Split legislature gives thumbs-up to stormwater runoff controls

Bound Brook flood, Hurricane Irene, new jersey

TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – The Legislature yesterday gave final approval to a bill that aims to fix one of New Jersey’s biggest environmental problems — managing runoff from storms that pollutes the state’s waters and exacerbates flooding.

In a vote largely along party lines in both houses, lawmakers voted to allow municipalities and other entities to set up stormwater utilities, a system in place in 41 other states aimed at reducing flooding and controlling dirty runoff from rainwater.

If signed by Gov. Phil Murphy, the legislation (S-1073), debated in one form or another for a decade, would allow newly created utilities to impose fees on parking lots and other impervious surfaces to fund improvements to failing existing stormwater systems …

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