Improving the health of the Bay for the future through
mistakes of the past
In 2011 the American Littoral Society was awarded Clean Water Act [319(h)] funding from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to Prioritize and implement targeted stormwater management strategies to reduce water pollution (nutrient, pathogen, and sediment loading) to Long Swamp Creek, Lower Toms River and Barnegat Bay.
Our Principal Investigator is Dr. Stephen Souza, President of Princeton Hydro, LLC.
Our project partners include:
Barnegat Bay has been in recent serious ecological decline due to numerous factors including overdevelopment of its watershed lands.
Studies have linked the decline in Barnegat Bay’s water quality and negative ecosystem impacts to multiple pollution sources including a recent USGS report which attributed pollution loads as: 22% Atmospheric Deposition (e.g. coal power plants & automobile emissions) 12% Groundwater Introduction and 66% from Land Use and Development (e.g. Stormwater runoff, non-point source “stormwater” pollution).
In recent years, it has become evident that many existing stormwater basins are not functioning in a way that fully utilizes their pollution reduction potential. There are over 2,700 stormwater basins located in the Barnegat Bay watershed and the American Littoral Society is committed to researching and implementing innovative approaches to retrofit them to improve the health of the Bay. In essence, we are finding ways to "replumb" the bay.
Over 3 years our Clean Water Project will:
As the project work advances, we will update these webpages. Please check back frequently to keep up with our progress. Outreach and Education is a main component of this project and as workshops and other project milestones are reached, we will provide you with access to the educational materials.
|Fri Aug 22 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM|
Littoral Learners of Sandy Hook
|Sat Aug 23 @ 7:00AM - 05:00PM|
9th Annual Shorebird Festival in Jamaica Bay
|Sat Aug 23 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM|
|Tue Aug 26 @ 6:00PM - |
|Sat Aug 30 @ 9:00AM - |
Shore Birds and Wild Edibles Walk
|Sat Sep 20 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM|
29th Annual New York State Beach Cleanup
|Sun Sep 21 @11:00AM - 02:00PM|
Coastal Art Show
|Tue Sep 23 @ 6:00PM - 07:30PM|
Fall Equinox Walk
|Sat Sep 27 @ 3:00PM - 06:00PM|
Jamaica Bay Sunset Ecology Cruise
|Mon Sep 29 @ 5:30PM - 08:00PM|
Coastal Naturalist Series