Opinion: DEP must act quickly to reverse the toxic brew in our lakes and to prevent an ecological disaster

Algae bloom at Spruce Run Reservoir

JEFF TITTEL / STAR-LEDGER – This summer, New Jersey’s water problems have hit home. The threat is everywhere, from beaches and bays to inland lakes and streams to reservoirs and drinking water. Stormwater runoff, leaky sewer pipes, failing septics and unchecked agricultural uses are bringing nutrients and sewer overflows into our waterways. Toxic chemicals from our industrial past contaminate our water.

The state has caused this by failing to adequately address watershed planning, stormwater management, Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) standards to limit pollutants and cleanup of toxic sites. We are having a water crisis and a climate crisis, and the two are interrelated …

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