Clean Drinking Water

Clean water is essential to the residents, environment, and economy of New Jersey.  

Primary Concerns:

  • Studies by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the U.S. Geological Survey, and others show critical deficiencies in water supplies and quality.  
  • Drinking water is affected by land-use decisions and the resulting pollution.
  • Unresolved legacy issues concerning lead and combined sewers, new regulatory requirements for emerging contaminants, growing threats from climate change, algae-infested lakes and ponds, as well as aging infrastructure.
  • Over 90 percent of the waters monitored in New Jersey do not meet all the applicable water quality standards.
  • Many of New Jersey’s communities experience the challenges of stormwater runoff that results in flooding and combined sewer overflows.  Stormwater management is a significant contributor to waterway impairments and current funding for today’s stormwater management and for the needs of the future is clearly insufficient.
  • Sea level rise and increased shoreline development puts more people and property at risk from storm hazards - local communities need better tools and resources to prepare for a healthy, safe and resilient future.  

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New Jersey LCV Education Fund greatly appreciates each organization’s contributions and valued expertise shared in this effort as well as the immeasurable commitment put forward to protecting New Jersey’s environment:.

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