September 2016
Photos of the Month 
Take Your CSO Community Outreach Efforts to the Next Level
Register for Free Workshops

On the left: Alan Heyman and John Lisle of DC Water present at the regional kick-off communications workshop in Hackensack on Sept. 22, 2016. Top right: Elizabeth Mayor Bollwage at the Sept. 21 Elizabeth regional kick-off. Bottom right: Hackensack Mayor Labrosse at the Hackensack regional kick-off.

Following well-received regional kick-off meetings in Elizabeth, Hackensack and Trenton (scheduled for Oct. 20th), Jersey Water Works, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and New Jersey Urban Mayors Association are hosting two communications workshops in late October to help communities with combined-sewer systems build support for water infrastructure investments.

For municipal or utility staff members in a CSO permittee community, register for Making Infrastructure Matter: A Hands-On Workshop for Stakeholder Communications. Oct. 24, 2016, at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. Attendees will receive customizable materials and be eligible for free consulting services.

For community organizations, environmental group or members of the public, register for Communicate on Water Issues to Engage Stakeholders. Oct. 25, 2016, at the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority in Newark.
Elevate Your Work by Announcing Your Project at the Jersey Water Works Conference

Join leading organizations in announcing your new initiative or project to more than 300 public- and private decision-makers, practitioners and community stakeholders at the Jersey Water Works Conference on Dec. 2, 2016, in Newark. The conference will feature exciting speakers, a spotlight on the City of Newark, exhibits, great networking, and a celebration of Jersey Water Works members and their commitments.

The announcement of commitments will include new water infrastructure initiatives and projects from organizations such as NY/NJ Baykeeper, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, Sustainable Jersey and the New Jersey Utilities Association. Will your organization be listed?

Have questions or want help brainstorming? Check out this guidance and contact Jane Rosenblatt. Not yet a member of Jersey Water Works, but have a great project? Become a member today
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Member Highlights

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Launches new Asset Management Website
NJDEP has created a new website to assist New Jersey water systems in implementing and refining asset management practices as well as meeting requirements. The website provides an overview of asset management, applicable regulations and requirements, status of asset management in New Jersey and additional resources, guidance and tools.

United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) Provides $365,000 for Trash Free Waters in New Jersey and New York Waters
Three of our members have received funding from the U.S. EPA including:
  • North Hudson Sewerage Authority - $48,125 to fund its "Preventing Aquatic Trash" program
  • NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program/Hudson River Foundation - $67,693 to collect data on how litter is generated and dispersed in New Jersey
  • Clean Water Fund - $47,250 to fund its "ReThink Disposable in Jersey" program.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program Launches New Effort in the Highlands and Pinelands
The RCE Water Resources Program received a $500,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation to provide specialized technical assistance to assess impervious cover and manage stormwater for 20 municipalities in the Kirkwood-Cohansey and New Jersey Highlands subwatershed clusters. 
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Water Infrastructure in the News

Funding Opportunities

Community-based Marine Debris Removal. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Marine Debris Program offers up to $350,000 to support locally driven, community-based marine debris prevention and removal projects. These projects benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and wildlife including migratory fish. Applications due Oct. 14, 2016.

National Science Foundation's Environmental Sustainability Program. Grants available for research that improves management and distribution of stormwater collection systems and advances smart-growth strategies including innovations in stormwater management, water reuse, and other green engineering techniques. Application submission period is Oct. 1-20, 2016.
Highlighted Event -  Northeast Regional Urban Extension Conference

2016 Urban Innovation Conference: Building Collaborative Partnerships across University, Community, and Civic Leaders - Hosted by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, this Northeast Regional conference will be held on Nov. 29-30, 2016 in Newark, NJ. Registration is now open! The conference will highlight research and projects across disciplines that are helping to build more resilient, sustainable, and healthy urban communities. Themes include: Strengthen Communities, Protect the Environment, Improve our Health, Enrich the Youth and Feed our Future.

Highlighted Resource

Green Infrastructure and Asset Management Webinar. This recorded webinar explores CDM Smith's NYC GreenHUB tool, an integrated system capable of compiling, mapping and reporting data from thousands of green infrastructure installations and their effectiveness in New York City, and asset management programs in Philadelphia and Camden. The webinar was hosted by the Jersey Water Works Green Infrastructure Committee and the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership.

Upcoming Events
Sept. 30, 2016: ANJEC 43rd Annual Environmental Congress.
Oct. 5, 2016: Weathering the Storms in Newark. Jane Rosenblatt of Jersey Water Works' backbone staff will be speaking.
Oct. 6, 2016: The Next Urban Water Revolutions.
Oct. 14, 2016: NJ Spotlight On Cities. Pete Kasabach of New Jersey Future; Jersey Water Works steering committee member will be moderating.
Oct. 18-20, 2016: New Jersey Association For Floodplain Management 12th Annual Conference.
Oct. 24, 2016: Making Infrastructure Matter: A Hands-On Workshop for Stakeholder Communications. For municipal and water utility staff in CSO communities.
Oct. 25, 2016: Communicate on Water Issues to Engage Stakeholders. For community organizations and environmental groups.
Nov. 14-17, 2016: New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference.
Nov. 15, 2016: Sustainable Jersey Annual Luncheon.
Nov. 15-16, 2016: Association of Environmental Authorities Annual Meeting and Conference.
Nov. 15-18, 2016: The Institute for Conservation Leadership's 2016-2017 Leading From Within.
Nov. 29-30, 2016: 2016 Northeast Regional Urban Extension Conference hosted by Rutgers Cooperative Extension.
Dec. 2, 2016. 2016 Jersey Water Works Conference.
June 27-29, 2017: Save the date. One Water Summit 2017. New Orleans, La.

Sewage Overflows From Hurricane Sandy. This report by Climate Central explores where sewage overflows happened during Hurricane Sandy, what caused them, and how treated each overflow was.

Green Infrastructure and Climate Change: Collaborating to Improve Community Resiliency. This new report summarizes charrettes, or intensive planning sessions, convened in four cities by the U.S. EPA to demonstrate how green infrastructure could be applied to communities dealing with a range of climate-related challenges.

Promoting Green Streets: A Recipe for Integrating Water and Transportation Infrastructure Investment. This guide developed by The River Network and Hawkins Partners, Inc., helps support city administrators, planners, designers, and environmental advocates in determining the potential - and developing strategies - for green streets in their cities and watersheds.

Internship Opportunity

Student Conservation Association Internship
Internships in Newark and Camden are available through host organizations to help each city achieve its greening and sustainability efforts.  Contact  Diane Stanley  for more information.
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.

Jersey Water Works welcomes individuals and organizations committed to working towards transforming New Jersey's inadequate water infrastructure through sustainable, cost-effective solutions that provide communities multiple benefits. 
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Staff Contacts: 
Managing Director, Policy and Water
New Jersey Future
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Jane Rosenblatt
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New Jersey Future
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Max Brekke
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Planning and Policy Associate
New Jersey Future
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