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Strategic Plan (2012-2016)

Download the 2012-2016 Strategic Plan.

Completed in 2012, the Barnegat Bay Partnership's second Strategic Plan is the result of a collaborative effort from all major partners of the Partnership to identify the key priority issues to focus on over the next five years. This plan focuses the efforts of all partners on those priority challenges facing the ecosystem using a manageable time frame which allows for improved progress and performance measures. 

If you have any questions about this document, please contact Stan Hales, Barnegat Bay Partnership Director, at shales@ocean.edu or (732) 255-0472, extension 3.

priority areas of the 2012-2016 strategic plan

To build upon the previous commitments of its Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP), the BBP has identified the following Priority Areas for the coming five years. For each Priority Area, the BBP has established Long-term, Intermediate, and Short-term Environmental Outcomes, as well as key Objectives for achieving these outcomes.  In each Priority Area, the partners have committed to specific Actions and Deliverables for the five-year period.  In recognition of our changing climate, including sea level rise and other dynamic processes in the bay, the BBP will promote an ecosystem-based management approach to increase overall understanding, while working to address the following Priority Areas:

  • ·Water Quality: to improve water quality throughout Barnegat Bay by focusing on causes of water quality degradation, especially eutrophication, stormwater, and other sources of pollution;
  •  Water Supply: to ensure adequate water supplies and water flow for ecological and human uses that will support a sustainable watershed;
  • ·Habitat: to protect, restore, and enhance habitats, especially submerged aquatic vegetation, marshes, shellfish, and large terrestrial tracts; 
  •  Fisheries and Wildlife: to protect, restore and enhance healthy populations of finfishes, shellfishes, and other wildlife by increasing our understanding of the dynamics of fish communities and other biota; and
  •  Land Use: to identify and promote: (1) holistic and collaborative approaches to land-use planning, and (2) practices that will improve soil function and hydrology and will restore and enhance water quality and quantity.

Strategic Plan (2008-2011)

View the 2008-2011 Strategic Plan.

The BBP's first Strategic Plan was completed in 2008. As with the second plan, this one was the result of a collaborative effort between all the partners to identify the key priority issues and target tasks to accomplish the objectives of the plan. The initial Strategic Plan integrated Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) actions and focused partner efforts on agreed-upon priority issues. 

The priority issues for the 2008-2011 plan were 1. improving the capacity of the Barnegat Bay Partnership office and strengthening its working relationships with partners to address priority issues; 2. improving recognition and understanding of the bay's condition, and addressing the causes of water quality degradation within the ecosystem, especially eutrophication in the bay and stormwater and non-point source pollution in the watershed; 3. addressing water supply and flow issues that affect the bay and watershed; 4. preventing habitat loss, especially of submerged aquatic vegetation, and supporting habitat restoration; and 5. improving understanding of, and addressing, fisheries declines.