Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) to protect New Jersey’s families from contaminated stormwater by permitting municipalities to establish and operate stormwater utilities has passed the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.
Sen. Christopher Bateman’s legislation to protect and manage stormwater infrastructure ensuring New Jersey families have access to clean, safe water. (Pixabay)
“Stormwater runoff carries debris, bacteria, and chemicals that can harm our drinking water,” said Bateman. “Appropriate stormwater infrastructure and management can protect New Jersey’s families by keeping harmful pesticides, fertilizers, and gasoline out of our tap water.”
Bateman’s legislation, S-1073, provides for management of stormwater systems that commonly go unmonitored to protect New Jersey’s drinking water and waterways from being polluted.
The Environmental Protection Agency warns that stormwater running off impervious surfaces in urbanized areas can infiltrate rivers and coastal waters, impacting drinking water and beaches. This past summer, beaches across New Jersey were closed due to warning signs of dangerous pathogens in the waters.
“Stormwater runoff can impact the health of waterways and people across New Jersey if not managed correctly,” said Bateman. “Clean water is a human right. It is critical that we provide New Jersey families with sanitary water. This includes protecting our rivers, beaches, lakes, and most importantly our drinking water.”
The legislation now moves to the full Senate.
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