Safeguarding Our Communities
Every town in New Jersey can take action to protect its water supplies and safeguard its residents from pollution, flooding, drought and other environmental harm. The Watershed works directly with municipal governments to enact measures that manage stormwater, protect stream corridors, limit clearing of forests, preserve open space, and respond to climate change. We also work with the New Jersey legislature and state agencies to strengthen environmental protections.
The Watershed advocates for environmental protection at the state, local, and occasionally the national level. Engaging directly with policy-makers, we seek to strengthen environmental laws, regulations, policies, and ordinances and defend against efforts to weaken these measures. When a development proposal threatens to pollute a pristine stream, destroy a mature forest or increase flooding, we engage to block or modify the project in order to protect the environment.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has delegated the authority to implement many of our national environmental laws to the state of New Jersey. This means that our state’s Department of Environmental Protection plays a particularly important role in protecting water and the environment in New Jersey.
On many environmental issues, however, towns are permitted to adopt local ordinances that are stronger than state or federal regulations in order to safeguard their residents and businesses from pollution, flooding, drought and other environmental harm.
For years, the Watershed has worked with central New Jersey towns to adopt strong environmental ordinances. We believe that every municipality should adopt measures to carefully manage stormwater and septic systems (where relevant); protect stream corridors, forests and open space; and prioritize actions to address climate change.
We are eager to work with your town. Contact us to find out how you can mobilize your community to take actions that protect our environment.
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The Watershed Institute and NJ Spotlight are bringing experts to discuss stormwater utilities with elected officials and others involved in stormwater management.
Please urge your state Senator to vote for S1073, a bill scheduled for the Senate on Thursday, June 21 that will address the problem of water pollution and flooding.
In NJ, stormwater pollution accounts for 60 percent of the pollution that enters our waters. 40 other states have created and operate “stormwater utilities” to address this problem.
In addition to helping us battle the proposed PennEast Pipeline, we urge you to weigh in against a pipeline proposed for Franklin Township. Comment deadline is June 22.
Stormwater utilities, a tool for managing flooding and water pollution, are gaining prominence in NJ as a better way to capture rain and fix old stormwater systems while benefiting homeowners and …
Opponents of the proposed PennEast pipeline have redoubled their efforts given a conditional approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and recent actions by the pipeline…
With millions of Americans still suffering the ravages of recent hurricanes, resiliency to extreme weather should be a major issue for NJ Gov.-elect Phil Murphy.
A simple rain garden may look like a flower garden to the untrained eye, but these rain gardens serve the important role of absorbing 30% more water than the same size area of traditional lawn.
We urge Bob Martin, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to reject PennEast’s permit application for a 120-mile pipeline.
Princeton neighborhoods are safer from flooding and water intrusion resulting from new construction with Monday’s passage of the ordinance controlling polluted stormwater runoff.
Residents of Princeton are encouraged to attend the Princeton Council meeting on June 12 at 7pm to speak in favor of a stormwater ordinance, and urge their elected officials to vote for passage of the ordinance.
Princeton’s town council is poised to take an important step by considering a strong new measure to address flooding and polluted stormwater runoff—two of the region’s most pressing environmental challenges.
Urging stronger oversight of natural gas pipelines, the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association and others on Wednesday applauded the reintroduction of legislation by a local Congresswoman.
The new stormwater ordinance introduced by the Princeton Council will help address flooding problems and reduce the amount of pollution discharged into…
Most of the PennEast pipeline’s proposed route through NJ will interact with Fractured Bedrock Aquifers that feed the region’s private and community drinking wells.
As we built our communities with more and more concrete, asphalt and buildings, the need to address stormwater arose. Our thinking on how to address stormwater has evolved over the years.
You’d be excused for believing that natural gas is a “clean” fuel. After all, the oil and gas industry has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years on television…
One thing is clear: this election was not about the environment. In fact, the issue was raised only obliquely in the four-and-a-half hours of debates that the two…