Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program

The Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program (CCMP) is a joint effort between the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, the Monmouth County Department of Health, and local health agencies. During the bathing beach season, 51 stations are monitored on a weekly basis for enterococcus bacteria. An enterococcus bacterium is best suited for predicting the presence of pathogens that cause illness and shows the best relationship to swimming-associated gastroenteritis.

The single sample maximum allowable density of enterococci in marine waters is 104 per 100 ml of sample. Any sample that exceeds 104 will trigger an advisory and the beach waters will be resampled to confirm the original result. A second sample greater than 104 will require a beach closing until a sample result is again within the standard. There will be no change in sampling day or station locations.

To view sampling results in your area, visit the New Jersey Ocean Beach Information Page

The majority of Monmouth county Beach Advisories and/or closures are caused by stormwater runoff Please click here for Stormwater Runoff Advisory

Unguarded Beaches

The Monmouth County Health Department also samples select unguarded bay and river beaches on a weekly basis during the summer season. You should always swim near a lifeguard.

  • To view results of unguarded beaches for this year, click here.
  • To view or download all MCHD coastal sampling results from 2004 to 2014, please click here
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