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  • Lead Exposure: Learning From East Trenton Residents

    Lead Exposure: Learning From East Trenton Residents

    September 13, 2021 : 0 comments

    On August 26, 2021 a virtual Listen and Learn session on the dangers of exposure to lead in paint, water, and soil was attended by nearly 30 East Trenton residents, as well as Mayor Reed Gusciora. The question and answer exchange highlighted new areas of concern and reinforced that there is work to be done to improve communication, notify residents of lead hazards, and expand financial assistance for remediation of known lead sources.

  • New Jersey Municipalities Share Green Infrastructure Planning Progress

    New Jersey Municipalities Share Green Infrastructure Planning Progress

    September 13, 2021 : 0 comments

    The new stormwater rules that went into effect on March 2, 2021 require NJ municipalities to update their Stormwater Control Ordinances (SCOs) to require GI in new major development projects. We examined which municipalities had updated their SCOs as required and which had gone above and beyond the NJDEP’s minimum requirements. Out of the 43 towns surveyed and researched, 28 towns have updated their SCO and 24 have posted these updates on their respective websites.

  • Census 2020: New Jersey’s Older and Increasingly Diverse Centers Are Now Leading The State’s Population Growth

    Census 2020: New Jersey’s Older and Increasingly Diverse Centers Are Now Leading The State’s Population Growth

    September 13, 2021 : 0 comments

    The demographic story of the 2010s in New Jersey was the return of population growth to the state’s walkable, mixed-use centers—cities, towns, and older suburbs with traditional downtowns. Driven in particular by the Millennial generation’s desire for live-work-shop-play environments, many of the state’s older centers experienced their biggest population increases since before the 1950s.

  • Lead in Drinking Water in Public Schools: State Assistance Accelerates the Solution in New Jersey

    Lead in Drinking Water in Public Schools: State Assistance Accelerates the Solution in New Jersey

    September 13, 2021 : 0 comments

    Based on research conducted by the Trenton Bureau of the USA TODAY Network in 2019, approximately 480 school buildings across a third of the state’s school districts recorded lead levels that exceeded 15 parts per billion, the action level set by the federal government. Given the severity of the problem and the significant cost of remediation, it was clear that state assistance was necessary to protect students and teachers.

  • New Jersey Needs More “Missing Middle” Housing

    New Jersey Needs More “Missing Middle” Housing

    July 19, 2021 : 0 comments

    New Jersey’s housing costs are among the highest in the country. The state ranks seventh in median home value and fourth in median rent. The state is losing younger households to other states, and evidence points to high housing costs as one of the reasons. To create more of the kinds of homes that younger households are looking for—in the neighborhoods they want to live in—New Jersey should consider revising the zoning and parking requirements that determine what kind of housing gets built and where.

  • New Jersey Behind the Curve on Broadband Funding

    New Jersey Behind the Curve on Broadband Funding

    July 19, 2021 : 0 comments

    The coronavirus pandemic highlighted the extent of the digital divide in New Jersey. As we come out of the orders to stay at home, an ongoing issue is incomplete data on internet access, speed, and prices. One suggested solution is to create an office at the state-level to coordinate the data collection effort. Beyond this, state level offices can also communicate, coordinate, plan, and fund broadband efforts in general.

  • Strategizing from Sussex to Stone Harbor: Water Infrastructure in New Jersey’s Climate Strategy

    Strategizing from Sussex to Stone Harbor: Water Infrastructure in New Jersey’s Climate Strategy

    July 19, 2021 : 0 comments

    When thinking about climate change in New Jersey, it is easy to focus on the most obvious threat: coastal flooding from sea level rise. However, climate change will have a number of effects on New Jersey’s drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure as well. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Draft Climate Change Resilience Strategy recognizes these issues and is an important first step toward adapting New Jersey’s drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure for an uncertain future.

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