Jersey Shore temperatures are expected to be close to 98° again today. That's hot for this time of year!
The Jersey Shore has some of the best beaches on the east coast, and temperatures will be a little cooler here. On top of cooler temperatures, Jersey Shore beaches generate $35 billion every year in tourism dollars for the state.
To protect this resource, the state takes water quality very seriously.
New Jersey's Sanitary Code requires beaches to be closed when bacteria exceeds a certain level. The beach will remain closed until a sample within the standard is obtained. The first water quality tests this season indicate the Jersey Shore is ready to go!
On top of weekly testing from May until September, helicopter observation gives advance notice of any algae blooms or other problems headed our way. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection administers the Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program with NJ Health and Senior Services Department and local environmental health agencies.
Recreational beach water quality monitoring is performed routinely on Mondays and throughout the week as necessary at 186 ocean monitoring stations.
This vigilance gives New Jersey the best record of open beaches from Maine to Florida.