Through their annual work plans, Jersey Water Works committees plan and implement projects to advance the goals of the  collaborative. Any member of the collaborative who wants to participate actively in the work of Jersey Water Works may join a committee.

The committees, their chairs, and their 2016 accomplishments are listed below.  Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2017 Work Plan!

Best Practices

Co-chairmen: Larry Levine, Natural Resources Defense Council and Rick Risoldi, Middlesex Water Company
The Best Practices committee works to identify and help implement innovative, cost-effective solutions for New Jersey’s aging water infrastructure that provide community benefits.

2016 Accomplishments: 

–  Helped municipal leaders conduct water loss audits and asset management by creating new Sustainable Jersey “actions.”

–  Established a “One Water” awards program in partnership with industry associations, to recognize the use of best practices.

Green Infrastructure (a sub-committee of Best Practices)

Co-chairs: Jennifer Gonzalez, Louis Berger and Rob Pirani, NY/NJ Harbor Estuary Program
The Green Infrastructure committee works to promote and advance construction of green-infrastructure projects in CSO communities and across the state.

2016 Accomplishments: 

–  Identified  new ways for existing parks to manage stormwater via design tips and recommended changes to Green Acres protocols.

–  Advanced green infrastructure and green streets, by educating municipal and county engineers, and forging a partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.

–  Helped municipal leaders promote green infrastructure planning and implementation by creating new Sustainable Jersey “actions.”

Municipal Outreach

Co-chairwomen: Donna Drewes, Sustainable Jersey and Shoshanna Page, New Jersey Urban Mayors Association
The Municipal Outreach committee works to engage municipal staff and decision makers in upgrading their city or town’s water infrastructure.

2016 Accomplishments: 

–  Helped mayors host national communications experts to bring training and free consulting to CSO cities, sewer utilities and community activists.

–  Provided training to environmental commissions and green teams on CSO systems and solutions.

–  Mayors, city councils and the New Jersey League of Municipalities have signed proclamations and resolutions on in support of 21st-century water infrastructure. Learn more about how to have your city or town sign on!

Community Engagement

Co-chairwomen: Debbie Mans, NY/NJ Baykeeper and Meishka Mitchell, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership
The Community Engagement committee works to ensure that decision makers, community partners and ratepayers participate actively and influence the planning and management of their water infrastructure.

2016 Accomplishments: 

–  Built bridges between sewer utilities and their stakeholders by convening regulators, utilities and community advocates to clarify CSO public-outreach requirements and to improve signage.

–  Compiled and sharing engagement resources, including  educational materials, participation opportunities,  stakeholder engagement lists, and communications tips.

Finance

Co-chairmen: David Zimmer, New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust and Chris Daggett, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
The Finance committee works to identify funding strategies and opportunities to ensure financially sustainable drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure systems.

2016 Accomplishments: 

–  Launched research on two case studies, in partnership with the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, into the fiscal implications of wastewater utility asset management programs.

–  Initiated the evaluation of the state’s financing programs for green infrastructure.

Interested in joining a committee? Contact Jane Rosenblatt of Jersey Water Works’ backbone staff, 609-393-0008 ex. 110, to learn more.

Affinity Groups include:

New Jersey CSO Network

The New Jersey CSO Network is a forum for CSO permit holders and municipalities to share information and resources and seek regulatory, technical and financial support for CSO solutions that save money and serve communities better. The network includes staff and consultants from the 21 municipalities with CSOs and eight sewage treatment plants with NJDEP CSO permits.  Andy Kricun of the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority and Fred Pocci of the North Hudson Sewerage Authority serve as co-chairmen.  Jersey Water Works provides staff support.  For more information, contact Mary Penney.

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