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  • NJ A2407
  • Requires, after assessment, DEP to adopt total maximum daily loads for Barnegat Bay ecosystem.
Introduced
(2/4/2016)
In Committee
(2/4/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would require the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to conduct an assessment and prepare a report that evaluates all data it has in its possession on the water quality of the Barnegat Bay ecosystem to determine whether these data are sufficient for the department to recommend to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that the bay or any section of the bay can be declared impaired as described pursuant to section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. s.1313. The assessment and report would determine what additional data must be collected to develop appropriate State water quality standards for various parameters and estimates of the time and cost to perform the monitoring and modeling to develop such standards. The assessment and report would also evaluate what additional monitoring must be conducted to collect data necessary to determine if the waters of the Barnegat Bay ecosystem would meet State water quality standards. The DEP would also assess plans for pollutant load reduction and implementation of a total maximum daily load if the Barnegat Bay is deemed impaired. Upon a finding that the Barnegat Bay is an impaired waterbody, the bill would require the department, within five years after the date the bill is enacted into law, to develop total maximum daily loads for the Barnegat Bay ecosystem. Any total maximum daily load developed pursuant to the bill would include (1) an implementation plan describing demonstrable reduction measures, and (2) a schedule with annual benchmarks to ensure implementation of the total maximum daily load in a timely manner. The bill specifies that its provisions shall not delay, or be construed to delay, the implementation of existing or new best management practices to reduce sediments and nutrients from point sources and nonpoint sources affecting the Barnegat Bay ecosystem. The bill directs the DEP to use existing mechanisms to the maximum extent practicable to reduce sediments and nutrients during the assessment and the development of the total maximum daily loads pursuant to the bill. The bill further directs the DEP to use or consider all relevant and available information, including publicly-submitted, peer-reviewed information, and draw upon all existing State and federally funded studies of the Barnegat Bay ecosystem. The DEP would be required to prepare an annual report describing actions taken during the previous year to address water quality problems in Barnegat Bay, progress made in achieving the objectives of this bill, and a schedule of actions to be taken over the next year.
Environment and Solid Waste
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee  (on 2/4/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
2/4/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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