JC NERR conducts research on the physical, chemical, and biological components of the site estuaries and neighboring watersheds.
Click on the program of interest to learn more about research within the JC NERR
System Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP)
The JC NERR currently has five permanent System Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) monitoring sites. They include four water-quality monitoring stations (Channel Markers 126 and 139 in Great Bay, Chestnut Neck Marina near the Garden State Parkway overpass, and Lower Bank Bridge) and one
weather-monitoring station at Nacote Creek/Stockton College Marine Field Station. Additionally, nutrient-samples are collected and analyzed monthly at the aforementioned, and other, water-quality locations in the Great Bay-Little Egg Harbor estuary.y.
SWMP data can be accessed, and are available for download, at the Centralized Data Management office website.
Additional meteorological data is collected at a second weather station located at the Rutgers Marine Field Station (RUMFS), which lies within the boundaries of the Reserve.
Mullica River Buildout Analysis
The Mullica River Watershed is located in the Pinelands ecosystem and currently contains a high percentage of unaltered land. However, due to its close proximity to the Atlantic City, Philadelphia, and New York City metropolitan areas there is great potential for further development. The Mullica River Buildout Analysis was conducted to determine the potential impact of past and future development on water resources. The project has three parts:
- identifying past land use;
- determining the potential of future development;
- using indicators to asses the impacts of the past and potential future development on water demand and urban non-point source pollution.
While there is currently little development in the watershed, our analysis indicates that a substantial portion of the land is available for future development. However, if growth is limited to the designated Pinelands’ growth areas, the impacts to water resources will be minimized.
Barnegat Bay Buildout Analysis
In this study, we quantified the amount of development possible at build-out by with the follwoing variables:
- number of dwelling units
- percent of impervious surface cover
The number of dwelling units and population are indicators of residential water demand, while impervious surface is an indicator of non-point source pollution. By understanding the potential changes of these indicators, we can better identify actions needed to protect the resources in Barnegat Bay.
The Rutgers University Marine Field Station has also been involved in finfish research within the reserve.
Scientists from the Rutgers University Marine Field Station are trying to better understand the coastal migration of striped bass. The study area includes the Mullica River/Great Bay estuary, the southern end of Barnegat Bay, and the coastal ocean outside of Little Egg Inlet off Tuckerton, New Jersey.
The goals of this project are:
- To provide a better understanding of striped bass population size and structure
- To test acoustic tagging and listening methods for use on a bigger scale (along the whole US East Coast, and for more species)
- To identify essential fish habitat for striped bass
- To learn more about the use of coastal migration routes by striped bass from various populations
Visit the Striper Tracker website for more information.