In 2018, Chester Borough embarked on a wastewater treatment plant antidegradation study to determine whether or not a surface water discharge treatment facility would be feasible for the proposed new sewer plant. On Friday the Borough received approval from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) of the study, thus enabling the Borough to move forward with the next phase of its sewer application. The approval letter is linked below. In the email that accompanied the letter, the supervising Research Scientist wrote that the project will “benefit the environment greatly.”

For the past two years, the Borough and its professionals have been working with the staff of the New Jersey Highlands Council to ensure that an expanded sewer facility would not only meet the needs of the Borough, but more importantly, do so in an environmentally sensitive manner. We are appreciative of the Highlands’ staff for their expertise and support in this endeavor.

The Borough’s sewer consultants and planning and engineering professionals will now move forward with the next phase of the project towards the ultimate goal of obtaining a permit for a new and expanded plant from the DEP. The acceptance of the antidegradation study was a huge first step towards that goal. Concurrently, the Borough’s Land Use Board will begin a re-examination of the Borough’s Master Plan to determine how the expanded facility will affect growth and planning for the Borough going forward.

We encourage the residents to follow this journey with us. If you would like to be notified of meetings regarding the sewer, please make sure you are registered for the Swift 911 notification system. Notifications for this project will be by email only. Please visit: and click the Swift 911 link in the left column to sign-up. If you already receive Swift 911 notices from the Borough, you do not need to sign up again.

New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Approval Letter

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