Commission staff routinely evaluates proposed development (unsewered) sites for their suitability for on-site wastewater systems based upon soil and groundwater conditions and for potential impacts from nitrogen releases. In addition, a number of advanced on-site treatment technologies are being tested in the Pinelands to determine their reliability in meeting groundwater quality standards. Further, the Commission is actively involved in assisting local governments throughout the Pinelands in the development of long-term institutional arrangements for the management of on-site wastewater systems.
The CMP also provides minimum standards for the withdrawal and transfer of water from Pinelands streams and aquifers. The Commission is continuously engaged in activities to protect Pinelands surface water from depletion. Overuse of Pinelands water resources could have devastating effects on the fragile ecological balance of the Pinelands as well as the region's residents and agricultural interests. Commission staff pays special attention to the potential impacts that increases on water withdrawal have on the widespread surficial Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer that is the cornerstone of the Pinelands.
U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5006
- Assessment of Physical, Chemical, and Hydrologic Factors Affecting the Infiltration of Treated Wastewater in the New Jersey Coastal Plain, with Emphasis on the Hammonton Land Application Facility - By Timothy J. Reilly, Kristin M. Romanok, Steven Tessler, and Jeffrey M. Fischer. Report PDF (16.9 MB)
http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2010/5006/ (link to abstract)
This report was prepared in cooperation with the New Jersey Pinelands Commission and the Town of Hammonton, New Jersey.