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.