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South Jersey Bayshore Coalition Positions

Coalition positions do not inherently represent the opinion of every member organization listed in the South Jersey Bayshore Coalition.

Land Use

Cape May County Wastewater Management Plan, March 14, 2013

Comments submitted to the NJDEP on the maps for Future Wastewater Service Areas in Cape May County, urging the Department to follow the WQMP Public Notice and its rules by excluding all environmentally sensitive areas from the FWSA map, including areas mapped as endangered and threatened wildlife species habitat. The comments also point out that the map wrongfully includes all Pinelands Villages, regardless of circumstances, planning considerations or municipal consent, in expanded sewer service areas. These comments also covered concerns about over-withdrawals from the aquifers and the resulting stream and river flow depletion that would accompany growth.

Salem County Wastewater Management Plan, December 21, 2012

Comments submitted to the NJDEP on the maps for Future Wastewater Service Areas in Salem County urging the Department to follow its rules by keeping future sewer service areas out of environmentally sensitive areas. Additional comments detailed the effects of the Salem County Water Quality Management Plan Amendment on the streams, ground water resources and water supplies of Salem County.

Cumberland County Wastewater Management Plan, December 21, 2012

Comments submitted to the NJDEP on the maps for Future Wastewater Service Areas in Cumberland County urging the Department to follow its rules by keeping future sewer service areas out of environmentally sensitive areas. The comments give details and maps for specific areas in the County that should not be sewered. Additional comments detailed the effects of the Cumberland County Water Quality Management Plan Amendment on the streams, ground water resources and water supplies of Cumberland County.

State Strategic Plan, April 2, 2012

Letter to State Planning Commission to commenting on the draft State Strategic Plan, regarding its impact on the southwestern portion of the state. The State Plan should provide a predictable, unifying and common vision, policy and implementation strategy across the state, between levels of government, and between the public and private sectors, across a range of issues important to the state.

Coastal Wetlands, December 2, 2011

Letter to Congressman LoBiondo requesting support for NJDEP Coastal Zone Management Program and federal (Army Corps of Engineers), state, local, and non-profit partners to remediate coastal wetlands loss at the Maurice and Cohansey Rivers through federal 309 grants from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Sewer Service Areas, May 10, 2011

To NJ Department of Environmental Protection supporting draft mapping for proposed future sewer service areas (SSA) in Salem and Cumberland Counties as a means to recognize and protect the ecological significance of the region and the precious yet vulnerable resources which define it. Also recognizing that SSA extension into environmentally sensitive areas may be appropriate in certain limited circumstances, where necessary to facilitate a Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program.

Middle Township materials for Plan Endorsement, January 6, 2011

Letter to Office of Smart Growth raising concerns about Middle Township’s efforts to obtain State Plan Endorsement through required updates to the town Master Plan and Land Use Plan. Addressed significant inconsistencies between the Township’s Plan Endorsement and Master Plan objectives, in particular the overall amount of growth and development called for in the proposed plan.

Millville City Plan for Union Lake, March 23, 2011

Open letter to Millville Planning Board to commend the Board on its draft land use plan for the 395-acre area on east side of Union Lake. The plan is a fine example of how development and nature protection goals do not need to compete; but can be part of an overall economic strategy.

Millville Lakeshore Conservation District, February 19, 2010

Letter to Millville Planning Board providing input on a future land use strategy for the 315 acres of land within the Lakeshore Conservation District. The Coalition firmly believes that the highest and best use for all remaining lakeside lands, including the 60-acre “Bluffs” tract along the southwest shoreline of Union Lake, is public acquisition. If outright preservation of the remaining tract fails to transpire, the Coalition recommends a clustered development plan.

Salem County Improvement Authority Landfill Expansion, September 16, 2010

Letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to express opposition to the expansion application of an existing solid waste landfill in Alloway Township. Opposed the proposal to clear and fill a 10-acre stand of mature forested wetlands for the expansion

Open Space Preservation

CELCP Application, Sea Breeze Project Area/Zander Property, May 4, 2011

Letter to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in support of NJ DEP grant application to the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) for the acquisition of the T. Zander and Sons, Inc. property to expand Dix Wildlife Management Area in Fairfield Township.

CELCP Applications for Cohansey & Tuckahoe River Greenways, March 30, 2010

Letter to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection supporting for NJ DEP’s grant application to the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program to expand both the Cohansey River and Tuckahoe River Greenways.

Cumberland County Open Space Plan, February 10, 2011

Letter to Cumberland Dept. of Planning and Development commenting on the County Open Space & Recreation Master Plan (OSRMP). Recommends the Green Acres Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) Guidelines adhered to in the document and language inserted that accentuates the importance of Cumberland’s open space for forest habitat, biodiversity, wildlife, water quality, recreation and ecotourism dollars.

Species Protection

Habitat Suitability Determination (HSD) Review Process, May 12, 2011

Letter to NJDEP regarding Habitat Suitability Determination urging that the process be transparent and provide adequate opportunity for public review and comment with public notice given in the DEP Bulletin.

Regional Protection

Salem County Tourism, April 2, 2012

Letter to the Salem County Board of Freeholders urging the County to retain its Tourism Department, so that the County can continue its valuable promotion of tourism.

Coastal Heritage Trail, July 19, 2011

Letter to US Senators and Congressmen from NJ requesting extension of the National Park Service’s (NPS) oversight of the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route’s program, currently scheduled to sunset September 30, 2011.

National Heritage Area designation, February 12, 2010

Letter to Sen. Frank Lautenberg, Sen. Robert Menendez and Congressman Frank LoBiondo regarding recognition of the South Jersey Delaware Bayshore as a National Heritage Area and asking for support of appropriation and authorization bills that would allow us to conduct a Feasibility Study of a NHA for the region.

Delaware River Dredging, January 22, 2010

Letter to Governor Christie opposing the proposed deepening of the Delaware River and applauding Governor’s public statements against the deepening. Asked to pursue litigation that will require the Army Corps to comply with NJ and federal law as it applies to the Deepening.

Energy

Salem Tidal Energy Project, January 9, 2011

Letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding Natural Currents Energy Services’ application for a preliminary permit proposing to study the feasibility of the Salem Tidal Energy Project. Asked that FERC require the applicant to adequately address potential environmental impacts of the proposed tidal turbine project to the aquatic environment, surrounding wetlands and wildlife resources.

Potential Land Swap in Lower Alloways Creek, September 8, 2010

Letter to US Army Corps of Engineers with concerns about the Corps’ negotiations with PSEG regarding a land swap so that PSEG could secure title to 84 acres on Artificial Island for the purposes of constructing a new nuclear power plant (“Salem 4”). The land swap is a major federal action that will affect the human environment and therefore is subject to NEPA.


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