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WATERSHED STEWARDSHIP  

 

Unified vision statement established that integrates water supply, water conservation, water 
recycling, runoff management, wastewater facilities planning, and infrastructure planning using 
a regional watershed approach.   

 

Green infrastructure deployment to enhance infiltration, evapotranspiration, treatment, or 
capture and reuse of stormwater  

 

Watershed permitting strategy for multiple facilities (e.g., active nutrient water quality trading 
under a watershed-based permit)  

 

Ecosystem enhancements for improved hydraulics or water quality, including:  

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Riparian reforestation to enhance pollution mitigation functions 

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Stream channel restoration for increased hydrologic stability   

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Critical land acquisitions (e.g., conservation easements, buffer-zone purchases)   

 

Climate impact resilience principles incorporated into planning for new, repair, and replacement 
of infrastructure.  

Bluebelts: DEP has developed and operated the Bluebelt program for more than 20 years. The Bluebelt 
program provides an urban stormwater management system by integrating pipe systems with 
constructed and existing streams, ponds, and other wetland areas and allowing them to perform their 
natural functions of conveying, storing, and filtering stormwater. Bluebelts provide drainage for more 
than 15,000 acres citywide and preserve open spaces and diverse wildlife habitats.  

Performance Measures & Results