January 2017
"For the third time yesterday, our new H-5 flood pump, combined with our existing H-1 pump, kept western Hoboken dry through the kind of major storm that previously would have flooded our neighborhoods,"  said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer.
Left: Area submerged after 2011 storm (image via TheBoken) Right: Same area, Jan. 23 (image via City of Hoboken)
Upgrading our water infrastructure: What are other states doing?

Financing in Massachusetts: Report:  Costs, Regulation, and Financing of Massachusetts Water Infrastructure: Implications for Municipal Budgets  (Issued January 17, 2017). The report recommendations include expanding state grant and low-interest loan programs to cities and towns and creating a new state fund to provide $50 million annually for 10 years for regionalized water infrastructure projects.

Water Infrastructure Analysis in Indiana:   In early 2016, Indiana adopted legislation requiring every community water system to conduct a water loss audit.  The subsequent report, Evaluation of Indiana's Water Utilities , identified a $2.3 billion initial cost to upgrade infrastructure and recommended  funding a new infrastructure program, prioritizing replacement of old water service lines, cultivating and standardizing asset management, naming a leader to coordinate water financing programs, and evaluating regionalization of utilities to improve efficiency.

Member Highlights

Approved for water/wastewater credits! 

Date/Time: Tuesday Feb. 7, 2017  9:00am-12:00pm 
Location:  Middlesex County Utilities Authority, 2571 Main Street, Sayreville 08871

Attend this workshop to learn more about the strategies, tools, and funding opportunities available for water loss audits, utility asset management, and green infrastructure planning and implementation. 

Speakers: Donna Drewes, Sustainable Jersey; Peggy Gallos, Association of Environmental Authorities; Daniel J. Van Abs, PhD, PP/AICP, Rutgers; Rick Risoldi, Middlesex Water Company; Christopher C. Obropta, Rutgers Cooperative Extension; Larry Levine, Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Job Opportunities

Community Outreach Fellow  (NY/NJ Baykeeper)

Joint Legislative Task Force Targets Lead in Drinking Water at Third Hearing

In search of solutions, Co-chairs Sen. Linda Greenstein and Asm. John McKeon re-convened the Joint Legislative Task Force on Drinking Water Infrastructure on Jan. 26. Representatives from NJDEP, NJEIT, the NJ Dept. of Education, the NJ Poison Information and Education Center, Environment New Jersey, Clean Water Action, and the New Jersey Sierra Club delivered testimony. Read more .

Media Coverage:  

Jersey Water Works Update: Stay Tuned for the 2017 Work Plan!
Jersey Water Works committees are working this month to brainstorm what they'll work on this year. The work plan will be released in mid-February. Interested in joining a committee and advancing the work of the collaborative? Email  Jane Rosenblatt.
Highlighted Resources
NRDC's new report sheds light on the largely hidden loss of treated drinking water, estimating that the loss of 50 million gallons per day of leaked water, worth $10 million annually, could be prevented cost-effectively through pipe upgrades.

Media Coverage:

Jersey Water Works gets a shout-out! Editorial: These leaks can be stopped (The Record). The editorial writer did a great job explaining the key role the collaborative is playing in highlighting New Jersey's water infrastructure challenges.

New and Emerging Capital Providers for Infrastructure Funding (Water Research Foundation).  This report identifies and assesses the applicability and potential of new and emerging capital financing alternatives that may be suitable for water utilities in the U.S.
Want to learn more? Join a webinar on Thursday, Feb. 2.
Funding Opportunities

Water Infrastructure in the News
New Jersey:

Green infrastructure best practices for cities (U.S. Green Building Council)

Upcoming Events

Feb. 1: Pumping, Energy and the Water Water-Energy Nexus (New Jersey Water Association)
Feb 2: Workshop: Addressing Harmful Algal Blooms  (NJ Section, American Water Resources Association)
(Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University)
Feb. 15:   City of Promise: Cooper's Ferry Partnership Annual Meeting
Feb. 16: Webinar: Financing For the Future (Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University)
Feb. 16:   Complying with New Jersey Stormwater Regulations Workshop (Rutgers Cooperative Extension WRP and ANJEC). Steps to guide you and your municipality to ensure that new development is in compliance with the New Jersey stormwater management regulations.
Feb 23: Workshop: USGS New Jersey StreamStats Overview and Tutorial  (NJ Section, American Water Resources Association)
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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Staff Contacts: 
Managing Director, Policy and Water
New Jersey Future
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Jane Rosenblatt
Program Manager
New Jersey Future
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Planning and Policy Associate
New Jersey Future
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