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Boonton Township (1402)


Introduction
This municipal chapter is an element of the Morris County Wastewater Management Plan
prepared by the Morris County Department of Planning and Development in accordance
with N.J.A.C. 7:15.

Boonton Township, encompassing over eight square miles in north central Morris County,
has retained much of its natural character and rural charm. Incorporated in 1868, the
township had the earliest known roads. McCaffrey Lane, the oldest recorded thoroughfare
in the area, was built in 1767, and in 1822 North Main Street was "cut" along the proposed
Morris Canal route.

Approximately 20% of the Township consists of protected open space and recreation areas,
including Tourne Park, Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Park and the RVA/Johanson
Memorial Athletic Fields. The remaining land within the Township consists of mainly
residential uses with limited commercial uses. The Township zoning designations are
shown on Map 4M.

The Census Bureau estimates Boonton Township had a population of 4,486 in 2008. The
population has seen a steady growth of five percent (5%) since 2000.

Following are some important considerations for this municipality with respect to
wastewater management planning:

• Boonton Township is considered a non-urban municipality.

• The New Jersey Highlands (Highlands) Preservation Area encompasses 9% of


Boonton Township. The remaining 91% is located in the Highlands Planning Area.
This WMP only addresses the portion of Boonton Township located within the
Highlands Planning Area.

In this document, the following terms are used frequently:

• EDUs – Equivalent Dwelling Units • gpd – gallons per day, a unit of


- a measure where one unit is flow measurement.
equivalent to wastewater effluent
from one dwelling unit. NJDEP • GSA – General Service Area –
defines a dwelling unit to mean represents the area to be served by
any building or portion of a residential septic systems. NJDEP
building, permanent or temporary, refers to septic systems as
used or proposed to be used as a discharges to groundwater with a
residence either seasonally or design capacity of less than 2,000
throughout the year. Most often, gallons per day.
EDU is used in reference to a
single family home. • GW – groundwater

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• HUC11 - Hydrologic Unit Code from septic tanks on groundwater


consisting of 11 digits – a United quality. The NDM uses the
States Geological Survey (USGS) minimum lot size to calculate the
standard designation for number of EDUs possible for a
subwatersheds delineated based given area.
on topography.
• Non-discharge areas - areas where
• HUC14 – Hydrologic Unit Code additional wastewater generation
consisting of 14 digits – a USGS and/or discharge are prohibited.
standard designation for
subwatersheds delineated based • SSA – Sewer Service Area –
on topography. represents the area to be served by
a centralized treatment facility.
• mgd – million gallons per day, a
unit of flow measurement. • STP – Sewage Treatment Plant

• NDM - Nitrate Dilution Model – • SW – surface water


The NDM) is required by NJDEP
and follows the calculations • WMP – Wastewater Management
methodology developed by the Plan
New Jersey Geological Service
• WPCF – Water Pollution Control
(NJGS). The NDM uses the soils
Facility
type to estimate the minimum lot
size needed to provide enough
• WPCP – Water Pollution Control
recharge to dilute nitrate to a
Plant
specified target. This method is
intended to be a guide for • WWTP – Wastewater Treatment
estimating the impact of nitrate Plant
Existing Infrastructure
Existing wastewater collection and conveyance infrastructure within this municipality
consists of the following:

• Collection System – Boonton Township is sparsely developed with a more densely


developed area in the southwestern portion of the municipality. The collection
system and associated trunk sewers convey flow from these populated areas
primarily to the Rockaway Valley Regional Sewage Authority (RVRSA) interceptor.
The RVRSA interceptor runs through the Township along the Rockaway River
leading to the RVRSA STP.

• Pumping Stations – There are a total of two pumping stations located in the
Township. One is located in the south west corner of the Township and the second is
located in the central portion of the Township.

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There are no wastewater treatment facilities located within the municipality. Boonton
Township is served by the RVRSA STP.

