The Office of Natural Resource Restoration has the primary responsibility within the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for responding to discharges and other sources of pollution that trigger the DEP’s obligations as the trustee for all of New Jersey’s natural resources for the benefit of all of its citizens, now and in the future. This effort includes working with the persons responsible for conducting the remediation to return such natural resources to their pre-discharge quality, quantity, function, and value, and to implement restoration projects to compensate New Jersey citizens for the lost interim value or for the permanent loss of their natural resources.
The information presented on this website is intended to educate the public and the regulated community about DEP’s natural resource restoration program. The DEP is committed to restoring negatively impacted and lost natural resources through its Office of Natural Resource Restoration. Access the links on the left to learn more about this important program and how it works to improve our quality of life.
All of the information on this website is provided for informational purposes only and may not reflect the current law or policies applicable to the Office of Natural Resource Restoration because these laws and policies may change at any time.
DEP Administrative Order for Natural Resource Restoration Policy
In order to modernize the guidance, improve transparency, and enhance public engagement regarding the development and implementation of NRD assessments and compensation projects, state Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette has issued Administrative Order 2023-08. This Administrative Order affirms the DEPís duties as trustee for the stateís natural resources and, importantly, directs the DEP to put in place mechanisms to enhance consensus-building in the planning, design and implementation of natural resource restoration activities through improved collaboration with the public and stakeholders.
DEP Administrative Order No. 2023-08 Natural Resource Restorationpdf
NJDEP Office of Natural Resource Restoration Project Viewer
This map displays projects that have been funded directly by ONRR, implemented in cooperation with a federal natural resource trustee(s), or performed by a responsible party as part of a settlement agreement. Some of the locations on this map are generalized in order to protect threatened and endangered species.
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NOTE: Our contact information has changed.
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Natural Resource Restoration
Mail Code 501-03
P.O. Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
Tel. (609) 633-0700
Fax. (609) 984-9653
Hudson Raritan Estuary
Urban Rain Garden Grant
Deadline for question submission has been extended to close of business on October 24th
Higbee Beach Restoration Project
The NJDEP is in the planning stages of designing a new area of Liberty State Park. We are seeking community feedback on the types of recreation you would like to see in the design.
Interior Restoration and Active Recreation Updates
June 3, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
View the meeting recording (YouTube)
Provide public comment on this presentation. (Comments due July 6)
NJDEP has continued to make progress toward the remediation of the park's interior. To help inform decisions regarding active recreation, we also distributed a survey which received over 3600 responses. We shared the survey results, the remediation progress, and other updates at a virtual public meeting on June 3, 2021 at 6 p.m.
View past public stakeholder meetings:
Ecological Restoration at Liberty State Park
February 4, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
View the meeting recording (YouTube)
Remediation of the Interior of Liberty State Park
January 7, 2021 — View the meeting recording (YouTube)
Options for Active Recreation Amenities
January 21, 2021- View the meeting recording (YouTube)
30% Design Concept Virtual Public Meeting
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Camden - Cramer Hill
Waterfront Park Project
Liberty State Park Natural Resource Restoration Project