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Ridgewood to Pay $25K DEP Fine for Improper Graydon Water Pumping

According to a report, the village was cited last year for pumping water from the pool into the Ho-Ho-Kus Brook.

Ridgewood has agreed to pay a $25,000 fine handed down by the state Department of Environmental Protection for improperly pumping Graydon Pool discharge water into the Ho-Ho-Kus Brook, NorthJersey.com reported.

Last year, DEP reps say they saw village employees pumping water from the pool to the brook, the report said. DEP officials say the water contained mud and other sediments, which makes the pumping a violation of the Water Pollution Control Act, NorthJersey.com reported.

According to the report, the DEP initially levied a $50,000 fine against the village, but it was reduced through appeals.

Ridgewood has also been ordered to stop pumping Graydon water into the brook, and is now seeking bids for a company to build a discharge pipe system from the pool to the sewer, the report said. 

RdgwdGRock March 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM
more and more, it appears that the Village operates under the idea that various cost over-runs, fines, etc. will be covered by the taxpayers. had high hopes for the new mayor and council when they came in. just the same-old, same-old nonsense,
Macko D March 28, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Until the taxpayers unite and really demand reform, nothing will change. if they failed to notice $460k missing from parking revenues, this $25k will be swept under the rug. I'm betting that the responsible employees will not be punished at all.
you know March 28, 2014 at 12:28 PM
I'd bet the employees that actually did the pumping into the brook were instructed to do so by a supervisor. I'd also venture a guess that neither knew the law or the ramifications.
Macko D March 28, 2014 at 12:34 PM
If that is the case, I would hold the supervisor more responsible, and terminate him / her.
disgusted March 28, 2014 at 12:36 PM
That has been going on since I was a little kid especially after the brook would overflow and contaminate the pool I wonder why all of a sudden this is a problem?

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