NJDEP – Press Release 22/P032


Contact: Laurent Hajna (609) 984-1795
Caryn Shinske (609)292-2994

(22/P032) TRENTON – The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $9.4 million in grants to local government agencies, nonprofit groups, universities and others to fund projects that will improve the quality of water and reduce the impacts of diffuse pollution from stormwater, Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced today. In many cases, the projects will help alleviate local flooding problems that are increasing due to more severe storms resulting from climate change.

More than $5 million in grants have been awarded to projects in the Delaware River Watershed and Northeast Urbanized Region, program target areas under the DEP system that rotates the five water regions of the State for the development of measures aimed at restoring, maintaining and improving water quality.

“These grants will help a diverse group of DEP partners implement projects – many of which are deploying green infrastructure technologies – that will reduce the many harmful effects of stormwater that is increasing due to climate change,” the commissioner said. LaTourette. “We are excited to facilitate projects that will improve environmental protection, safety and quality of life in our communities, and combat local flooding.”

Funding for these projects was provided through Section 319(h) of the Federal Clean Water Act, the Department’s Environmental Preparedness and Protection Integration Funds. of Defense and New Jersey Corporate Business Tax. The projects will help reduce the impacts of diffuse pollution, which is caused by stormwater runoff that carries a wide variety of pollutants into waterways, including nutrients from fertilizers, animal waste and septic systems. malfunctioning.

The DEP has awarded the following scholarships to:

  • South Jersey Resource Conservation and Development Council, $200,414to develop a Watershed Restoration and Protection Plan for the Chestnut Branch Watershed to address water quality degradations.

  • South Jersey Land and Water Trust, $180,196to draw up a plan to restore and protect the watersheds of Oldman’s Creek and Raccoon Creek, which have been classified as priority watercourses by the DEP due to degradation.

  • Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, $467,872to develop a Rancocas Creek watershed protection and restoration plan that identifies opportunities to reduce pollution loading in the waterway and reduce localized flooding.

  • Greater Culver Lake Watershed Conservation Foundation, $137,025to implement a project to significantly reduce phosphorus loading from septic tanks using septic tank retrofit technology that is easy to install, operate and maintain.

  • City of Newark, $286,400, to build on the momentum of past projects reducing the occurrence of harmful algal blooms through the continued use of ultrasonic equipment. Additional data will be collected to paint a complete picture of the source of bloom outbreaks. The ultrasonic monitoring system, which was installed with the help of DEP, has been effective in maintaining low levels of toxins associated with outbreaks.

  • Western Monmouth Utilities Authority, $300,000, for a study on Lake Duhernal, requiring the establishment of a total maximum daily phosphorus load to comply with surface water quality standards. This project will assess measures to reduce diffuse and point source pollution in the lake catchment.

  • North Jersey RC&D Area, Inc., $490,983, to implement the approved Musconetcong River Watershed Protection Plan: Hampton to Bloomsbury and the approved Alexauken Creek Watershed Protection Plan. Specifically, the AgAssist and EQIP-Assist programs will be implemented for areas with E. coli and phosphorus deficiencies, resulting in water quality improvements.

  • Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority, $609,434, to install riparian forest buffers along Papakating Creek, improve riparian forest buffers along Clove Creek and install green infrastructure in the Borough of Sussex to reduce nonpoint source pollution. These actions are found in the approved Clove Creek Watershed Restoration Plan and the Papakating Creek Watershed Restoration Plan.

  • Township of Pemberton, $192,310, will install a natural bank stabilization mechanism that promotes vegetative growth. The affected watercourse is an upper course of the North Arm of Rancocas Creek. This project will improve downstream water quality, encourage the growth of native species and lead to water quality improvements in an overburdened community.

  • Burlington County Health Department, $300,000to develop and implement a stormwater management and watershed plan for green infrastructure best management practices that will control runoff from impervious surfaces, restore stream banks, and install retention pond renovations in the Smithville Lake watershed and the north arm of Rancocas Creek in Eastampton.

