Here’s a great video about stormwater and water quality from Long Hill Township 9th grader Jake Raimer.
It’s encouraging to see young students like Jake learning about and educating others about issues affecting the quality of life in New Jersey. Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Tropical Storm Sandy in 2012 brought the issue of combined sewer systems into sharp relief, as systems became overloaded with storm water, forcing partially treated or raw sewage into our waterways. As of 2014, there are still 21 municipalities in the state on combined sewer systems, making the state still vulnerable to a big storm.
If it’s any consolation, New Jersey is not alone, as recent heavy rains in Houston caused over 2 million gallons of sewage to spill onto the streets, creating a wet, smelly mess.
For more information about New Jersey’s water infrastructure and what to do about the 7 billion gallons of raw sewage that enters our waterways every year, read “Ripple Effects” from New Jersey Future