New Jersey Key Facts:
Water and Environment
- New Jersey’s dam safety program has 13 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 128.9 state regulated dams.
- New Jersey has 217 high hazard dams.
- 100% of the state regulated dams in New Jersey have an Emergency Action Plan.
- New Jersey’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $1,254,000.
- New Jersey has reported $8 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- New Jersey has 111 sites on the National Priorities List.
- New Jersey has approximately 126 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.
- New Jersey has reported $32.5 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- There are 46 public-use airports in New Jersey.
- 651 of the 6,554 bridges in New Jersey (9.9%) are considered structurally deficient.
- 1,717 of the 6,554 bridges in New Jersey (26.2%) are considered functionally obsolete.
- New Jersey received $172.2 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.
- New Jersey has 360 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 23rd in the nation.
- New Jersey’s ports handled 155.6 million short tons of cargo in 2009, ranking it 4th in the nation.
- New Jersey has 18 freight railroads covering 983 miles across the state, ranking it 40th by mileage.
- Driving on roads in need of repair costs New Jersey motorists $3.476 million a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $601 per motorist.
- 66% of New Jersey’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
- New Jersey has 38,837 public road miles.
- New Jersey’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 8,299 per capita, ranking it 42th in the nation.
- New Jersey’s gas tax of 14.5 cents per gallon has not been increased in 21 years.
- New Jersey has 407,050 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.
Parks and Recreation
- New Jersey has reported an unmet need of $323 million for its parks system.
- Public school districts in New Jersey spent a total of $7.3 billion on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
- It is estimated that New Jersey schools have $1 billion in infrastructure funding needs.
- New Jersey produces .868 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 46th.
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