April 2017
Infrastructure Week is a national week of events, media coverage, and education and advocacy efforts to elevate infrastructure as a critical issue affecting all Americans. Find out how you can take action using the new shareable social media graphics and pre-written tweets.  Jersey Water Works has already signed on as an affiliate because it is #timetobuild.

Members at Work

Congratulations! Andy Kricun of Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority and member of the Jersey Water Works Steering Committee, wins the  Leadership  in Green Stormwater Infrastructure award from the   Green Stormwater Infrastructure Partners , of Greater Philadelphia. Join us at t he awards ceremony  on May 11!  

Sustainable Jersey's 2017 New Jersey Sustainability Summit on June 21 will explore how coordinated local action can achieve an increased collective impact.  This year's keynote speaker is Chris Daggett, president and chief executive officer of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

The New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary Program presents The State of the Estuary: Looking Back, Moving Forward. Join the celebration on May 23 to recognize the 30th anniversary of both programs and discuss the opportunities that lie ahead.

Check out Municipal Action Team progress! Jersey Water Works partners, led by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program, are building community-based green infrastructure projects by bringing together local governments, utility authorities, residents, and community organizations.

At the Sustainable Jersey Coding for Community competition, the "Jersey Boys"  presented an idea for an interactive educational website where citizens of CSO communities could learn about water resource projects and take action. The site includes notification to conserve water during rain events, an online form to report local flooding, and multiple campaigns to increase environmental responsibility.

The New Jersey Developers' Green Infrastructure Guide, put together by New Jersey Future and the New Jersey Builders Association, explains how, where, and when to incorporate green infrastructure features.

NJDEP has launched New Jersey H20, the official Facebook Page of the Water Resource Management Program. Like their new page to stay in the loop about WRM-related programs!

The Landis Sewerage Authority celebrated Earth Day with state and federal partners by planting a hedgerow and other plants to create a thriving habitat for quail, butterflies, songbirds, and other species.

Mo Kinberg of New Jersey Future will be presenting at the Kearny Clean Waters Event on April 29. Come learn all about green infrastructure, see the rain barrel demo and even purchase one!

Environmental Groups to Sue EPA Over Unsafe Waters in New York City -- Joining together for this legal action are Riverkeeper,  Natural Resources Defense Council , Save the Sound (the bi-state initiative of Connecticut Fund for the Environment), Waterkeeper Alliance,  NY/NJ Baykeeper , NYC Water Trail Association, Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, Bronx Center for Environmental Quality, and the Newtown Creek Alliance.

 Jersey Water Works Updates

The Committees Dig Into Their 2017 Work Plan Items! A few highlighted projects discussed at their last meetings are below.
How Will You Contribute? Contact Briana Riley of the Jersey Water Works backbone staff for more information.
  • Community Engagement Committee: Developing a one-pager on the public participation guidelines for the new MS4 permit and a communications toolkit for JWW members.
  • Green Infrastructure Committee: Planning GI training sessions on green streets for transportation professionals and on the new Sustainable Jersey GI actions for environmental commissions and green teams.
  • Finance Committee: Reviewing a draft report on state-level funding initiatives, reporting on the financial benefits of asset management and accessing the NJEIT application process to increase successful green infrastructure applications.
  • Municipal Outreach Committee: Supporting the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association water infrastructure policy committee and developing a webinar series in partnership with the League of Municipalities.
  • Best Practices Committee: Meeting May 4 to get started on their work!
Announcing the New Jersey One Water Awards! The awards honor implemented water infrastructure programs or projects that addresses water issues holistically. The new awards program is sponsored by a partnership of the Association of Environmental Authorities, American Water Works Association, and Jersey Water Works.  Stay tuned for more information!

I ntro ducing Our Newest Member of the Backbone Staff for Jersey Water Works!  Briana Riley has joined the team. You may reach her by email or by phone at 609-393-0008 x.106.
Left: Briana talks about water issues and green infrastructure at the Bayonne Earth Day event.
New Resources 

An Open Letter to Infrastructure Funders and Investors (re:focus partners): Through their work on the RE.invest Initiative and the Build It Green Initiative in New Jersey, re:focus partners makes recommendations for how funders, investors, philanthropies, and impact investors can change the game for green infrastructure investment in small cities.

New Report: Small Cities With Big-City Infrastructure Problems: New Jersey Future and re:focus partners celebrated the conclusion of Build It Green (BIG) with the release of re:focus partners' report highlighting innovative approached in Perth Amboy, Gloucester City, and Jersey City are taking to upgrading stormwater infrastructure.

The Intersector Toolkit : The Intersector Project is a non-profit organization that supports multiple-sector collaboration  to solve complex problems. Their toolkit will help analyze, design, implement, and assess successful cross-sector collaborations. 

Transforming the East Orange Water Commission: Mayor Lester Taylor of East Orange delivered a presentation at the 2017 WaterNow Alliance Summit to stress the importance of understanding the current water reality in one of New Jersey's oldest cities.

Funding 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.

Legislative Update

Save the Date! The NJ Joint Legislative Task Force on Drinking Water has scheduled a final public hearing on May 5 to consider recommendations for action.

New York state's new $2.5 billion clean water infrastructure bill will fund upgrades to water infrastructure to protect drinking water quality.
"Investing in water infrastructure is critical to fostering growth in our communities and our state ... This investment will rebuild and improve our regional infrastructure, while supporting a stronger, healthier New York for generations to come." -- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Water Infrastructure in the News
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Upcoming Events
April 28: IMEX Consulting Group is hosting a live pilot testing of High-Velocity Cross Flow technology in Robbinsville. Register for the event using this online form.

May 4:  Water Words That Work will be presenting a webcast on the findings of the Social Media for Water Utilities research guide .  

May 8: Innovations in Urban Stormwater Management (American Planning Association): The APA national conference is right around the corner! This session will explore and discuss the role planners play in achieving effective and innovative stormwater management in urban communities. 
Speakers include JWW leaders   Robert Pirani, Hudson River Foundation; Chris Sturm, New Jersey Future; Julie Krause, NJDEP; and Stephen Marks, City of Hoboken

May 12: Restoration Ecology: Using Mitigation and Sustainable Design Techniques to Reduce Stormwater Impacts and Increase Storm Resiliency (Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station):  This course  will focus on the interdisciplinary approach to the recovery of degraded, damaged or impaired ecosystems, drawing upon real-world examples of restoration ecology in practice.

May 17: The New Jersey section of the American Water Resources Association is hosting a brown-bag luncheon seminar to present Phase 2 of the Delaware River Basin Initiative: Better Science and Project, New Tools and Map

June 7:  Smart Growth Awards (New Jersey Future)

June 14: 2017 Camden Environmental Summit (formerly the Camden SMART Forum)

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 or plan to attend.

July 18: Save the Date: Jersey Water Works Membership Meeting. Learn about last year's Membership Meeting .

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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New Jersey Future
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New Jersey Future
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New Jersey Future
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