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NJ DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NEWS RELEASE
RELEASE: 12/10/01
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CONTACT: Loretta O'Donnell or Amy Collings
(609) 984-1795 or 609-292-2994

Clean Water Council to Hold Hearing on Stormwater Management
Wednesday, Dec. 12, Jamesburg

The New Jersey Clean Water Council will hold a public hearing on how individuals and municipalities can help control stormwater runoff on Wednesday, December 12, at 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Jamesburg (Middlesex County).

As part of the state’s efforts to reduce nonpoint sources of pollution such as runoff from development, lawns and roadways, the state is looking at ways to further coordinate efforts to reduce environmental impacts.

The Clean Water Council holds an annual hearing on water quality issues and makes recommendations to the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). In mailings to municipalities and interested parties, the council asked that commenters at the hearing focus on questions such as: What actions are you willing to take to improve water quality? Where should stormwater runoff go? Who should be the lead entity? What should be done about existing development?

DEP is currently updating the existing Stormwater Management Rules rules, which govern the development of municipal and regional stormwater management plans and ordinances. Proposed revisions are expected to be announced for public comment this spring for improved stormwater pollution control from new development through consistent design and performance standards for limiting runoff, and criteria for developing stormwater management plans.

“Stormwater management is an important part of the Watershed Management Area plans that are being developed through regional agencies and advisory committees to improve water quality throughout the state. Municipal participation is necessary to control runoff from development and promote the use of preventive practices to minimize impacts to streams and allow for sufficient groundwater recharge,” said DEP Commissioner Bob Shinn.

The revised rules are being developed in coordination stormwater amendments to the New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) rules. Under current regulations, most new development and redevelopment is subject to some degree of runoff and water quality remediation. To protect and improve water resources, additional courses of action will need to address stormwater pollution from existing development. The council is looking for input on how additional measures should be achieved and funded.

The Holiday Inn-Monroe is located at 390 Forsgate Drive, Jamesburg, off of exit 8A of the New Jersey Turnpike. For those who wish to make comments at the hearing, please contact Ursula Montis, DEP’s Division of Watershed Management, at 609-633-7020 or by e-mail at cleanwater@dep.state.nj.us.

 

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