How to curb flooding? Tax the pavement, NJ lawmakers say

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GWYNNE HOGAN / WNYC – A bill currently awaiting New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s signature could create what critics are calling a “rain tax.” But supporters of the Clean Stormwater and Flood Reduction Act say it will help to curb the state’s biggest source of water pollution: storm water runoff. It will help manage runoff by allowing towns and cities across the state to collect fees from property owners based on the amount of impervious surface (parking lots, roofs, sidewalks, etc.) they have.

“We manage our fresh water as best we can. We manage our waste water as we have to, but as it relates to storm water, there’s no great way to facilitate storm water management,” said Assemblyman John McKeon, one of the bill’s sponsors …

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