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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
New Meadowlands
New Meadowlands Project Under Way

The first of the two New Jersey-based Rebuild By Design projects is under way, and includes enhanced public outreach measures.

Shalini Vajjhala
Forum Plenary: Impact Investing and Systems Thinking

A look at how new approaches to investing are reshaping New Jersey’s cities both above and below ground.

Hoboken's proposed Southwest Resiliency Park, an example of "green" infrastructure intended to capture stormwater before it runs into the city's sewer system.
Release of Combined-Sewer Permits Should Trigger Generational Investments in Affected Communities

The new DEP permits for combined sewers should spark significant investment in revitalization in New Jersey’s urban communities.

A rendering of the completed Assunpink "daylighting" project. Courtesy of BRS, Inc. for the City of Trenton.
DEP Approves Permits To Restore Assunpink Creek

The NJDEP has approved the permits necessary to daylight and restore Trenton’s Assunpink Creek. New Jersey Future has been involved with the project.

Sandy-related flooding in Little Ferry. Photo credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images
Rebuild By Design Projects Must Ensure Equity, Resiliency, Public Involvement

Our comments on the proposed plan for the third round of federal Sandy recovery funds stress that implementation must ensure equity, public participation and resiliency.

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.

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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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