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Water Quality Management Planning

The regulatory system governing the use of water and wastewater not only affects our environmental health, but can also help rein in sprawl and support the smart, center-based development called for in the State Development and Redevelopment Plan. 

One of the first rules of land use is that development follows infrastructure. Where sewers are located largely dictates where development occurs. Similarly, where and how septic systems are regulated governs how larger-lot subdivisions are designed. 

The New Jersey state Department of Environmental Protection administers the statewide Water Quality Management Planning (WQMP) rule, NJAC 7:15, in order to ensure water quality through a wastewater planning process and related mechanisms.  Legislation signed in January 2012 modified provisions in the rule for a two-year period.   

New Jersey Future has been actively engaged in researching, convening stakeholders and advising the wastewater planning process because of its impact on where and how growth occurs.  Working with county planning departments and staff at the DEP Division of Coastal and Land Use Planning, we are tracking progress in the adoption of updated Future Wastewater Service Area (FWSA) maps.  The findings are described in our ongoing blog posts (below) and in a series of fact sheets on each county’s published Future Wastewater Service Area.  Each fact sheet provides a link to the county planning website, which often provides more detailed information. 

The FWSA updates will likely affect where state government directs development incentives, since it is expected that the State Strategic Plan will include access to sewer service as one of the essential criteria for identifying growth areas. 

Other resources:

  • Background information on wastewater planning from ANJEC
  • DEP Water Quality Management Planning page, with links to the WQMP rule, statutes, and related items
Future Facts
Drinking Water Infrastructure Report Calls for Investment, Transparency

The Joint Legislative Task Force on Drinking Water Infrastructure’s report recommends significant investment in upgrading water systems, as well as requirements for asset management and reporting.

Bill Would Cap Sewerage Authorities’ Ability To Raise Funds for System Repairs

A bill currently up for a vote in the Assembly would cap regional sewerage authorities’ ability to raise funds for system maintenance through user fees. New Jersey Future opposes the bill.

Water Conference Urges Action From New Jersey’s New Administration

More than 300 people from across the water sector attended Jersey Water Works’ third annual conference, focused on priorities for the incoming Murphy administration.

A Year One Clean Water Agenda for the New Governor

A group of public-sector, private-sector and nonprofit organizations has proposed Year One Clean Water Agenda for Governor-elect Phil Murphy, urging him to prioritize investment in clean water during the first year of his administration.

Smart-Growth Policy Priorities Well Represented on Murphy Transition Team

Smart-growth policy issues are well represented by the 15 experts now or formerly associated with New Jersey Future who have been named to the transition teams working with Governor-elect Phil Murphy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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