New Steps to Keep Sewage from Passaic River

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December 7, 2015


NEW STEPS TO KEEP SEWAGE FROM PASSAIC RIVER

Every time North Jersey gets heavy rains, the Bergen and Passaic county towns along the Passaic River are seasoned with raw sewage swirling down the river from Paterson. The Record says the rainwater rushes down the city's streets and into the storm drains, where it joins sewage from homes and businesses flowing into a sewage treatment plant. But Paterson will soon start taking baby steps toward reducing the flow of raw sewage into the river by attempting to capture and hold rainwater before it ever enters the sewer system.
THE LIST: INDEPENDENT COMMITTEES SPENT RECORD SHARE IN 2015 ASSEMBLY RACES
Although this year's Assembly elections may not have seemed very memorable or dramatic, the 2015 election in New Jersey was certainly record-breaking in terms of political spending. Not only did candidates and various politically active committees spend a record $30.5 million in the lower house, but NJ Spotlight says an unprecedented 35 of that total also came from less-regulated, largely secretive groups called 'independent committees.'
WEEKLONG BEAR HUNT GETS UNDERWAY IN NEW JERSEY
Bear hunters are heading into the woods all across the state as New Jersey's largest state-mandated hunt begins today. The Record says the bear hunt is an important part of state wildlife officials' bear management plan. Officials say the hunt is needed to control the population and help protect the environment, but it continues to draw criticism from animal rights activists and other critics who believe it is inhumane and unnecessary.

VETERANS SHARE MEMORIES OF THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR
Today marks the 74th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. By the end of that infamous day, 2,403 United States military personnel were dead, with 1,178 more wounded. Philly.com sat down with a handful of veterans who were there that day to hear their stories.
TONIGHT: ProPublica and NJ Spark are hosting ProPublica Live: In Conversation with Jason Leopold at 6pm on Dec. 7 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Join us for a conversation with VICE News investigative reporter Jason Leopold about his use of Freedom of Information Act requests in his reporting on national security, civil liberties, and other issues. The discussion will include tips on how journalists, environmentalists, researchers and others can use FOIA to uncover public information. Tickets are free but limited. Click here to RSVP.

TOMORROW: Come tell us your story about Atlantic City. On Tuesday, Dec. 8, Free Press will be bringing together community members, journalists, media makers, activists, and others at the Noyes Arts Garage in Atlantic City to brainstorm about the future of local journalism and its role in the community. Click here for more information and click here to RSVP.    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: We've extended the deadline for submissions to our statewide undergraduate reporting contest, which boasts a grand price of $650. We will now be accepting submissions until April 1, 2016. The best submissions will be included and published as part of our Dirty Little Secrets project with the Center for Investigative Reporting.
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