Public Comment Period on the Draft Revised CCMP is Now Open! July 1 – August 31, 2019
See details below about how to submit your comments.
Estuaries are natural resources increasingly threatened by pollution, habitat loss, development, and resource conflicts. Congress established the National Estuary Program (NEP) in 1987 to pioneer a broad and innovative approach to respond to these threats. Each program convenes a Management Conference to provide a forum for consensus building and problem solving among interested agencies and user groups. The Management Conference identifies the estuary’s environmental problems, evaluates the existing management framework, and recommends priority corrective actions. The goal of the conference is to develop a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) for the estuary.
The US EPA, which manages the National Estuary Program, approved the CCMP for the Barnegat Bay estuary in 2002. Since then, the Barnegat Bay Partnership has assessed progress on the plan and updated its priorities through two Strategic Plans.
Revision of the CCMP
Using the same consensus-building approach, the BBP is reviewing and revising the original CCMP to reflect the changes in the Barnegat Bay’s condition and emerging threats, such as climate change and sea level rise. The revised plan focuses on four priority areas: water quality, water supply, living resources, and land use. For each priority, the plan specifies one or more goals, several objectives, and multiple actions to achieve those objectives. The BBP has welcomed input from partners, stakeholders, and the public throughout the CCMP revision process.
How to Comment on the Draft Plan
The draft revised CCMP is now available for public review and comments. The BBP welcomes your comments on the draft document during the public comment period through August 31, 2019.
To make the document more manageable for those with specific interests, we also divided it into separate PDFs by topic, which can be accessed via the links below.
Please use this Comment Form when you are ready to submit your comments. You can enter up to four comments on the form. If you have more than four comments, you can submit the form multiple times.
If you prefer to submit your comments as a document instead of using this form, please email the document to [email protected]. Any attachments you would like to submit in support of your comments should also be emailed to [email protected].
If you have any questions about the form, please contact Karen Walzer at [email protected].
Thank you for taking the time to review the draft revised CCMP and for providing your feedback!
Links to Sections of the Draft Revised CCMP
Table of Contents, BBP Committees, Acknowledgements
Chapters 1-3: Background and Ecosystem Targets
Chapter 4: Water Quality Goals
Chapter 5: Water Supply Goals
Chapter 6: Living Resources Goals
Chapter 7: Land Use Goals
Chapter 8: Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise
Chapter 9-11: Supporting Plans (Monitoring & Habitat, Organizational & Financial, Communication & Education)
Appendix A: Water Quality Action Plan
Appendix B: Water Supply Action Plan
Appendix C: Living Resources Action Plan
Appendix D: Land Use Action Plan
Appendix E: Changes to Existing CCMP Actions
Below are links to the original CCMP as approved in 2002.
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Chapter 2: Understanding the Barnegat Watershed
- Chapter 3: Early Actions
- Chapter 4: Introduction to Action Plan
- Chapter 5: Water Quality/Water Supply Action Plan
- Chapter 6: Habitat and Living Resources Action Plan
- Chapter 7: Human Activities and Competing Uses Action Plan
- Chapter 8: Public Participation and Education Action Plan
- Chapter 9: Monitoring Program Plan
- Chapter 10: Data Management
- Chapter 11: Unfinished Agenda
- Chapter 12: CCMP Implementation
- Appendix A: References
- Appendix B: Public Responsiveness Document
- Appendix C: Early Action Results and Summaries
- Appendix D: Public Outreach
- Appendix E: Management Conference Members
- Appendix F: Federal Consistency Review
- Appendix G: Base Program Analysis
- Appendix H: Glossary