FEMA says N.J. stormwater rule won’t do enough to stem flooding

AVALON ZOPPO / PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY – The federal government has said New Jersey’s proposed rules to manage stormwater runoff don’t do enough to stem flooding and boost water quality.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency sent a letter to the Department of Environmental Protection earlier this year raising concerns over whether the state’s draft proposal will reduce urban and riverine flooding. In New Jersey, up to half of waterways are impaired by rain that falls on paved surfaces and collects pollutants before being deposited into streams and rivers.

FEMA said it is worried that the rule doesn’t account for “increasingly intense precipitation” brought on by climate change …

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