LRWP Organizational Status
In April we took some big steps toward formalizing non-profit status for the LRWP. We filed Articles of Incorporation, received a Federal EIN, established a Board of Directors, and created a bank account. Learn more about the LRWP's organizational activities in our April 2015 minutes.
NJ Water Supply Master Plan
In advance of the April 22 New Jersey Legislative Oversight Committee hearing on the subject, the LRWP signed on to a letter coordinated by The Watershed Institute to push for the release of the updated Water Supply Master Plan.
The goal with the Plan is to ensure that the State's waters resources are managed in a way that would withstand drought, maintain productive aquifers, and ensure a sustainable supply of surface and groundwater resources. The statute requires an update every 5 years, but the most recent version of the Plan is now almost 20 years old. Regular updates that take into account growth and development are crucial for adequate protection of New Jersey's groundwater and surface water. They are also crucial to address impacts of the state’s aging infrastructure. As much as 20 percent of treated drinking water is lost through leakage before it ever reaches customers and businesses. An audio recording of the hearing is available here.
LRWP June Meeting **Please note time change!**
At our June meeting, scheduled for 1:00-4:00 PM on Tuesday June 16, we will enjoy a special presentation by Wetlands Scientist Bill Young. Starting at 1 PM Bill will speak about his work coordinating the wetlands remediation component of a major brownfields remediation project in Fords, an industrial section of Woodbridge, for the site’s new owners. The Fords site, a contaminated 200-plus-acre patch of mostly wetlands, sat abandoned and off-limits for years. It had once been home to a chemical plant with concomitant sludges and lagoons. Today, after eight years of remediation it would be hard to find a more positive example of environmentally sensitive brownfields remediation in the Lower Raritan Watershed.
The June presentation starts at 1:00 PM, the organizational part of our meeting will start at 2 PM, followed by the Board of Directors meeting at 3 PM. Our monthly meetings are held in the Middlesex County Office of Planning First Floor Meeting Space, 40 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.
In the News
Thanks to Mike Deak for a great piece highlighting the LRWP in the April 19th Home News. Mike gives the headline to the Raritan River and to some of the folks trying to bring attention to this wonderful natural resource in central Jersey.