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Water and Sewer

Water is a fundamental resource both to New Jersey’s natural heritage and to its economic well-being. Water resources serve the needs of people, agriculture and industry.

However, unless water is used sustainably those uses may place it, and ecosystems, at risk of permanent degradation.

The state of New Jersey has a complex system of laws, regulations and programs that address planning for and management of water, wastewater and stormwater.  This system addresses both water quantity (supply) and water quality, and affects water infrastructure and land use decisions.  New Jersey Future’s water quality management planning page highlights the state’s efforts to regulate wastewater infrastructure and the resulting impact on development patterns.

At the regional level, planning frameworks in the Highlands and Pinelands regions were established to protect those regions’ vulnerable water resources.

New Jersey’s urban areas face particular water-infrastructure challenges, exacerbated by a coming deadline for establishing plans to control their sewer systems. Learn more and download our report, Ripple Effects, on our urban water infrastructure resource page.

Future Facts
Rendering of proposed Southwest Park in Hoboken. Photo credit: Starr Whitehouse
Hoboken’s Newest Green Infrastructure Project Takes a Step Forward

A grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will fund the engineering designs needed to transform a one-acre parking lot into a community park that can manage significant stormwater on-site.

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Placing Economic Value on Natural Systems

This year’s Sustainable Raritan River Conference focused on the economic value of natural systems.

Rutgers Professor Dan Van Abs, author of a new report on the state of New Jersey's urban water infrastructure.
Big Fixes for Water Infrastructure Will Mean Bigger Bills for Customers

Water woes and next steps — including special programs for low-income ratepayers — were the subject of a recent NJ Spotlight conference.

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Experts Agree on Action Agenda To Address State’s Water Infrastructure Problems

Faced with a deadline, attendees at Jersey City meeting agreed on an “Agenda for Change” to catalyze the transformation of New Jersey’s urban water systems.

Geotubes being installed in Ocean City, N.J. Photo: TenCate
Little Egg Harbor, Tuckerton Receive $2.13-Million Resiliency Grant

A grant secured by New Jersey Future will pay for dredging and coastal restoration projects in two Sandy-affected towns.

Articles and Stories
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Experts Agree on Action Agenda To Address State’s Water Infrastructure Problems

This report and related case studies summarize the state of urban water infrastructure in New Jersey and how it affects residents and businesses. May 2014.

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New Report Highlights New Jersey’s Water Infrastructure Crisis

This report and related case studies summarize the state of urban water infrastructure in New Jersey and how it affects residents and businesses. May 2014.

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Ripple Effects

This report and related case studies summarize the state of urban water infrastructure in New Jersey and how it affects residents and businesses. May 2014.

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2014 Smart Growth Award Winners

Three types of housing developments; two plans to revitalize fading downtowns; an industrial riverfront transformed into an urban asset; a project that will serve as an anchor of hope to its community; and a regional plan for smart economic growth are all winners of New Jersey Future’s 2014 Smart Growth Awards. Joe Maraziti Jr. Esq., receives the Cary Edwards Leadership Award.

A damaged Casino Pier in Seaside Heights. Photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen/U.S. Air Force/New Jersey National Guard (Flickr) via Wikimedia Commons
Conference: Rebuilding A Resilient New Jersey Shore

The devastation from Hurricane Sandy created a wake-up call on the need to rebuild the Jersey shore in a way that respects nature and protects people, properties and public investments. Come hear expert speakers address key topics, and share your opinion on how we can restore a thriving, healthy and resilient coastal region.

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