County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:

February 5, 2013


DEP holds waterway cleanup session in county

Local leaders learn about Sandy cleanup

HOWELL, NJ – Monmouth County hosted a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Superstorm Sandy assistance session on waterway storm removal for municipal leaders yesterday at the Monmouth County Fire Academy.
NJ DEP’s DEP Assistant Commissioner Jane Kozinski led identical morning and afternoon sessions that provided 50 municipal representatives with direct answers to their town’s waterway debris removal process.

“Attendees learned about the removal process for the storm debris in Monmouth County’s waterways,” Kozinski said. “More specifically, the officials learned the how-to’s of the removal process that needs to be implemented in each town. The two-hour sessions explored potential solutions to removing Sandy-related debris from their waterways.”

“By helping our towns collaborate with the NJ DEP, we increase awareness of the resources available to them as they recover from Sandy,” Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said. “We want our local projects to get moving and to stay on track; the Local Government Assistance program provided some great information and contacts for our local leaders.”

More than 6 million cubic yards of debris already has been removed from streets and curbs of storm-damaged communities across the state, said Randazzo. The next phase of cleanup will concentrate on our waterways, with details on that debris removal effort to be released soon by the Governor’s Office.

Municipal representative who were unable to attend the session, should contact the NJ DEP Office of Local Government Assistance for more information. The phone number is 609-633-7700.

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