NJ towns don’t opt for stormwater utilities

Credit: (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)File photo: Drainage pipes Three and a half years after New Jersey allowed towns to create utilities to raise revenue for controlling stormwater, state officials and environmental advocates are urging local officials to act as storms get bigger and more frequent with climate change.

At the end of July, the Department of Environmental Protection made $10 million available to modernize stormwater systems and to pay for feasibility studies on setting up stormwater utilities, which allow municipalities to charge landowners a fee based on the amount of paved surface on their properties. While the need for better management of stormwater is becoming clearer with every major storm, no towns have yet set up utilities that would let […].

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