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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
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New Jersey’s Urban Water Systems: A Challenge, and an Opportunity for Collaboration, Engagement, Innovation, Vision

Chris Sturm and Peter Kasabach share their thoughts on how New Jersey can turn this urban water infrastructure crisis into an opportunity for long-term prosperity.

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New Report Highlights Opportunities To Protect Pinelands Water Resources

A new report highlights the current and future pressures that development in the Pinelands growth areas is putting on water resources, and offers recommendations to minimize its negative effects.

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.

Articles and Stories
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New Jersey’s Urban Water Systems: A Challenge, and an Opportunity for Collaboration, Engagement, Innovation, Vision

How can New Jersey turn this urban water infrastructure crisis into an opportunity for long-term prosperity. August 2014.

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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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Growing Smart and Water Wise

Development in the Pinelands growth areas have affected water resources and will continue to exert pressures going forward. This report highlights what can be done by municipal, regional and state agencies to minimize their negative impacts. July 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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