From Cape May to Sandy Hook, the New Jersey coast is known for its summer tourism–over 98 million visitors flock to the state every year. Tourism accounts for over 85% of the marine economies of New Jersey coastal counties and employs nearly 50,000 people.
Visitors to the New Jersey shore depend on MARACOOS coastal observing for safety during hazardous weather and poor water quality events. Data generated by MARACOOS partners improve the safety of residents and visitors in New Jersey coastal areas by shortening Coast Guard search times and predicting and monitoring severe storms.
The New Jersey Coast features a robust marine economy, employing nearly 130,000 people and generating $8.3 billion in GDP in 2014. Coastal tourism alone accounted for close to 90,000 jobs.
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The Department of Environmental Protection administers the New Jersey Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program. From mid-May to mid-September, local health departments monitor recreational beach water quality. On this web site, you will find current beach status, water quality sample results, reports of beach advisories and beach closings, information on other events that affect beaches and daily updates from our coastal surveillance flights.
Based at Stevens University this tool is a collaboration between academic institutions and the federal government to help people be more aware of local flooding.