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1 Gary A. Buchanan, Ph.D. Manager Office of Science NJDEP October 12, 2012

2 NJDEP Vision Statement  Regulations that are balanced, incorporate science, provide flexibility and accurately evaluate potential impacts including cost ‐ benefit analyses.  We must make permitting and inspection of individuals, businesses, governmental bodies and other organization both timely and predictable, basing our decisions on science, data, facts and cost ‐ benefit analyses.  Science ‐ based decisions based on input from our Science Advisory Board and the State’s colleges and universities.

3  Provide the department with, and access to, expertise and information that supports its technical, program and policy needs.  Act as liaisons to the Science Advisory Board and Standing Committees that will help provide the Department with outside expertise on scientific issues.  Perform research to meet the information and problem-solving needs of the department, and to identify and understand emerging issues that require the department's attention and response.  Advocate and integrate the multi-disciplinary perspective into the department's identification, analysis and resolution of environmental issues.

4 Office of Science Program Support – Technical Support – Research Support Science Advisory Board Multidisciplinary Sound Science - Basis for Decisions

5 Experience –Science Based Support Air Monitoring/Modeling Fish Monitoring & Consumption Advisories Human Health Risk Assessment Standards Development Data Analysis & Interpretation Literature Reviews

6 Experience –Science Based Support Spatio-temporal Modeling/GIS Mapping Environmental Trends Analysis Water Quality Indicators Method Development (e.g., analytical) Emission Inventory Development

7 Science Advisory Board NJDEP COMMISSIONER OFFICE OF SCIENCE SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD CLIMATE & ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES COMMITTEE ECOLOGICAL PROCESSES COMMITTEE PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE WATER QUALITY & QUANTITY COMMITTEE AD HOC COMMITTEE(S) DEPARTMENT STAFF PUBLIC

8 Toxicologists/Risk Assessment Biologists/Ecologists Air Quality/Modeling Specialists Water Quality Specialists GIS Chemist Statistician Microbiologist Environmental Scientists

9  Variety reflects scope of NJDEP programs  Drinking Water  Unregulated Contaminants: e.g., Pharmaceuticals and PCPs  Hexavalent Chromium  Oil Spill  Barnegat Bay

10  Crumb Infill and Turf Characterization for Trace Elements and Organic Materials  New Jersey Private Well Testing Act – Results by County/Municipality (June 2012)  Ocean Wind/Power Ecological Baseline Studies

11 Ocean/Wind Power Ecological Baseline Studies 2 Year $7M Study Birds, Marine Mammals & Sea Turtles Environmental Suitability for Renewable Energy

12 Activities & Photos conducted under NMFS Permit No

13 Barnegat Bay Other Studies

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15  10 point plan  Plan 9: Producing more Comprehensive Research  Support water quality improvement (nutrient criteria)  Establish the baseline conditions of the bay  Fill in critical data gaps  Advance habitat restoration on the Bay

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17 Benthic Invertebrate Community Monitoring and Indicator Development Gary Taghon, Judy Grassle, Charlotte Fuller, Rosemarie Petrecca Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences

18 Mihaela Enache, Don Charles; Patrick Center for Environmental Research Marina Potapova; Center for Systematic Biology and Evolution Academy of Natural Sciences

19 Benthic-pelagic coupling: Hard clams as indicators of suspended particulates in the Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor (BB-LEH) estuary V. Monica Bricelj, John Kraeuter, & Gef Flimlin

20 Barnegat Bay Phytoplankton and Harmful Algal Blooms Ling Ren & Donald Charles Patrick Center for Environmental Research ANSP

21 BASELINE SURVEY OF ZOOPLANKTON OF BARNEGAT BAY September 29, 2011 Mr. James Nickels, Marine Scientist, Urban Coast Institute* Dr. Ursula Howson, Assistant Professor* Dr. Thomas Noji, NOAA, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Director,* * Dr. Jennifer Samson, NOAA, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Chief, Marine Chemistry Branch** * Monmouth University** James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory, Sandy Hook

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24  Assessment of Fishes and Crabs Responses to Human Alteration – K. Able, T. Grothues, Rutgers University & Paul Jivoff, Rider University  Assessment of the Distribution and Abundance of Stinging Sea Nettles (Jellyfishes) – Paul Bologna and Jack Gaynor, Montclair State University  Ecological Evaluation of Sedge Island Marine Conservation Area – Paul Jivoff, Rider University

25 OFFICE OF SCIENCE

26 Delineation of a Potential Gaseous Elemental Mercury Emissions Source in Northeastern NJ Goal: Determine source of periodic increased concentrations of Hg. July Principle investigators: John Reinfelder, Rutgers University and William Wallace, College of Staten Island (CSI) Hg 0 data are being collected with Tekran unit at CSI, will be augmented by near-field measurements with Lumex unit Initial analyses started, will include comparison with weather data

27 Elizabeth site, elemental >= 3.0 ng/m3

28 Radionuclides in Northern New Jersey Fractured-Rock Aquifers, Geological and Geochemical Indicators of Variability, and Regional Implications U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with N.J. Dept. Environmental Protection Zoltan Szabo, Judith Louis, Steve Spayd

29  Assess natural or reference conditions of NJ lakes to support development of numeric nutrient and other biological criteria  Sediment cores – nutrient levels  Diatom-based inference models  Quantify pre-settlement trophic conditions  Quantify change to present

30  Goal to confirm decline of Hg in fish tissue due to elimination & reduction of local Hg sources  Examining Hg levels in 2 year old largemouth bass in five lakes in NJ and watershed leaf samples  2007, 2009, 2011 completed  2013 planned

31 REMOVAL OF UNREGULATED ORGANIC CHEMICALS IN FULL-SCALE WATER TREATMENT PROCESSES  Team Approach:  Catherine Dipietro & George Budd, Black & Veatch  Dr. Judy Louis, NJDEP  Laura Cummings, PVWC  John Dyksen and John Ludington, United Water  Joe Maggio, Brick Township MUA  Investigate the effectiveness of full scale conventional and advanced water treatment processes for removal of organic chemicals

32  Environmental Molecular Diagnostics (EMDs)  New tools for site monitoring and management  PCR/qPCR (polymerase chain reaction)  DGGE (Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis)  Sequencing  Publicly funded sites  Use EMDs to direct bioremediation  Support site closure

33  Barnegat Bay – Year 2  Drinking Water  Hazardous Waste  Emerging Contaminants

34    Information and Publications: Information and Publications:


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