Editorial: New Jersey needs this tool to reduce flooding and water pollution

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JIM WALTMAN / NJ SPOTLIGHT – New Jersey has a $15 billion problem. Polluted stormwater runoff causes damaging flooding, fouls rivers with pollution, and closes beaches due to dangerous bacterial contamination. With aging infrastructure, a warming climate, and expanding development, this problem will only get worse without bold action from policymakers.

On June 21, the New Jersey Senate took an important step towards addressing this problem when it passed legislation to reduce the twin problems of flooding and water pollution. Assemblyman John McKeon has introduced a companion bill in the Legislature’s other chamber …

Jim Waltman is the executive director of The Watershed Institute.

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