Better combine economic development and environmental improvement

“Environmental protection” does not cover the full range of services that natural resource management and regulatory agencies provide to the public we serve. At NJDEP, our work sits squarely at the intersection of environmental, health, social, and economic improvement.

We do not protect our environment simply because natural beauty should be recognized and preserved. While it should and does do us good, we do this important work because economic growth and the long-term success of our communities demand that we maintain the free public services that clean, healthy, and equally accessible natural capital provides. .

From the air that fills our lungs, to the marshes that filter our water, to the trees whose roots hold back our banks and control flooding, our natural capital is always working for us. But since our environment never sends a bill, our underinvestment in its care can become the budget shortfall we all too easily overlook.

Viewing environmental improvement as a wise investment has positioned NJDEP to drive economic growth in New Jersey communities. And we want to do more.

Our brownfields redevelopment program, for example, identifies formerly contaminated and degraded properties that present unique opportunities for investment and ensures their renewal. Brownfield cleanup and redevelopment can help revitalize neighborhoods, improve public safety, create jobs, improve the tax base, establish open spaces, and catalyze regional growth.

Each brownfield remediation restores damaged natural resources and helps preserve resources in otherwise developed areas. green fields and woodlands that provide valuable services to the public.

To expand these opportunities, NJDEP is launching a new GIS mapping tool to help investors, developers, community leaders, LSRPs and the public identify brownfields with potential for redevelopment.

Based on information accessible through NJDEP records and available through the NJDEP Brownfields Program and the New Jersey Community Asset MapThe Brownfields Inventory GIS layer provides details of potential target sites, including area, cleanup status, and owner contact information.

Currently, the tool includes sites located in municipalities participating in the NJDEP Community Collaboration Initiative: Bayonne, Bridgeton, Camden, Jersey City, Millville, Newark, Paterson, Paulsboro, Perth Amboy, Salem, Trenton and Vineland. The NJDEP intends to include opportunities in other municipalities in future versions of the tool.

NJDEP’s work to share this data and expand its reach represents one more step toward creating new opportunities at the intersection – of environment, health, social and economic betterment – which we call home. .

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