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BERKELEY TOWNSHIP SEWERAGE AUTHORITY

Kupper has provided Environmental Assessments and Permit Management Services for the Berkeley Township Sewerage Authority located in Berkeley Township, New Jersey. Our Environmental Services have been provided at numerous locations throughout Berkeley Township. Some of our projects are noted below:

Administration Building: The construction of the new Administration Building for the rapidly growing Sewerage Authority was taken as an opportunity to extend service along the eastern side of a portion of Route 9. An Environmental Assessment was required to comply with the CAFRA regulations in New Jersey. Emphasis was placed on alternatives, dust control, noise control and archaeological sensitivity due to the Route 9 corridor.

Holly Park Trunk Sewer and Collection System ? Contracts 23 & 24: The Environmental Assessment was required for a CAFRA approval by the NJDEP. An array of complex issues had to be addressed including the potential for secondary impacts due to infill development and the development of the area west of Route 9. All the environmentally sensitive lands in the study area - especially tidal and freshwater wetlands - had to be mapped and excluded from service. A host of alternative routes for the Trunk Sewer had to be examined to avoid sensitive areas. Particular attention, involving three separate studies, was paid to archaeological and historic issues because of the potential for encountering historic and prehistoric sites. Community involvement was sought through public meetings and hearings.

Riviera Beach: The Environmental Assessment was developed initially as part of a CAFRA application and then expanded and modified according to the Executive Order 215 criteria when loans were sought to build the system with loans from the NJ Wastewater Trust. Of special concern was the avoidance of the extensive areas of tidal and freshwater wetlands. Two pumping station sites had to be selected and a range of alternative locations reviewed. Because of the historic nature of Good Luck Point and the potential for high ground prehistoric sites, particular emphasis was placed on archaeological studies. Endangered species were also a concern because of potential raptor nesting sites. The potential for odor producing sulfur deposits in the marine soils underlying the area was also investigated and addressed during construction in 1994.

Silver Ridge Park East Collection System: Sporadic septic failures were being experienced because of high ground water conditions and aging systems. These failures were particularly disconcerting to retirees. The Environmental Assessment was undertaken as part of a CAFRA approval process. A special focus of the assessment were construction noise and dust as well as impacts to wetlands, endangered species and prehistoric archaeological sites. Upon issuance of the CAFRA permit as well as wetlands and stream encroachment, the project, consisting of a gravity collection system, a pump station and force main, was constructed.



BERKELEY TOWNSHIP SEWERAGE AUTHORITY

Good Luck Point and Riviera Beach Collection System: The Riviera Beach area of Berkeley Township, Ocean County and the Good Luck Point area are immediately adjacent to and just west of Barnegat Bay. Both areas were experiencing septic system failures due to high ground water and marginal soils. The project area is in the Coastal Area Facilities Review Act region of New Jersey and required a CAFRA permit. Also required were Waterfront Development, Tidal Wetlands, Freshwater Wetlands, Dewatering and Stream Encroachment Permits. Because the project was being funded by the NJ Wastewater Trust Fund, Executive Order No. 215, criteria had to be met. Of special concern during the permitting process, was the avoidance of the extensive areas of tidal and freshwater wetlands which were physically mapped and located for the project area. Three separate studies addressing archaeological and historic issues were performed because of the potential for encountering historic and prehistoric sites. Endangered species were also addressed because of potential raptor nesting sites. The potential for odor producing sulfur deposits in the marine soils underlying the area was also investigated and addressed during construction. Public involvement was sought through information meetings and public hearings. All permits were obtained and the project constructed.

Silver Ridge Park East Collection System: The Silver Ridge Park East area of Berkeley Township had sporadic septic system failures because of high ground water conditions. The project area lies within the Coastal Area Facilities Review Act region of New Jersey and required a CAFRA Permit. Also required were Freshwater Wetlands and Stream Encroachment Permits. All permits were approved and the project successfully constructed.

Holly Park Trunk Sewer and Collection System: The community of Holly Park is located just west of Barnegat Bay was suffering from inadequate septic systems complicated by poor soil conditions. The project area was in the Coastal Area Facilities Review Act region of New Jersey and required a CAFRA Permit. Also required were Waterfront Development, Tidal Wetlands, Freshwater Wetlands, US Army Corps of Engineers, Dewatering and Stream Encroachment Permits, as well as Ocean County and NJDOT road opening permits. An array of complex issues had to be addressed including the potential for secondary impacts due to infill development. All the environmentally sensitive lands in the study area - especially tidal and freshwater wetlands - had to be mapped and excluded from service. Community involvement was sought through public involvement meetings and public hearings. After almost three years of dealing with complicated regulatory roadblocks, all studies and assessments were completed, all the permits were approved and the project was finally constructed.

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