Rivers, lakes show some gains, some losses in water quality

Stream waterfall, Nishisakawick Creek, Frenchtown, NJ

JON HURDLE / NJ SPOTLIGHT – New Jersey’s rivers, lakes and shoreline waters show declining levels of some pollutants, but many still don’t meet official standards for designated uses such as drinking water supply and fish consumption, according to the latest report on the condition of the state’s waters.

The state Department of Environmental Protection issued the New Jersey Integrated Water Quality Assessment Report for 2016 in draft form in September of this year to meet federal requirements for a statewide assessment of water conditions every two years.

In all six categories of designated water use, the number of water bodies failing to meet the standard exceeded those that supported that use …

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