Tables 1a and 1b include additional minor facilities in Boonton Township regulated through
NJDEP that have individual New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES)
discharge permits. Table 1a shows facilities, which are indicated as discharge to
groundwater (DGW). There are no minor facilities indicated as discharge to surface water
(DSW) in the municipality. However, Table numbered 1b is reserved for such facilities if
they are noted in the future.

The existing treatment facilities, if any, are illustrated on Map 2M.

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Table 1a: Additional NJPDES (DGW) Minor Permitted Facilities within Boonton Township

NJPDES Permit Receiving Contact Permitted Existing Future


Discharge
Permit Facility Name Program Stream or Classification Permittee Organization Block Lot Flow Flow Flow
Category
Number Code Aquifer Name (gpd) (gpd) (gpd)

NJG0052485 Boonton Twp GW Boonton II-A Steven Boonton 41301 8 No Data No No Industrial
Water Formation Koval Town Data Data
NJG0067679 Rockaway GW No Data No Data Richard MSM 30101 1 27,130 No No Sanitary
Valley Decker Boonton LLC Data Data
Aerodrome Shamrock
Village
NJG0105635 Johanson GW No Data No Data Nancy Johanson No No 11,000 No No Sanitary
Manufacturing Krawczyk MFG Corp Data Data Data Data
Corp
NJG0136751 RFL GW No Data No Data Steven RFL 31001 1 2,000 No No Sanitary
Electronics Inc Gilliatt Electronics Data Data
Inc

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Environmental and Other Land Features


County-wide environmental features are shown on maps 5A & 5B.

There are no major highways that go through Boonton Township; it is served by county and
municipal roads and is the only municipality in Morris County that still does not have any
traffic signals. Boonton Township contains multiple water bodies and streams including the
Rockaway River, Griffith Pond, Hood Pond, Dixons Pond, Deer Pond, Tumble-in Lake and
multiple wetlands and tributaries throughout the Township.

Delineation of Service Areas and Planning Integration


Sewer Service Areas
Following are the sewer service areas within Boonton Township. The existing areas served
and future SSAs are shown on Maps 2M and 3M, respectively. The facilities providing
treatment to these service areas are listed in a facilities table in the Appendix.

• RVRSA STP (NJPDES NJ0022349; DSW) – This SSA encompasses developed areas
along the Township’s boundary with Boonton Town and Denville Township.

The following SSAs represent smaller defined service areas within Boonton Township.
These facilities do not have an associated facilities table.

• Rockaway Valley Aerodrome (NJPDES NJG0067679; DGW) – This small SSA serves
the Rockaway Valley Aerodrome located in the central portion of the Township
located off of Rockaway Valley Road.

• Johanson Manufacturing Corp (NJPDES NJG0105635; DGW) – This small SSA serves
the Johanson Manufacturing Corp. located in the central portion of the Township
located off of Rockaway Valley Road just northeast of the Rockaway Valley
Aerodrome.

• RFL Electronics Inc (NJPDES NJG0136751; DGW) – This small SSA serves the RFL
Electronics Inc located in the central portion of the Township located just west of
Powerville Road.

General Service Area


General Service Areas (GSAs) consist of those areas with discharges to groundwater of less
than 2,000 gallons per day (i.e. residential septic systems) that are designated neither for
sewer service nor as non-discharge areas.

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Coordination and Compliance with the New Jersey Highlands


Regional Master Plan
The Highlands Preservation Area encompasses nine percent (9%) of Boonton Township. The
remaining 91% is located in the Highlands Planning Area. As of December 7, 2009, Boonton
Township has not chosen to conform to the Highlands Regional Master Plan for the
Planning Area. Therefore, the standards in the NJDEP Water Quality Management Rules,
N.J.A.C. 7:15-1 et seq., were utilized for the Township within the Planning Area.

Future Wastewater Demand and Facilities


For the purposes of evaluating capacity and future sanitary flow rates, the full build-out of
undeveloped or underdeveloped land in the Township was derived from the existing
zoning and the development potential of land parcels within Township. The results of the
build-out analysis were compared to the permitted treatment capacity of major wastewater
treatment facilities. This analysis was not required for the minor facilities listed in Table 1a
above.

