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.
The Pinelands Protection Act appears to have been effective at steering growth within its jurisdiction, but we must remain vigilant to ensure that the area’s overall growth doesn’t degrade critical natural resources.
A new report looks at the regulatory and legislative barriers to widespread adoption of green infrastructure for stormwater management in New Jersey.
The billions needed to upgrade New Jersey’s infrastructure will climb even higher in wake of Hurricane Sandy.
The rescheduled American Planning Association-New Jersey Chapter conference offers several opportunities to learn about initiatives and policies that can help encourage wise development in the Garden State.
The Jersey Shore is one of the state’s most treasured assets: people live there, vacation there, and work there, and the region is a significant driver of New Jersey’s economic growth. But we must rebuild it in different ways in order for it to survive severe weather events such as Hurricane Sandy. Here are just some of the critical questions that must be addressed at all levels if we’re going to make the Shore a more resilient, more sustainable place.
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.
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.
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.
Edward Blakely is honorary professor of urban policy at the U.S. Studies Centre, having previously served for two years as executive director – the “recovery czar” – of the Office of Recovery and Development Administration in New Orleans following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Recently, Prof. Blakely has been selected to be a member [...]
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.
Reports, Presentations and Testimony
- Statutory and Regulatory Barriers to Green Infrastructure in New Jersey 1-13 (Intern Report)
- NY Times 8-3-2012 - Mapping Future Growth
- Wastewater Planning County Fact Sheets
- 04/02/2012: NJFuture Comments to State Planning Commission on Draft State Strategic Plan
- 01/18/2012: Statement on Implementation of Wastewater Bill
- 01/05/2012: Statement on A4422-Permit Extension Act
- 12/14/2011: Joint Statement on A4422-S3165 Permit Extension Act
- 12/12/2011: Testimony on S3156
- Smart Growth NJ August 2011 Poll Report
- Executive Order-78