DELAWARE RIVERKEEPER NETWORK, ET AL. VS. NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION STONY BROOK-MILLSTONE WATERSHED ASSOCIATION, ET AL. VS. NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION (DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION) (CONSOLIDATED) (A-1821-17T3/A-1889-17T3)
In this consolidated appeal, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Maya Van Rossum and Delaware Riverkeeper in one appeal, and Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, Save Barnegat Bay, Raritan Headwaters Association, NY/NJ Baykeeper, Hackensack Riverkeeper and Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions in the other, challenge the issuance of the Tier A municipal separate storm sewer system permit, claiming that it does not comply with federal and state law. They maintain that the permit does not include effluent limits and monitoring as required by federal law, and that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) inclusion of best management practices rather than effluent limits was a further violation of applicable law. Appellants also argue that the permit requirements are neither "clear, specific, and measurable," nor provide for meaningful review and that the DEP violated federal law by issuing permits without the public's involvement. Acknowledging its deferential standard of review, the court affirms the final agency decision.