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Upgrading the water systems in New Jersey’s cities and towns is a generational challenge that must serve the residents and businesses who pay the bills, and the elected officials responsible for addressing a host of community issues.

Effective community engagement processes feature active the participation of community partners and ratepayers, who are able to influence the planning and management of their water infrastructure. Community support is also reflected in municipal plans, ordinances.

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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.

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.

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 importance of relationships and narrative.

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)

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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