October 2018
Photo of the Month
Photo: Demonstrating that storm drains are connected to area waterways , pro fisherman Mike Iaconelli angles in Philly storm drains using hot dogs and soft pretzels as bait. Photo credit : Diane Mastrull / The Inquirer.
The Cost of Inaction
Often overlooked, our water infrastructure isn't noticed until something goes wrong. This section highlights the everyday consequences of not investing in New Jersey's water systems.

U.S. President Signs America's Water Infrastructure Act

President Trump signed into law America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, a comprehensive bill that makes much-needed investments in water infrastructure systems across the country. Here is the section by section summary of the bill . Here are the provisions in the bill that affect JWW goals and projects .

In-depth description of Senator Booker's work on the bill (Basecamp post from Office of Senator Cory Booker, a JWW member)
Water resources bill is a win for cities ( National League of Cities )

 Jersey Water Works Updates

Speakers Announced! Annual JWW Conference, Dec. 7

The  fourth annual JWW Conference will bring together more than 300 stakeholders to focus on innovative ways to upgrade the state's water infrastructure. Use #njwater18 on social media to spread the word and stay up to date.  See the full list of speakers here . Sponsorship information here . Stay tuned for information regarding CPE credits.

Dr. Manuel P. Teodoro

Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
Catherine R. McCabe

Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Hon. Bob Smith

Chairman, New Jersey Senate Energy and Environment
Hon. Lester Taylor

Former Mayor, City of East Orange; Partner, Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli LLC

How Members 'Imagine a Day Without Water'

On Oct. 10, as part of the Value of Water Campaign's national day of action, members of JWW participated in a coordinated communications campaign.

With support from the JWW Education and Outreach Committee, members raised awareness through social media about our often-overlooked water systems.

Member Highlights

Peggy Gallos, executive director of the Association of Environmental Authorities and a member of the JWW Steering Committee , was a recent guest on the Water Values Podcast. Listen to her interview , during which, among other things, she provides a unique view on how water and sewer utilities find solutions to the challenges presented to them.

AEA  is hosting its annual conference Nov. 13-14 . More information here .

The NY/NJ Harbor & Estuary Program recently released a report to inform stakeholders in the CSO Long-Term Control Plan process as to what might be an ambitious and  realistic target for balancing green and gray infrastructure in Perth Amboy. 

HEP is hosting is annual conference on  Nov. 16 More information here .

The NJ DEP recently presented, before the Clean Water Council, rule updates on the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Private Well Testing Act. Other recent presentations include one on stormwater utilities as a transformative approach to funding stormwater management. See the full list here .    

Cooper's Ferry Partnership recently joined its partners  to celebrate the grand re-opening of the new and improved Alberta Woods Park , which includes a rain garden to capture stormwater.

Ridgewood Water is holding a series of open houses to inform customers how the utility intends to meet new federal standards for certain harmful chemical compounds.

Sandra Meola, director of the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed and co-chair of the JWW Education and Outreach Committee , describes in a video the problems presented by stormwater and what we can do about it .

The Institute is hosting its annual conference Nov. 2. More information here

Funding Opportunities

Next deadline: Nov. 19
Funds available: Approx. $25,000 per grantee

Deadline: Dec. 14
Funds available: Projects costing between $1,000 and $20,000 are eligible

Next deadline: Feb. 4, 2019
Funds available: $1.2 million
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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