Thursday, July 5, 2012
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Thursday, July 5, 2012
New Jersey is looking for its next generation of environmental leaders, young people with a hands-on desire to improve their state and the quality of life for all of our residents. Some of those future leaders are likely to be found in the Department of Environmental Protection’s AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassadors Program, which is now seeking recruits for its 2013 class. “This is a great program that cultivates our next environmental leaders, young people who will wake up each morning as I do and turn their thoughts to protecting the air, water, lands, and natural and historic resources of our state,’’ said Commissioner Bob Martin. “It is vital to prepare a new generation of leaders to take over that task.’’ Coordinators are …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Westwood Mayor John Birkner said he wants to know what kind of assistance the state will provide for residents whose homes are damaged during renovations to the Woodcliff Lake Reservoir's dam.
A plan to rehabilitate the dam at the Woodcliff Lake Reservoir may create a scenario which makes flooding more likely along the Pascack Brook, according to Westwood Mayor John Birkner. The plan involves working on the dam to strengthen it to withstand a 1,000-year storm, or a storm so severe it is likely to only occur once every 1,000 years. Church Road in Hillsdale will also be lowered. The Department of Environmental Protection is requiring United Water to undergo the rehabilitation project to ensure the dam holds. As the dam is now, its gate can be raised in the event of heavy rain to prevent all the storm water from flowing into the brook at once. During construction, the gate will have to be kept at 89 feet, which is lower than usual…
Thursday, April 26, 2012
No construction is allowed for "major developments" within 300 feet of protected water.
A new decision from the Department of Environmental Protection may cause trouble for plans to build a CVS on the corner of Pascack Road and Washington Avenue. In a letter to Washington Township Zoning Board engineer Christopher Statile, DEP engineer Dennis Contois wrote there will need to be a buffer zone between a stream at the rear of the property and any new buildings put on the site because the stream has a drainage area greater than 50 acres. At the previous zoning board meeting, CVS engineer David Caruso said he expected the required buffer to be no more than 25 feet, but the stream would need a 300-foot buffer if it is a Category One waterway. Attorney Tendai Richards, who is objecting to the application on behalf of the Northgate …