Make Climate Change Integral to State Policies, Report Recommends

The state needs to step up efforts to deal with the effects of climate change, a goal that might be achieved through the establishment of a statewide group to foster preparedness for the potential impacts of global warming, according to a new report…"Climate change is real; it’s happening now and it’s affecting New Jersey," said Anthony Broccoli, professor of atmospheric science at Rutgers University at a forum held at Duke Farms.

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Big Plans for NJ Water Infrastructure Will Mean Bigger Bills for Customers

With New Jersey facing an estimated $40 billion in costs over the next two or three decades to fix its aging water infrastructure, the state may need to set up a program to help lower income residents pay their escalating water and sewer bills…For poorer residents in urban areas where problems are the most pressing – underscored by seemingly weekly water main breaks in sometimes century-old water lines – the cost could be dramatic, according to Daniel Van Abs, an associate professor at Rutgers University.

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NJ’s Archaic Water System: The $40B Problem in Search of a Solution

Where the projected $40 billion needed to fix New Jersey’s aging water infrastructure is going to come from is a dilemma long recognized by the state’s policymakers and legislators. But no one has yet to offer any viable solutions…"We really don’t know what it will cost," said Daniel Van Abs, a Rutgers professor, who recently wrote a study for New Jersey Future on the problem. Many of the most pressing issues confront the state’s 21 largest cities, according to the study.

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Clean Drinking Water for New Jersey Residents Comes at Steep Price

Many of New Jersey’s 21 largest cities face, in some cases, hundreds of millions of dollars in costs to upgrade sewer systems that now pollute rivers and bays during heavy rains, according to a new report prepared by Rutgers University for New Jersey Future, a smart-growth organization. And time is running out for those communities to fix the problem…"One point is clear: With aging water infrastructure, what can go wrong at some point will, unless preemptive action is taken," said Daniel Van Abs (associate research professor in Human Ecology), the principal investigator for the study, who works at Rutgers University. "Looking the other way does not make the system work any better."

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Long-Awaited DEP Study Says PFC Contamination Widespread in State’s Water

Two-thirds of New Jersey’s public water systems tested in a statewide survey were found to contain perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), which have been linked to some cancers in humans and reproductive and developmental problems in animals, according to a newly released survey from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection…Larry Ragonese, a spokesman for the DEP, did not respond to a request for an explanation of why the survey was kept from public view for so long. Keith Cooper, a Rutgers University toxicologist who is the new chairman of the Drinking Water Quality Institute, which advises the DEP on water quality, said he did not know why the report had been so severely delayed.

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