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Green Infrastructure

Harmful Algal Blooms impacting recreation season for NJ Lakes

Wednesday, July 17th, 2024

Budd Lake, New Jersey’s largest natural freshwater body, was once an attractive vacation spot in North Jersey during the latter half of the 19th century for sunbathing, swimming, boating, and nearby attractions that have continued to today. Now, Budd Lake faces water quality impairments that threaten the recreation season and associated economic activities.

Stormwater Pays No Mind to Municipal Borders—Why Should You?

Wednesday, July 17th, 2024

“Stormwater follows watershed boundaries, not political boundaries,” said Dr. Dan Van Abs, Professor at Rutgers University, during the 2024 New Jersey Planning & Redevelopment Conference (PRC). Many of New Jersey’s 564 municipalities grapple with flooding issues. For some, it is not uncommon for as little as three inches of rainfall to grind daily life to a halt.

Sustainable Water Management: Program Rundown of Municipal Options

Monday, December 18th, 2023

The future of New Jersey’s water relies on commitment to equitable decision-making to solve legacy water infrastructure issues like lead service line replacement, combined sewer overflows, coastal and riverine flooding, and upgrading water infrastructure. By working together to address the growing needs of our water systems, we can properly mitigate the stress they will face with growing and more frequent storms fueled by climate change, and ensure that natural and tap waters are free from contaminants to support healthy and resilient communities across the state.

Green Infrastructure in the Garden State: Stormwater Research in the Delaware River Watershed

Wednesday, September 20th, 2023

In 2020, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) updated the Stormwater Management Rules, which now require that municipalities incorporate green infrastructure into major development projects. In many areas of the state, this relatively new policy change has meant a significant departure from the way that stormwater management was approached previously.

Planning for Climate Resilient Stormwater Infrastructure

Monday, July 17th, 2023

“Watersheds are not political and do not follow political delineations,” said Mayor Andrew Nowick from the City of Lambertville at the 2023 NJ Planning and Redevelopment Conference (NJPRC). As flooding increases due to increased intense rain events and aging stormwater infrastructure, it is more important than ever to plan ahead to protect all New Jerseyans in the face of climate change.

New NJDEP Watershed Improvement Plan Requirement and What This Means for Municipalities

Wednesday, January 4th, 2023

In our highly developed state, upgrading and retrofitting New Jersey’s stormwater infrastructure and reducing impervious cover is a key way to address nonpoint source pollution. It is estimated that up to 60% of the State’s existing water pollution is attributable to stormwater and nonpoint sources of pollution.

Clean Water in the Garden State: Reflecting on 50 years of Progress and Challenges

Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the monumental piece of legislation known as the Clean Water Act (CWA). The CWA plays an important role in cleaning water pollution and protecting healthy waterways in the State of New Jersey for drinking water supply, healthy habitat for fish and wildlife, and economic and recreational activity. As we look ahead, we also acknowledge the work that still must be done to ensure that the CWA’s legacy is lived out in full.

Reducing Rain’s Repercussions: Exploring the Potential for Green Infrastructure on Redevelopment Sites

Friday, July 8th, 2022

“The benefits of green infrastructure are boundless,” says Jennifer Gonzalez, Director of Environmental Services and Chief Sustainability Officer in Hoboken. Green infrastructure (practices like rain gardens, green roofs, and rain barrels that capture stormwater) can brighten towns through more beautiful streetscapes, reduced flooding, improved health of both people and ecosystems, and increased pollinator habitat.

Street View: Fostering an Inclusive Community Through Complete and Green Streets

Wednesday, June 29th, 2022

From a satellite view, our streets, our towns, and our lives look picturesque. In reality, we know they are much messier than that.

One Year Later: How NJ Municipalities Have Implemented DEP’s Stormwater Management Rules

Monday, June 27th, 2022

It has been just over a year since New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) 2020 amendment to the Stormwater Management Rule (NJAC 7:8) took effect.

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