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Permit-by-rule (PBR) 21 - application of pesticide within
coastal wetlands to control invasive plant species

The PBR 21 authorizes the application of pesticide within coastal wetlands to control invasive plant species, provided:

  • The area to which the pesticides are applied shall not exceed a total area of one-quarter acre or less on a site;
  • The activities do not adversely affect the habitat of any threatened or endangered wildlife or plant species, as described at N.J.A.C. 7:7-9.36 (Endangered or threatened wildlife or plant species habitat); and
  • When conducted within waters of the State or waters of the United States, the activities are conducted pursuant to an aquatic pesticide permit issued by the Department’s Bureau of Licensing and Pesticide Operations.

Full details are provided at N.J.A.C.7:7-4.21.

If your project does not meet the requirements of the PBR 1, it may qualify for a General Permit or an Individual Permit.  Additional information on these permit types can be found on the Coastal Permitting page.

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