BBP Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP)

The Barnegat Bay Partnership welcomes your comments on the draft revised CCMP, the guiding document and plan for Barnegat Bay's protection and restoration.

The Public Comment Period on the Draft Revised CCMP closed on August 31, 2019.

The BBP is in the process of responding to the comments and making final revisions to the document.  Once completed, you will be able to view and download the final approved CCMP on our website.

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.

Commenting on the Draft Plan

The draft revised CCMP was available for public review and comments during the public comment period from July 1, 2019 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.

During the comment period, comments could be submitted through a Comment Form or by emailing them to [email protected].

Thank you for sending your comments on the draft revised CCMP.  If you have any questions, please contact Karen Walzer at [email protected].

Links to Sections of the Draft Revised CCMP

Table of Contents, BBP Committees, Acknowledgements
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
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

2002 CCMP

Below are links to the original CCMP as approved in 2002.

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