Effective January 1, 2023, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) issued a series of new requirements under the MS4 stormwater program. A major change to note in this new permit is that municipalities previously classified as Tier B are now classified as Tier A. Additionally, municipalities are required to submit a Watershed Improvement Plan (WIP). For more information from the DEP about MS4 requirements, visit this link.
Save Barnegat Bay hosted Kristina Koreivo, Environmental Specialist within the Bureau of NJPDES Stormwater Permitting & Water Quality Management at the NJDEP, at our Charting a Course for Barnegat Bay Stormwater Conference on Dec 6, 2022 to learn more about these changes. You can access her presentation, which includes a breakdown of the new requirements for municipalities here.
In addition to the other components of MS4, to meet expectations for stormwater management, NJ municipalities are required to author, submit, and publish the following materials to the NJDEP and make them available to the public.
- Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
- Municipal Stormwater Management Plan
- Stormwater Control Ordinance
- Pet Waste Ordinance
- Wildlife Feeding Ordinance
- Litter Control Ordinance
- Improper Disposal of Waste Ordinance
- Containerized Yard Waste Ordinance
- Private Storm Drain Inlet Retrofitting Ordinance
- Illicit Connection Ordinance
Additionally, each town submits an annual report and supplemental materials to the NJDEP.
These documents, however, are often difficult to locate online. In an effort both to hold municipalities accountable and educate the public on stormwater plans, Save Barnegat Bay has compiled data for each of these locations. Below you will find the “grade” that your town has received for meeting stormwater requirements and making these documents available to the public.
f your municipality earned an A…
All of the MS4 components for your town are completed, updated, and accessible to the public.
If your municipality earned a B…
We were unable to find one or two of the MS4 components for your town. This could mean your municipality has not issued the components, or it could mean that the components exist but are not easy to access online.
If your municipality earned a C…
We were unable to find three or more of the MS4 components for your town. This could mean your municipality has not issued the components, or it could mean that the components exist but are not easy to access online.