Clean Ocean Action

Clean Ocean Advocate, February 2006

Nicole Simmons, 732-872-0111,

Coastal Permit Program Rules Needs Improvement

     COA submitted comments to NJDEP’s proposed re-adoption of the Coastal Permit Program Rules.  These are important rules that govern permit review procedures, public comment opportunities, and enforcement of the Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA), Waterfront Development Law, and the Wetlands Act of 1970.

     In short, COA requested that DEP withdraw the current proposal and file a new proposal that improves the regulatory process for public comment and review, and amends the definition section.  In general, DEP missed an important opportunity to comprehensively amend the rules to address serious and inevitable threats to coastal water quality from sea level rise, sediment runoff, and pollutants, to name a few.  The proposal also lacks any improvement in regulatory oversight, an essential component of any effective rule.

     In addition, COA opposed the Coastal General Permit for the Development of Three or Fewer Dwelling Units.  Such a general permit is likely to exacerbate water quality problems due to pollution caused by sediment and toxic runoff from increased impervious surfaces. 

     Log onto COA’s website to read our comments on the rules (follow links for “Issues & Campaigns,” then “Coastal Water Quality”).

Progress in the Northern Bayshore Region

     The Bayshore Regional Watershed Council (BRWC) is making progress toward developing a Dredged Material Management Plan for the Raritan Bay/Sandy Hook Bay region.  In mid-January, BRWC submitted an Expression of Interest to the NJ Department of Transportation for funding from the “I Boat NJ” Fund.  Steve Taylor, Adjunct Professor in the Monmouth University Department of Political Science Policy Program, has agreed to be the project manager.  Currently, project participants include: John Tiedemann, from the Urban Coast Institute - Monmouth University, who will provide technical experience; the Hazlet Area Quality of Life Alliance; and COA.  COA will be surveying the region to identify its dredging needs as well as possible places that the material can be beneficially used.  If you have dredging needs along the bayshore from Highlands to Hazlet, or know places that could use clean dredged material, please contact Nicole Simmons at COA.

Congratulations to Nicole Simmons, Esq., COA Water Policy Analyst, who was recently sworn in to the New York State Bar!


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