  • The Watershed Institute, $300,000, to produce a comprehensive assessment of the state of New Jersey’s waterways. This will be achieved by harnessing the existing power of community water monitoring organizations and encouraging new ones to produce water quality data of known and sufficient quality.

  • Hackensack River Guardian, $90,000, to continue the Urban Watershed Education Program at locations in the Newark Bay complex, which includes the Hackensack River, Newark Bay, Arthur Kill and the Hudson River. This watershed education program is aimed at high school students and covers a wide range of topics such as diffuse pollution, climate change, combined sewer overflow infrastructure, water quality testing , legacy pollutants, fish consumption advisories, fish anatomy, casting techniques and fishing. label.

  • Camden Community Partnership, $1,506,131to design and construct a series of bioretention ponds along the Harrison Avenue-State Street corridor, improving the water quality of the Cooper River by removing total suspended solids and nutrients.

  • Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, $1,165,898to install green infrastructure as part of the Fairmount Avenue Green Streets project, providing hands-on training opportunities for certified graduates of the Newark Green Works program while implementing projects and educating community leaders, youth and residents on the benefits and opportunities of green infrastructure projects.

  • City of Jersey City, $770,724, to expand the city’s green infrastructure initiative by partnering with Rutgers’ Cooperative Expansion Water Resources Program to implement two off-the-shelf green infrastructure projects, including trenching trees and curb extensions along MLK Drive and Bramhall Street. Jersey City is considered an overburdened community under New Jersey’s environmental justice law.

  • Nature Conservation, $354,893, to implement a community-based green infrastructure initiative in the town of Paterson. This initiative will result in stormwater management devices that will reduce the occurrence of combined sewer overflows, sewer backups into private properties, nuisance flooding, as well as decreasing sanitary sewer overloading in the city. .

  • Town of Secaucus, $154,600, to implement the installation of rain gardens on Center Avenue, near the City Hall Annex and other municipal buildings. The proposed project will deploy green infrastructure design strategies to reduce stormwater flooding and the amount of non-point source pollution impacting the Hackensack River. When completed, the rain gardens will increase the city’s ability to capture stormwater.

  • City of Hoboken, $562,060, to implement the construction of green/grey tanks to improve stormwater management efforts and delay stormwater discharge to the Hoboken Combined Sewer System. This will result in fewer combined sewer overflows and reduced non-point source pollution in the Hudson River.

  • City of Trenton, $562,060, to install green infrastructure through the strategic integration of trees and increased permeable pavement. This project will bring a green aspect to the city center and will make it possible to capture and filter rainwater. Green infrastructure will provide a host of other benefits, such as increased water conservation and reuse, creation of wildlife habitats, increased plant diversity, expansion of open green spaces, improving air quality and reducing the heat island effect.

  • NY/NJ Baykeeper, $220,000, to expand the implementation of Phase 2 of the Naval Weapons Station Earle Living Shoreline project, which aims to reduce the impacts of climate change and promote climate resilience. The funds will be used to continue to stabilize the shorelines of Raritan Bay and Ware Creek, to increase biodiversity through additional bottom habitat, and to measure increases in biodiversity of associated marine species.

  • Barnegat Bay/Ocean County College Partnership$300,000, to improve shoreline habitat and increase the climate change resilience of a parcel of open public space in an overcrowded community by replacing a hardened shoreline with a living shoreline. A secondary objective is to raise awareness of the benefits of living shorelines for climate change resilience.

  • New Jersey Department of Agriculturelure, $399,024.90, implement Animal Waste Management Plans (AWMPs) for livestock farms located within 100 feet of a body of water. This project will result in improved water quality and reduced impacts to livestock in the study catchment area through outreach and development of AWMP, best management practices and best management practices. management at DeGroot Dairy Farm.

For more information visit www.nj.gov/dep/wlm

PHOTO/Natural Resource Education Foundation Shoreline Restoration Project, Waretown


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