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NWCDC dissolved or the Newark Watershed Commission is no more

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Uh oh, I wonder what will happen to access to the reservoirs now. Some damn good fishing up there.

 

NEWARK —The Newark Watershed Conservation Development Corporation — which oversaw the purification and distribution of water for about 500,000 customers in northern New Jersey — has been dissolved, city officials said today.

 

"The law department confirmed that the board has been dissolved," said South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka, a longtime opponent of the agency. He said the dissolution of the agency has been a long time coming but added, "I'm just happy that it is dissolved."

 

The watershed corporation, originally a non-profit agency formed to manage Newark's extensive reservoir system, had grown in recent years to become the de facto manager of the city's entire water and sewer department.

 

The change in leadership could have a major impact on water rates for customers throughout Essex County as well for residents of Passaic, Morris and Sussex where the agency manages 35,000 acres of reservoirs and forest land.

 

Multiple investigations into the agency, including one by The Star-Ledger, suggested profligate spending and mismanagement at the agency.

 

Mayor Cory Booker's administration said today they welcomed the news.

 

"For years, Mayor Booker and his administration have talked about the need to reinvest and maximize the City of Newark's most important asset; the water system," said city spokeswoman Dreena Whitfield in a statement. "This decision is in alignment with that, and will ensure that the City of Newark's water system will be operated and managed more efficiently."

 

But Booker has fought attempts to quash the non-profit agency in the past.

 

The Newark Water Group, a coalition of residents, conducted their own inquiries and launched a political campaign to dissolve the non-profit and place it under city control. Last year they submitted a petition to dissolve the agency and were close to success but a judge overturned the action after the the Booker administration fought them in court.

 

"It's welcome news," said East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador, who led a charge against watershed spending last year and called for a state investigation into the NWCDC. "In a sense I feel vindicated because the fact that the action was taken demonstrates that something was wrong there. I'm calling on the state again to do their responsibility, which is to investigate what monies have been spent."

 

The state comptroller launched an investigation into the agency's spending last year. It is unclear if that had anything to do with the shut down.

 

For more than a year, city council members have routinely voted down the contract that allowed the non-profit agency to continue running. Mayor Cory Booker's administration gave the watershed agency a series of emergency contracts to keep water flowing.

 

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Now the agency will function until the end of May, at which time the city will bring the entire operation in-house.

 

Agency director Linda Watkins-Brashear did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

 

While the dissolution of the NWCDC is a win for its opponents, now the city will face the arduous task of building a viable department.

 

Among the first orders of business, Baraka said, will be finding a director and bringing up collection rates, which he said were a around a "woeful" 30 to 40 percent.

 

"The hard work now is how do we bring back the department?" Baraka said, adding that whomever the new director is, "there's going to be a lot of work for them to do."

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After talking with a few people it seems that the NWCDC is going to keep running it until the end of May when I am assuming all of the layoffs will happen. For now you can still get a fishing permit and fish until the end of May. After May who knows what will happen. I have a feeling once the city of Newark takes control they will close it down but I'm not an optimist. They will probably use the excuse that they are closing it due to the threat of a terroristic attack, which is a bunch of BS.

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Originally Posted by metaliczombi View Post

Uh oh, I wonder what will happen to access to the reservoirs now. Some damn good fishing up there.



A mismanaged agency,, in Newark,,?  really,,whoda thunk!


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I don't know what is going on but they closed the Echo Lake office and from what I am reading, no new permits will be issued this year. I want my fish back if they dare to shutdown any of the lakes. Drain'em and take the fish.

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I don't know what is going on but they closed the Echo Lake office and from what I am reading, no new permits will be issued this year. I want my fish back if they dare to shutdown any of the lakes. Drain'em and take the fish.

The commission has been dissolved.

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The commission has been dissolved.

 

Yep, I started the thread. The confusion is why have they stopped selling permits and shut the Echo Lake Office?

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When did it close? I was there last week, got there right at 4pm and the desk lady was getting in her car to leave for the day. I asked nicely if she'd open back up so I could get a day pass. Told me to come back in the morning. Took a gamble and fished without the pass.

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Yep, I started the thread. The confusion is why have they stopped selling permits and shut the Echo Lake Office?

Yea sorry, didn't realize this was an old thread because clearly I already commented on it. :D

 

They probably layed everyone off like I said would happen earlier in the year. The city of Newark now is supposed to build a new department to run the resi's. Who knows if fishing or hunting will be allowed there ever again.

 

Probably a good time to start night fishing them. :)

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Yea sorry, didn't realize this was an old thread because clearly I already commented on it. :D

They probably layed everyone off like I said would happen earlier in the year. The city of Newark now is supposed to build a new department to run the resi's. Who knows if fishing or hunting will be allowed there ever again.

 

Probably a good time to start night fishing them. :)

 

That's what I am thinking about. I want a refund if they close the ramps this year and my fish. Fark them if they think they can close the resi's with free state stocked fish.

 

If they laid off some people, could the guards have been part of it? Night fishing Canistear during the fall............some hungry walleyes :idea:

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That's what I am thinking about. I want a refund if they close the ramps this year and my fish. Fark them if they think they can close the resi's with free state stocked fish.

 

If they laid off some people, could the guards have been part of it? Night fishing Canistear during the fall............some hungry walleyes :idea:

Exactly, minus the walleyes. I'm talking night fishing now for some smallies.:D

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