Opinion: Tested solution addresses flooding, polluted runoff

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ED POTOSNAK and CHRIS STURM / APP.COM – The closure last week of 47 New Jersey beaches due to high levels of fecal bacteria highlights an important issue facing our state: We need a permanent way to address our polluted runoff problem.

When it rains, water rolls off hardened surfaces, such as parking lots and rooftops, that prevent it from being absorbed into the soil for natural filtration. This runoff picks up everything its in path, including bacteria, debris, chemicals and other pollutants, before ending its journey in our streams, lakes and oceans …

Ed Potosnak is executive director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. Chris Sturm is managing director for policy and water at New Jersey Future.

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