Retrofitting Barnegat Bay's Green Infrastructure to Reduce Polluted Stormwater Runoff
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 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:
Numerous 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 this webpage. 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.
STORMWATER BASIN ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION WORKSHOP
On December 13th, through coordination and participation with our partners from Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve and Ocean County Soil Conservation District, a skill-based workshop was held for professional engineers in order to train them in the application of a stormwater basin "Assessment and Evalution/Prioritization Matrix" tool developed for prioritizing individual basin retrofits so that they can be 'ranked' in order of environmental and economic 'values'.
To learn more, you can review or download all of workshop documents below. In addition to significant input by our project partners Princeton Hydro LLC and the Jaques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, information was also provided by representatives of the New Jersey Department of Evironmental Protection and the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust program.
Workshop Agenda Download PDF
Overview and Application of a Stormwater Basin Assessment and Evaluation Matrix
Stephen J. Souza, Ph.D. Princeton Hydro, LLC Download PDF
Stormwater Basin Matrix and Ranking Procedure – Project Field Evaluation
Stephen J. Souza, Ph. D. Princeton Hydro, LLC Download PDF
Stormwater Basin Retrofit Options: BMP’s and More including Gravel Wetland Systems
Stephen Souza, Ph. D. Princeton Hydro, LLC Download PDF
Stormwater Funding Programs & Opportunities
John Hansbury, Jr., MBA, Chief Budget Officer New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust Download PDF
As part of our education and outreach efforts to different audiences for this project we developed a certification for golf courses located in the Barnegat Bay watershed to help improve water quality.
The certification program is one component of our project to prioritize and implement targeted stormwater management strategies to reduce non-point source pollution running into Long Swamp Creek, lower Toms River, and Barnegat Bay. This work is supported by this federally- funded, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Clean Water Act grant which was awarded to the American Littoral Society in 2011.
If your public or private golf course is interested in going through the certification process, you can download the document and work with our project manager to help work towards a cleaner and healthier Bay.
Practices that were implemented to help Bey Lea receive the Gold standard were native plant buffers and "no mow" meadow grass areas as seen below:
|Sat Mar 08 @10:00AM - 01:00PM|
Winter Waterfowl/ Seal Walk #2
|Wed Mar 19 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM|
Carefree Learner Eco Boat Tour - Sarasota, FL
|Sat Mar 29 @10:00AM - 01:00PM|
Early Spring Birdwalk at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
|Sun Mar 30 @10:30AM - 12:30PM|
Spring Tide Walk at Jacob Riis Park, Rockaways, Queens, NY
|Wed Apr 02 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM|
Carefree Leaner Eco Boat Tour - Sarasota, FL
|Sat Apr 05 @ 8:00AM - |
Arizona Birding and Wildlife Trip with NYC Audubon
|Wed Apr 16 @ 1:00AM - 03:00PM|
Carefree Learner Eco Boat Tour - Sarasota, FL
|Sun Apr 20 @10:30AM - 12:30PM|
Hike the Trails of North Forty Natural Area
|Sat Apr 26 @10:00AM - 01:00PM|
Earth Day in Jamaica Bay!