April 2018
Video of the Month
Video: This one minute video explains how lead gets in your drinking water.  Credit: USA Today
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.


 Jersey Water Works Updates
It's not too late to join a committee!  Click here to become a JWW member
Questions? Contact  Brian Caycho , (609)-393-0008 x106
Receive Statewide Recognition for Exemplifying 'One Water'

Beginning May 1 , nominate any public, private, nonprofit or academic entity for the New Jersey One Water Awards Read about the winning projects from last year  here Winners receive a trophy and recognition from their peers at the annual conferences of each sponsoring organization: 
Promote Infrastructure Week in New Jersey

Promote  National Infrastructure Week   May 14-21  by elevating water infrastructure as a critical issue affecting our state.  Here are a few ideas for participating:
JWW is compiling a list of all Infrastructure Week activities taking place across the state so we can inform the media. Share your participation activities with  Brian Caycho .
Member Highlights

The  Atlantic County Utilities Authority 's  battery-storage system
backs up the wastewater treatment plant if the electrical grid goes down.

The  City of Hoboken 's   Northwest Resiliency Park  integrates green infrastructure, innovative stormwater management, and provides recreation and public space for the community.

The  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 's   Sixth Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment  shows  more than $8.5 billion is needed to maintain and improve NJ's drinking water infrastructure over the next 20 years. 

The recently formed Water Center at Penn is  a new business, technology and scientific "hub for innovation" for the development of 22nd century approaches to urban water management and policy!

The American Water Resources Association's  annual conference is hosted in partnership with AWRA's New Jersey section. It will take place  in Baltimore Nov. 4-8. Call for abstracts ends  May 7 .

Read our new blog post about water infrastructure funding in the federal omnibus spending bill . The report was shared with JWW via the Utility and Transportation Contractors Association .

Water projects from the  City of Camden and the  City of Hoboken are finalists for the Best of Water Contest.  Vote for your favorite project before midnight May 2.

Four of Five Voters Agree: Now's the Time to Invest in Water Infrastructure

The Value of Water Campaign's poll shows 88 percent of American voters agree: Now is the time to invest in the nation's water infrastructure. See the results in this flyer and these slides .
A recent JWW survey found that New Jerseyans believe that clean, safe drinking water should be the top environmental priority for the state. View the survey and results here .
Water Infrastructure a Major Topic at Assembly's Budget Hearing for DEP

At the Assembly budget hearing, NJDEP Acting Commissioner Catherine McCabe discussed the state's inadequate water infrastructure. Read highlights here.
U.S. One Water Summit, July 10-12

The  US Water Alliance 's  One Water Summit  will take place in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Last year, New Jersey's delegation included 24 JWW members.  Read about their experience here

Join the delegation today and receive a discounted registration! Contact  Ed DiFiglia  for more information.  Special thanks to the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Utility and Transportation Contractors Association  for supporting the New Jersey delegation.
New Resources

This issue brief presents a suite of strategic recommendations for local governments in the process of initiating stormwater fees and accompanying programs.

New Jersey Lead Poisoning Prevention Action Plan  (Green and Healthy Homes Initiative)
This is a framework for action steps that can be undertaken by the state, local agencies and other prevention partners to eliminate childhood lead poisoning within 10 years in New Jersey.
Funding Opportunities

Next deadline: May 31 . Funds available: $11.8 million
The Open Space Institute is providing three types of grants: capital grants; transaction grants; and catalyst grants.

Next deadline: July 6
A second round of funding for water infrastructure projects, approximately $5.5 billion in credit, is available through the WIFIA program.
Water Infrastructure in the News

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