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New Jersey Ratings
Indicator Type Information Status
Beach Access84
Water Quality78
Beach Erosion8-
Erosion Response-4
Beach Fill8-
Shoreline Structures8 2
Beach Ecology3-
Surfing Areas35
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New Jersey's Coastal Zone Management Program Website is:

The NJ Coastal Data link provides a wealth of information on shoreline coastal maps and data. This is a great compilation of data sources!

The New Jersey Office of Coastal and Program Coordination (NJOCPC) Website provides some information on the beach health indicators. The New Jersey Land Use Regulation Program (NJLUR) Website, within which the NJOCPC Website resides, is an additional source of information.

Also very useful is the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Website. This excellent Website is very well organized and easy to use.

NJDEP rules and regulations can be found at

The NJDEP Website provides information on beach access, water quality, beach erosion, beach fill, and shoreline structures.

Other than application forms and notices, publications do not appear to be accessible online via the NJLUR Website. However, a number of publications can be accessed via the NJDEP Website. For example, try

The New Jersey 2006 Coastal Program Assessment and Strategy can be accessed in Adobe Acrobat format at

New Jersey laws in their entirety can be viewed online or downloaded via

One of the unique features of the NJDEP site is the "your environmental indicators/about my environment" page This site provides a direct link to indicator measures in the areas of beach water quality and land acquisition, among others. It is a model of the sort of information that should be available in every coastal state.

Maps, photos, and other geospatial data can be accessed at: and

The New Jersey Ocean Atlas (under development) is designed to be a current, comprehensive source of information for spatial ocean resources data.

The Coastal Training Program from the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve provides up-to-date scientific information and skill-building programs for New Jersey’s coastal management community to address the challenges of Climate Change, Land Use & Zoning, and Stormwater & Wastewater.

Links to other state, regional, and national organizations are not available via the NJLUR Website, try the NJDEP Website instead.

The NJDEP Website is very up to date.

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