Stormwater Utilities and New Jersey Authorities

Posted on: April 19th, 2022 by eric

In 2019, the Clean Stormwater and Flood Reduction Act (CSFRA) was signed by Gov. Murphy. CSFRA provides a new tool to aid those local governments struggling with their stormwater responsibilities. It explicitly permits them to delegate critical stormwater management tasks, and it permits them to create a dedicated source. The purpose is to allow for more efficient, effective, and proactive stormwater planning and management.

CSFRA permits municipalities and counties to create stormwater utilities, and it permits authorities to create stormwater utilities in partnership with a municipality or county that holds an MS4 permit. The permit holder remains responsible for stormwater permit compliance, but the municipality is not alone and it is not left with limited options.

Environmental authorities historically have delivered three types of service: drinking water, wastewater, and solid waste. Through CSFRA, stormwater was added to the list of services authorities are explicitly permitted to provide.

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