- The City of Hoboken’s Southwest Park, one of two winners in this category. Southwest Park is the first resiliency park in New Jersey, a one-acre area that incorporates significant stormwater management mechanisms to help control chronic flooding. The City received public input on three occasions on the park’s design and features, and the park’s interpretive signage provides educational opportunities to visitors.
- The Landis Sewerage Authority in Vineland, the other winner in this category. As part of the authority’s operating practices, it returns treated wastewater to the ground for aquifer recharge; draws power in part from renewable sources and from co-generation; and fertilizes its 400-acre farm using biosolid byproducts from the co-generation process. The Authority partnered extensively with community and environmental groups and its programs include many opportunities for public education.
- Middlesex Water Company, for its assessment/repair of a 30-inch transmission main under a major highway using internal application of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer, the first time this rehabilitative technique has been used by a water utility in New Jersey. The Company hosted an information session and invited neighboring utilities, construction and engineering firms for an onsite visit to demonstrate this unique rehabilitation method and to see the application of the unique polymer product for themselves.
- The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, for its construction of an innovative wetland wastewater treatment system to replace an earlier failed septic system at its Watershed Center in Hopewell Township. The Association’s project promotes public education through interpretive signage and an audio tour to explain the wetland to visitors.
Jury’s nomination and selection process in 2017 here.
Awardees in 2017 were announced at the November 2017 Association of Environmental Authorities conference and recognized at the December 2017 Jersey Water Works conference. They will be recognized, too, at the March 2018 American Water Works Association conference.