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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2011

Contact: Abbie Tang-Smith (609) 984-2203
Lawrence Hajna (609) 984-1795
Lawrence Ragonese (609) 292-2994

DEP TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING ON PROPOSED DRAFT
SEWER SERVICE AREA MAP IN SUSSEX COUNTY

(11/P23) TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting to discuss Sussex County's draft sewer service area map on Tuesday, March 15, as part of a planning effort to update the Wastewater Management Plan for the county.

At issue will be a service area covering all or parts of 22 Sussex County municipalities: Andover Borough, Andover Township, Frankford, Franklin, Fredon, Green, Hamburg, Hampton, Hardyston, Hopatcong, Lafayette, Montague, Newton, Ogdensburg, Sandyston, Sparta, Stanhope, Stillwater, Sussex, Vernon, Walpack and Wantage.

Sewer issues for the Sussex County Highlands Region conforming municipalities, consisting of Byram Township and those portions of Green, Hardyston, Hopatcong, Ogdensburg, Sparta and Vernon Township that are wholly within the designated Highlands Preservation Area, will not be subject to this public meeting. Also not subject to this public meeting is Branchville, which currently has a valid wastewater management plan.

The map to be discussed on March 15 is a preliminary working draft, developed in coordination with and reviewed by DEP, Sussex County and the affected cities and towns. 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://www.nj.gov/dep/watershedmgt/DOCS/sussexmap20110315.pdf

This is a public information session where residents and developers can examine maps and ask questions concerning the proposed changes in sewer service area designation.

The meeting will take place in the Freeholder Meeting Room at the Sussex County Administrative Center, One Spring Street in Newton, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The DEP and County will accept comments and information related to this map from the date of the posting of this public notice until April 14, 30 days after the public meeting.

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