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Hazlet Committee Considering 30-Year Agreement with Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority

The previous agreement spanned 40 years and expired in 2012.

The Hazlet Township Committee will hold a public hearing on an ordinance establishing a 30-year agreement with the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority at their Feb. 19 meeting. 

The Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority, often called "The BRSA," is a government agency that handles the raw sewage of eight towns, by transporting, treating and disposing it, and discharging cleaned water into the Raritan Bay. The authority performs this essential service for Union Beach, Holmdel, Keyport, Hazlet, Keansburg, Matawan, Aberdeen and parts of Marlboro.

The ordinance, introduced by the committee on Feb. 5, extends the township's sewer service agreement with the BRSA. The agreement was first entered into on June 24, 1971 and expired on June 23, 2012. The renewed agreement would expire on June 23, 2042 if the ordinance is passed.

According to the ordinance, either party can terminate the agreement by supplying six months prior written notice. 

The BRSA has been a source of controvery in recent years due to a proposed wind turbine project at their Union Beach location. In 2011, the local governments in Hazlet, Holmdel, Keyport and Matawan spoke out against the turbine, either by making a statement at a public meeting or passing a formal resolution. 

A public hearing on the ordinance renewing the agreement will be held during the Hazlet Township Committee meeting on Feb. 19. The meeting is held at town hall and begins at 8 p.m.

Editor's note: A copy of the ordinance is attached to this article below the photo of town hall.

Want to learn more about the BRSA and how it came to be? Click here.

Practical Thinker February 21, 2013 at 08:55 PM
The BRSA DOES NOT DISCHARGE into Raritan Bay. The Monmouth County Bayshore Outfall Authority has an outfall pipe that receives BRSA and TOMSA TREATED effluent, and that pipe discharges into the ATLANTIC OCEAN far off Sandy Hook. You and Christina Johnson have perpetuated the falsehood that BRSA discharges into the Raritan Bay. That misinformation has caused unnecessary concerns for the Baykeepers, Bayshore Watershed Council and HAQLA members, who believed your misinformation. Get the story straight. And in the meantime, check out the Atlantic County Utilities Authority. Hurricane Sandy hit Atlantic City HEAD ON - Guess what? Those 5 turbines were the ONLY source of electrical generation THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE HURRICANE AND THEREAFTER. All this baloney about turbines falling, catching fire, causing health issues is just that - BALONEY! Bill Heller and Lou Andreuzzi should be held PERSONALLY responsible for all the Union Beach TAXPAYER MONEY wasted fighting a clean energy project. I bet they would have LOVED to have electricity after Hurricane Sandy hit - too bad the BRSA wind turbine wasn't there to help. Shame on the NIMBYS!

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