Step 4: Submit a Project Letter of Intent

Step 4: Submit a Project Letter of Intent

When your environmental planning is complete, submit a Letter of Intent/Project Environmental Planning Document on H2LOans. A Letter of Intent should include:

  • a brief project description,
  • water supply deficiency or need
  • estimated project cost, and a
  • project contact list. (See N.J.A.C. 7:22-3.7).

Project sponsors must also submit environmental planning documents. As noted in the Environmental Review and Cultural Resources Survey section above, all projects require an environmental and cultural resource review that results in a NJDEP issued Environmental Decision Document. Applicants should consult with the DEP to determine "level of review" prior to upload.

You will be asked to provide the following, as applicable:

  • The need for the project in terms of Water Quality Benefit
  • Written environmental description of project planning area, which includes proposed building/construction locations, types of proposed infrastructure and buildings, soil types, geological features, location of waterways, and location of all environmentally critical areas
  • Geographical and demographic description of project planning area, which includes the most updated population, area in square miles, bordering communities/municipalities, and types of existing development.
  • Clear black and white (8.5"x11") map of sewer/water service area
  • Clear black and white (8.5"x11") site plan depicting existing infrastructure and buildings, proposed construction, demolition, stockpiling and staging areas
  • Clear black and white (8.5"x11") map(s) clearly depicting topography and environmental features in the project planning area
  • Detailed description of all proposed construction, demolition, stockpiling and staging
  • The size of the area of disturbance, in square feet or acres, which impacts vegetation as a result of construction, stockpiling and staging areas
  • Discuss the effects of the project on cultural resources
  • Provide the size in square feet or acres of impacts to all environmentally critical areas
  • Cubic yards of any dredged material proposed to be removed for the project and location of DEP-approved disposal area
  • Present capacity and proposed capacity of facilities, as a result of project
  • Discussion of the need for increase in capacity, if applicable
  • Discussion of the qualifying criteria for the level of environmental review
  • Alternative Analysis (including "No Action") summarizing basis for rejection or selection of alternatives with regard to water quality benefits, environmental impacts, overall costeffectiveness, and project costs
  • User charge discussion including current user charges and proposed user charges as a result of project implementation
  • Median Annual Household Income for each community to be served by the project
  • Summary of all public involvement, participation or notification for this project
  • Status of any permits and approvals required for this project (DEP, federal, or other state departments, commissions or agencies) (Note that it is not required to have permit approval at this point in the process.)
  • Social and economic impacts of project (e.g., noise, odors, air quality, aesthetics)
  • For projects with stormwater components
  1. provide the sizes of stormwater drainage areas
  2. discussion of consistency with Stormwater Management Rules
  • For wastewater projects
  1. discussion of consistency with Water Quality Management Plan/Wastewater Management Plan in accordance with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 7:15, including a description of the Best Practicable Wastewater Treatment Technology.
Step 4: Submit a Project Letter of Intent