What’s Going on in Brick? You Might Not Like the Answer
If you drive through Brick often, like I do, you've probably noticed the construction happening on Sally Ike Road, just down from the reservoir. So what's going on? A new housing development? Shops going in? A park?
The answer is, none of the above. For those who have lived in Brick for a while, you may be familiar with "French's Landfill". It was an active landfill until 1979 and was placed on the federal "Superfund" list in 1982. The only problem is, the permeable cap that was used apparently allowed local water supplies to become contaminated.
So what you've seen over the last 6-9 months or so is a joint effort between the Township of Brick, the Federal EPA as well as the NJ EPA to attempt to fix the problem. If you've driven through this area, you know that it's a very residential area. In fact it's pretty shocking how the yards of some of the homes back right up to the landfill site. I guess those residents are drinking a lot of bottled water.
The good news is, eventually, the Township plans to install a solar panel field which could benefit local residents. But there's a lot of work to be done between now and then. For a lot more info, click here to head over to the Township of Brick's official page on the project.
Do you live in this area? If so, how is it impacting you? Leave a comment below and let us know!