Big news: Last week the state legislature passed the Flood Defense Act, which would enable New Jersey municipalities to fund improvements to manage and defend against flooding and keep polluted runoff from contaminating sensitive environments and water supplies.


However,  before we celebrate, Governor Murphy still needs to sign the bill into law. This legislation represents a long campaign by the Highlands Coalition and our Flood Defense NJ partners.

Send a message to Governor Murphy to sign the Flood Defense Act, and let communities get started on planning improvements


Boonton Falls after heavy rainfall  (Highlands Coalition)

There’s no question that the Flood Defense Act is a win for New Jersey's environment and our economy. We’re so happy that the legislature has finally recognized stormwater and its destructive impact on communities and vulnerable waterways.


Currently New Jersey has a $16 billion deficit to address water infrastructure issues, and it’s not going to decrease anytime soon. Once this bill becomes law, municipalities will have the option of establishing local stormwater utilities as a mechanism to sustainably fund stormwater management and green infrastructure projects that will alleviate the stresses of frequent flooding.


Let’s make sure Governor Murphy is with us

and signs the bill into law as quickly as possible.

Flood Defense New Jersey is a coalition of state and local nonprofit organizations working to protect our communities from damaging floods and harmful stormwater pollution.

The New Jersey Highlands Coalition

We represent a diverse network of organizations - small and large, local, regional, statewide and national - and individuals with the common goal to protect, enhance and restore the New Jersey Highlands and to preserve the quality and quantity of drinking water both for the 850,000 people in the Highlands as well as the more than 6.2 million people in surrounding areas who depend on Highlands water.


Contributions from supporters such as you are New Jersey Highlands Coalition’s largest source of funding and ensure that the Coalition has the resources to continue to be your voice speaking up for the NJ Highlands in the future.