October 2016
Photos of the Month 
CSO Permittees Explore Communications Strategies with DC Water
Clean Waterways, Strong Cities, and Happy Constituents

Top left: Trenton hosts the third in a series of regional kick-off communications workshops on Oct. 20, 2016. L-R: John Lisle, DC Water; Joe McIntyre, City of Trenton; Barbara George Johnson, New Jersey Urban Mayors Association; Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson; Chris Sturm, New Jersey Future; Alan Heymann, DC Water.  Top right:  Emanuel Briggs of DC Water guides attendees through the process of educating ratepayers and other affected constituents about infrastructure projects.  Bottom:  Alan Heymann of DC Water present DC Water's successful model of building support for investments in water infrastructure.

Jersey Water Works thanks project partners New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the  New Jersey Urban Mayors Association, local speakers from Hoboken, Newark and the  Passaic Valley Sewerage Authority and kickoff workshop host cities Elizabeth, Hackensack and Trenton.

Meet the Experts at the Jersey Water Works Conference
Newly  Announced  Session and Speakers. See the full agenda here. 

Regulators' Roundtable  
Hear from Javier Laureano, the newly appointed director of the Clean Water Division at the US Environmental Protection Agency Region 2, and Dan Kennedy, assistant commissioner for water resources management at NJDEP, on the most important water infrastructure issues facing New Jersey in the coming year. Peggy Gallos, executive director of the Association of Environmental Authorities of New Jersey will moderate the discussion. 

Featured Speakers
Robert W. Ballenger Esq., Staff Attorney,  Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
Mr. Ballenger advocates on the local, state and federal levels to ensure affordable access to essential utility service for all Philadelphians. He'll address how New Jersey cities can keep utility services affordable to residents while upgrading their water infrastructure.
Thomas Stanley, Chief Technology Officer, Water & Process Technologies, GE Power
Dr. Stanley leads the global technology organization working with the commercial, product management, engineering, and supply chain organizations to maximize growth through new product introductions and initiatives. He will share national trends and innovative technologies for water infrastructure. 

Member Highlights

Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission Borrows $24 Million Interest-Free
The New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust will provide nearly $24 million in interest-free loans to the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, including $8 million for the development of long-term CSO control strategies and $16 million to fund four rehabilitation and resiliency projects, including repairs for damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

New Jersey Future has issued a call for submissions  to help the organization identify and support two high-profile green infrastructure demonstration projects - one public-sector and one private-sector - located in the Highlands and Kirkwood-Cohansey regions. Developers, municipalities and nonprofits with projects located within these areas are encouraged to apply! Check out the application guidelines  and FAQs and submit your project by Dec. 9, 2016.

Congratulations to Jersey Water Works members the City of Newark , the Trust for Public Land , the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection , the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation , and the Victoria Foundation , who worked to make this a reality!

The EPA has awarded $1.3 million to 22 organizations, in 18 states to help protect and restore urban waters and to support community revitalization and other local priorities. Jersey Water Works member NY/NJ Baykeeper  received more than $48,000 to identify, reduce, and prevent plastic transported via stormwater from reaching the lower Passaic River watershed and Newark Bay complex.

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Water Infrastructure in the News

DC Water, Goldman Sachs and Calvert Foundation Pioneer Environmental Impact Bond
(Press Release) DC Water's innovative Environmental Impact Bond is the first of its kind in the nation, and will help fund green infrastructure projects for the DC Clean Rivers Project, a $2.6 billion program to control stormwater runoff and replace antiquated and vulnerable sewer systems.

Hampton Roads Solution to Stop the Ground From Sinking? Wastewater (The Washington Post) A new project of the Hampton Roads Sanitation District could replenish a giant aquifer that thousands of industries and half a million households in the area are depleting. Over the past 50 years, the district has pumped out so much water that land here is falling four millimeters a year - or more than 1.5 inches by 2026.

Highlighted Resources

Lead and Copper Rule Revisions White Paper (EPA White Paper on Lead and Copper Rule Revisions) 
The EPA is working to  strengthen the rule to reduce exposure to lead in
drinking water, especially for infants and children and communities bearing a disproportionate risk. It is also attempting to improve implementation and enforcement of the rule requirements.

Check out the Atlas, a new learning platform that helps cities and utilities around the world find, compare and procure modern infrastructure solutions. New Jersey's communities can use the Atlas to help develop and implement their CSO Long-Term Control Plans and other infrastructure upgrades. The Atlas is free. Click here to get started. Have questions? Email Ellory.

Upcoming Events
Nov. 15, 2016: Sustainable Jersey Annual Luncheon
Nov. 15-16: AEA 45th Anniversary Annual Meeting & Conference
Nov. 15-17, 2016: New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference Nov. 15-18, 2016: The Institute for Conservation Leadership's 2016-2017 Leading From Within
Dec. 2, 2016: 2016 Jersey Water Works Conference
June 27-29, 2017: One Water Summit 2017 New Orleans, LA.

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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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Mary Penney
Program Coordinator
New Jersey Future 
Planning and Policy Associate
New Jersey Future
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