Effective Green & Gray Infrastructure
Most people are familiar with “gray” water infrastructure — the hard, concrete and metal pipes, holding tanks, pumps, water tunnels, and treatment plants. These systems play a key role in managing drinking water, wastewater and combined-sewer systems.
“Green” infrastructure is a newer approach to stormwater management that mimics nature by capturing stormwater so it can either be reused or seep into the ground where it falls, rather than flowing into underground sewer and storm pipes. Methods for stormwater capture include rain gardens, pervious pavement, planted swales, and storage containers such as cisterns and rain barrels. Green-infrastructure features can help reduce stress on water systems and can provide good local jobs, as well as making the communities where they’re installed healthier and more beautiful.
Both gray and green infrastructure are important components of water infrastructure systems statewide. Communities with combined sewer systems in particular will be evaluating gray- and green-infrastructure approaches to come up with the best combination that meets regulatory requirements cost-effectively and in a manner that provides tangible community benefits.
Presentations from Workshop: Fostering Municipal – Utility Partnerships for Water Quality Management
Feb. 7 2017 — Audience members learned about new best practices that will help municipal governments, working in partnership with their utilities, conduct/implement water loss audits, utility asset management and green infrastructure planning and implementation.
The workshop was presented in partnership by: Association of Environmental Authorities, Sustainable Jersey, New Jersey League of Municipalities, Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and Jersey Water Works.
- Sustainable Jersey and Jersey Water Works Introduction — Donna Drewes, Co-Director, Sustainable Jersey,
- Water Infrastruture: Asset Management is Happening! — Daniel J. Van Abs, PhD, PP/AICP, Associate Professor of Practicer for Water, Society & Environment, Rutgers
- How Use the Free Water Loss Audit Software — Rick Risoldi, Vice President – Operations, COO, Middlesex Water Company
- Green Infrastructure Planning and Implementation Action Items — Christopher C. Obropta, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Extension Specialist in Water Resources, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
- Water Loss Audits: National Trends and New Jersey’s Status — Larry Levine, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council
Report on the Evaluation of Water Audit Data for New Jersey Water Utilities
The Green Infrastructure Exchange Has Launched!
The exchange is a new practitioner network that supports, via accelerating peer learning, innovation and implementation, managers of public green infrastructure programs seeking to adopt and grow green stormwater infrastructure programs.
New Guidance: Designing Parks and Public Spaces with Green Infrastructure
Jersey Water Works Green Infrastructure Committee issues design recommendations.
The Jersey Water Works Green Infrastructure Committee has released recommendations for designing new parks and public spaces with green infrastructure to manage stormwater. 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.