EPA provides New Jersey $84.5M for water infrastructure improvements

EPA provides New Jersey $84.5M for water infrastructure improvements

TRENTON, NJ — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Sept. 6 that it has awarded nearly $84.5 million to New Jersey to help finance water infrastructure projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment. The funds will primarily be used to upgrade wastewater and drinking water systems throughout the state. “Working with […]

Grewal sues EPA over suspension of federal law on polluting trucks

Grewal sues EPA over suspension of federal law on polluting trucks

TRENTON, NJ — N.J. Attorney Gen. Gurbir S. Grewal sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on July 19 over its decision to suspend a rule limiting the production of super-polluting trucks known as “gliders,” according to a press release from Grewal’s office. Former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt ordered the suspension on July 5, his final […]

Rahway flood abatement work could still be 6 years off

Rahway flood abatement work could still be 6 years off

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — With images of Hurricane Irma striking Florida dominating news coverage only two weeks after similar pictures from Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Texas, local memories are being refreshed of Irene and Sandy — and the damage they wreaked. While local officials are pushing for action along the Rahway River and its tributaries, […]

New tests show 13 school fixtures with elevated lead levels

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — In a Sept. 5 update, the South Orange-Maplewood School District reported that in the second round of lead testing, 13 fixtures showed evidence of elevated lead levels. Concerns regarding the district’s water fixtures began last school year after the SOMSD, in compliance with the Department of Education regulations and […]

Elmwood Park Renovations Include new tennis courts, city’s first outdoor fitness circuit area

Elmwood Park Renovations Include new tennis courts, city’s first outdoor fitness circuit area

EAST ORANGE, NJ — Elmwood Park is currently undergoing a $2.5 million renovation project that will bring the city of East Orange with its first outdoor fitness circuit area, city officials announced. East Orange Mayor Lester E. Taylor III, the East Orange City Council and the East Orange Open Space Committee recently broke ground on […]

WO seeks DEP grant to improve Lafayette, Degnan parks

WO seeks DEP grant to improve Lafayette, Degnan parks

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council unanimously approved a resolution during its Jan. 17 meeting that authorizes the township to apply for a Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres matching grant to be used to fund improvements to Lafayette and Degnan parks. According to the resolution, the grant will cover $45,525 of […]

U.S. Congress authorizes Rahway River Flood Mitigation Project as national priority

U.S. Congress authorizes Rahway River Flood Mitigation Project as national priority

RAHWAY, NJ — The U.S. Congress approved the Federal Water Resources Act of 2016 on Saturday, Dec. 10, and sent it to President Barack Obama for signing, according to a release from the Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control The act includes the authorization of the Rahway River Flood Mitigation Project as a […]

Mayors Council to head to D.C. to push flood mitigation plan along

ESSEX / UNION COUNTIES, NJ — The Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control will head to Trenton this week to meet with Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Robert Martin on Dec. 9 to urge the state to move ahead on the state funding of the Rahway River Flood Mitigation plan, including getting to […]

NJAW reminds customers to conserve while drought warning is in effect

VOORHEES, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has issued a drought warning for the following 14 counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren. The drought warning designation is an exercise of the DEP’s non-emergency authority and aims to reduce the likelihood or severity […]

Drought watch issued for most of Northern New Jersey

NJDEP urges residents to conserve water as dry conditions persist

TRENTON, NJ — As a result of continued dry weather, the Department of Environmental Protection has issued a water supply drought watch for most of northern New Jersey, Commissioner Bob Martin announced July 25. The DEP is urging residents in the affected areas to conserve water; residents elsewhere in the state are asked to practice […]