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Draft NJ Water Supply Master Plan Finally Released

State is Collecting Public Feedback

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The New Jersey Water Supply Management Act, approved in 1981, recognizes that water resources are public assets that the State holds in trust for its citizens and requires that the state create a Water Supply Master Plan. You can review the Act here.

This legislation entrusts the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with primary responsibility to ensure that New Jersey can cope with all foreseeable water needs and prescribes that DEP develop and periodically update the New Jersey Statewide Water Supply Plan.

New Jersey’s Water Supply Master Plan was last updated in 1996.

The DEP finally recently released a draft plan titled New Jersey Water Supply Plan 2017-2022 on May 1, 2017.  With regards to protecting natural resources, this Plan is slightly better at recognizing the needs of our natural resources than the 1996 Plan.

The plan identifies that four (4) of the State's 20 watershed management areas as currently being stressed, with fifteen (15) more becoming stressed if authorized water permits are fully utilized.

The DEP will hold three public meetings to collect feedback on the draft revisions. They will consider comments made at those meetings and any comments received by the close of business July 19, 2017 before formally adopting the plan. According to the DEP's press release they will consult with other organizations like the New Jersey Water Supply Advisory Council, the Highland Water Protection and Planning Council and the Pinelands Commission as well as with private and public water purveyors.

Public Meeting Dates:

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 1 p.m. - NJ DEP Headquarters, 401 East State St, Trenton
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 3 p.m. - Millburn Public Library, 200 Glen Ave., Millburn
  • Thursday, July 13, at 1 p.m. - Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Gallaway in the Board of Trustees Room at the Campus Center

There have been no night meetings scheduled which makes it very hard for New Jersey residents who have work or family commitments during the day to attend. Please email the DEP and tell them to add a night meeting to the schedule.

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