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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2010

Contact: Lawrence Hajna (609) 984-1795
Lawrence Ragonese (609) 292-2994

DEP TO HOLD INFORMATION SESSION ON PROPOSED
DRAFT SEWER SERVICE AREA MAP IN MERCER COUNTY

(10/P128) TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public information session on Mercer County's draft sewer service area map on Dec. 15, as part of planning efforts to update the Mercer County Water Quality Management Plan.

At issue will be a service area covering all or parts of 11 Mercer County municipalities: Ewing, Hamilton, Hightstown Borough, Hopewell Borough, Hopewell Township, Lawrence Township, Princeton Borough, Princeton Township, Robbinsville, Trenton and West Windsor.

The map is a preliminary working draft developed in coordination with and reviewed by DEP, Mercer County and the affected municipalities. It reflects proposed changes in wastewater service area designations to eliminate conflicts with Category One waters, wetlands, threatened and endangered species habitats and other unique and rare ecological communities.

The draft is subject to change in response to information provided by the public. The preliminary working draft map can be viewed at: http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/departments/planning/wastewater.html.

"Our current map, which was developed in collaboration with the county, municipalities and other interested parties, is based on the best information available to us,'' said DEP Assistant Commissioner of Land Use Management Marilyn Lennon. "Now, the public will get an opportunity to furnish new information to help make the map more accurate. This will help avoid conflicts regarding environmentally sensitive areas and development planning in Mercer County.''

After the close of the public comment period, any final adjustments to the map will be made and a build-out analysis will be developed for the delineated wastewater service areas to determine future wastewater treatment facility capacity needs. Based on that analysis, further refinements to the wastewater service area designations may be necessary.

The Dec. 15 information session will be held at the Mercer County McDade Administration Building, Freeholders Meeting Room, Room 211, 640 Broad Street, Trenton, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Another formal public comment process will take place prior to adoption.

The DEP and Mercer County officials will accept comments and information related to this map from the date of posting until Jan. 14, 2011, which is 30 days after the public meeting.

Meanwhile, sewer issues for the other Mercer County municipalities, including East Windsor Township and Pennington Borough, are not subject to this public meeting because they were respectively adopted on March 2007 and October 2009.

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