United States
                      Environmental Protection
                      Agency
Office of Research and
Development
Washington DC 20460
EPA/620/R-00/005t
   February, 2001
                      Coastal  Communications
                     NATIONAL COASTAL ASSESSMENT
                        COASTAL 2000 -  NEW JERSEY
                         ORD/RE6ION 2/OW/NJ DEP
          New Jersey
         Coastal 2000 Design
Background
The U.S. EPA's National Coastal Assessment (also known as
Coastal 2000) consists of a multi-year partnership among
EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD), EPA's
Office of Water (OW), EPA's Regional Offices, all the coastal
states, and selected territories. As part of this effort, EPA
has developed a coastal monitoring program with EPA Region
II and the New Jersey Department of Environmental
Protection (NJ DEP). This joint effort will determine the
condition of Atlantic Coast estuarine waters in New Jersey,
and it will compare this condition with other U.S. coastal
areas.  This effort is being coordinated by the National
Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory's
Atlantic Ecology Division in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Coastal 2000 Strategy
Coastal 2000 is a strategic partnership between EPA and the
coastal states and other federal agencies. Each state uses a
compatible probabilistic design and a common set of
environmental indicators (see Table below) to survey its
coastal resources and assess their condition. These  estimates can then be aggregated to assess
conditions at the EPA Regional, biogeographical, and National levels. All data will be made available for
public access on the Internet. The map shows the coastal areas included in the survey and the number of
sampling sites intended for estuarine waters of New Jersey along the Atlantic coast.  Elements of the
existing NJ DEP Ambient Water Quality  Monitoring  Program have been integrated with the Coastal 2000
activities.
      DE _,
Water Quality
Dissolved oxygen
Salinity, temperature, depth
pH
Nutrients
Chlorophyll
Sediment Quality
Grain size
Total organic carbon
Sediment chemistry
Bent hie community structure
Sediment toxicity
Biota
Benthic community structure
Fish community structure
Fish external pathology
Fish tissue chemical analyses

Further Information
For further information, please contact Leslie McSeorge at the New Jersey Department of Environmental
Protection at (609) 292-1623 or Leslie. Mc6eorge©dep.state. nj. us: or Darvene Adams at Environmental
Sciences Division in Region II at (732) 321-6700 or adams.darvene©epa.gov: or Mike Weinstein at New
Jersey Marine Science Consortium at (732) 872-1300 X21 or mikew©njmsc.org:  or Ed Santoro at the
Delaware River Basin Commission at (609) 883-9500 X 268 or esantoro©drbcl.drbc.state.nj.us: or
Jerry Pesch at the National Health and Environmental Effects Laboratory's Atlantic Ecology Division at
(401) 782-3007 or pesch.gerald©epa.gov.

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