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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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Jersey Water Works Releases 2016 Workplan

The cross-sector collaborative will focus on optimizing current water system operations and engaging affected communities in water-infrastructure investment decisions.

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Forum Roundup: The Triple-Bottom-Line Beauty of Green Infrastructure

Forum panelists discuss how green infrastructure offers social and economic benefits as well as the benefits of managing stormwater before it enters a community’s drainage system.

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Case Study: How Bioswales Are Helping To Clean Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal

The bioswales along the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, N.Y., are helping to clean stormwater runoff and prevent it from entering the canal, and have become much-appreciated local amenities.

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The Greatest Danger Facing New Jersey’s Water Infrastructure: The Unknown

At a recent NJ Spotlight roundtable, water experts acknowledged we have only a vague idea of the state of our aging water systems, and of true cost of upgrading them.

An example of adaptive reuse for affordable housing: Dina's Dwellings, built into a historic church building in New Brunswick, will serve survivors of domestic violence. Bergen County's United Way is building the project.
Forum Roundup: Finding the Opportunities in Affordable Housing

Speakers at the Redevelopment Forum session on affordable housing all stressed the opportunities inherent in creating more affordable housing, and that towns should be proactive so they get the kind of housing that helps them meet other objectives.

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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.

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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.

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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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