Exciting Things to Come!
Your Monthly Update From Lead-Free NJ

December 20, 2021
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A Welcome Message from Your New
Lead-Free NJ Program Manager
Hello, my name is Tasha Humphrey, and I am happy to announce that I am your new Lead-Free NJ program manager. I am excited for the opportunity to work with you to ensure that New Jersey’s children are free from lead poisoning and our environment is lead-safe. As we work to #Get The Lead Out, let’s continue to stay connected and invite new members to join us in this collaborative work.  

Our monthly newsletter will continue to provide you with insider updates on Lead-Free NJ’s work, information about how you can get involved, details about upcoming events, and more.

Feel free to contact me at thumphrey@njfuture.org. Thank you! 
Tasha Humphrey
SAVE THE DATE: Jan. 27 Membership Meeting
Save the date for our Lead-Free NJ January Membership Meeting on Jan. 27, 2022 at 5:30pm via Zoom. Register here.

Join us to network and discuss lead policy with others, learn more about Lead-Free NJ’s recent work to get the lead out, and find out how we can work together to make change.
Calling all Lead-Free NJ members!
In 2022 let's challenge ourselves to increase our membership.
Members agree to:
  • Support our shared purpose and goals, either as an individual or as a representative of an organization
  • Support Lead-Free NJ advocacy efforts that align with their individual values or their organization’s mission
  • Look for opportunities to actively collaborate with others in their community to implement or champion lead-free efforts
Ready to take the next step and join as a member?
It’s FREE and easy to sign up.
What is Lead-Free NJ?
About 3,500 children in NJ are lead-poisoned every year. Many of these children reside in low-income communities and/or communities of color and are most at risk because investments have not been made to remove lead from its most common sourcespaint, water, and soil. Lead-Free NJ is a collaborative made up of neighbors, friends, families, faith leaders, professionals, and elected officials working together to #GetTheLeadOut. 
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Events, Opportunities, and Highlights
Job Opportunity: Lead-Free NJ community hub Homes for all Newark is looking for a part-time (approximately 10 hours/week) program manager to implement and manage programs to remove lead in Newark and organize residents. Email Syd Chan (syd1616@gmail.com) for more information.
LFNJ Highlights
LFNJ Leaders Speak Out. The co-chairs of Lead–Free NJ applauded the passage of the federal infrastructure package, which will provide New Jersey with funding to replace lead water pipes.

“The $15 billion for lead service line removal included in this bill will provide our state with additional funds toward ensuring that all New Jerseyans have clean, safe drinking water, and I want to recognize our New Jersey delegates from both sides of the aisle for their work,” said Lead–Free NJ Co-chair Rashan Prailow. 

Read the full statement here.
How to Protect Our Kids. New report from the Jersey Water Works Lead in Drinking Water Task Force, “Lead in Drinking Water in Child Care Facilities: Ensuring the Future for New Jersey’s Children.”

Although science confirms that exposure to even minor amounts of lead can harm infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, the extent of lead contamination in child care facilities is unknown. This new Jersey Water Works report identifies 10 priority recommendations to protect young children from lead in drinking water in the state’s regulated child care facilities.
Stay tuned! Members of Lead-Free NJ will be asking New Jersey leaders to allocate $405 million from American Rescue Plan funds to remove lead from water and paint.
Share your news with us!
Do you have a lead-free event, opportunity, or highlight you’d like to share? Email us with the details and get it featured in the next newsletter!
Pending Lead Legislation
  • S829 adds a question about the home seller’s awareness about the presence of lead plumbing and lead service lines onto the property condition disclosure statement, which is a first step to ensuring home buyers are informed. - passed both houses and headed to the governor for signature
  • S830 requires public water systems to offer free lead/water testing during an action level exceedance or partial lead service line replacement. - passed both houses and headed to the governor for signature
Staff Contact Information
Tasha Humphrey
LFNJ Program Manager
New Jersey Future