June 2020
On June 23, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection announced the release of an interactive mapping tool as a part of its Harmful Algal Bloom Response Strategy. The tool can be used to track public health, particularly with the new HAB health alert index. Learn more about harmful algae blooms here

Photo credit: NJ DEP news release  
JWW Members Testify to Assembly Special Committee

On Monday, June 22, the Assembly Special Committee on Infrastructure and Natural Resources received testimony at a virtual hearing on lead in drinking water, asset management, and “access to clean drinking water as a social and economic justice issue.” All who delivered testimony are JWW members, Steering Committee members, or belong to a JWW member organization:

  • Dan Kennedy and Zoe Baldwin, Utility and Transportation Contractors Association
  • Cheryl Norton, NJ American Water 
  • Kareem Adeem, City of Newark
  • Dennis Hart, representing self
  • Peter Chen, Advocates for Children of New Jersey
  • Steve Blankenship, AWWA-NJ Section
  • Larry Levine, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Eric Benson, Campaign Manager for Clean Water Action
  • Lee Clark, League of Conservation Voters
  • Chris Sturm, New Jersey Future
How can NJ move forward on clean water post COVID-19? Join us on July 20!

Not a JWW member? No problem! Learn more about Jersey Water Works and all things water in New Jersey at the virtual Membership Meeting. Join us on Monday, July 20 from 1:30-3:00pm for:

  • A panel of state leaders discussing how we can build on our progress to achieve strong water infrastructure for a healthy New Jersey. Speakers include:
  • Peggy Gallos, Association of Environmental Authorities, and JWW Steering Committee member (moderator)
  • Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak, Chair of the Assembly Special Committee on Infrastructure and Natural Resources
  • Michele Putnam, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
  • Gregory A. Tramontozzi, Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission
  • Kim Gaddy, Clean Water Action (invited)

  • An update on the JWW data dashboard, Jersey WaterCheck, and how you can use this tool to track our state’s water successes and opportunities. Hear from:
  • Wynnie-Fred Victor Hinds, Clean Water Action; Stepping Stones Resources, Inc.
  • Jyoti Venketraman, Jersey Water Works

  • Exciting member updates (email us to add yours to the list!); and top committee highlights.
JWW Op-ed: Our Health Depends on Access to Clean Water

JWW’s latest op-ed published in NJ Spotlight, “ Now More Than Ever, Our Health Depends on Access to Clean Water ,” addresses water’s essential nature, especially during a pandemic. Co-authors, and JWW Steering Committee co-chairs, Mark Mauriello and Jane Kenny highlight the JWW COVID response recommendations sent to the Governor’s office , which address the impacts on low income customers and water and wastewater utilities:

“Now more than ever, we can’t take [our water] systems for granted. That’s why the collaborative that we co-chair, Jersey Water Works, is pushing for affordable, clean water for everyone along with measures to sustain the state’s drinking water and wastewater systems.”

Updated Developers Green Infrastructure Guide

NJ DEP published the newly updated stormwater management rules requiring the use of green infrastructure, providing developers with an objective standard for utilizing this stormwater approach. New Jersey Future and the New Jersey Builders Association released the Developers Green Infrastructure Guide 2.0 with lots of information on the new requirements, challenges and opportunities, case studies, developer benefits, and more.
The Cost of Inaction

Often overlooked, our water infrastructure isn’t noticed until something goes wrong. This section spotlights everyday consequences of not investing in New Jersey’s water systems.

Jersey Water Works Updates
CSO Long Term Control Plan Review Workshop Recording Available

On June 9, the JWW CSO Committee, Newark DIG, and the Sewage-Free Streets and Rivers Campaign hosted a workshop to help community advocates around the state prepare for the October 1 due date for CSO Long Term Control Plans. Watch the recording here .
What are the committees working on?

The JWW committees are continuing their work on several work plan projects. Join as a member today to get involved! Here are some current and future projects that subcommittees are working on:
  • Asset Management and Finance: COVID response recommendations; affordability in Long Term Control Plans; work to increase the number of committee members and their racial and gender diversity.
  • Green Infrastructure: Recommend green infrastructure incentive programs for NJ stormwater utilities; reasonable use of green infrastructure within Green Acres-restricted parks; Green Infrastructure Champions program; solicit 5 NJ green infrastructure case studies to share in the New Jersey Green Infrastructure Municipal Toolkit
  • Combined Sewer Overflow: Host a webinar/workshop to share CSO success stories; develop a framework for review of draft LTCP and send comments to DEP; develop recommendations and resources for water sector workforce development; affordability in Long Term Control Plans. 
  • Education and Outreach: Participate in national water infrastructure events; improve accessibility for existing JWW resources; share options for educating students on water infrastructure; submit a session proposal on water infrastructure for the ANJEC Congress.
Legislative Updates
A4126 - Permits local units and authorities to waive interest and lien enforcement for certain delinquent water and sewer utility payments during emergency circumstances. Passed the Senate (both Houses) on June 15. Bills and joint resolutions signed by Governor Murphy.
S647 - Revises cybersecurity, asset management, and related reporting requirements in "Water Quality Accountability Act." Senate adopted amendments on June 15,  and a full Senate vote is scheduled for June 29.
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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