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Clean Water Act Status: NEW JERSEY
 
 
  • Clean Water Act Comparative Ranking
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    Percentage of Surface Waters with Impaired or Threatened Uses (state + EPA data):
    Number of Impaired Waterbodies (as reported by the state):

    NOTE: Data limitations affect the accuracy of these rankings.

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  • 1998 Clean Water Act Status
    NEW JERSEY contains a portion of 12 watersheds.
    Percentage of Surface Waters with Reported Problems (state + EPA data): 42%
    Number of Waterbodies with Reported Problems (as reported by the state): 1059
    Beneficial Use Most Frequently Impaired Percent of All Impairments
    Aquatic Life Support 79%
    Primary Contact Recreation (Swimming) 12%
    Fish Consumption 8%
    Shellfish Consumption 3%
    SecondaryContact Recreation (Boating) 2%
    Aesthetics / Scenic 0%
    Beneficial uses not reported for 100% of waterbodies.


    Priority for Regulation     Number of Waterbodies
    Targeted 69
    High 24
    Medium 558
    Low 96
    Not Assessed for TMDL Priority 75
    Not Reported to US EPA for TMDL Priority 237
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  • Leading Pollutants/Stressors of Surface Waters
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 839 (cause not reported for 0%)
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in NEW JERSEY assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 59%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impaired Biological Community 71%
    Pathogens 13%
    Nutrients 11%
    Metals 10%
    pH 6%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 172 (cause not reported for 14%)
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in NEW JERSEY assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 44%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Nutrients 59%
    Noxious Aquatic Plants 33%
    Mercury 20%
    Sediments 10%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 4%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 47
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in NEW JERSEY assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
    Percent of Coastal Shorelines in NEW JERSEY assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Pathogens 64%
    Mercury 23%
    Metals 19%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 13%
    PCBs 6%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


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  • Leading Sources of Water Quality Problems
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 839 (cause not reported for 100%)
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in NEW JERSEY assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 59%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impairment source not reported 100%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 172 (cause not reported for 100%)
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in NEW JERSEY assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 44%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impairment source not reported 100%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 47 (cause not reported for 100%)
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in NEW JERSEY assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
    Percent of Coastal Shorelines in NEW JERSEY assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impairment source not reported 100%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


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