Permitting and Dam Removal Projects in New Jersey December 14th 12:45 -2:00 p.m. Several permits are needed to remove a regulated dam in NJ. Experts will be available to explain and answer questions about permitting. You will need to obtain several permits before beginning a dam removal project. We’ll give a snapshot of the following permits: (1) Soil Conservation District Permit (2) NJDEP Dam Safety Construction Permit (3) NJDEP Freshwater Wetlands General Permit 18 /16 (4) NJDEP Fish & Wildlife Water Lowering Permit (5) State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Memorandum of Agreement (6) Federal NEPA Compliance Documentation. Depending upon the location of roads, bridges or other infrastructure, additional permits may be needed from the NJ Department of Transportation (DOT) or the County Engineering/Bridge Department
Funding Dam Removals in New Jersey December 15th 12:45 -2:00 p.m. Join us for a presentation and follow-up conversation with representatives that have funded dam removals in New Jersey. Generally, a dam removal involves multiple funding partners. There are several programs that provide funding for dam removal projects; the reason for removing a dam (habitat improvement, public safety, flooding) may make a project eligible for certain funding sources and ineligible for others.Federal agencies often support dam removal projects including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the U.S. Corps of Engineers (USACE). Natural resource damage settlements and required mitigation can also provide funding opportunities for dam removal projects. Of course, the dam owner may also contribute to the costs associated with removing their dam. In some instances, settlement of state or federal natural resource damage claims can be a source of dam removal funds. Some examples of funding sources used in recent dam removals in New Jersey include: NJ Department of Environmental Protection (Office of Natural Resource Restoration), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership, Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund, Municipalities/Counties, and donations from private funders
The New Jersey Statewide Dam Removal Partnership (SDRP) is a collaboration of nonprofits and government agencies that seeks to advance the removal of antiquated, dangerous or ecologically detrimental dams. Its members meet quarterly to discuss beneficial dam removal projects and to exchange information regarding policy, regulatory issues, funding and the practical considerations of dam removal. The SDRP also provides information to the public about how dams and dam removal may affect their communities and their lives.
Partners include: American Rivers, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Sustainable Raritan River Initiative, Raritan Headwaters Association, Musconetcong Watershed Association, The Nature Conservancy of New Jersey, The Watershed Institute, North Jersey RC&D, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Trout Unlimited
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