Ocean County, N.J., has begun repairing storm basins to protect Barnegat Bay, starting with the Todd Road stormwater basin. This project and other basin improvement efforts are part of the larger Barnegat Bay Restoration Plan and corresponding funding initiative. Studies of old stormwater basins showed that soil compaction was preventing water from properly infiltrating the soil. However, a gravel wetland design by the University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center will optimize infiltration and could reduce nitrogen — one of the main pollutants of concern — by more than 90%.