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Menendez, Pallone Hit the Beach to Help Protect NJ’s Water

NJTV News Online | July 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment

In face of potential cuts from Trump administration, senator and congressman drum up support for a stronger BEACH Act, which pays for water testing nationwide

A Big-Picture View of How Climate Change Is Affecting the Garden State

Tom Johnson | July 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
The Fund for New Jersey outlines the steps that need to be taken to prevent climate change from being disastrous for the state
NJ’s Water Infrastructure Needs Hearts, Minds, and Massive Investment
Jon Hurdle | July 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey’s network of water pipes is aging and in need of a major overhaul but advocates believe the public knows little and cares less about the problem
Lead in Water Remains Pervasive Problem in New Jersey Schools
Tom Johnson | July 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
More than half the school districts in Bergen County have lead — a dangerous neurotoxin — in faucets and other fixtures
NJ Spotlight Fields Your Questions About the Garden State’s Water
Tom Johnson | July 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
We asked our readers to tell us what they wanted to know about the state’s water. Here’s where we deliver the answers
Is This New Jersey’s Future? Chronic Flooding from Sea-Level Rise
Tom Johnson | July 13, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Under a worst-case scenario, some 130 communities in the Garden State could be inundated every other week
Draft Water Plan Leaves Critics Dissatisfied on Several Key Fronts
Tom Johnson | July 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
The plan, they contend, doesn’t do enough to anticipate crises, head off likely deficits, and address water-quality issues, like lead in drinking supplies
State Starts to Think Seriously About Deploying Microgrids
Tom Johnson | July 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Trenton’s downtown thermal-energy district funded to determine if microgrids can deliver power and other vital services when power grid goes down
DEP Tables PennEast Application, Another Delay for Troubled Pipeline
Tom Johnson | June 29, 2017 | Energy & Environment
State agency seeks detailed information about stream and wetlands crossings, but pipeline company can’t comply
Trump Administration Rolling Back Protections for Small Streams, Wetlands
Tom Johnson | June 28, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Federal repeal likely to affect New Jersey by eroding protections for headwaters that feed the drinking-water supply
'Greens' See Red Over Budget Plan, Raids on Pollution Settlements
Tom Johnson | June 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists warn current spending plan lets administration divert money meant to restore damages to natural resources to general fund
$500 Million Slotted for Sewage-Treatment, Drinking-Water Systems
Tom Johnson | June 16, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Funds to be distributed by Environmental Infrastructure Trust, well-regarded financier for clean-water projects for several decades
Murphy Calls for Permanent Ban on Fracking in Delaware River Basin
Tom Johnson | June 15, 2017 | Energy & Environment
If Democratic candidate for governor wins election, it could help swing Delaware River Basin Commission to follow his call on fracking
DEP, Lawmakers Clash Over Development in the Highlands
Tom Johnson | June 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Assembly votes to stop state agency from boosting number of septic tanks in pristine preserve, source of drinking water for millions in NJ
State’s Proposed Wetlands Rule Would Speed, Simplify Developer Permitting
Tom Johnson | June 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Critics particularly concerned about new rule that would allow developers to certify they’ve met all regulations without any DEP oversight
Opinion: NJ Needs a Better Approach to Water Supply Planning
Daniel J. Van Abs | June 1, 2017 | Opinion
The key is finding a balance between specific requirements to guide future administrations, without getting so prescriptive as to constrain evolution
NJ, NY at Odds Over Delaware River Water Allocations
NJTV News Online | June 1, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey wants millions more gallons of water a day. The challenge is to convince New York, which controls the spigot
Op-Ed: Underneath NJ — an Unhealthy, Costly, Disgusting Problem
Robert Briant Jr. | May 15, 2017 | Opinion
What we need right now is a comprehensive strategy for improving our water and sewer infrastructure
As FERC Moves Closer to Quorum, ‘Greens’ Hope State DEP Will Block PennEast
Tom Johnson | May 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Thus far, FERC lacks power of eminent domain needed to complete DEP’s permitting process
Court Overrules DEP Permit to Discharge Wastewater in Highlands
Tom Johnson | May 8, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Appellate remands paperwork to DEP, arguing it did not properly follow regulations when issuing original permit
Interactive Map: NJ Water Systems Out of Compliance with Federal Standards
Colleen O'Dea | May 5, 2017 | Maps, Map of the Week
A new report from the NRDC reveals that nearly 4.5 million residents are served by systems with at least one violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act
Long-Awaited Plan for Management of Water Resources in New Jersey
Jon Hurdle | May 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
More than two decades in the making, the state’s Water Supply blueprint finally has been updated to the surprise of many who thought Christie administration would run out the clock on it
Legislature, Administration Bump Heads on Highlands Development
Tom Johnson | May 2, 2017 | Energy & Environment
DEP rule would boost number of septic systems; lawmakers argue that is against original intent of law protecting 800,000-acre preserve
DEP Kicks Back PennEast Permit Application, Citing Missing Data
