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NJ DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
6/20/02
02/45

CONTACT: Mary Helen Cervantes
609 292 9289

DEP ENFORCES WATER USE REGULATIONS AT GOLF COURSE

TRENTON 06/20 -- Today, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell informed the Somerset County Park Commission (SCPC) that the ongoing construction of the Neshanic Valley Golf Course violates water regulations.

"While we have relaxed many water use restrictions to lighten the burden, particularly on homeowners and small businesses, we will enforce the remaining restrictions and the state's water use regulations," said Commissioner Campbell.

Investigations by DEP have revealed SCPC is constructing two ponds to irrigate its golf course without necessary water allocation permits and approvals from the Department. The application for these permits calls for hundreds of thousands of gallons to be withdrawn from the Raritan River, a source of drinking water for millions of central New Jerseyans.

In addition, SCPC is already using a well on a neighbor's property to fill these irrigation ponds. DEP has approved this well to be used only for domestic consumption by the homeowner.

The SCPC has received a Notice of Violation (NOV), ordering it to cease use of the well and notifying them that the pond can not be used for irrigation until the required permit has been issued. DEP also notified the Commission that penalties may be imposed for this violation. SCPC has ten days to respond to the violation listed in today's notice.

DEP is investigating other golf courses where similar water use regulations violations may exist and will not hesitate to take enforcement action to safeguard New Jersey's water supply.

 

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