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September 13, 2016
With the DEP’s combined sewer overflow (“CSO”) individual permits in effect for officially more than 1 year, let’s take a look at what New Jersey’s CSO communities have accomplished.
The first year of the permit had multiple substantive requirements with which permittees had to comply. To ensure that permittees were making the required progress and fulfilling their permit obligations, NY/NJ Baykeeper meticulously tracked all permit submissions for 5 selected permittees located in or near the watershed of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary. This involved obtaining monthly monitoring reports from NJDEP’s “dataminer” website and filing dozens of Office of Public Record Act (“OPRA”) requests to obtain work plans, maps, and progress reports. It appears that the permittees we tracked are in 100% compliance.
What we found out:
Room for improvement & suggestions in the CSO permitting context:
With these improvements and continued efforts by New Jersey’s CSO permittees, we are optimistic that New Jersey will continue its slow but steady progress toward completely eliminating all CSOs in the State.
NY/NJ Baykeeper and Hackensack Riverkeeper