Tom Johnson | April 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Opponents of project hope setback will delay pipeline into 2018, when NJ will have a new governor
DEP Could Go Toe to Toe with Legislature over Septic Tanks in Highlands
Tom Johnson | April 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Department wants to open preserve to greater development, claiming water quality would not be adversely affected
Residents Want to Keep Natural Gas Compressor Out of Somerset County
NJTV News Online | April 26, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Spokesman for operator says people will hardly notice it’s there, but locals fear noise and pollution at the very least
PennEast Runs into More Permit Snags with Another Federal Agency
Tom Johnson | April 25, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Army Corps of Engineers says PennEast application is incomplete because it didn’t secure permission to conduct detailed environmental surveys
Opinion: Water is Priceless and That Is a Problem
Daniel J. Van Abs | April 24, 2017 | Opinion
Water users don’t pay environmental costs like reduced stream flows; they don’t pay opportunity costs — the costs of what could have been done with water had they not consumed it
DEP’s Proposed Stewardship Program Would Help Protect NJ’s Forested Land
Tom Johnson | April 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
State agency hopes to preserve critical tracts of privately owned woodlands by requiring professional stewardship for program participants
New Interactive Feature Lets You Help Shape Our Coverage
NJ Spotlight Staff | April 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
At NJ Spotlight we've come up with another way to make the most of one of our most valuable resources — our readers
State, Audubon Hoping to Move Forward with Logging at Sparta Mountain
Tom Johnson | April 18, 2017 | Energy & Environment
If OK’d, plan would push ahead without certification of Forestry Stewardship Council
Two ‘Green’ Groups Join Lawsuit Challenging Pipeline Through Pinelands
Tom Johnson | April 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
NJ Sierra Club and Environment NJ sign on with Pinelands Preservation Alliance to block South Jersey Gas pipeline to B.L. England plant
Federal Agency Signs off on PennEast Pipeline, Battle Moves to NJ DEP, DRBC
Tom Johnson | April 10, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Even with FERC Environmental Impact Statement, pipeline could face uphill fight at Department of Environmental Protection, Delaware River Basin Commission
PennEast Project Files for Water Permit from State DEP
Tom Johnson | April 7, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Opponents argue controversial pipeline project cannot deliver all environmental data required by NJ Department of Environmental Protection
As Deadline at Federal Agency Looms, PennEast Foes Step Up Campaign
Tom Johnson | April 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
If Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gives controversial pipeline clean environmental bill of health, only local approval is needed for it to move ahead
Storm-Water Projects Seek Help from Increased DEP Funding
Jon Hurdle | April 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Communities and environmental groups plan on putting money into rain gardens and other schemes to reduce runoff
Op-Ed: DEP Misses Boat, Fails to Turn Tide on Polluted Stormwater
Michael L. Pisauro, Jr. | March 31, 2017 | Opinion
Department is renewing municipal stormwater permits for the first time in over a decade but is not incorporating technology that could improve water quality
Water Companies Act on Chemical Concerns as Rulemaking Process Drags on
Jon Hurdle | March 28, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Some private purveyors have already deployed the requisite filtering technology and are passing costs on to customers
Court Tosses Case Against FERC, Helps Ease the Way for PennEast
Tom Johnson | March 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Judge rules that environmental group did not demonstrate bias on part of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission when reviewing projects
Christie Wants to Divert Environmental Settlements One More Time
Tom Johnson | March 23, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Language in proposed budget would shunt hundreds of millions of dollars in legal settlements to general fund
Water-Borne Chemicals Near Military Base Exceed EPA Health Guidelines
Jon Hurdle | March 22, 2017 | Energy & Environment
The chemical detection is the latest example of PFCs being found at levels above recommended health limits in numerous locations around the state
Trump’s Budget Means Big Trouble for NJ Environment, Experts Warn
Tom Johnson | March 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Deep cuts to EPA, other agencies could spare drinking-water and wastewater infrastructure, but streams, rivers, shoreline in crosshairs
Making a Priority of Getting Lead Out of Drinking Water in Schools
Tom Johnson | March 17, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Lawmakers, advocates argue that mandatory testing of pipes in schools is a critical first step to tackling the problem
Commission Weighs Rules to Allow Drilling in Delaware River Basin
Jon Hurdle | State Impact: Pennsylvania | March 16, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Although no decision imminent, Delaware River Basin Commission assures critics any new rules would be put to public comment
PSEG Power May Pull Out of PennEast Pipeline Project
Tom Johnson | March 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Newark company exploring sale of its $100 million share in controversial natural-gas pipeline
Buying Land to Protect Water, Open Spaces in Sussex County
NJTV News Online | March 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
A land-purchase program in northernmost New Jersey is seen as a low-tech — but effective — means of helping the environment
Nitrogen Levels in NJ Waters Dip, But Will Drop Survive Trump Rule Rollback?
