Update from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Posted: June 26, 2020

Harmful Algal Bloom Interactive Mapping Tool
This week, Commissioner McCabe announced the launch of the enhanced Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) response strategy, which includes an interactive mapping tool. The goal of the tool is to help lake communities keep the public informed about blooms and to help protect public health. The information will help local officials, residents and visitors make choices about suitable recreational activities in water bodies impacted by HABs, and it complements the color-coded HAB alert index and signage system DEP recently announced. View comprehensive information on the harmful algal blooms, response strategy, alert index and mapping tool

Camping in State Parks and Forest
Camping resumed this week in 12 state parks, forests and recreation areas. The reopening is consistent with public health protection goals that encourage social distancing and the wearing of masks. Learn more about which camping areas have reopened, and at what capacity 

“Dirty Dirt” Updates
Last year, DEP introduced the Guard Your Backyard campaign to share local guidance and a model ordinance for municipal leaders to help manage fill material brought into their communities. Fill may include soils used for development, construction, or landscaping. DEP is asking communities to complete a short survey. This will help us collect local information to continue efforts addressing “Dirty Dirt” concerns in New Jersey. In addition, Governor Murphy signed legislation in January 2020 related to the illegal dumping of soil and fill materials. This law provides an additional method for DEP to monitor businesses engaged in the movement of soil and fill recyclable materials. DEP efforts to implement this law and develop regulations are ongoing. For questions, please contact Sonya Silcox at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this e-mail address) or 609-209-1799.

Mosquito Control
As summer gets underway, we are reminding our residents steps we can take to help control mosquito populations, including removing standard water from our yards. Learn more about the New Jersey State Mosquito Control Commission.

Site Remediation Fees
In recognition of the ongoing state of emergency, DEP has adopted an emergency adoption of a temporary rule suspension of certain provisions of the Administrative Requirements for the Remediation of Contaminated Sites at N.J.A.C. 7:26C-4, Fees and Oversight Costs. DEP is suspending the requirement to calculate Site Remediation Reform Act and Remedial Action Permitting fees for fiscal year 2021. Instead, DEP will apply the fees as published in the June 17, 2019, New Jersey Register for fiscal year 2021, and these fees shall remain in effect until fiscal year 2022. This applies for fees related to a Remedial Action Permit (RAP) annual remediation fees. View a copy of the emergency adoption.