05 September 2008

Water pollution gets worse in New Jersey

Bill Wolfe posted a summary of a new report by the NJ DEP on declining water quality in NJ. UNfortunately I cannot get the link to the DEP report to work right now. But Wolfe reports that the DEP lists over 1,000 streams for which water quality is impaired.

(I don't know if the Pequest, pictured above, is on the list or is one of the remaining clean ones. But its reputation as a trout stream and great place for hotdogs is strong.)


Peter Maier said...

As long as EPA does not consider nitrogenous waste (urine and protein) pollution, we will never implement the Clean Water Act, as it was intended and water quality will continue to deteriorate. This waste not only, like fecal waste, exerts an oxygen demand, but also is a fertilizer for algae and aquatic plant growth, causing eutrophication and eventually dead zones.

The reason EPA ignored this pollution is caused by a worldwide incorrect applied pollution test that EPA used to base its NPDES discharge permits on.

Although EPA in 1984 acknowledged this incorrect use, in stead of correcting the test, it allowed an alternative test and now officially ignored this type of pollution and by doing so lowered the goal of the CWA from 100% treatment to a measly 35% treatment, without notifying Congress.

Other problems caused by this incorrect applied test are that we do not know the real performance of a sewage treatment plants and have no idea what the effluent waste loading is on receiving water bodies, besides the possibility that such plants are designed to treat the wrong waste in sewage.

Want to know more visit www.petermaier.net and read the description of this test (BOD) in the Technical PDF section.

Anonymous said...

David - I will fix blog link to DEP Report.

Here is link that works right now:


I strongly recommend that fols review this report adn comment to DEP - ideally, attend DEP meeting on 9/11 in Trenton.


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