Jon Hurdle | March 3, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Administration considers scrapping Waters of the U.S. rule, but New Jersey might be unscathed since state regulations tougher than federal, experts advise
Battle Against Logging NJ Highlands Picks Up Powerful Ally
Tom Johnson | February 28, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Sen. Lesniak moves to keep chainsaws, earthmovers, and wood chippers out of forested preserve, source of drinking water for millions of New Jerseyans
After Public Protest, Pinelands Gas Line Approval Heading for Court
Kirk Moore | February 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Will contested pipeline primarily serve the Pinelands, or will it carry enough natural gas to sell into other areas?
Pinelands Pipeline Project Up for Approval on Friday — After 6 Years
Tom Johnson | February 22, 2017 | Energy & Environment
It’s down to the wire for much-contested pipeline as opponents continue to lobby against what they see as unneeded project
On the Water Front: Finding the Leaks, Getting the Lead Out
Tom Johnson | February 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey’s aging infrastructure can waste up to 30 percent of drinking water before it’s even delivered to customers
Murphy Gets Green Thumbs-Up from NJ Conservation Voters
Tom Johnson | February 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
New Jersey League of Conservation Voters has endorsed Phil Murphy, Democratic hopeful for his party’s gubernatorial slot
Pennsylvania DEP Awards Critical Water Permit to PennEast
StateImpact Pennsylvania | February 14, 2017 | Energy & Environment
PennEast argues that Pennsylvania’s approval shows pipeline can be built with minimal environmental impact, a hot button with New Jersey activists
Profile: Jason Howell, Protecting the Pinelands Against All Comers
Jon Hurdle | February 8, 2017 | Profiles
The stewardship coordinator for the Pinelands Preservation Alliance doesn’t rule out ‘direct action’ for protecting this preserve
Opinion: Anticipating the 2018 Statewide Water Supply Plan
Daniel J. Van Abs | February 7, 2017 | Opinion
The administration has made it clear that it doesn’t want to release the water plan. It’s time to look forward to a new administration and a new plan
Fine Print: Using Water Audits to Curb Losses in Drinking Supplies
Tom Johnson | February 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
In a state where up to 30 percent of treated water is lost before it reaches the tap, water audits can be a critical tool
Legislators Hold Water-Quality Bill But Rap DEP for Delays Setting Standards
Tom Johnson | January 31, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Panel disappoints environmentalists looking for way to push agency to establish limits for 16 contaminants
Delaware Basin Program Measures Progress Protecting Water Supplies
Jon Hurdle | January 31, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Initiative counts more than 40 conservation groups as members, targeted thus far on improving local conditions in creeks and streams
Does State’s Solution to Lead-Contaminated Schools End with Bottled Water?
Tom Johnson | January 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment, Healthcare
Testing for lead in school drinking water is just the beginning, but is money available for remediation?
