September rains have sufficiently improved conditions in South Jersey to allow that area to return to Drought Warning status with voluntary conservation measures for the counties of Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem. DEP Commissioner Bob Shinn commended the cooperative conservation efforts of water suppliers, businesses and residents, which have helped to enable the modifications.
The proposal provides guidance and clarity regarding the location and applicability of riparian zones and incorporates additional flexibility for projects situated within riparian zones.
The proposal adjusts the area of riparian zone disturbance that can be authorized under an individual permit and incorporates provisions for activities that can currently be authorized only under a hardship exception.
Incentives are incorporated to encourage development to be situated further from regulated waters and within actively disturbed areas such as lawns, agricultural fields, and road right-of-ways, rather than in undisturbed riparian zones.
The proposal additionally eliminates duplicative requirements that are enforced by local Soil Conservation Districts in areas that possess acid-producing soil deposits. As a result, the riparian zone along regulated waters flowing through areas possessing these deposits will be reduced from feet to 50 feet.
The proposal also amends requirements for the placement of stormwater discharges within riparian zones in order to address concerns raised by local Soil Conservation Districts regarding downstream erosion.
With this proposal, and through pending rulemaking to consolidate and amend the Coastal Permit Program rules and the Coastal Zone Management rules, as well as through anticipated rulemaking to amend the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act rules, the Department intends to align the rules governing the permitting processes of all three programs to the extent the respective enabling statutes allow.
Under this proposal, the effort to align the permitting process includes emergency authorizations, pre-application conferences, application requirements, requirements for an applicant to provide public notice, application review, permit conditions and changes to issued permits, and requests for adjudicatory hearings.
The proposal also incorporates the provisions of the Environmental Enforcement Enhancement Act. In an effort to streamline the flood hazard area permitting process, six existing general permits are proposed to be converted to general permits-by-certification which are approvals that can be obtained by completing application requirements online, and four existing general permits are proposed to be converted to permits-by-rule.
In total, the proposal includes nine new general permits, 15 new general permits-by-certification, and 19 new permits-by-rule. Changes are also proposed to the permit review process, including review times applicable to certain applications. The proposal also includes amendments to facilitate certain projects such as minor road widening and bridge or culvert replacement projects, clarify various rule requirements, identify which flood events must be analyzed for certain projects, and encourage the preservation and creation of terrestrial crossings under bridges and within culverts.
The proposal also provides additional guidance on the types of calculations that can be used to determine the floodway and flood fringe limits and proposes changes to verifications available under the rules.
The proposal is scheduled to be published in the New Jersey Register dated June 1, A copy of the proposal is available at http: Public hearings concerning the proposal are scheduled as follows: Monday, June 22,Glassdoor gives you an inside look at what it's like to work at New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, including salaries, reviews, office photos, and more.
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