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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. 

Future Facts
Matt Testa from Bijou Properties in Hoboken speaking at the Redevelopment Forum
Forum Feature: Does Green Infrastructure Create Real Estate Value?

The use of green-infrastructure elements can add real estate value through both higher revenues and lower costs, but they must be incorporated early in the design process.

Sandy damage
HUD Releases Notice for Second Round of Sandy Disaster Recovery Funding

The new HUD Sandy funding notice focuses on infrastructure and requires forward-looking risk assessments, including considerations of climate change.

Stafford Forge, Ocean County. Source: New Jersey Pinelands Commission
Key Issues: Silence on the Environment

This is the second in a series of articles from our friends at NJ Spotlight laying out the critical policy challenges that the next governor and Legislature will face, as well as their positions on these issues.

Statehouse slideshow
Four Key Issues for New Jersey’s Future

Unless we focus on difficult, long-term issues, we risk making New Jersey less competitive and hindering our future growth and prosperity.

Source: Flickr user -luz-
New Jersey’s Water Infrastructure: The Biggest Risk Is Doing Nothing

Experts at a symposium detail how New Jersey’s water infrastructure is antiquated and disintegrating, and assert that continued inaction will only raise the cost of fixing it and lower the state’s economic competitiveness.

Articles and Stories
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.

A Complete Street in Red Bank
2013 Smart Growth Award Winners

Four innovative projects, two visionary plans and a statewide policy are winners of New Jersey Future’s 2013 Smart Growth Awards. Diane Sterner receives the Cary Edwards Leadership Award.

A Job Well Done in the New Jersey Highlands

03/16/2012 — Under Eileen Swan’s watch, the New Jersey Highlands Council has become a national model for balanced natural resource protection. Other state entities would be wise to look to the successes in the Highlands as they seek to implement the new Strategic State Plan.

Sandy damage -- resiliency
Rebuilding a Resilient New Jersey Shore Speakers

Speakers for the December 2012 conference on Rebuilding a Resilient New Jersey Shore.

New Jerseyans Support Statewide Planning and Water Quality Protection

Oct. 11, 2011 — A new statewide poll commissioned in part by New Jersey Future shows that New Jersey residents think the way the state has developed over the last 20 years has made it less affordable and more difficult to travel. They support more compact communities with greater transportation choices, protection of critical resources like drinking water, and regional coordination of land-use planning efforts.

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