most towns i would say the water in jersey is real clean. atlantic city is an obvious ****hole, and spring lake has the pipeline which is pretty gross especially for a town of multi million dollar residents. also i haven't seen a needle wash up since 1987 my very first surfing experience. heard it was pretty bad in 88 also, but i didn't really go to the beach much in jersey that summer at all as i was all over the country. haven't heard or seen any syringe wash up since,