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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
Green Infrastructure Draws Attention at Atlantic Builders Convention

The partnership between New Jersey Future and the New Jersey Builders Association provided ample evidence at this year’s Atlantic Builders Convention that its focus on incorporating green infrastructure into development plans is having an impact.

One Water Awards Nominations Open, Partnership Expands

The Jersey Water Works awards program recognizes sustainable solutions to the state’s water challenges and welcomes two additional sponsoring organizations.

Exploring Green Infrastructure Options for Your Project? These Tools Can Help.

An overview of several tools that allow developers and local officials to understand how various green infrastructure practices can fit into a development project, and what the impact would be of development on stormwater infrastructure.

Water Infrastructure a Major Topic at Budget Hearing for DEP

Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Catherine McCabe responds to questions on water infrastructure, asset management, and lead in school drinking water during the Assembly Budget Committee’s hearing.

Bayonne Water Guardians, Kearny AWAKE and Harrison TIDE Champion Green Initiatives

New Jersey Future has been working with Municipal Action Teams in three cities to educate residents on environmental issues and to help implement green infrastructure practices that will reduce combined-sewer overflows by keeping stormwater out of sewer systems.

Articles and Stories
NJDEP Issues Sewer Permits That Will Launch Generational Investments

03/12/2015: The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today issued final permits to the 25 cities and utilities that operate combined-sewer systems (CSSs), a first step to updating decrepit infrastructure, minimizing flooding and keeping raw sewage from reaching public waterways.

Sept. 15 Community Meeting Will Focus Reopening of Downtown Trenton’s Assunpink Creek

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Trenton are preparing to present their plans to restore the Assunpink Creek at a Sept. 15 meeting.

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.

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.

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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