“The permit requires a public participation process that engages the affected public, including hydraulically connected communities, throughout the three phases of the LTCP and through the use of various outreach methods.” NJDEP Public Participation Guidance. Supplemental CSO teams have an important role in community outreach. These teams meet periodically and provide feedback on the Long … Continue reading Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission’s Regional Supplemental CSO Team Meeting Recap
By Sue Levine, Great Swamp Watershed Association “Everyone has a basin on their block. It is the drainage on the corner. With all of the trash, when it rains, and it floods, it all ends up in this basin. So if we all get out and clean those basins, it will help the water stream … Continue reading Paterson Launches Adopt A Catch Basin Program
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) posted its comments on the Development and Evaluation of Alternatives Reports that were submitted by the 16 municipalities and nine regional sewerage utilities that have combined sewer systems. Over the summer, NJDEP conducted a thorough 60-day review of the reports that included accepting public comments. NJDEP’s review … Continue reading DEP Releases Comments on Proposed Solutions to CSOs
Twenty-five New Jersey municipalities and utilities are developing plans to upgrade their century-old combined sewer systems. These upgrades will take decades to build and should serve communities for another hundred years. Thus far, the development of these plans has not required climate change to be taken into consideration. Here are five reasons sewer upgrades should … Continue reading Climate-Ready CSO Solutions
Sewage-Free Streets and Rivers partners reviewed all of the Development and Evaluation of Alternative reports from a community and quality of life perspective to ensure that communities have access to waterways and benefit environmentally and economically from these plans. Here is what we found in the reports: All of the municipal and utility permit holders … Continue reading Comments on the Remedies to Sewage Overflows
All of the municipal and utility permit holders submitted reports on July 1, 2019 describing the options they are considering to reduce combined sewer overflows. While these reports are not the final plans they include the options being recommended for further evaluation and combinations of solutions that would be feasible to reduce overflows. What … Continue reading Tips on Reviewing CSO Alternatives Reports
All of the Development and Evaluation of Alternatives reports that were submitted to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on July 1, 2019 have been posted on the NJDEP’s website for the public to review. The reports, submitted by municipal and utility Combined Sewer Overflow permit holders, describe the options being considered to … Continue reading Dialogue Needed on Potential Solutions to Reduce Sewage Overflows
The Sewage-Free Streets and Rivers campaign funded partner organizations to conduct public outreach. The goal was to educate families, small businesses, and community members on the impacts of combined sewer overflows. Public outreach provides opportunities for community input in the development of solutions and education on the benefits of green infrastructure. Here is a report … Continue reading The Capacity Building Grant Program
This report will provide an idea of the directions the CSO plans are taking, including, for example, how much green or gray is your city considering and how much it will cost.
The Sewage-Free Streets and Rivers campaign launched a CSO directory to help connect you with the people who are in charge of sewage overflows in your town.