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Route 70 Drainage Basin Work in Brick Aimed at Protecting Barnegat Bay

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A drainage basin at Route 70 and Herbertsville Road in Brick under retrofitting construction. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A drainage basin at Route 70 and Herbertsville Road in Brick under retrofitting construction. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Brick motorists, over the past several weeks, have no doubt seen significant work being performed at two drainage basins along Route 70. The work, being performed at the highway’s intersections with Herbertsville and Burnt Tavern roads, is aimed at protecting wetlands and the Barnegat Bay watershed, state officials told Shorebeat this week.

Interestingly, the funding for the projects was included in a larger, $7.2 million appropriation for environmental protection work being performed as part of the Manahawkin Bay Bridge construction project. That project includes work in and around the causeway linking Manahawkin with Long Beach Island, but also included the smaller components in Brick.

“The basins on Route 70 are being retrofitted with subsurface gravel wetlands,” said Kevin Israel, public information officer for the state Department of Transportation.

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According to state planning documents, the gravel subsurface will bring the basins into compliance with state regulations on stormwater mamagement, and ultimately help protect the watersheds of Barnegat Bay and the Manasquan River. Environmental advocates have long warned that runoff from highways can seep into waterways if it is not properly filtered. The gravel will provide a natural filtration system that will help remove pollutants before they seep into the ground and, ultimately, make their way to the bay and river.


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  • Joseph Woolston Brick

    What I would be interested in knowing is what they are doing on RT 88 by Jordan Road, There is car counting equipment and surveyors taking measurements. Are they going to widen RT 88 in that area? It sure needs it.

    • #@#.com

      They are going to replace that small bridge over the creek on 88 that divides Brick and Pt Pleasant. It has been in the works for years and will probably take many more years and tens of millions of dollars to complete.

      Meanwhile, 10 Amish farmers could replace that bridge in a few weeks with one that would last for 100 years.

  • #@#.com

    What a waste of money. What a joke. This is the type of pay to play make work projects for politically connected lawyers, engineers and construction companies to get rich off of.

    Does absolutely NOTHING for pollution control. Nothing.

    • Average Joe

      Feeling just a bit cynical, huh? Are you an expert in the field that can justify that this work accomplishes nothing? I’m curious.

      • #@#.com

        Unless they install some kind of replaceable filtration system, this new gravel and sand will perform the same way as the old natural gravel and sand.
        Anyway, this is not worth the cost. The boats in the marina down the street cause more pollution in the river than a few highway basins. There are hundreds if not thousands of miles of road that drain into that river.

        Total waste of money.

      • Average Joe

        Are you an engineer or have some kind of training/certification on this? Not trying to antagonize you, but how can you make these statements?

      • #@#.com

        I have eyes, a brain and common sense. No engineering degree. I do work in an EPA regulated field and know quite well the idiocy of many of the rules and ideas that they put forth.
        For example, in my neighborhood, the county starting installing catch basins. I questioned the need for these basins, and said that most of the areas never had standing water. The basins were also being installed up hill from the edge of the roadway. I was informed that the county engineers knew what they were doing. Well as I predicted to my neighbors and the contractors, the basins did nothing but make a small matter much worse. The basins caused more water stagnation were there wasn’t any before, and near every catch basin, there is standing water because they were installed up hill from the natural water runoff grade.
        Common sense is very uncommon where government is concerned.
        Even if the rt 70 basins did clean the water a little bit more that the natural soil and gravel, it is still not worth the cost to the tax payers.

        Lets pay a contractor 1 million dollars to pick up 2 garbage bags full of trash along Rt 70. Did he reduce the amount of litter along the roadway? Yes. Was it worth the cost? No.
        Do I have a degree in Environmental Impact Studies? No

      • Michele Spector

        A basin was put next to our community. A 100 foot wide swathe of trees was cleared for nothing. It floods now, which it never did before. All courtesy of the NJDEP. If you read their Best Practices Manual, their are no citations, lots of speculation, but nothing saying what all the problems they reference were or how they were solved. Total hogwash.

      • JW

        He’s another professional troll that thinks he knows everything like Archie Bunker.

    • Trevor

      “I am confused? How do you know this isn’t the right thing to do? Do you have any proof? Do you have an advanced degree in biology or physical geography? Were are your studies and documentation?”

      • Trevor

        See what I did there?

      • Average Joe

        As the OP respondent I agree…very broad statements but NOTHING to back it up!

    • Michele Spector

      You are absolutely right! They do nothing. Even Cahill and Associates, who the NJDEP hired said they did nothing. But the NJDEP cherry picked the data and ignored the laws. They are breaking the law. Read this spotlight article: http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/13/09/17/opinion-compelling-the-dep-to-think-outside-the-black-box/

      The case was won against the NJDEP, but they go on demanding basins.

  • Frank Rizzo

    Amazing how these two liberals…Trevor and JW are so intolerant of other peoples view points. You consider yourselves educated and above us all on here yet you will not tolerate anyone who sees things differently from you. There is age and experience that gives people a clearer view to things that you young brainwashed college types have no clue about. You are also not stake holders in any community until you invest in a home or have a child to worry about in that community. Please stop attacking others on here or bullying them until you have paid the freight in our society for all this craziness as we have through our tax money. My work is time away from my family and what I wish to do. I have to keep working more and harder to keep up with this liberal “let the state pay for it” agenda you have. You two are the trolls on here.

    • JW

      How the hell do you know whether or not I own property? I do and I’m apparently 10 years younger than I really am according to you, but of course when have facts ever gotten in the way of your attempt to delegitimize anyone who disagrees with your personal invectives, blatant race hate and general stupidity? The old farts running this country, like you, inherited the greatest country on Earth and not only trashed it in 20 years but refuse to take responsibility for their irresponsibility so they keep blaming everyone but themselves. Seriously, go troll under the nearest bridge and get off your high horse Archie Bunker.

      • Frank Rizzo

        Sounds like you are angry and struggling otherwise you would not be vocal about what other generations left for you to live in and deal with. You are very young if 20 years is a long time ago. Bill Clinton did you all in when he gave China favorite trading status and before that NAFTA…Look to your own liberal history for those who trashed this country as you struggle. One thing for certain….Obama has no clue what to do or could care less about your struggles.

      • JW

        More sectarian name calling and axe grinding from our resident ‘professor of bullshit’. Seriously, get a life.

      • Frank Rizzo

        You are the one commenting on everything here within minutes of the posting…yet you claim to work and own a home….

    • Trevor

      I think JW put you in your place but unfortunately talking to you is like talking to a brick wall, except brick walls aren’t racist bigots and actually serve a purpose in life. Have a great day “professor”.

      • Frank Rizzo

        Think again you intolerant liberal…I will not be silent as I watch you and your liberals kind demolish our country then blame others for your failure.

      • JW

        Says the guy who blames liberals and blacks for everything…

  • Mark Story Jenks

    The only thing those Gabion Walls might do is provide a place for snakes and salamanders to live. I’ve installed them, in places they were needed. They were definitely not needed here. No, I am not an engineer. But I’ve installed enough of these things to know where they are useful and where they are just a waste of money. This is only going to let the deicing chemicals used on the highways in the winter get in to our groundwater a little more easily, that’s all.