Thursday, August 12, 2010

Battling for the Bays--Barnegat and Rehoboth

Two environmental committees are meeting jointly today in New Jersey to consider bills aimed at saving the slowly dying Barnegat Bay, while, in Delaware, the focus is on a proposed new sewage treatment plant that critics say would spur resort-area sprawl and impair the health of Delaware's Inland Bays and groundwater.

The legislation to be handled today by members of the NJ Senate Environment and Energy Committee and the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee would:

 * Restrict the content of fertilizer flowing into waterways like the Barnegat Bay - S1411
 * Creates soil restoration standards - S1410
 * Establishes a stormwater management system pilot project in Ocean County - S1815
 * Allow Ocean County to charge a fee to be used to study storm water issues - S1856

For more, check out the Asbury Park Press's five-day series: Barnegat Bay Under Stress

Today's News Journal story on Delaware's sprawl/pollution controversy: Sewage disposal battle shapes up

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