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Resource Type: Report    Topic: Lead in Drinking Water

Lead in School Drinking Water in New Jersey

New Jersey Future released this preliminary analysis of test results reported to and collected by the New Jersey Department of Education in order to help quantify the extent of the problem and recommend actions to ensure schools and communities are being provided all the support they need to remediate the situation.

Resource Type:    Topic: Combined Sewer Systems

Educational Signs on Combined Sewer Outfalls

The Jersey Water Works Community Engagement Committee has developed graphic images for signage that can be used by combined sewer system cities and towns, organizations, and individuals to educate the general public on combined sewer overflows. These images have been approved by the NJDEP for permit holders to use to help fulfill their NJ CSO permit public participation requirement. A full installation includes three images: a warning, explanation, both full and simplified, and contact information. The images can be used together on one sign or in a variety of combinations.

Resource Type: Best Practice Guide | Report    Topic: Effective Green & Gray Infrastructure

New Jersey A•I•M•S4

New Jersey Advanced and Integrated Menu of Strategies for Sustainable Sewer and Stormwater Systems (NJ A•I•M•S4)

This 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. The guide is flexible, and seeks to offer options for a diverse range of communities and managers of sewer and stormwater infrastructure, who know their enterprise best and can assess the applicability, impact, affordability and political feasibility of each action.

The New Jersey A•I•M•S4 program includes:

Resource Type: Case Study | Report    Topic: Financially Sustainable Systems

Upgrading Our Systems: A National Overview of State-Level Funding for Water Initiatives

Local and regional water utilities play the lead role in water infrastructure funding by leveraging user rates. In addition, state and local governments typically rely on financing mechanisms like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s State Revolving Fund programs and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development funds. Meanwhile, some states have created programs that raise new revenue for direct funding to fix systemic gaps in infrastructure. In light of these efforts, Jersey Water Works has released a new report: Upgrading Our Systems: A National Overview of State-Level Funding for Water Initiatives, which assesses the landscape of such initiatives on sustainable water infrastructure.

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July 2017 Newsletter: Recap of Membership Meeting and More

The July 2017 newsletter features a recap of the Membership Meeting, three new resources, a call for nominations from the One Water awards, member updates, and more.

Resource Type: Presentation    Topic: Engaged Communities

Complementary or in Conflict? Community Organizing and Collective Impact

Marshall Ganz of Harvard Kennedy School delivered the keynote address at the 2017 Collective Impact Convening in Boston. Ganz spoke about organizing and highlighted the important of relationships and narrative.

Resource Type: Report    Topic: Financially Sustainable Systems

Navigating Legal Pathways to Rate-Funded Customer Assistance Programs: A Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities

The Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill prepared this report to help steer their members through a complex regulatory landscape. In their efforts to design and implement programs that make it easier for low-income customers to pay for water and wastewater services, utilities must navigate a confusing and often ambiguous legal framework that varies considerably from state to state. Many states impose different rules and regulations on different types of utilities—water versus wastewater, government-owned versus private ownership—such that some utilities are able to design programs in a way that other types of utilities are not. This report seeks to elucidate regulatory policy on the design and funding of consumer assistant programs (CAPs) in each state. It also includes a potential roadmap for utilities interested in establishing more ambitious CAPs.

Navigating Legal Pathways to Rate-Funded Customer Assistance Programs: A Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities (Environmental Finance Center, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill)

Resource Type: Report    Topic: Effective Green & Gray Infrastructure

Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate

This Urban Land Institute report analyzes the stormwater policy landscape and summarizes various real estate developments that have arisen in response. Real estate case studies from across the country demonstrate a range of stormwater policies, featuring management innovations as well as positive financial, operational or design outcomes.

Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate (Urban Land Institute)

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June 2017 Newsletter

June 2017 Newsletter: Three Committees Release New Resources, Members at Work and More!

The June newsletter features the launch of three committee resources, member activities and more.

Resource Type: Report    Topic: Engaged Communities

Opportunities for Municipal Clean Water Utilities to Advance Environmental Justice & Community Service

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies prepared this report to increase awareness of the many benefits America’s clean water utilities provide to their communities. The projects in this compendium represent efforts by NACWA members to reach beyond the traditional model of simply conveying and treating wastewater and stormwater, to become assets and partners in their communities. Some of the projects included in this compendium represent work to address specific environmental justice issues, while others are examples of efforts by clean water utilities to better serve their communities as a whole.

Opportunities for Municipal Clean Water Utilities to Advance Environmental Justice & Community Service (National Association of Clean Water Agencies)

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