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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
Newark–Philadelphia Study Visit Focuses on Implementing Green Infrastructure at Scale

Representatives from the City of Newark visited the Philadelphia Water Department to learn more about implementing green infrastructure at scale to help manage stormwater.

Gubernatorial Candidates on Key Issues Facing New Jersey

We asked the Democrat and Republican candidates for governor how they would approach some of the key issues the winner will face when he or she takes office. Here is what they said.

Lead in Drinking Water Results Ready for ‘Back to School’ Season

This first analysis done at the statewide level shows that lead is present in drinking water in more than 300 schools in districts of all sizes and from all parts of New Jersey.

Sound Management, Transparency Key to Ensuring Reliable, Reasonably Priced Drinking Water

New Jersey Future’s statement on newly enacted legislation that will require water utilities to develop plans for regular maintenance and investment in their drinking water systems.

McKinsey’s Smart Economic Vision for New Jersey

A new report from McKinsey & Company on ways to accelerate New Jersey’s economic growth includes many smart-growth recommendations that New Jersey Future’s gubernatorial platform also addresses.

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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Reports, Presentations and Testimony

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