Community member, Monica Shaw, pictured with NJDEP Commissioner Shawn LaTourette. For a group of stakeholders from New Jersey and neighboring states, coming together is an essential part of finding solutions around water infrastructure and stormwater management. The Jersey Water Works (JWW) conference offers an opportunity for such connections to happen in person. This year marked… Continue reading Key Points Made at Eighth Annual Jersey Water Works Conference
Topic: Community Engagement and Partnerships
Fact Sheet on Municipal Combined Sewer Outfall Long Term Control Plans
Under the federal Clean Water Act, combined sewer discharges are prohibited without a permit. In New Jersey, the permit program is administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and is an essential tool for the control of combined sewer overflows (CSOs). In March 2015, NJDEP issued 25 CSO permits for the municipalities,… Continue reading Fact Sheet on Municipal Combined Sewer Outfall Long Term Control Plans
Jersey Water Works Conference to Address Key Water Infrastructure Issues, Dec. 2 at The War Memorial
“State and national experts will convene in New Jersey’s state capital to discuss innovative solutions for building resilient water systems across the state, around issues including the implementation of green infrastructure, the new combined sewer overflow (CSO) permits, water affordability programs, and a diverse and equitable water workforce.”
People of Jersey Water Works: Profile of Wynnie-Fred Victor Hinds
Wynnie-Fred Victor Hinds (on right, in blue shirt) pictured at the rally. Photo credit: Josie Gonçalves of Public Square, the online newspaper. “My passion for water-related issues started when I was living in Venezuela in Latin America. It rained over a couple of days and my house flooded; it was basically like a river. I… Continue reading People of Jersey Water Works: Profile of Wynnie-Fred Victor Hinds
People of Jersey Water Works: Profile of Patricia Lindsay-Harvey
Patricia Lindsay-Harvey, Willingboro Municipal Utility Authority Commissioner and Shawn LaTourette, NJDEP Commissioner, presenting New Jersey’s commitments at the One Water Summit in Milwaukee, WI. Photo credit: Andrea Sapal “I have been a resident of Willingboro for 45 years now. I’ve been an activist since that very first day, and I’ve always been involved in the… Continue reading People of Jersey Water Works: Profile of Patricia Lindsay-Harvey
Critical Connections for Critical Conversations: First In-Person Jersey Water Works Membership Meeting Since 2019 a Huge Success
“The $300 million [allocated by the state for water infrastructure] is just a drop in the bucket, but we’ll make good use of that drop,” said Shawn LaTourette, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), in his mini-keynote address at July’s Jersey Water Works (JWW) membership meeting. “It shows that advocacy works.”… Continue reading Critical Connections for Critical Conversations: First In-Person Jersey Water Works Membership Meeting Since 2019 a Huge Success
The best water solutions derive from collaborations, and community engagement is key
Everyone has a role to play when it comes to water. Water is a precious life-giving resource that must not only be honored and respected, but also managed, treated, and made safe for drinking. While some may think that drinking water and wastewater utility companies are the only ones responsible for this—or perhaps that government… Continue reading The best water solutions derive from collaborations, and community engagement is key
Planning and Utilities, Cities and CSOs—The Value of Collaboration to Improve Municipalities
Collaborative approaches improve cost-effectiveness, the health of our residents, and the environment. There are a number of goals and benefits that derive from collaborative approaches, according to CDM Smith Vice President and Senior Infrastructure Planner Bill Cesanek at the Nov. 12 “Planning and Utilities, Cities and CSOs—The Value of Collaboration to Improve Municipalities” workshop. Through… Continue reading Planning and Utilities, Cities and CSOs—The Value of Collaboration to Improve Municipalities
Allocation of American Rescue Plan Act funds for water infrastructure investments. Sign on by Dec. 9.
Note: Deadline to sign on extended to Monday, Dec. 13 COB In order to advance the shared goals of the Jersey Water Works collaborative, a letter has been drafted (see the link below) to Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, and Speaker of the Assembly Coughlin urging them to allocate a significant portion of the state’s… Continue reading Allocation of American Rescue Plan Act funds for water infrastructure investments. Sign on by Dec. 9.
Building Blocks of Trust: Creating Authentic and Equitable Relationships Between Community Organizations and Water Utilities
Strong and authentic relationships between local community groups and water systems, built on trust, are vital to achieving equitable and sustainable water systems and supporting public investment in water infrastructure. This report from River Network and WaterNow Alliance examines how to create authentic and equitable relationships between community organizations and water utilities.