Delaware Estuary Scientists Worried About Possible Trump Effect
Jon Hurdle | January 27, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Scientists at regional summit clearly unnerved by Trump administration’s announcements on climate change, fossil fuels, and the EPA
Federal Agency Again Postpones Decision on PennEast Pipeline
Tom Johnson | January 24, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Despite delay on final Environmental Impact Statement, company remains certain that pipeline will be in service in second half of 2018
Pinelands Commission Sued to Stop Review of Pipeline Project
Tom Johnson | January 20, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Pinelands Alliance has asked appeals court to block commission from determining if pipeline complies with state policy and administrative rules
BPU Tool Helps Water Companies Speed Infrastructure Investments
Tom Johnson | January 19, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Agency opts to renew program that lets companies invest up to 5 percent of revenues in system upgrades without lengthy regulatory review
Renewed Demand for State Water Supply Plan, But DEP Won’t Say When
Jon Hurdle | January 12, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Member of expert panel says lack of a blueprint leaves New Jersey vulnerable to drought and unable to manage water assets and infrastructure
DEP Accepts Plan to Curb Toxic Chemical in NJ’s Drinking Water
Jon Hurdle | January 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Surveys have shown the presence of PFNA in New Jersey’s public water systems is much higher than the national rate
State Agency Has Unanswered Questions about PennEast Project
Tom Johnson | January 11, 2017 | Energy & Environment
NJ Department of Environmental Protection says it will withhold permits until surveys of proposed route, environmental impact studies are complete
New Federal Protection for Delaware River Basin but Funding Unclear
Jon Hurdle | January 9, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Source of drinking water for millions of people gets legal safeguards; it’s not yet clear whether Congress will provide the money to implement them
For Bayonne Residents, Upgraded Water System Comes at a Price
NJTV News Online | January 6, 2017 | Energy & Environment
Officials created a private partnership that has dealt with decades of neglect but has led to sharp increases in rates
Renewing Aged Water Infrastructure in New Jersey, One Street at a Time
Jon Hurdle | December 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Antiquated leak-prone systems are being upgraded in some parts of the state, but water industry advocates argue that much more needs to be done
Constitutional Amendment Coming on Natural-Resources Damages
Tom Johnson | December 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Voters this fall will be asked to dedicate damages in pollution cases to restoring natural resources, while Highlands takes another step toward greater protection
‘Greens’ Continue to Fight Against Greater Development in Highlands
Tom Johnson | December 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
At heart of matter: Acceptable levels of nitrate in soil and clean drinking water for millions of New Jerseyans
Just How Badly Is NJ’s Water Infrastructure Leaking?
Tom Johnson | December 15, 2016 | Energy & Environment
It’s virtually impossible to determine, since NJ water companies are not required to perform water-loss audits
Two Pipeline Proposals Kicked Back to Pinelands Commission
Tom Johnson | December 12, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Decision as to whether projects meet commission’s comprehensive master plan likely to shape future of development in million-acre preserve
Trump’s Pick to Head EPA Could Be Bad News for NJ’s Air and Water
Tom Johnson | December 8, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Scott Pruitt has fought to block Obama administration’s attempts to slow climate change, and battled regulations to limit air pollution
Water System Reformers Rally Support for Huge Infrastructure Campaign
Jon Hurdle | December 5, 2016 | Energy & Environment
In coming year, members of Jersey Water Works have committed to building new water mains and developing guidance on green infrastructure, as part of an ambitious agenda
Troubles with NJ Drinking-Water System: Easy to Spot, Costly to Correct
Tom Johnson | December 1, 2016 | Energy & Environment
The most vexing difficulty with water system may be where to find the money to fix wasteful problems
As Drought Worsens, Renewed Calls for Release of Long-Overdue Water Plan
Jon Hurdle | November 29, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Water-supply advocates argue that plan — last updated in 1996 — can’t deal with current shortages, possible pollution from sewage treatment plants
Op-Ed: Preparing for Environmental Changes Ahead
Cindy Ehrenclou | November 29, 2016 | Opinion
With the entire New Jersey Senate and Assembly up for election, we need to choose political leaders for whom the environment is a priority
State Hopes to Establish Prices for Natural-Resources Damages
Tom Johnson | November 28, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Standards could help ensure compensation is adequate and fair, prevent funds being raided for use in general budget
Depleted Reservoirs Prompt Official Drought Watch for Delaware River Basin
Jon Hurdle | November 23, 2016 | Energy & Environment
With no end in sight to extended dry spell, regulators take action to compel conservation and to try to keep a ‘salt front’ from threatening drinking water
Knowledge, Cash Critical in Fight Against Lead Poisoning in NJ’s Kids
