Continuation of the New Jersey Pinelands Long-Term Environmental and Economic Monitoring Program

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Continuation of the New Jersey Pinelands Long-Term Environmental and Economic Monitoring Program: In the early 1990's, the New Jersey Pinelands Commission Science Office initiated a long-term environmental and economic monitoring program with the ultimate goals of evaluating the ecological and economic consequences of the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan. The main objectives of the program are to 1) characterize the effect of existing land-use patterns on aquatic and wetland resources and to monitor long-term changes in these resources and 2) continually evaluate the health of the economy of the Pinelands region in an objective and reliable way in order to increase the understanding of critical issues needed to protect the integrity of the Pinelands and to identify relationships that can be more broadly applied throughout the Pinelands as part of the Commissions review of proposed development projects. This funding supports on-going long-term monitoring efforts of the Science Office including: . cooperative stream-gaging programs designed to determine whether wastewater transfers are affecting stream discharge in portions of the Mullica River Basin and the Upper Great Egg Harbor River Basin. Changes in base flow at monitoring sites are assessed relative to flows at index sites. . surveys of four watersheds to monitor water quality (pH and specific conductance), stream vegetation, impoundment vegetation, stream-fish, impoundment-fish, and anurans (frogs and toads). Specific conductance and pH will also be monitored at a network of 47 benchmark stations distributed throughout the four watersheds. GIS layers and associated metadata will be created for each site surveyed during the first round of Pinelands-wide watershed surveys. . monitoring of water levels and calling anurans (frogs and toads) at five pitch pine lowland reference sites. . monitoring of vegetation and environmental data from 30 previously established study plots to describe the effects of variable hydrology on wetland succession in an abandoned-cranberry bog. . comparisons vegetation structure and composition between managed bulk electric-transmission rights-of-way located throughout the Pinelands and reference habitats of early successional habitats not associated with rights-of-way. . defining and quantifying the relationship between the proximity of developed lands and the ecological integrity of Pinelands wetlands using biological indicators such as palustrine-wetland plants and pond-breeding frogs and toads. . updating core economic variables ( e.g. population, age demographics, building permits, unemployment, retailsales, etc.) as needed. . updating supplemental variables focusing on examining the non-residential building activity in the Pinelands, the growth of the student population in Pinelands communities, and gross debt per capita and gross debt ratio. . examining the 25-year historical trend of effective tax rates in each Pinelands municipality versus the regional South Jersey average. . examining and reporting on indicators of fiscal health and on ways to measure and compare fiscal health among municipalities, identifying Pinelands towns that are most in need of fiscal assistance, and designing a corresponding funding model. . conducting a vacant-land value study by performing a hedonic regression analysis using the attributes of a particular property (location, size, zoning, etc.) in order to calculate a value using ordinary least squares analysis. In those areas where limited information is available other techniques (e.g. a Delphi method) will have to be employed using a group of professionals in the area of real estate to estimate the likely selling value of a particular parcel or parcels.
Federal Grant Title: Continuation of the New Jersey Pinelands Long-Term Environmental and Economic Monitoring Program
Federal Agency Name: National Park Service
Grant Categories: Environment
Type of Opportunity: Continuation
Funding Opportunity Number: H4506060713
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 00.000
CFDA Descriptions: Not Elsewhere Classified
Current Application Deadline: No deadline provided
Original Application Deadline: Jul 17, 2008
Posted Date: Jun 27, 2008
Creation Date: Jun 27, 2008
Archive Date: Aug 16, 2008
Total Program Funding: $267,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $267,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $267,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Cost Sharing or Matching: Yes
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility
This action has been justified and approved as a single-source award to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission Science Office. No applications are being requested for the program. This is only an informational notice that funding for the following program is being awarded.
Grant Announcement Contact
John Karish
Regional Chief Scientist
Phone 814-865-7974 John Karish
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