Jersey Water Works is engaging with elected officials, community organizations and sewer utility operators in the 21 New Jersey communities with combined-sewer systems, to provide them with tools and resources to help address system overflows in ways that will maximize co-benefits.
Build it Green (BIG) Initiative
The Build it Green (BIG) Initiative helped New Jersey communities design, finance, and implement integrated projects aimed at addressing CSOs alongside other urgent community priorities.
Best Practices Committee
Suggestions for NJDEP Guidance Regarding Green Infrastructure: Comments on CSO permit language result in suggesting how NJDEP can improve clarity for the permittees without overly restricting permittee options.
Recommendations to NJDEP on the Stormwater BMP Manual Provisions for Green Infrastructure Techniques: Recommends to NJDEP green infrastructure design methodologies and templates that will educate and guide practitioners, convey NJDEP expectations, and reduce lifecycle costs.
New Jersey A•I•M•S4: A downloadable resource for sewer and stormwater infrastructure system managers, was developed by Jersey Water Works members to offer a menu of strategies for managing sewer and stormwater systems that achieve better results at lower cost.
Green Infrastructure Committee
Green Acres and Green Infrastructure White Paper: Recommends ways for New Jersey Green Acres Program to allow green stormwater infrastructure in existing parks. To prepare, the committee sought and received input from Jersey Water Works members.
Recommendations for Designing Parks and Public Spaces with Green Infrastructure: Green infrastructure features allow parks and public spaces to manage stormwater, control flooding, and improve water quality in ways that complement and can even enhance their other functions. Green infrastructure features can be especially useful in flood-prone areas and in cities that need to reduce combined sewer overflows.
Municipal Outreach Committee
21st Century Water Infrastructure Mayoral Proclamation and City Council Resolution: Leadership from New Jersey’s mayors and city councils can build statewide support for water infrastructure investments to reduce flooding, beautify our cities and towns, protect public health and enable economic growth.
Community Engagement Committee
Customizable Fact Sheets: A series of customizable fact sheets for use by residents, local organizations, and anyone else interested in educating the general public on combined sewer overflows and CSO solutions.
Educational Signs on Combined Sewer Outfalls: These images for signage can be used by combined sewer system cities and towns, organizations, and individuals to educate the general public on combined sewer overflows. The images have been approved by the NJDEP for permit holders to use to help fulfill their NJ CSO permit public participation requirement.
The 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 Jane Rosenblatt.
This white paper draws upon best practices from across the country to provide New Jersey’s CSO communities with smart solutions that employ innovation, reduce costs, and deliver tangible benefits that build community support. Prepared for New Jersey Future. 2015.
This model RFP includes a scope of services and consultant evaluation criteria, and is intended to enable a CSO permittee or regional collaboration of permittees to hire the professionals needed to develop a successful long term control plan — one that meets regulatory requirements in a cost-effective manner while maximizing benefits to the community. Prepared for New Jersey Future. 2015.