Alliance for a Living Ocean
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Barnegat BayWatch Monitoring Program
ALO Barnegat Bay Watch Program Manager
The Barnegat Bay Watch Program was designed by the New Jersey Sea Grant Education and Outreach Program. The activities of the Sea Grant Program are the result of funding, in part by the NOAA Office of Sea Grant, Dept. of Commerce, under Grant No. NA-36-RG0505. The Alliance for a Living Ocean (ALO) is a citizens group committed to ending contamination of NJ's coastal waters. Because of ALO's programs and projects, and past experiences working in cooperation with Sea Grant, Sea Grant welcomed the opportunity to have ALO assume coordination and management of the Barnegat Bay Watch Program in 1995.
The purpose of the project is to:
- Provide accurate, credible and useful water monitoring data.
- Produce data that will aid in detection of episodic events and identification of trends or changes in habitats and water quality in order to provide elected officials, resource managers, and scientists investigating problems associated with non-point source pollution, nutrient enrichment and the identification of critical habitats.
- Heighten public awareness and understanding about water quality problems and trends in coastal waters.
The Barnegat Bay Watch Monitoring Program is run by more than 50 volunteers, who monitor Barnegat Bay waters from Manasquan to Tuckerton, to establish baseline conditions and assess water quality. The bay monitors have completed their nineth year of sampling in 2000. The volunteers test the water collected for:
The Barnegat Bay Watch holds its spring QA/QC workshop at the Rutgers Extension Center in Toms River. Many monitors attended and renewed their testing chemicals and replaced broken equipment. Each monitor was required to run several tests to ensure proper testing procedures were in place and to calibrate their equipment. ALO is in need of more volunteers for this program. Please call the ALO office if you are interested.
- Water depth
- Dissolved oxygen
The Barnegat Bay Watch Monitoring Program has been collecting and testing water samples from the Barnegat and Little Egg Harbor bays for over ten years. The program maintains paper copies of all data collected. A few years ago, this data was updated to an Excel database. ALO partnered with Ocean County College to get the EPA's STORET system up and operational. The new STORET system is carefully engineered to meet the requirements of federal, state, and local clients engaged in ambient water quality of all kinds. It provided a wonderful avenue for ALO to get its monitoring data out to the scientific community. To date we have entered data for twenty-five stations from 1993 to 2003, and we are in the process of entering nine more stations. We thank all the people who worked on this project.
Click here to access the EPA STORET webpage.
If you would like an overview of the project, select "Reports (preformatted)" then "Project Summary" and finally "Alliance for a Living Ocean."
For complete data, call ALO at 609-492-0222.
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