Water is a non-renewable degradable resource. We
must treat it very
carefully. Stormwater — precipitation from rain and snow — is our major source of water. Stormwater management is important since it critically affects our water quality and supply, as well as recreational activities like swimming and fishing and a broad range of ecological areas.
Only about one percent of the water on earth is fresh water and available to support life. There is no new natural source — fresh water is constantly recycled.
Although non-point-source pollution (pollution from diffuse sources like run-off) has been recognized for decades as a major water quality problem, until recently our efforts have focused on point sources like sewage plant discharge pipes. As development has spread across the land, it has become clear that nonpoint sources, generally from stormwater, produce as much as half the pollutants in our surface and ground water.
- The ABCs of Stormwater
- Daylighting Streams –uncovering piped streams to improve water quality and reduce flooding
- Stormwater and Nonpoint Source Pollution Regulations and Programs
- Green Infrastructure – a suite of stormwater management/water quality strategies that mimic natural systems, including rain gardens, vegetated (‘green’) roofs, vegetated swales, pervious pavement, rain barrels and dry wells, disconnecting impervious surfaces, and tree planting.
- Combined Sewer Systems and CSOs – old combined sewer infrastructure pours sewage contamination into NJ’s waterways with every rain event.
- Solving NJ’s CSO Problem - NJDEP CSO Permits
- Green Infrastructure Solutions for Stormwater and CSO Problems – keynote address, ANJEC 2015 Environmental Congress October, George Hawkins, CEO, DC Water
- What Environmental Commissions Can Do
- Information Sources