State Wetland Programs

NJ: Army Corps backs DEP in denial of bypass permit

By Sam Slaughter – Suburban News

Opponents of the long proposed Main Street Bypass are celebrating what they consider to be another death knell for the project. Recently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers joined the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in denying the borough’s permit application. The borough sought to discharge fill into four acres of regulated waters and wetlands in order to construct the four-mile road, which would run parallel to Main Street, near the Raritan River. When the borough was denied by the DEP last year, it turned to the Army Corps, which on April 25 began a 30-day public comment period. The Army Corps received over 800 letters of protest against the project. The entire 30-day comment period was not needed, however, because the Army Corps moved to deny the permit on the grounds that the state department originally denied the application. For full story, click here.