Gov. Christie to Sign Plan to Protect Barnegat Bay Today
Gov. Christie takes action on protecting the ecological health of Barnegat Bay
Gov. Chris Christie will be at Skippers Cove Beach Club in Waretown tomorrow at 11 a.m. to sign his ten-point plan of action to protect the short and long term ecological health of the Barnegat Bay.
His plan includes the closing of Oyster Creek Generating Station by Dec. 31, 2019.
"Barnegat Bay is one of my top environmental priorities,'' said Governor Christie. "After years of inaction and the Bay's declining ecological health, we finally have a comprehensive plan that will prevent further degradation of the Bay and begin the restoration of this incredible New Jersey resource. The changes won't happen overnight, but the long-term environmental future of Barnegat Bay is now much stronger.''
The Comprehensive Barnegat Bay Plan includes the following points:
- Reducing nutrient pollution from fertilizer
- Requiring post-construction soil restoration
- Acquiring land in the watershed
- Establishing a special area management plan
- Adopting more rigorous water quality standards
- Educating the Public
- Producing more comprehensive research
- Reducing water craft impacts
- Fund storm water mitigation projects
- Closing Oyster Creek Generating Station
The Barnegat Bay is 75 square miles and stretches across 33 municipalities in Ocean County and four towns in Monmouth County.
It is an environmentally sensitive estuarine system consisting of aquatic vegetation, shellfish beds, finfish habitats, waterfowl nesting grounds, and vistas. In 1995, the Barnegat Bay was designated as an "estuary of national significance" by the National Estuary Program.