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Narrative: Morris Plains

Narrative: Morris Plains

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Morris Plains Borough (1423)
This municipal chapter is an element of the Morris County Wastewater Management Planprepared by the Morris County Department of Planning and Development in accordancewith N.J.A.C. 7:15.Centered at the juncture of the Morris and Essex Rail Line and Route 202, Morris Plainsmaintains its small town atmosphere. The train station, built in 1915, prompted thedevelopment of some of the first residential commuter neighborhoods in the region. Morerecent developments include the “Highlands at Morris Plains” residential complex, built onthe site of the former Tetley Tea plant on Hanover Avenue and the expansion of the formerWarner-Lambert campus, now Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson.Morris Plains Borough is located in the central portion of Morris County and encompassesapproximately 2.6 square miles. About 15% of the Borough consists of parks and recreationareas. The remaining land within the Borough consists of residential uses with commercialuse concentrated along State Highway 10 and State Highway 53 corridors. Borough zoningdesignations are shown on Map 4M.The Census Bureau estimates Morris Plains Borough had a population of 6,005 in 2008, aseven percent (7%) increase since 2000.Following are some important considerations for this municipality with respect towastewater management planning:
Morris Plains Borough is considered a non-urban municipality.
The municipality is located entirely within the New Jersey Highlands Planning Area.In this document the following terms are used frequently:
EDUs – Equivalent Dwelling Units- a measure where one unit isequivalent to wastewater effluentfrom one dwelling unit. NJDEPdefines a dwelling unit to meanany building or portion of abuilding, permanent or temporary,used or proposed to be used as aresidence either seasonally orthroughout the year. Most often,EDU is used in reference to asingle family home.
gpd – gallons per day, a unit offlow measurement.
GSA – General Service Area –represents the area to be served byresidential septic systems. NJDEPrefers to septic systems asdischarges to groundwater with adesign capacity of less than 2,000gallons per day.
GW – groundwater
 Interim Draft Wastewater Management Plan for Morris County (12/31/09)
Morris Plains Borough
HUC11 - Hydrologic Unit Codeconsisting of 11 digits – a UnitedStates Geological Survey (USGS)standard designation forsubwatersheds delineated basedon topography.
HUC14 – Hydrologic Unit Codeconsisting of 14 digits – a USGSstandard designation forsubwatersheds delineated basedon topography.
mgd – million gallons per day, aunit of flow measurement.
NDM - Nitrate Dilution Model –The NDM) is required by NJDEPand follows the calculationsmethodology developed by theNew Jersey Geological Service(NJGS). The NDM uses the soilstype to estimate the minimum lotsize needed to provide enoughrecharge to dilute nitrate to aspecified target. This method isintended to be a guide forestimating the impact of nitratefrom septic tanks on groundwaterquality. The NDM uses theminimum lot size to calculate thenumber of EDUs possible for agiven area.
Non-discharge areas - areas whereadditional wastewater generationand/or discharge are prohibited.
SSA – Sewer Service Area –represents the area to be served bya centralized treatment facility.
STP – Sewage Treatment Plant
SW – surface water
WMP – Wastewater ManagementPlan
WPCF – Water Pollution ControlFacility
WPCP – Water Pollution ControlPlant
WWTP – Wastewater TreatmentPlant
Existing Infrastructure
Existing wastewater collection and conveyance infrastructure within this municipalityconsists of the following:
Collection System –Morris Plains Borough is almost fully developed. The collectionsystem and associated trunk sewers convey flow from these populated areasprimarily to the Butterworth STP.
Pumping Stations – There are three pumping stations in Morris Plains Borough. Twoof the pumping stations are located in the southern portion of the Borough and thethird is located in the northeastern corner of the Borough.There are no existing major wastewater treatment facilities located within Morris PlainsBorough. Almost the entire Borough is served by the Butterworth STP.
 Interim Draft Wastewater Management Plan for Morris County (12/31/09)Morris Plains Borough
There are no additional minor facilities in Morris Plains Borough that have individual New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) discharge permits. However,Tables numbered 1a and 1b are reserved for such facilities if they are noted in the future.The existing treatment facilities, if any, are illustrated on Map 2M.
Environmental and Other Land Features
County-wide environmental features are shown on maps 5A & 5B.Morris Plains Borough is served by several State roadways and the Morris and Essex RailLine. Route 10 defines the northern portion of Morris Plains Borough. Both Route 202 andRoute 53 run northeast through the Borough. Small parks and recreational areas areinterspersed through the Borough, include Watnong Park and Morris Plains CommunityPark. Waterways include Watnong Brook that runs through the entire Borough andconnects to the Whippany River to the southwest.
Malapardis Brook tributary and multiplelakes are located along the eastern border of the Borough and the north branch of theWhippany River is located in the southwestern corner of the Borough.
Delineation of Service Areas and Planning Integration
Sewer Service Areas
The following are the sewer service areas within Morris Plains Borough. Existing areasserved and future SSAs are shown on Maps 2M and 3M, respectively. The facilitiesproviding treatment to these service areas have an associated facilities table in theAppendix.
Hanover Sewerage Authority STP (NJPDES NJ0024902; DSW) – This SSA servesapproximately 27 properties along the eastern border of the Borough.
Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital STP (NJPDES NJ0026689; DSW) – This smallSSA serves a single bordering Parsippany-Troy Hills Township. The actual facility islocated in Parsippany-Troy Hills Township.
Butterworth STP (NJPDES NJ0024911; DSW) - This SSA serves most of the Borough.This facility is included in the adopted and current Morris Township WMP and isnot to be amended by submission of this WMP. The facility information can befound in that WMP.
General Service Area
General Service Areas (GSAs) consist of those areas with discharges to groundwater of lessthan 2,000 gallons per day (i.e. residential septic systems) that are designated neither forsewer service nor as non-discharge areas.

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