New Jersey contains 18,126 miles of rivers and streams which are a critical natural resource. Our waterways are the source of about half our drinking water, support agriculture and industrial uses, and provide scenic beauty, recreational opportunities, and wildlife habitat. In New Jersey water quality, quantity, and stream habitat all continue to decline as we build and rebuild in floodplains, encroach upon riparian buffers, and increase our water use. Environmental commissions play a critical role in protecting waterways by gathering information, educating the public, and working within the municipality to support good planning.
Resources Protecting our Streams (ANJEC Resource Paper) New Jersey Rivers (ANJEC Info Sheet) Regulating Stream and River Flooding (ANJEC Info Sheet)