Jim Baranski may be the only guy in Morristown who is not rooting for spring to take root.
The vice chairman of the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee says he is hoping it stays cold for awhile… so the pile of dirty snow parked on Bishop Nazery Way will melt s-l-o-w-l-y. If things heat up, he fears a torrent of pollutants will deluge the Whippany River.
This video by Berit Ollestad, shot on March 22, 2014, shows runoff trickling from the snow pile to the river.
Volunteers clearing debris from the Whippany River near Bethel A.M.E. Church last weekend expressed dismay that the town would cart snow from local streets to the river’s edge. The snow is loaded with road salt and other contaminants, according to Jim.
Town Administrator Michael Rogers has said that the town had few places to put the snow, which had been creating safety issues on local streets. The town council was informed about the decision to use Bishop Nazery Way, he noted, adding that possible remediation measures could include a second town cleanup of the river site and placement of fencing to catch any trash that might emerge from the snow melt.