Sewer Service Area Wastewater Capacity Analysis


Table 2a presents the results of the Build-out Analysis within the SSAs indicated above.

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Table 2a: Boonton Township Build-out Table (SSAs)

Total Flow
Major Capacity Attributed to Existing Total
Total Residential Non-
Public Allocation/ TWAs Septic Projected Remaining
Existing Build-out Residential
Wastewater Permitted Approved Systems Build- Capacity
Flow Flow Build-out
Treatment Capacity But Flow out Flow (mgd)
(mgd) (mgd) Flow (mgd)
Facility (mgd) Unconnected (mgd) (mgd)
(mgd)

RVRSA N/A 0.130 0.004 0.016 0 0.1092 0.259 See Facility


STP Table

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Treatment Works Approvals (TWAs) approved by NJDEP for unconnected projects within
Boonton Township consist of the following:

Table 2b – Treatment Works Approvals

Facility Unconnected Flow


TWA (mgd)
Single Connection Total RVRSA STP 0.0010
North Main Street Sanitary Sewer RVRSA STP 0.0009
Sylvan Lane RVRSA STP 0.0002
ELCOCK & GROVE ST RVRSA STP 0.0023
Total 0.004

The capacity of the RVRSA STP is shown in the Facility Table. The facility provides
treatment on a “first-come, first-serve” (FCFS) basis. RVRSA has no municipal allocations.

The RVRSA STP is in the process of being rerated and, when approved by NJDEP, will have
sufficient wastewater treatment capacity to meet the total projected build-out flows from
Boonton Township.

Undeveloped and underdeveloped parcels within the Highlands Planning Area are shown
on Map 3M.

Flows for the additional minor facilities in the municipality are anticipated to remain the
same through at least the term of this WMP.

General Service Area Wastewater Capacity Analysis


Table 3 presents the results of the Build-out Analysis within the GSA for the portion of the
Township that is located in the Highlands Planning Area only. GSAs in the Highlands
Preservation Area were not evaluated. The GSA is shown on Map 3M.

The breakdown by HUC14 subwatershed is shown below.

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Table 3 – Boonton Township Build-out by HUC14 (GSA)

Build-out Potential (Equivalent Dwelling Units)


Surplus/
Using Nitrate Under Municipal
HUC141 Deficit
Dilution Model Zoning
02030103030130 194.30 97.48 96.82
02030103030140 56.23 3.00 53.23
02030103030150 41.97 45.36 -3.39
02030103030160 17.06 13.00 4.06
1The Build-out potential within this HUC 14 is for that portion within the municipal boundary. It
does not represent the entire HUC 14 boundary within Morris County and only represents the
portion of the HUC14 within Boonton Township. GSAs in the Highlands Preservation Area were
not evaluated.

For Table 3, equivalent dwelling units were calculated by adding [potential residential flow
(gpd)/350] + [potential non-residential flow (gpd)/500].

The General Service Area (i.e., septic) build-out capacity analysis for Boonton Township was
based on the 2.0 mg/L statewide standard for the target concentration of nitrate in
groundwater.

Following are the results of this analysis shown in table 3 for Boonton Township’s portion of
the HUC14:

• For HUC 02030103030130, 02030103030140 and 02030103030160 the build-out results


based on existing zoning is less than the number of potential EDUs generated by the
Nitrate Dilution Model (NDM) for septic capacity, and therefore, no change in
zoning is required.

• For HUC 02030103030150 the build-out results based on existing zoning is less than
the number of potential EDUs generated by the Nitrate Dilution Model (NDM) for
septic capacity, and therefore, further analysis of the HUC 02030103030150 will be
required

NOTE: Where the number of EDUs generated by zoning is greater than the number of EDUs
generated by the NDM, zoning build-out and NDM will be run for the entire HUC 14 to
determine if the entire HUC 14 has sufficient nitrate dilution capacity to accommodate full
zoning build-out.

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