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Mayor: Holmdel Will Not Be Environmentally Impacted by Expanded Sewerage Map

Impreveduto said after speaking with environmental experts and engineers, he believes the expanded sewer system won't negatively impact the township.

A proposal for expanded sewer service came back before a branch of the Monmouth County Planning Board last week, and it could mean a full sewer system on the Alcatel Lucent property. 

In 2011, Holmdel residents rallied against the expanded sewer system plans, which could allow the entire Lucent and Garden State Arts properties to become sewered. 

Holmdel Mayor Patrick Impreveduto said during a statement in 2011, "If you cover up all the land with buildings, roadways, parking lots, etc. and don't allow the rain, snow and yes, septic, to meander slowly down to be cleansed and filtered by the soil, you are not going to recharge the aquifer."

A meeting on Feb. 13 of the Monmouth County Water Quality Management Plan Amendment Review Committee revealed Impreveduto reversed his decision, a move the mayor said was announced several times in Township Committee meetings.

Check out Holmdel Patch's initial coverage in 2011 of an impassioned township meeting which lasted hours.

However, Impreveduto said since 2011, he has "done his due dilligence" and spoken to environmental experts as well as engineers, and feels that information proved an expanded system won't negatively impact the area.

"It has absolutely no impact on environmental issues, based on the engineer's findings," Impreveduto said.

Any concerns about over-development in newly sewered areas can be controlled through zoning ordinances, Impreveduto said.

Citizens for Informed Land Use President Anthony Cooper said in a Patch Blog: 

"...No member of this ARC could say whether or not an independent and objective Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was submitted that concludes the cumulative drinking water impacts of expanding Holmdel Township's Sewer Service Area is better for the Swimming River Reservoir Watershed. Recall the NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection proposed in April 2011 expanding Holmdel's Sewer Service Area to include all portions of the two Alcatel-Lucent tracts, the roughly 700 acres in Holmdel owned by the NJ Turnpike Authority, and most of Holmdel's Public Parks and Open Space areas."

In May of 2011, residents gathered to collect signatures, filling a petition to protest the expanded sewerage map. Mayor Patrick Impreveduto and Committeman Rocco Pascucci were on hand collecting signatures as well, according to an archived Patch article.

Tell us: Do you think expanding the sewer service would have a postive or negative impact on Holmdel Township?

Nick J. February 26, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Carol, yes Chase did end discussions, but that happened rather than fight you and your CILU (anti-progress and good job) group. If you have your way, you will stop progress at Lucent as well. However, the voters of Holmdel have spoken and our TC has been given the power to carefully and prudently develop the Lucent site.
Larrabee M. Smith February 27, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Mr. Scarano, When I first read your request, I thought about trying to chase down one of the people I had spoken with when I first heard about the projection of a water shortage in our area but I'm sorry, I’m lucky to remember any of what was said these days or said it. My memory isn't what it used to be and I would have to go through everything I went through to understand after Mr. Domidion, the new Chairman of the County Planning Board, told me about the issue probably 10 years ago. He had helped me get an update of the raw data Charlie Pike, the then Director of the County Planning Board and Holmdel resident, had given me in the 60s concerning numbers of school children as a function of the age of a subdivision. I suggest that you do what I did and contact the Water Company and ask for information forming the basis of their concerns and call Rutgers and speak with one of the people who studies the subject. I also had some contacts from my college days but you will have to find your own. It was through them that I ended up speaking about the subject of Aeration in septic systems with the head of the State of Washington DEP equivalent. However, it doesn't require much education to understand the potential impact of sewers. If you have any understanding at all of the laws of nature, you must understand that water that is used in a structure, in Holmdel, that is served with sewers eventually flows into the Ocean. Continued below.
Larrabee M. Smith February 27, 2013 at 12:36 AM
You must also understand that water that is used in a structure served with a septic system, flows into the ground. Some of the discharge of the septic system will probably reach a stream and flow into the Ocean but not all. Therefore, the expansion of sewers means more water used flows into the Ocean. To me, this means that the question of concern comes down to the question of "are we sending more water into the ocean than is being restored by rain” and is the level in the aquifer or aquifers in our area falling seriously in the Fall of year. Of course, someone with greater expertise that I, will mention evaporation as another consideration but that would get us into Global Warming and I'm sure you would agree to leave it alone. To me, even though I did a lot of checking with so called experts after Me, Domidion triggered my concerns, it is sufficient that the Water Company has been placing greater restrictions on water used in the Fall of the year every year for several. There have also been bits in the media about the issue. Still more below.
Larrabee M. Smith February 27, 2013 at 12:38 AM
I’m also very aware, from personal experience, that septic systems installed in soil that has inadequate percolation or improperly constructed can be a problem. As I have ranted in prior posts, I’m equally aware that is was the lack of enforcement of regulations that caused and causes most of the problems and that there is an addition to systems, that has been hidden from the public, that could eliminate the most common problem with septic systems encountered by homeowners in our town. In the days when we had a Young Republican Club, the word would have been spread by the Rebubs but obviously not in today’s world.
Tony Orsini February 27, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Characterizing CILU as an extremist group of radicals is so ridiculous it's laughable. Only an extremist would characterize them as such (oh...as well as League of Women Voters, right, Tom? ("He who calls someone a fool is himself a fool..." Remember who said that?). They are simply a group of very educated folks aware of the common pitfalls and cascade of events that lead to over development. Some of them have had sewers FORCED upon them. Have any of the critics posting attended a meeting or dialogued with CILU? If you attended a CILU meeting you might think you were at a Holmdel Half Century Club meeting. And zoning alone is no protection: just ask Judge Lawson [about exclusionary zoning]. Once we get reckless with development and start losing our reputation as a town that is preservation-minded (i.e. selling open space) we lose precedent and benefit of the doubt in court actions. With more sewering, we are set up for the kind of assault by deep pocketed developers with connections seeking greater densities. I assure you Mt. Laurel will return in some form to compound the problem. Many folks I talk to are well aware how the communities they came from went to hell and they would rather not see Holmdel travel down the same road to oblivion of higher taxes and lower property values.

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