Clean water projects: DEP agrees additional state funding needed

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – Within the next few years, the state will run out of matching funds to obtain hundreds of millions in federal dollars for crucial clean water projects, according to projections by the Office of Legislative Services and state Department of Environmental Protection.

By fiscal year 2027, the need for water infrastructure improvements is expected to outpace available funding for clean water projects, according to the DEP’s responses to OLS staff on the former agency’s fiscal year 2019-2020 budget. For the state’s drinking water infrastructure, the situation is even more urgent given that needs will surpass funding by this fiscal year, the DEP said …

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