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Comprehensive Plan of Action Item #6
Special Area Regional Planning

Because of the pattern and intensity of development - and thus the water quality impacts - vary across the Barnegat Bay watershed, a strategy that includes a combination of innovative and condition-specific approaches is the most likely to succeed in improving and maintaining the health of the region.

Combining DEP's environmental data from throughout the watershed with current information on land use practices and policies will allow us to share information with municipalities, counties and other regional partners. This collaborative effort gives us the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of current land use practices and policies to support sustainability and resiliency of the watershed. This will lead to a set of recommendations and strategies for improving and maintaining the health of the Bay through municipal land use planning as well as the continued identification of any barriers preventing the use of sustainable and resilient land practices.

Continued actions include:
  • Recognize and work within the regional context to identify successful strategies that better align and integrate environmental protection, land preservation and economic development
  • Data collection on current land use policies and practices
  • Continual coordination with Barnegat Bay Partnership
  • Implementation of regional hazardous mitigation strategies

  



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