Braen Stone Wins 2 Awards At NJAPA 2021 Pavement Awards

On October 6, 2021, the New Jersey Asphalt Pavement Association (NJAPA) held its annual awards program honoring professionals in the pavement industry. The Annual Paving Awards were held at The Wave Resort in Long Branch, NJ and recognized the outstanding work of NJAPA members within the past year. 

Braen Stone was the recipient of two prestigious awards this night.  

The first was awarded for playing a critical role in resurfacing of a state highway or toll road with a thin overlay and a minimum of 5,000 tons of asphalt pavement. Braen Stone received the award for supplying the asphalt for Route 287 Northbound, Route 202/206 to South Street job, Della Pello Paving, Inc. was the contractor on the job.  

The second award involved the new construction or rehabilitation of a state highway or toll road with a minimum of 10,000 tons of asphalt pavement. Braen Stone received the award for supplying the asphalt for Interchange 14 – T200.497 – Concrete Roadway Repairs & Resurfacing project, Crisdel Group, Inc. was the contractor on the job.  

Each of these achievements acknowledges Braen Stone’s commitment to the New Jersey community and pavement industry. 

About the NJAPA 

The New Jersey Asphalt Pavement Association is a statewide organization that was founded in 1933. As the oldest construction-oriented organization, NJAPA is committed to enhancing the general business environment and adding value to the development and maintenance of transportation infrastructure. 

NJAPA works closely with regulators, legislators, specifiers, and other trade associations to increase effectiveness and facilitate the use of innovative technology in design and construction. NJAPA’s mission is to promote the broadest application of Hot Mix Asphalt (HPA) and ensure that asphalt pavement remains the pavement of choice. 

We would like to extend our congratulations to everyone who won an award at the 2021 NJAPA awards. 

Photo Credit: Andrew Mills

One Quarry Job Creates Nearly Five Others

As a family owned and operated business, Braen Stone believes in keeping customers informed with valuable information. This blog post by the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association explains the benefits of quarry jobs and the overall effect they have on the economy.

The following post is an article by the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association. The writer that wrote the article below is not affiliated with Braen Stone in any way.

EACH JOB IN A QUARRY supports nearly five jobs, 4.87 to be exact, in other industries and sectors, and this multiplier effect is found at the local and state levels.

This is just one of many facts found by the Washington D.C.-based Phoenix Center, which released an economic analysis of exactly how a stone, sand or gravel operation impacts jobs, tax revenues, other businesses and other key economic indicators in a community.

The Economic Impact of the Natural Aggregates Industry: A National, State, and County Analysis was conducted by George Ford, Ph. D., chief economist at The Phoenix Center and quantifies the current impact of the aggregates industry on the broader economy and sheds light on how an expansion of the industry, perhaps through new infrastructure spending, might ripple through the economy. “If you create opportunity in a county next door, that income comes back. It creates a feedback loop.

This study helps to see how a specific operation can affect any nearby community,” said Ford. A lot of the economic benefits can be attributed to the salaries from the aggregates industry, which are higher than the national average wages. According to the analysis, not only does the aggregates industry generate $27 billion in annual sales and employ 100,000 workers at above-average wages, the economic activity in the sector has large effects on other industries.

The industry also supports $122 billion in national sales, $32 billion in national earnings (i.e., wages) and between 364,000 and 600,000 jobs across a wide range of occupations and industries. “We know that a quarry cannot start or grow without local permits and approval.

Unfortunately, it’s often the case that local zoning committees or state departments and even neighbors oppose quarries seeking permits,” said Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO. “This is a welcome study for our industry. One that helps to clearly demonstrate the value of aggregates operations have for towns and cities, states and the nation’s economy.”

In many cases, the benefits of a quarry are similar at the state level. Because aggregates are consumed by housing and construction projects within 50 miles of the quarry that produced them, these products literally shape their communities. In Connecticut, the state’s 486 quarry jobs translate into 2,267 statewide jobs. Texas, the state with the largest quarry work force, has 11,506 statewide jobs resulting from its 4,257 quarry jobs.

Ford said that the Phoenix Center study stands in contrast to a housing estimate study from the University of Auburn. The economist who authored the study measured house values up to five miles away from a quarry and inferred that quarries negatively affect those values.

“It’s utter garbage,” Ford said. “When you are looking for land for a quarry, do you look at Beverly Hills? No. You look for inexpensive land where there aren’t many people. When you find that, you find inexpensive homes… but you’re purposefully not locating where housing prices are high!”

Ford pointed out the long-term impacts of a quarry on communities. “Many times, people use these surveys to show an immediate benefit. But some quarries are family-owned and operated for generations at a time,” Ford said. “In Birmingham, a quarry started operating in 1884 and has plenty of rock left.

So, this study really shows the long-term benefits that quarries provide as far as jobs, income and business for a county and neighboring areas.” Also, the survey highlights that the benefits of a quarry do not end when a company finishes quarrying operations. “As a scuba diver, I know most people learn to dive in a rock quarry if you’re not near an ocean.

