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New Jersey’s Top Universities Launch Flooding Prevention Project

New Jersey is home to several outstanding universities, many of which are on a path to leading sustainable causes. From the time that Superstorm Sandy occurred, renowned Universities such as Princeton and Rutgers have made continuous efforts to protect the vulnerable areas of their nearby and respective cities. An initiative currently in process is aimed specifically at controlling the flooding which surfaces in low-lying terrain. An important part of the University project consists of installing rain gardens and rain barrels to block rainwater, an

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Flooding and Drought: A Proportionate Concern for New Jersey Counties

Spring has arrived and along with this change of seasons brings a continued concern for drought conditions for many counties within New Jersey.  A collection of data taken in recent months suggests that several reservoirs have fallen well below capacity. Several cities did not get as much snow and rain as it needed during the winter, but the good news is the rain and snow that did occur helped boost the overall water storage levels to nearly 90 percent capacity.

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New Jersey Cities Work Together to Improve Local Water Infrastructures

Many cities throughout New Jersey are becoming more attune to the recommendations and benefits of sewer sustainable initiatives. Cities such as Newark, Camden, and Trenton have been awarded green bonds, or funding, to exhibit conscientiousness toward the need for green infrastructures.  The state has recently issued infrastructure bonds as “green bonds” to promote and amplify its commitment to financing water quality infrastructure projects that enhance water resources and protect public health.  Residents of communities across the state are doing their

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Cities in New Jersey are Reinventing Water Infrastructures

New Jersey has rapidly adapted to many changes within the water infrastructure culture. There have been many important discussions and actions taken on behalf of water quality for communities and neighborhoods in the state. The ability to deliver top grade water to homes is being challenged by an infrastructure that is in varying states of disrepair and collapse. Water is lost at a rate of approximately 20 percent through leaky pipes. It is estimated that the cost to upgrade the

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The Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program

The EIFP (Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program) is a partnership between the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, providing low-interest loans for environmental infrastructure projects. Since 1988 the clean water and drinking water components of the EIFP have awarded more than $5.7 billion in loans throughout the State.  Recently, 952 of the 1179 funded projects totaling more than $4.6 billion in construction costs have been completed, have initiated operations, and have been administratively closed

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New Jersey’s Use of Cisterns for Sustainability

After withstanding the devastations of Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey has initiated strong efforts to implement several resiliency practices to help handle the effects of similar future events. Green infrastructure is one of these key practices. It is essential that these methods be utilized as frequently as possible to promote sound storm water management going forward.  This depends on the extent that Green Infrastructure practices are utilized. Traditional, or gray infrastructure, generally focuses on collecting rainwater and sending it downstream to

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