New Jersey Water Risk and Equity Map

New Jersey faces a wide range of water-related risks, from flooding near rivers to sea level rise and the presence of lead and other contaminants in drinking water. These and other issues affect people differently in different parts of the state. The New Jersey Water Risk and Equity Map contains information to help residents, advocates, and policymakers understand water risks in their communities.

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What is the purpose of the map?

Why is this map important?

How do you use this map?

  1. To access the map, click the menu (three vertical lines) in the top left corner of the site and then click “Map.”
  2. Click on the “Tour” button in the top right corner, which will walk you through the map components and functions.
  3. Click on “Map Layers” to navigate through the data layers that are available.
  4. Click on “Add” to display layers on the map.
  5. Click “Legend” to understand the colors used in each layer.
  6. Use the “Layer Control” tab in the top right to turn layers on and off and to adjust their transparency.

Which datasets are in the map?

What are the Hotspots?

The map includes two types of Environmental Justice Hotspots, which are areas where overburdened communitiesface high levels of water risks.

What is an example of how to use the map?

What are some limitations of the map?

Please note that this map is for informational purposes only. These types of conclusions may be drawn from the map: general patterns and trends of flooding and known water quality issues in the state; general demographic trends; potential incidence of water related risks in specific communities; etc. Please note that the map is not meant for: making flood zone determinations, providing design elevations or guidance; drawing conclusions based on correlation; etc. More analysis is needed to establish firm conclusions about intersections in specific areas. Rutgers, Jersey Water Works, and New Jersey Future assume no responsibility for incorrect information.

This tool relies on other organizations' data. Due to the limitations of original datasets, there may be data gaps and the resolution (scale) of the data may not be sufficiently detailed for your study area. In addition, it is possible that data shown on the map is outdated or does not reflect conditions on the ground. The flood data used in the overlay analysis is selected because it is the best data available that is supported by FEMA.

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