You have a Six Flags in a former rock quarry. Golf courses are in former quarries, heck the U.S. Open was recently played at one,” Ford said. “These are permanent benefits.” Read the full report at ScorecardFinal.pdf

The New Septic Stone Laws in NJ

Here in NJ it’s not at all uncommon for houses and places of business to be spaced apart from one another. When these spaces grow too large, it becomes impractical to connect these structures to a city sewage system. In these cases, a property owner will need to have a septic system installed.

If this is true of your property, it’s very important that you understand that your septic system is your responsibility. Whether you’re having a new septic system installed, are acquiring a property with an existing septic system or simply need to maintain an existing system, it’s up to you to ensure that the system complies with state and local laws and regulations.

In order to meet New Jersey septic codes, you must take the time to keep up with frequently changing laws and standards. This is especially true when it comes to the types of stone that can and should be used for establishing a healthy drainage field.

Do you know the current septic stone laws in NJ? If you can’t honestly answer ‘yes’ to this question, it’s high time that you brushed up on your knowledge. This post will walk you through the basics of selecting materials that meet NJ standards and the impact that doing so has upon you, those around you and the environment.

Why does the state regulate septic materials?

You may find yourself wondering why septic stone laws in NJ even exist. What do the state and local governments have to do with your private septic system? Why can’t you just make decisions about your septic systems based upon your own needs?

Although your system is, indeed, privately owned and maintained, it still has the capacity to impact the health and well-being of your family, neighbors, city and beyond. Septic systems operate by filtering waste water as it passes through perforated pipes, a septic tank and is finally introduced to a drain field.

The functionality of the drainage field is to slowly allow semi-filtered water to percolate back into the soil, further filtering the water before it is reintroduced to the groundwater supply. So what happens if the drain field isn’t able to effectively do its job?

Without septic stone laws in NJ, property owners might mistakenly select stones that aren’t ideally suited for the task of filtering and percolating water at the required speed and capacity. In this case, you could be in for a world of trouble.

When the drain field isn’t able to properly leach the effluent matter, waste will rise to the top of the drain field. As this waste settles, you may notice a foul or unpleasant odor throughout your property. The standing effluent also creates significant health hazards to your family, your neighbors and animals in your area.

These issues are obviously related to the inability of the septic stones and soil to adequately absorb and filter the wastewater. Here, the drain field has become over-saturated due to poorly selected septic stones. This can also lead to a backed up sewage system creating  further health hazards and major messes within the home.

In other cases, the septic material blend may not be ideally suited to properly filter and purify effluent, resulting in contaminated water being allowed to penetrate the groundwater supply. Adhering to septic stone laws in NJ, then, is critical to maintaining a healthy home and environment.

What types of septic stones can be used in NJ?

The type of septic stone and fill that can be used for a septic system in NJ will vary based upon where your property is located. While statewide laws for installing and maintaining septic systems are in place, you will also need to pay close attention to the regulations within your county or city.

Sussex County, or instance, has established its own set of laws that mandate the strict usage of 1″ washed clean stone in septic drain fields. In the northern portions of the state, many areas require that property owners work with K5 or C33 concrete stone (formerly known as K4).

In addition to knowing which material is allowed for use by the state and county, we would also recommend that you find out which approved materials are most preferred by local inspectors to ensure that you pass inspection both now and in the future.

What steps should I take to ensure I’m adhering to septic stone laws in NJ?

As a home or business owner with a septic system, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your system is up to code and complies with state and local regulations. The first step to doing this is making sure that you’re up to speed with what’s going on with NJ septic system codes.

Be sure to do your homework and make sure that you understand which type or types of stone and other septic materials have been approved for use. It’s also wise to consult with an expert to determine which of these approved materials are most preferred for an efficient and effective system.

Once you know the letter of the law, you are required to take steps to ensure that you’re actually following it. For those who are planning on purchasing a property with an existing septic system, we strongly urge you to seek out an inspector to assess the condition of the system and to determine whether or not the stone being used has been approved by NJ, county or city codes and regulations.

If not, you’ll need to ask the current owner to make the changes or plan on spending the money to make corrections after the sale is finalized. If you’re building a brand new septic system, make sure that your engineer is familiar with the source of your materials from the very start.

Where can I buy septic stones in NJ?

If you’re looking for materials that comply with septic stone laws in NJ, be sure to visit Braen Stone. We’ve been in the industry for more than 110 years, and in that time we’ve established an unmatched reputation for high quality stone, excellent customer service and fair pricing.

We sell 1″ washed clean stone that is approved by NJ government agencies for use in and around septic systems. The stone is completely free of stone dust and other residue so you can rest assured that you won’t be faced with any compliance issues.

In addition to 1″ septic stone, we also sell reliable septic fill that is rated K4 or K5 on the percolation scale that’s approved by most NJ engineers and agencies. If you have any doubts about whether or not a specific material truly complies with septic stone laws in NJ, feel free to talk to one of our experts. We’re more than happy to help you select the right materials for your needs.

Regardless of the septic materials you select, you can always rest assured that you’ll be getting the very best septic materials and fill at the lowest, wholesale prices around. Our septic stone and fill can be picked up at your convenience or can be bulk delivered to locations throughout parts of NJ, NY, PA and CT.