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.








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Hopewell Township Committee will consider drastic zoning changes, which are inconsistent with its Master Plan, at a June 24 hearing. Attend the 7 p.m. meeting and help stop this proposal.


More than 80 participants learned about stormwater utilities and green infrastructure at our second Stormwater Utilities symposium.


Rain gardens are an important type of water capture feature in landscaping that helps slow and absorb runoff from storms.


The Murphy Administration rejected a bid for a controversial natural gas pipeline that aimed to transport gas under Raritan Bay and other ecologically sensitive areas in New Jersey.

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Please sign our petition in support of greater protections for about 750 miles of streams and rivers in New Jersey.

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This free event will bring together experts in the field to share their knowledge and experience working with green infrastructure, stormwater regulations and stormwater utilities.


Plastic – which takes decades or even hundreds of years to decompose – poses a threat to our water supplies and water quality in a variety of ways.


Tell the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to protect NJ’s natural resources by denying the permits for NESE.

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The Watershed Institute applauds Gov. Phil Murphy for signing into law today the Flood Defense Act, which passed the Legislature earlier this year.


Governor Murphy needs to sign the Flood Defense Act. Urge the Governor to give NJ the tool it needs to address flooding and water pollution.

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NJ lawmakers approve a bill that gives municipalities, counties, and utilities an important, and widely accepted tool to reduce flooding and improve water quality.


Did you know that 2018 marked the wettest year on record in New Jersey since record-keeping began in 1895? New Jersey received more than 64 inches of precipitation last year, a whopping 18 inches higher than normal.


The 2nd Annual New Jersey Watershed Conference brings stakeholders together on clean water issues.


On Monday, October 22nd, the Assembly Telecommunication and Utilities Committee will be considering stormwater utilities authorizing legislation.

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Watershed conference explores new tool to combat flooding and water pollution at recent conference.


Join us on Nov. 2, 2018 for the New Jersey Watershed Conference. Improve your knowledge on issues related to water quality and quantity across the state

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See the Kwel Hoy’ totem pole, carved by the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation, on the Watershed Reserve until September 15, 2018.

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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.

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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.


Hard surfaces like asphalt, concrete, and rooftops mean there is less room for rainfall and snowmelt to soak into the ground.

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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 …


The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association and a partner environmental group today filed a request for a rehearing of the Federal Energy Regulatory…


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…


Cigarette butts are the most common form of litter in the world, with many ending up as trash in our oceans and polluting our water.

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The Watershed recently hosted a daylong seminar on stormwater with New Jersey experts, who discussed the problems and solutions of polluted stormwater runoff.

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Downspout planters are landscaped planter boxes that capture rain water from the roof and function in a similar way as a rain garden but instead within a container.


The Watershed strongly supports voting yes on Ballot Question #2.


Join the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association’s Kory Kreiseder, a stormwater specialist, at the Princeton Public Library on Oct. 18.

Aerial views of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast taken during a search and rescue mission by 1-150 Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard, Oct. 30, 2012.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen/Released)

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.

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Green roofs provide aesthetic, environmental, and economic benefits.

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When rain falls on our roofs, streets, and parking lots, the subsequent water cannot soak into the ground and becomes stormwater runoff.


The Watershed applauds this decision by NJDEP to reject PennEast’s fatally flawed permit application.

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Proposed changes to the state’s program of protecting wetlands would weaken these critical areas. Please help us oppose this damaging proposal…


We urge Bob Martin, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to reject PennEast’s permit application for a 120-mile pipeline.

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Princeton neighborhoods are safer from flooding and water intrusion resulting from new construction with Monday’s passage of the ordinance controlling polluted stormwater runoff.

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Cranbury Board of Health adopts a smoke-free parks ordinance, the 13th town in our Watershed to do so.

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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.

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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.

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The new stormwater ordinance introduced by the Princeton Council will help address flooding problems and reduce the amount of pollution discharged into…


“This bill seeks to rush approval by undermining environmental agency review and trampling over states’ rights,” said Jim Waltman


The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association presented U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman with its highest award for environmental leadership…


We are disappointed that FERC did not heed the comments of its sister agencies to revise and re-issue a new draft EIS.

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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.

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NJDEP is renewing municipal stormwater permits for the first time in over a decade but is not incorporating technology that could improve water quality

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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.


Fifty years ago, many of America’s rivers were open sewers for human and industrial waste. The nation was horrified in 1969 when the Cuyahoga River…


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today revised its schedule for reviewing the PennEast pipeline, resulting in a third delay…

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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…

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New Jersey’s Flood Hazard Control Act rules have two purposes. First, the rules are supposed to reduce the threat to the public safety…