March 2017
Wastewater Reuse Was a Hot Topic This Month! Breweries  Stone Brewing Co. and Ballast Point are taking the lead on reusing our most valued resource! The Record's Jim O'Neill considers how New Jersey could join in. From toilet to tap: Recycled water may be N.J.'s future (The Record)
Members at Work

Congratulations! Andy Kricun, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority chief engineer and executive director 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. He is being recognized for transforming the understanding and/or use of GSI. The awards ceremony will be held on May 11 in Philadelphia.  

Could Local Partnerships Be a Catalyst for Rebuilding Our Aging Infrastructure?  New Jersey's cities are using an innovative approach to address their aging water infrastructure. Nation - take note: This is a model could be used to help raise our D+ national infrastructure grade. New Jersey's Municipal Action Team model is highlighted in this blog post.  

New Jersey Future releases 2017 gubernatorial platform i n c l u d i n g an overview of its recommendations for what the next administration can do to invest wisely in water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure systems. Does your organization have a platform that addresses water infrastructure that you'd like to share?  If so, please email Jane Rosenblatt.

Update on 2017 Member Commitments
Jersey Water Works members announced more than 30 commitments -- actions they will take to transform New Jersey's water infrastructure -- for 2017. Below see recent progress made towards accomplishing them!

The City of Hoboken set aside $42 million in its 2017 budget for investment in water infrastructure upgrades over the next six years. We asked Jen Gonzalez, a principal planner for the city, to put that number in context.

 Jersey Water Works Updates

The Work Our Committees Will Tackle This Year! Introducing the 2017 Work Plan
The   work plan includes practical projects that will make water, sewer and stormwater systems more cost-effective and beneficial to the communities they serve. The projects advance best practices, better stakeholder engagement, and affordability for all ratepayers, among their other goals.

"Last year the American Society of Civil Engineers gave New Jersey a grade of C for drinking-water infrastructure and D for wastewater infrastructure," said Mark Mauriello of Edgewood Properties, a co-chair of the Jersey Water Works Steering Committee. "This work plan, like last year's, contains specific, implementable actions that will help the state improve its grades in both those categories."
New Resources 

Report: The Economic Benefits of Investing in Water Infrastructure (The Value of Water Coalition)   This economic-impact analysis quantifies the the need to  increase investments in the nation's water infrastructure and the impacts of doing so on  economic growth and employment.
  • Based on a 2016 assessment by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), this study estimates that the U.S. needs to invest an additional $82 billion per year in water infrastructure at all levels of government over the next 10 years to meet projected capital needs.
  • Closing the investment gap would result in over $220 billion in total annual economic activity to the country .
  • For every $1 million invested in water infrastructure, The Value of Water Coalition estimates that upwards of 15 jobs are generated across the economy.
Tapping Private Financing and Delivery to Modernize America's Federal Water Resources  (Ash Center For Democratic Governance And Innovation)

Alternative Water Project Delivery Models (Environmental Finance Center UNC-Chapel Hill)

Community Engagement Toolkit ( Collective Impact Forum). A series of tools for planning community engagement to be more purposeful, equitable, transparent, and strategic so that community members are true partners for achieving impact.
Legislative Update

A4569 t h e Water Quality Accountability Act: Imposes certain testing, reporting, management, and infrastructure investment requirements on water purveyors.  The bill was voted out of the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee with amendments on March 20. Those who testified in support of the bill include Chris Sturm, New Jersey Future   ; Doug O'Malley, Environment New Jersey; Jeff Tittel, Sierra Club; Ciro Scalera, The New Jersey Laborers Union; Tom Churchelow, New Jersey Utilities Association; and Anthony Anastasia, United Transportation and Contractors Association.

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

Grant Funding Available! NJDEP Seeks Applications for Projects to Improve Water Quality  Up to $10.4 million in grant funding is available (three times the amount available last year!)  for green infrastructure projects  in communities with combined sewer systems and other projects that  implement water quality improvements and education. Deadline is May 4

National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program  The Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service annually 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.
Water Infrastructure in the News
New Jersey:

Upcoming Events
April 5 and 6: Atlantic Builders' Convention . Visit the Green Neighborhood to take advantage of free consulting on how to incorporate green stormwater infrastructure into development projects. Experts will make recommendations based on concept plans, site surveys, maps, and other materials. Free passes to the convention floor are available for those who reserve a consulting appointment. Sign up for free consulting .

April 26: Flood Hazard Area Seminar ( The New Jersey section of the American Water Resources Association) . The presentation will review the major policy changes that have been made to the Revised Flood Hazard Area Regulations.  

May 23:  The State of the Estuary: Looking Back, Moving Forward   (The New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program)

June 14: Save the Date: 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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