Declare Barnegat Bay “Impaired” under the Clean Water Act!
  • Petitioning New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin

This petition will be delivered to:

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin
New Jersey Governor

Declare Barnegat Bay “Impaired” under the Clean Water Act!

    1. Petition by

      American Littoral Society, Clean Ocean Action, Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Save Barnegat Bay

Barnegat Bay is sick and dying. We all want and need a healthy, fishable and swimmable Bay which in turn supports a healthy economy.

A full effort to restore Barnegat Bay can be achieved only if government acknowledges what people and scientists already know and then employs our most powerful tools.

Declaring the bay “impaired” under the Clean Water Act triggers a constructive process:

A – The NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) creates a quantitative model of how much nitrogen pollution is now entering the bay.

B – NJDEP creates a quantitative model of how much nitrogen pollution should be entering the bay for it to be reasonably healthy.

C – The Department generates a quantitative plan to get from A to B.

Barnegat Bay is an icon of the Jersey Shore and needs our help.The challenges facing Barnegat Bay haven't changed and time continues to pass by without the action needed to reverse the decline in the Bay's health. 

 

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    1. Barnegat Bay - In the news!

      Dear Friend of the Barnegat Bay,

      Some of you may have missed the flurry of news and recent developments that support our effort to protect and restore the Bay.

      I wanted to make sure to share the news links below with you to keep you fully informed. It's exciting to see how much momentum we have!

      Our petition signature count climbs upwards every day. If you haven't already, please share this petition with your friends and family. Every signature counts! We will update you with more information about our campaign very soon.

      Should you wish to be more personally involved in this campaign, please feel free to contact me directly: helen@littoralsociety.org

      Thank you for your continued support!

      Environmentally Yours,

      Helen Henderson
      American Littoral Society
      www.littoralsociety.org

      CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW OR COPY AND PASTE TO YOUR BROWSER TO READ RECENT PRESS COVERAGE OR VIEW VIDEOS ABOUT BARNEGAT BAY:

      Commentary: Henderson: Designate Bay as Impaired http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/opinion/commentary/helen-henderson-designate-barnegat-bay-as-officially-impaired/article_eb7e90b4-73d9-5b6b-9722-f6a1b3f64f4d.html

      Editorial: Press of AC - Barnegat Bay, Follow the Science http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/opinion/editorials/barnegat-bay-follow-the-science/article_f5fc0e20-54bb-581a-b1c8-c8b53f528377.html

      Editorial: State Apathy Killing Barnegat Bay http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/opinion/editorials/2014/07/18/barnegat-pollution/12807751/

      Article: APP - Barnegat Bay Degradation Moving South http://www.app.com/story/news/local/southern-ocean-county/2014/07/21/barnegat-bay-southern-ocean-county/12951179/?sf28799961=1

      Article: NJ.com - Death of Barnegat Bay can be reversed, Rutgers prof tells state lawmakers http://www.nj.com/ocean/index.ssf/2014/07/death_of_barnegat_bay_can_be_reversed_rutgers_prof_tells_state_lawmakers.html#incart_river

      Fear for Barnegat Bay — can it be saved? http://on.app.com/1sBtIJj

      Clean water critical to marina economy http://on.app.com/1yaiaNQ

      Video: Barnegat Bay’s Future Uncertain http://www.app.com/videos/news/local/land-environment/2014/08/07/13725983/

      Video: Montclair University studies Jellyfish infestation in Bay http://www.app.com/media/cinematic/video/13726089/montclair-university-studies-jellyfish-infestation-in-bay/

      Video: Rutgers’s researcher says Barnegat Bay in trouble http://www.app.com/videos/news/investigations/watchdog/2014/08/07/13726049/

      Barnegat Bay Under Stress http://special.app.com/special/barnegatbay/

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    • Sandra Fabio TOMS RIVER, NJ
      • 9 days ago

      I am currently a student studying Environmental Policy and this is home to me .

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    • David Reilley BERLIN, NJ
      • 13 days ago

      clamer / Oysterman

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    • chris krzywicki PHILA., PA
      • about 1 month ago

      I fish B.B.and notice the decline in fish every year

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    • Margaret Tomlinson BRICK, NJ
      • about 1 month ago

      I love the bay, I fish,crab and clam. I have seen a decline in all three catches and believe that the quality of the water is a major contributing factor for the decline. I have seen pictures of the oysters once prolific in the bay, why are they gone? Will the same happen to our fluke, sea bass and others. I would like to think that future generations will be able to enjoy the bounty and beauty of the bay.

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    • Rhonda De Stefano BRICK, NJ
      • about 1 month ago

      As someone devoted to the environment, and living on Kettle Creek, I want to ensure that we act quickly to preserve and "repair" what is left of our Bay!

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