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Combined Sewer Overflow Committee

Change Committee
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  1. Reviewed and submitted comments on the draft Combined Sewer Overflow Permits for Guttenberg/North Bergen Municipal Utility Authority, North Hudson Sewerage Authority, City of Elizabeth and Joint Meeting of Essex & Union Counties, Bergen County Utilities Authority, Borough of Fort Lee, City of Hackensack, and Village of Ridgefield Park to ensure JWW recommendations for smart CSO permits are reflected in new permits. 
  2. Educated and engaged community members in the public comment process for the draft CSO permits via two webinars, social media, and newsletters in collaboration with Sewage Free Streets and Rivers.
  1. Committee met and discussed recommendations while waiting for the release of the CSO permits. Committee wants to ensure that the JWW “Smart CSO Control Plan” goals are reflected in the next CSO permits.
  2. Published a fact sheet to educate stakeholders and ensure the CSO permits incorporate current climate change data, utilizing relevant resources.  
  3. Created a supplement executive summary to the climate change report to include environmental justice recommendations.  
  4. Created an Ask Card as a tool to encourage planners, municipal officials, and community members to review long-term control plans (LTCP) plans for resilience and adaptability to climate change.
  1. Provided recommendations for the next CSO permits after reviewing the NJDEP’s technical response letters on the Long Term Control Plans.
  2. Co-hosted a workshop with APA NJ to discuss using redevelopment as a tool to improve CSOs and stormwater issues in general.
  3. Helped plan and promote the Construction Opportunities Forum for Diverse Business Owners, hosted by NJ I-Bank and NJ Office of Diversity & Inclusion.
  4. Laid the groundwork for a pilot program as part of a collaborative regional water workforce development initiative.
  1. Published a summary of Development and Evaluation of Alternatives Reports that CSO permit holders submitted to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
  2. Issued a case study on two workforce training programs in Camden, providing an overview that communities can refer to if they wish to create their own program. The programs were created to train residents of low-income communities and communities of color in green infrastructure maintenance and/or connect them to employment opportunities, including those in the water industry.
  3. Published a report on two Newark training programs to help bolster its water workforce.
  1. Produced a summary of Development and Evaluation of Alternatives Reports that CSO permit holders submitted to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
  2. Created an assessment of access to water workforce jobs for low-income communities and communities of color affected by CSOs.
  3. Gave multiple presentations at industry events on technical research conducted by the committee.
  1. Hosted peer-to-peer learning sessions to support the development of LTCPs with robust public participation and well-informed consideration of alternatives.
  2. Created a dedicated clearinghouse for LTCP resources to foster and promote collaboration an information-sharing among permittees.
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