load reductions, and provides the basis for taking actions needed to restore water quality.

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