Waterview Fiasco 9/17 Year of our Lord 2013
The Mayor looked very disturbed remember; when he gave RDR the done deal, they expected "some resistance" he trying to wear us down like inning in a ballgame ..He does have a sinister side...Recognizing a WWII veteran at the same time destroying the American Landscape which in its beauty, whats left of it anyway, would be to honor ALL veterans from the Continental Army on to today. Barberio; in my opinion is not a "good american" but an opportunist. How can you not realize Parsippany has more than enough development or that RDR can really offer us anything beyond useless dollars and future expenses..If the Town agrees that RDR environmental consulting report is adequate; that no "impacts" will occur to adjacent wetlands, their properties wetland transition zone or to the water in the aquifers and open waters of the entire Watershed, The citizens of NJ and Parsippany will pay the future expense of damage done. This property performs an"ecological service " for us now free of charge. Call It "Natural Resource Asset" It amazing how people don't realize that Nature; god, already does much of the work required for health and a good life, what humans call work is already being performed without human interference. It is a fact, artificial man-made structures for water purification, flood control don't do as good a job as Nature's ecosystems and are very expensive and require constant maintenance; the quality of these man-made engineering structures are subject to human flaws like price cutting to save expense, dishonest contractors, weak NJDEP enforcement and maintenance,subject to human discipline and quality of duties and responsibilities performed and monitored. The litter and trash that will spread along these areas of roadways will be demoralizing. When they do a Traffic Study why is Litter Abatement not part of the deal? The Town Houses on the Property will generate trash, will they be like the Knoll Apartments which have dumpsters exposed to the elements? These dumpster sit along Knoll Road and are not fenced in, careless individuals and waste removal details, spread this trash along the open spaces of the whole of Knoll Road, my attempts at bringing this to the attention of the Town have not produced any real action.
From: the USEPA, which anyone can find and read ask why haven't our Town Officials?
Benefits of Wetlands United States EPA
. The economic benefits associated with these environmental values of wetlands also can be substantial. If, for example, a community had to build flood control or water treatment systems to replace those functions provided by wetlands, the costs could far outweigh the land purchase price of preserving the natural wetland systems.
Some of the values associated with your wetland will be your and your alone. No one else can really say what the open space means to you and your family. How your wetland affects your quality of life, and how you value it for its aesthetic contributions are personal matters. You or members of your family may also get personal recreation benefits from your wetland -- nature photography or birding or simply quiet time in a peaceful place.
As amazing as wetlands are, and for all their ecological contributions, they do have their limits. A partially filled or otherwise damaged wetland is one that only partially meets its potential for flood control, shoreline stabilization, or groundwater recharge. A badly degraded wetland can lose its capacity to remove excess sediments, nutrients, and other pollutants, and can lose its habitat value for fish and wildlife. Wetlands may have tremendous capacities to provide environmental benefits, but they are not indestructible. If we want wetlands to continue to perform their ecological functions, then we have to do our part to protect them.
Don't Trust NJDEP under the present leadership; much of their enforcement is paper and many compliance's are "voluntary" will RDR volunteer? NO because their "consulting report" tells them no impacts will occur. This Town Council has disenfranchised us in that no choice was given us in a referendum vote allowing us to belong to the Highlands Commission, this informed and caring group would make better use of our Tax Dollars and Educated us all as to where we truly live and our place within. Read the following from the Delaware River Keeper on trusting NJDEP.
NJ Court ruling provides opportunity to improve stormwater management
DRN has documented that compliance with New Jersey stormwater rules is a statewide problem. The consequences of mismanaged stormwater include worsening flooding, increased water pollution, aquifer depletion, and aquatic and terrestrial habitat destruction. DRN has been keeping a watchful eye on new development proposals in New Jersey to ensure compliance with the stormwater rules and to stem future stormwater mismanagement. In 2010, DRN joined as amicus curiae (a friend of the court) a lawsuit, initiatied by Residents for Enforcement of Existing Land Use Code, appealing aprovals for the CareOne development in Hamilton Township on the grounds that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) relied on an improper method to determine whether the project had sufficient stormwater protections.
On September 9th, the New Jersey Appellate Division agreed with our arguments and struck down the NJDEP approvals for the CareOne development. The court found that the point system NJDEP uses to determine whether a proposed development effectively manages stormwater had not been properly vetted through the rule-making process. This ruling will cause the NJDEP to take informed comments from the public if it wants to continue to rely upon its point system for considering stormwater impacts from proposed projects