Trying to improve the water quality in Barnegat Bay, state lawmakers are considering a number of measures including enticing towns to do away with combined sewer overflow systems, a costly venture
TOMS RIVER — State lawmakers are trying to entice towns that have their storm water lines sharing their sanitary sewer lines into building two separate systems by giving them the authority to levy a fee on property owners.
The proposition, designed to help reduce pollution running into the state’s waterways, didn’t sit well with some Shore communities, though, on Monday in Toms River where a joint meeting of the state Senate and Assembly environment committees took feedback on the proposal.
A bill sponsored by state Sen. Bob Smith (D-Middlesex), chairman of the Senate
Environment and Energy Committee, would allow towns with that combined sewer overflow system to set up a storm water utilities authority that would charge a fee for the use of storm water management systems. The money would be used create, maintain, improve, clean or fix storm water systems.
A similar version of that bill — one that would have used Ocean