May 2017
Video of the Month 


Water infrastructure is "out of sight, out of mind" until something goes wrong, like this water main break that disrupted traffic,  business and daily life.


Members at Work

Hon. Ras Baraka, mayor of the City of Newark, and former New Jersey Governor Christine 
Whitman  offer their recommendations to New Jersey's Legislative Task Force on Drinking Water.
"As a former governor and administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and as a mayor of New Jersey's largest city, respectively, we are worried about water. We know that prosperous, healthy communities depend on modern, reliable water systems." -- Whitman and Baraka in The Star-Ledger

At a Congressional hearing focused on fixing our nation's stormwater and wastewater infrastructure, Larry Levine of the Natural Resources Defense Council,  testified on the importance of adequate water infrastructure investment for protecting public health.   He provided the subcommittee with recommendations to address our water infrastructure problems.

"First-class infrastructure to protect clean water and public health is among our most important-and most basic-needs as a nation." -- Larry Levine, NRDC

Sustainable Jersey's 2017 New Jersey Sustainability Summit on June 21 will explore how coordinated local action can achieve an increased collective impact.  Check out the Protecting our Natural Resources panel to learn how vigilance at the local level can help preserve our state and regional ecosystems and protect human health.

Are Citizen-Powered Initiatives the Key to Reducing Stormwater Runoff?   The Cities of Service Prepared Together program is giving three of New Jersey's communities -- Hoboken, Jersey City, and Newark -- a chance to address stormwater runoff issues  and build stronger, more resilient neighborhoods.

Want to see your organization featured here?  Email Bri Riley with your updates.



 Jersey Water Works Updates

Register Today!  The Jersey Water Works Membership Meeting will be on Tuesday, July 18, from 12:00pm-4:00pm in Jersey City .  Join us as we brainstorm ways to make faster progress, celebrate the work of the collaborative and its members, and learn from national experts. Stay tuned for a full agenda.

Let's celebrate the power of collaboration! Jersey Water Works is now 303 members strong. We thank everyone for their commitment to improving water infrastructure. Click here to become a member of the collaborative today.




Call for nominations! The inaugural  New Jersey One Water Awards program is now accepting nominations for 2017.  The awards honor implemented water infrastructure programs or projects that address water issues holistically.  

The program  is sponsored by a new partnership of the Association of Environmental Authorities, American Water Works Association and Jersey Water Works.  Apply today!



New Jersey Celebrates Infrastructure Week


The New Jersey Utilities Association joined hundreds of organizations in celebrating Infrastructure Week and explained the importance of investing in cutting-edge technology and water infrastructure systems to enable our utilities to support healthy, strong communities.

The City of Hoboken, NJDEP, NJEIT and North Hudson Sewerage Authority hosted an Infrastructure Week event at Hoboken's Southwest Park. The event highlighted two of the city's green infrastructure projects as examples of how innovative designs can address issues in CSO communities. Speakers included Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer; David Zimmer of the NJEIT; Dan Kennedy from NJDEP; Richard Wolfe of NHSA; and Jane Kenny, representing Jersey Water Works.

"On behalf of the Jersey Water Works collaborative I commend the City of Hoboken and Mayor Dawn Zimmer on the Southwest and Northwest Resiliency Parks," said Jane Kenny, Jersey Water Works co-chair. "The parks will act as sponges for stormwater runoff, and  also make the city a greener, healthier place to live and play. By leveraging its infrastructure investment, Hoboken offers a great model for cities and towns across the New Jersey."

Utility and Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey chief executive officer Robert Briant Jr. speaks out on the invisible crisis of the state's aging water infrastructure and the costly consequences of not investing in our water systems.

"What New Jersey needs right now is a comprehensive strategy for improving our water and sewer infrastructure to ensure we deliver clean water to the men, women, children, and businesses of our state." -- Robert Briant Jr.


Highlighted Event

Webinar, June 20, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM:  One Water: Coordination Efforts for Sustainable Communities (American Planning Association): This webinar will provide a brief overview of One Water management and discuss research efforts underway in the water/wastewater community to help communities move toward One Water.

 

New Resources 

National Public Opinion Poll: 82 Percent Say Rebuilding Water Infrastructure is Important   (Value of Water Campaign): This poll assessed public opinion on infrastructure investment across America.  Fully 82 percent of respondents -- 79 percent of Republicans, 82 percent of independents, and 85 percent of Democrats -- said rebuilding water infrastructure is extremely or very important.

Urban Stormwater Guide (National Association of City Transportation Officials): National best practices for sustainable stormwater management in the streets.

Social Media for Water Utilities  (Water Research Foundation): This report is designed to help guide utilities through the world of social media engagement in a simple, low-maintenance way. Included are tips for integrating social media into day-to-day operations and resources and templates that utilities can customize and put to use at any time.

A Burgeoning Crisis? A Nationwide Assessment of the Geography of Water Affordability in the United States (PLOS ONE): This report assesses potential water affordability issues for households in the United States.  Conservative projections estimate that the percentage of U.S. households who will find water bills unaffordable could triple over the next five years, from 11.9 percent to 35.6 percent.



Funding and Job Opportunities

National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program:  The Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service provides grants of up to $1 million to coastal and Great Lakes states and U.S. territories to protect, restore and enhance coastal wetland ecosystems and associated uplands. Applications due June 30.

Green Infrastructure Specialist/Urban Forestry Coordinator (City of Hoboken) The City of Hoboken is seeking a coordinator to manage its green infrastructure assets and urban tree
canopy. 



Legislative Update

The New Jersey Senate   passed the Water Quality Accountability Act, which would require public drinking water systems to develop an asset management plan and conduct regular inspections, improvements, and repairs to water infrastructure.


New Jersey Water Supply Plan Media Roundup

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection released the draft Water Supply Plan . It provides tools to help guide the management, conservation and development of water resources throughout the state. Public hearings will be held in July. Media coverage on the plan is below:



Water Infrastructure in the News
New Jersey:

National:
A Water Crisis on Long Island ( New York Times )

 

Upcoming Events
 
June 7:  Smart Growth Awards (New Jersey Future)
June 8: Water Stewardship Science Fair (Jersey City Office of Innovation)
June 14: 2017 Camden Environmental Summit (formerly the Camden SMART Forum)
June 15: Green Infrastructure in New Jersey Training (Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program)
June 27-29:  U.S. Water Alliance's One Water Summit 2017 Join the party in New Orleans!  Once again we are organizing a New Jersey delegation to the One Water Summit. Contact Chris Sturm if you have any questions.  
July 7: Improving Water Resources Through Community Partnerships (Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program)
July 17:  Union County Rain Garden/ Green Infrastructure Bus Tour (Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program)


Jersey Water Works is a collaborative effort working to transform New Jersey's inadequate water infrastructure through sustainable, cost-effective solutions that provide communities with clean water and waterways; healthier, safer neighborhoods; local jobs; flood and climate resilience; and economic growth.

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