Author: William F. Harrison, Esq. and Alexandra M. Hill, Esq. View the article On January 9, 2012, the New Jersey Legislature passed S3156/A4335 concerning the Water Quality Management Plan (“WQMP”) rules adopted by the Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) in 2008. The bill extends the deadline for counties to prepare and submit a wastewater management plan to DEP and maintain, during the extension period, the validity of the existing sewer service areas until the new plans are approved. The bill was signed into law by Governor Christie on January 17, 2012.