Oct 16 Deadline for Public Comments on Raritan Integrated Report

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is seeking public comment on the proposed 2016 303(d) List of Water Quality Limited Waters. This is the Integrated Water Quality Assessment Report (Integrated Report) that has a focus section on the state’s Raritan Water Region, which includes the Lower Raritan, South River and Lawrence Brook watersheds (WMA 9), the North and South Branches of the Raritan River watersheds (WMA 08), the Stony Brook and Millstone River watersheds (WMA 10) as well as the Elizabeth, Rahway and Woodbridge River watersheds (WMA 07). The Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership is preparing comments to submit to NJDEP, and will share our comments on this website in coming days.

The Integrated Report is prepared pursuant to Section 305(b) of the Federal Clean Water Act to meet requirements to biennially prepare and submit to the USEPA a reporting addressing the overall water quality of the State’s waters, including support of designated uses.  The NJDEP is also required to develop a list of waters that currently do not meet, or are not expected to meet, applicable water quality standards after implementation of controls.  This is known as the 303(d) List of Water Quality Limited Waters (303(d) List).  The 303(d) List includes a priority ranking for scheduling total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), as well as identifying TMDLs expected to be completed in the next two years.

Follow these links to more information:

Public Noticehttps://www.nj.gov/dep/wqmp/docs/20190916-303d-notice.pdf
Draft Executive Summary for the 2016 Integrated Report:  https://www.state.nj.us/dep/wms/bears/docs/2016_Draft_IR_Executive_Summary.pdf
Draft Integrated Report:  https://www.state.nj.us/dep/wms/bears/docs/2016_Draft_Int_Report_appendices_except_all_parameters.pdf
NJDEP Raritan Water Region webpages (and other related Integrated Report documents): https://www.state.nj.us/dep/wms/bears/assessment.htm
Background and 2016/17 Stakeholder Engagement: http://raritan.rutgers.edu/the-initiative/raritan-integrated-report/

Submit comments by October 16, 2019 via email to jack.pflaumer@dep.nj.gov or by regular mail to:  Jack Pflaumer, Environmental Scientist 1, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water Monitoring and Standards, Bureau of Environmental Analysis, Restoration and Standards, P.O. Box 420 (Mail Code 401-041), 401 East State Street, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0420.

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