FEMA knocks state plan to lessen stormwater runoff problems

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has faulted the state’s new rules to manage stormwater runoff — the single biggest problem impairing New Jersey’s waters — suggesting it falls short of curtailing flooding and averting impacts to water quality.

In a letter to the state Department of Environmental Protection, the Region II office of the federal disaster agency questioned whether the proposal, as drafted, will reduce urban flooding. Instead, FEMA warns flooding may worsen given the proposal’s failure to factor in more intense rainfall events with climate change in the future …

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