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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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Water Infrastructure Funds: An Opportunity To Make Communities More Resilient

The New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust’s plan for its revolving funds must be improved if the funds are to enhance resilience to extreme weather.

Lynn Broaddus
Creating a Model for Statewide, Nationwide Innovation

Lynn Broaddus of The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread discusses how New Jersey can become a model for communities nationally in addressing its water systems, in the final installment of Inspiring Solutions.

Anthony Perno of Cooper's Ferry Partnership
Innovative Initiatives Can Lead the Way

Anthony Perno from Cooper’s Ferry Partnership explains how a lot of small projects by residents and community groups have made a large impact in addressing Camden’s water woes.

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NY/NJ Baykeeper
Time To Make Some Noise

NY/NJ Baykeeper Debbie Mans makes the case that green infrastructure can help address CSO problems while providing recreational access to our parks and waterways, in this next installment from Inspiring Solutions.

Diagram of how urban sewersheds function with separate (left) and combined (right) stormwater/sewage systems. Source: USEPA
Stormwater Utilities: A Tool for Managing Rainwater Runoff

A new report examines the need for stormwater utilities, how they are structured in other states, and how New Jersey communities could take advantage of them.

Articles and Stories
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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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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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