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Narrative: Pequannock

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Pequannock Township (1431)
Introduction
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.Pequannock Township is one of the oldest European settlements in northwestern New Jersey. At the time of its incorporation in 1740, Pequannock was the largest township inMorris County. The name Pequannock is derived from the Lenni Lenape name,"Paquettahhnuake," meaning "cleared land ready or being readied for cultivation." Today,Pequannock is a seven square mile suburban community 25 miles west of New York City.The township encompasses two communities, Pequannock and Pompton Plains; eachserved by their own post office.Pequannock Township is located in the northeastern portion of Morris County andencompasses approximately 7.2 square miles. Approximately 15% of the Township consistsof protected open space and recreation areas, including Mountainside Park. The remainingland within the Township consists mainly of residential uses with portions zoned forcommercial use predominantly following Route 23 and portions of the southern border. TheTownship zoning designations are shown on Map 4M.The Census Bureau estimates the Pequannock Township had a population of 16,658 in 2008.The population increased by twenty percent (20%) since 2000, largely due to the completionof Cedar Crest, a 1,500 unit continuing care retirement community.Following are some important considerations for this municipality with respect towastewater management planning:
 
Pequannock Township is considered a non-urban municipality.
 
10% of Pequannock Township is located in the New Jersey Highlands (Highlands)Preservation Area and the remaining 90% is located in the Highlands Planning Area.This WMP only addresses the portion of Pequannock Township located within theHighlands 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.
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 Interim Draft Wastewater Management Plan for Morris County (04/28/10)
 
Pequannock Township 
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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
 
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 soiltype 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
The existing wastewater collection and conveyance infrastructure within this municipalityconsists of the following:
 
Collection System – Most of Pequannock Township is developed. The collectionsystem and associated trunk sewers convey flow from these populated areasprimarily through the Pequannock River Basin Regional Sewerage Authority’s(PRBRSA) conveyance system. PRBRSA, in turn, conveys all flow to the Two Bridges
 
 Interim Draft Wastewater Management Plan for Morris County (04/28/10)Pequannock Township 
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Sewerage Authority (TBSA) interceptor conveying flow to the Two Bridges SewerAuthority WWTP.
 
Pumping Stations – There are a total of eight pumping stations in PequannockTownship. Two of the pumping stations are located in the southern portion of theTownship, four in the central portion and two in the northern portion of theTownship.There are no existing major wastewater treatment facilities located within the municipality.Pequannock Township is served by TBSA WWTP:Tables 1a and 1b include additional minor facilities in the Pequannock Township regulatedthrough NJDEP that have individual New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System(NJPDES) discharge permits. Table 1a shows facilities which are indicated as discharge togroundwater (DGW) and Table 1b shows facilities indicated as discharge to surface water(DSW).The existing treatment facilities, if any, are illustrated on Map 2M.

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