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Watershed Property Review Board

Protecting New Jersey's drinking water

 

Public Hearing Information

There are no Board meetings currently scheduled


Meeting Agendas

May 9, 2014 Meeting Agenda
August 14, 2014 Meeting Agenda
May 18, 2017 Meeting Agenda


Board Exemption Orders

May 9, 2014
   River Vale
   Jersey City
   In Memory of Mark Becker
August 14, 2014
   Clinton
May 18, 2017
   Harrington Park Order
   Closter/Harrington Park Order

 


 

In 1988, the Watershed Protection and Moratorium Act, P.L. 1988, c. 163, as amended by P.L. 1990, c. 19, suspended all transfer of watershed properties to allow the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) time to establish rules and regulations for the protection of watershed property throughout the state. This moratorium, which continues to be in effect, prohibits municipalities, municipal utilities authorities and public utilities from conveying any land that is used for the protection of a public water supply.

The same legislation established a Watershed Property Review Board (WPRB) to review requests from regulated parties for exemptions from the moratorium. The Board is comprised of the Commissioner of the NJDEP, the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the President of the Board of Public Utilities (BPU). Members of the Board convene to address exemption requests as they arise. The Board is authorized to exempt the conveyance of watershed property from the Act if it can be demonstrated that there is a compelling public need for the conveyance of the property, denial of the exemption would result in extraordinary hardship, or that the sale or development of the watershed property is otherwise consistent with the purposes of the Act, which are to protect water quality and encourage open space preservation.

Any person applying for an exemption or requesting a jurisdictional determination from the Board should first contact Board Staff. 

Commission Members

Commissioner Bob Martin, Department of Environmental Protection
President Richard Mroz, Board of Public Utilities
Commissioner Charles A. Richman, Department of Community Affairs

Board Staff

Geoffrey Gersten, Deputy Attorney General for the Board, Division of Law
973-648-3441       Geoffrey.Gersten@law.njoag.gov

Jessica Patterson, NJDEP, Green Acres Program
609-984-0558       Jessica.Patterson@dep.nj.gov

Mona Mosser, BPU, Division of Water
609-292-2317       Mona.Mosser@bpu.nj.gov

PLEASE NOTE: The Watershed Property Review Board is an independent Board and is not a division of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

 

 
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