Meir Rinde | November 22, 2016 | Education, Healthcare
Experts argue that education professionals — superintendents, teachers, nurses, and school psychologists — must learn to identify symptoms of this deadly epidemic
Rate Counsel Takes Aim at PennEast Pipeline, Argues It’s Unneeded
Tom Johnson | November 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Consumer representative also objects to the size of the profits the project would reap if it goes into service
Feds Push Back Review of PennEast Pipeline Project into 2017
Tom Johnson | November 10, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission also wants pipeline company to submit new data and make corrections to its application
DRBC Considers Drought Emergency to Boost Sluggish Flows in Delaware River
Jon Hurdle | November 10, 2016 | Energy & Environment
‘Salt front’ continues to move upriver, closer to fresh-water intakes
Pinelands Pipeline Hits Snag, Sent Back to Commission, BPU
Tom Johnson | November 8, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State appeals court remands project to Pinelands Commission and Board of Public Utilities for proper approval
Delaware River Salt Front Moves Upstream as Drought Cuts Flows
Jon Hurdle | October 28, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Reservoir releases can slow the front, but reduce available amount of drinking water — already in scant supply — in the process
At DEP Drought Hearing, Repeated Calls for State Water Plan
Tom Johnson | October 21, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Agency says updated plan isn’t ready for release, but state has all the tools it needs to fight water shortage
State Poised to Issue First Drought Warning in More Than a Decade
Tom Johnson | October 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Today’s public hearing of Department of Environmental Protection will document drought conditions in more than a dozen north and central New Jersey counties
Profile: The World of Cumberland County’s Bayshore Is Her Oyster
Jon Hurdle | October 19, 2016 | Profiles
One woman’s passion for the county’s historic Bayshore led to a restored ship, a museum, an environmental center, and renewed local pride
Campaigners Demand Map to Limit Forest Destruction by Off-Road Drivers
Jon Hurdle | October 17, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Pinelands activists welcome new data on disturbed sites, but say damage to Wharton State Forest will continue unless detailed map shows which areas are off limits
Transco Compressor Project Stirs Critics at Bordentown Meeting
Jon Hurdle | October 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Residents argue that state can block what they see as a dangerous project by refusing to issue water-quality permits
Occidental to Pay $165 million Toward EPA’s Cleanup of Passaic River Pollution
Jon Hurdle | October 6, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Actual removal of thousands of pounds of contaminants will not begin until 2020 and could take six years to complete
Opinion: NJ Needs a Better Approach to Affordable Water and Sewer Utilities
Daniel J. Van Abs | September 30, 2016 | Opinion
Drinking water and sewer utility costs have been rising faster than both inflation and median incomes, and are very likely to continue doing so for the foreseeable future
Op-Ed: Leadership Now Can Protect NJ’s Water Supply from Future Climate Change
Tom Kean Sr. and Jim Florio | September 29, 2016 | Opinion
New report is catalyst to begin identifying risks to water supply posed by climate change and implementing measures to reduce vulnerability
PennEast Proposes Route Changes to Lessen Environmental Impact
Tom Johnson | September 26, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Conservationists raise concerns that modifications were announced after public comment period was over
Drinking Water Panel Urges DEP to Adopt Nation’s Strictest Limit on PFOA
Jon Hurdle | September 23, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Scientists want New Jersey to reduce the permitted level in drinking water of chemical that has been linked to cancer
High Levels of Chromium 6 Found in Many NJ Water Systems, Study Says
Jon Hurdle | September 20, 2016 | Energy & Environment
‘Erin Brockovich’ chemical has been linked to several types of cancer; environmental group says it is unsafe even at low levels
$20M for Lead Abatement to Come from Clean Energy Fund
Tom Johnson | September 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Money would be used for public buildings with high levels of lead, but environmentalists and business lobbyists oppose source of funding
Public Water Utilities, Loath to Raise Rates, Must Deal with Aging Pipes, Pumps
Jon Hurdle | September 16, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Officials pass the cost along to coming generations, industry expert says, and others warn of total breakdown
New Jersey Government Agencies Add Their Voices to PennEast Protest
Tom Johnson | September 15, 2016 | Energy & Environment
Among the objections, one familiar to opponents: The state doesn’t need the natural gas the pipeline would deliver
Critics Call on DEP to Hold Line on Septic-Tank Density in Highlands
Tom Johnson | September 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
State agency argues its proposal allows for development while protecting source of drinking water for some 6 million people
Tough New Limit Proposed for a Toxic Chemical in New Jersey's Drinking Water
Jon Hurdle | September 14, 2016 | Energy & Environment
If adopted, the new standard for PFOA would make the state a national leader in regulation of the chemical
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