Wateview Development Foe Defends Aquifers, Condemns Planning Board
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I speak regarding the Troy Brook System wetlands and especially the on-site transition zone and "intermediate value" adjacent wetlands to this land.
Does the fact that this area is part of an aquifer of which the quantity and quality of drainage and recharge has been diminished because of development and human behavior hold any weight against any rezoning that can only further the demise of the aquifer and Troy Brook's wholesome integrity?
According to a Rutgers study, "Milestone 3 Drainage Area Specific Water Quality, Quantity and Recharge Objectives" by Christopher C. Obropt, Waterview and its immediate geographic locations could face loss of biodiversity, difficulty recharging the baseflow and storm water infiltration short-circuits.
How can the future of our drinking water be this vulnerable?
This development holds no need nor should it have been classified as desirable by the state. The New Jersey Smart Growth Scoreboard would surely fail this developer. We either have state power to protect the common good or we don't.
RD Realty, which wants to develop the Waterview tract, has exceeded any expectation of normalcy. It has become detrimental to the immediate community, the surrounding communities and to the very future of coming generations. By the property owner wanting to sell to the highest bidder he has crossed the line of civility. RD Realty's plan and its ominous cumulative negative impacts should never have appealed to any good knowledgeable Planning Board.
The squabble is about traffic, which will without doubt become even worse. The threat to the immediate neighborhood is a form of nuisance and perhaps trespass, but the eminent threat to life and safety comes from the further demise of our aquifers, which are already not in a healthy condition.
If Parsippany's or any town's Planning Board does not include persons with environmental knowledge, there is no hope. Time for the higher power.