MANAGEMENT MODEL FOR CONTROLLING NITRATE CONTAMINATION IN THE NEW JERSEY PINE BARRENS AQUIFER

George J. Moosburner, Eric F. Wood

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: Land use planning in rapidly developing areas can serve as an effective tool for minimizing water quality impacts on ground water supplies. A land use management model applied to Jackson Township of the New Jersey Pine Barrens was developed. The management model consisted of a simulation model for the transport of nitrates from septic tank systems through the aquifer and a multiobjective, goal programming optimization model to determine population density restrictions using 208 areawide planning population projections. Results showed that growth may have to be curtailed in several areas of Jackson Township and that current population projections over the next 30 years may result in unacceptably high nitrate concentrations downgradient of Jackson Township. The management framework provides a flexible approach to land use planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)971-978
Number of pages8
JournalJAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association
Volume16
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1980

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Earth-Surface Processes

Keywords

  • Jackson Township
  • New Jersey
  • goal programming
  • ground water pollution
  • land use planning
  • nitrate pollution

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