County Receives $1.1 Million from NJ DEP towards Storm Water Management Program
(West Deptford Twp.) – Gloucester County’s innovative approach to regionalizing Stormwater Management earned them a $1.1 million grant from the NJ DEP’s Division of Water Management for implementation of the program. Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney, Freeholder Deputy Director Damminger and Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi today welcomed NJ DEP Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson to Gloucester County as she presented a check to the county for $1,011,210 that will be used toward the implementation of the program.
“Stormwater management is about protecting our resources and our approach to this program was all encompassing,” said Freeholder Director Sweeney. “We are starting to see action and benefits to all of our towns from taking a regional approach to implementing this plan – first we constructed salt sheds and now we have street sweepers,” the Director said.
Freeholder Director Sweeney said, “We are pleased to welcome Commissioner Jackson here to see first hand what we are doing, we believe we have modeled an excellent program where county and state government can work together to help towns control non-point source pollution while saving tax dollars.”
"This grant award provides tangible and sustainable ecological benefits for the streams and lakes of Gloucester County by reducing pollutants in stormwater runoff that degrade water quality and harm aquatic life,' said Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson.
Freeholder Deputy Director Bob Damminger said that the county has completed four of its five Regionalized Salt Storage Sheds, equipped with brine tanks, and purchased truck mount deicing equipment for each municipality. As part of the program the county is in the process designing two regionalized vehicle washing facilities, one at the County’s Public Works facility in Clayton and one at the Pitman Golf Course, for use by all of the county’s municipalities.
Damminger said the county just took delivery on two street sweepers to be used county-wide. The county will be providing training to all of its municipalities so that they can utilize these street sweepers in their towns.
“Storm water management entails many facets to protecting our environment by reducing non-point source pollution and Gloucester County has taken a coordinated approach to provide our municipalities with the tools they need to meet the mandates,” Freeholder Damminger said.
County Receives $1.1 Million from NJ DEP
May 8, 2007
Damminger stated that the county is also in the process of purchasing two GPS dataloggers for mapping storm sewer inlets and outfalls.
“We want to thank the state for recognizing what we are doing here and this grant will help defray the costs of the overall program,” said Damminger.
Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi Jr. said that the implementation of this regionalized program has saved millions of dollars for the county’s 24 municipalities.
“The County had the ability to put the funding formula and manpower together to get this project moving and many of our smaller towns could not have achieved the state requirements without this program without a serious fiscal impact,” said Brigandi. Freeholder Brigandi is also the Administrator for the Borough of Glassboro.
“I know first hand how financially burdensome it would have been if each town had to go out and purchase its own equipment and hire its own professionals to accomplish what the county has done. This program with the help of the NJ DEP is a great example of what government can accomplish when we coordinate our recourses and efforts to deliver for our taxpayers,” Freeholder Brigandi stated.
In addition to the $1.1million grant from the NJ DEP for implementation of the program the county can draw on up to $10 million from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust and seek reimbursement for 50% of costs and 50% in the form of a low interest loan through that program.