New Jersey Water Science Center

Water Availability and Use

Filter Total Items: 10
Date published: August 17, 2021
Status: Completed

Major aquifers in New Jersey

The Coastal Plain is the largest physiographic province in New Jersey. It lies southeast of the Fall Line, where it intersects the Piedmont province in a series of falls along river courses. The geology of the Coastal Plain is characterized by unconsolidated sand, gravel, silt, and clay thickening seaward from a featheredge at the Fall Line to more than 6,500 feet (ft) thick in southern Cape...

Date published: April 14, 2021
Status: Active

Self-Supplied Domestic Well Metering

The primary source of self-supplied domestic water use is from private wells which are often unmonitored.  As a result, estimates of the quantities of water withdrawn are based off of relatively small amounts of data.  To gain a better understanding of this type of water use, a project was initiated in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to meter private...

Contacts: Jennifer Shourds, Volunteer Inquiries - Liam Kenefic
Date published: March 25, 2021
Status: Archived

Ecologically Relevant Hydrologic Indices for a Baseline Period of Record for Selected Stream Gages in New Jersey

The hydroecological integrity assessment process (HIP) has been fully developed for the State of New Jersey (NJHIP). The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is in the process of applying ecologically relevant ecological flow goals (ERHI's) from the NJHIP to current and future regulation of New Jersey streams. It is the goal of NJDEP to evaluate potential impacts of a proposed...

Contacts: New Jersey WSC Specialists
Date published: March 24, 2021
Status: Archived

Coastal Plain Aquifer Synoptic - Chloride Network

Chloride concentrations in groundwater are measured in select wells on a 5-year cycle, as an early warning indicator of saltwater intrusion, and for the definition of the 250 mg/L chloride concentration line within the principal aquifers of the New Jersey Coastal Plain.

Contacts: New Jersey WSC Specialists
Date published: September 5, 2018
Status: Archived

Water Use Concepts and Terms

The concepts and terms applied in water use have changed a lot over over the course of its use. Here are presented some Key concepts and terms to help unify our definitions.

Date published: May 31, 2018
Status: Completed

Surficial Aquifer Studies

The series of surficial aquifer studies were completed to evaluate the unconfined aquifer system of the NJ Coastal Plain for use as a potential source of water. As the demand for water in the State increases and the restrictions continue on the use of water from certain confined aquifers, withdrawals on the unconfined aquifer system are expected to increase. Detailed study of the unconfined...

Date published: April 25, 2018
Status: Active

Water Use Resources

The future health and welfare of the Nation's population and environment are dependent upon a continuing supply of uncontaminated fresh water. Increasing withdrawals and increasing demands for in-stream flows are limiting the water available for future use.

Date published: April 4, 2018
Status: Active

New Jersey Water-Transfer Data System (NJWaTr)

The State of New Jersey strives to allocate water resources to meet human demands and ecological needs. NJWaTr is a database system that compiles, stores, and distributes New Jersey’s water use data for research and modeling purposes.  NJWaTr helps officials understand the movement and uses of water throughout the State over time.

Date published: November 3, 2017
Status: Active

Africa Groundwater Exploration and Assessment Program

The purpose of the Program is to develop a sound understanding of the potential for development of potable groundwater supply in selected African countries and build local capacity to plan and conduct the hydrologic investigations and monitoring necessary to help ensure that groundwater resources are developed and managed efficiently and sustainably. 

Contacts: Richard Kropp
Date published: August 16, 2017
Status: Active

Pinelands Research

The New Jersey Pine Barrens, or Pinelands National Reserve (PNR), is a vast and unique ecosystem comprising approximately a 938,000-acre area of southern New Jersey. It spans portions of seven counties (Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Ocean), and  all or part of 56 municipalities. It is home to dozens of rare plant and animal species, and the Kirkwood-...