On March 24th, 2016, Kyra Hoffmann of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection presented to a crowd of environmental nonprofits and municipal representatives on the agency’s new preliminary Tier A draft MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems) permits. These are general permits which govern the stormwater discharge from a municipality’s pipes, gutters, catch basins, streets, channels, and any other drainage system that leads to waters of the state.
In addition to an overview of the new permit, a variety of new and updated resources were presented, including a TMDL lookup tool and a forthcoming app to help municipalities digitally map their stormwater infrastructure features.
NJDEP is accepting comments on the pre-draft until April 15th. Those comments can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Preliminary Draft Permit will be the subject of a hearing of the Clean Water Council of New Jersey on April 12, 2016. Details of that hearing are available here. It is anticipated that the official draft permit will be issued on August 1st, 2016 and that the official comment period will begin effective that date.
Resources from the workshop are available below. If you have any questions, please contact the Institute Coordinator.