Use This Tool to Pay for Sewer Upgrades

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Stormwater fees have been implemented across the country to fund upgrades to combined sewer systems. A stormwater fee is a tool recently made available to all New Jersey communities to help mitigate flooding and pollution. Communities with combined sewer systems may utilize this tool to ensure that every property contributing to sewage overflows pays for wastewater infrastructure upgrades. Now that the state has authorized New Jersey communities to implement stormwater utilities,  a multitude of resources are available to assist municipalities with implementation.

Two resources to take a look at:

  1. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Stormwater Utility Guidance website provides an overview of the process of establishing a stormwater utility. The site goes through the steps for establishing a stormwater utility fee, requirements for fees, credits and exemptions, how to use the fees, and developing an asset management program. The resource page includes a glossary of terms,  frequently asked questions, and links to stormwater utilities established outside of New Jersey.
  2. New Jersey Future’s New Jersey Stormwater Utility Resource Center explains the importance of stormwater management. The site dispels common myths and includes resources such as mapping tools and best practices for establishing a stormwater utility. The resource page links to many resources from inside and outside of New Jersey, including case studies and consulting assistance.

Now that we have the resources needed to establish stormwater utilities, New Jersey municipalities with flooding and pollution issues should take advantage of this tool to ensure that wastewater infrastructure is financed equitably.

Free event! On January 28th learn how CSO plans can address climate change

Climate change is here. New Jersey municipalities are already struggling with sea level rise, more intense storms, and extreme heat. As 21 cities plan upgrades worth billions for their outdated combined sewer systems, are they taking these dangers into account?

Learn how municipalities can factor climate change in their combined sewer overflow (CSO) long term control plans at a free event on January 28. Join New Jersey Future, the Sewage-Free Streets and Rivers campaign, and the New Jersey Climate Change Alliance for a conversation with state and local leaders to learn how they’re planning to incorporate climate challenges into sewer system upgrades and how those upgrades will affect your neighborhood. Most importantly, explore solutions everyone can work toward. 

Click here to register (Pre-registration is required)
Date and Time: January 28, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Light Refreshments will be available) 
Location: Elizabeth Public Library (main branch), 11 South Broad Street, Elizabeth, NJ
This event has been certified for the following continuing education credits:
American Institute of Certified Planners (2.0 certification maintenance credits)
NJ State Board of Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors (2.0 CPC credits)

Scientists say that New Jersey is “ground zero” for sea-level rise.

  • Will plans to stop sewage overflows be ready for climate change?
  • How will sea-level rise and increased rainfall impact communities with combined sewer systems?
  • How can investing in wastewater infrastructure reduce sewage overflows and mitigate flooding?
  • How can municipalities factor climate change into their combined sewer overflow (CSO) long term control plans?

Find out at the Climate-Ready Combined Sewer Overflow Solutions Forum. Register today!

You should attend if you are a:

  • Resident of a community with combined sewer system
  • Local government official or planning or zoning board member
  • Utility director or team member responsible for managing CSO Long Term Control Plans
  • Environmental advocate
  • Engineer or design professional

Join us to learn what state and local officials, and wastewater utilities are doing to upgrade wastewater infrastructure to be resilient and mitigate climate change. Be part of the conversation, ask questions, share information, and make sure that the CSO plans for your community are climate-ready.


  • J. Christian Bollwage, Mayor of Elizabeth
  • Dave Rosenblatt, Chief Resilience Officer, The State of New Jersey
  • Janice Brogle, Acting Director, Division of Water Quality, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
  • Marjorie Kaplan, Dr.P.H., Associate Director, Rutgers Climate Institute, Rutgers University
  • Andy Kricun, PE, BCEE, Executive Director/Chief Engineer, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority
  • Alan Cohn, Managing Director, Integrated Water Management, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • Pete Kasabach, Executive Director, New Jersey Future
  • Kim Gaddy, Environmental Justice Organizer, Clean Water Action
  • Jackie Park Albaum, Director of Urban Agriculture, Groundwork Elizabeth

This event is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Elizabeth Public Library.

This event is hosted by New Jersey Future.

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This event is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Elizabeth Public Library