Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) that would protect New Jersey’s families from contaminated stormwater by permitting municipalities to establish and operate stormwater utilities has passed the New Jersey Senate.
Senator “Kip” Bateman’s bill would protect New Jersey’s families from contaminated stormwater by permitting municipalities to establish and operate stormwater utilities. (PikaBay)
“When it rains, the many pollutants on our streets, lawns, and sidewalks can run-off and seep into our drinking water,” said Bateman. “We need the appropriate stormwater infrastructure and management to protect families from harmful pesticides, fertilizers, and gasoline entering into our waterways.”
Bateman’s legislation, S-1073, provides for the 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 that isn’t properly managed can translate into a health hazard that puts our families at risk,” said Bateman. “By making critical investments to our stormwater management structure, New Jersey can focus on keeping rivers, lakes, and most importantly drinking water clean.”
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