How best to cope with NJ’s “#1 natural hazard”

DONNA LIU / CIVICSTORY – Storm clouds loomed (appropriately!) over The Watershed Institute in Pennington on June 19, as the 2019 Stormwater Utility Symposium convened inside. “We have a challenge,” warned FEMA representative John Miller, who was speaking about the growing threat of urban flooding. FEMA once declared floods to be New Jersey’s #1 natural hazard, and “flood problems are likely to get worse, with continued urban development and climate change.”

Yet, there is a light on the horizon: the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is on the verge of adopting a new set of stormwater management rules that would require green infrastructure solutions; and the NJ Clean Stormwater and Flood Reduction Act was signed into law this year, giving municipalities, counties and some authorities the ability to create a stormwater utility program …

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