DEP permit would let treated sewage be dumped into Rockaway Creek

map of Rockaway Creek

TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – The state is moving ahead with a much-litigated permit that would let developers discharge treated sewage into Rockaway Creek, a project the New Jersey Highlands Council says is incompatible with its regional master plan. The council oversees development in the region.

The project, involving a proposed office park in Tewksbury, has been kicking around in various iterations for more than two decades. It’s been given a modified-draft water permit for a new onsite sewage treatment plant by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The agency’s granting of the water permit earlier this year has incensed environmental groups who question how the state can move ahead with a permit for a project that fails to conform to the Highlands Council’s RMP and the township’s own Water Quality Management Plan …

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