Upcoming Event: NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program Annual Conference
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Jersey Waterworks Conference 2018 at the NJ Performing Arts Center in Newark on December 7, 2018. Keith Muccilli Photography, LLC
Jersey Water Works Conference

December 8-10, 2021

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Our seventh annual conference will be virtual and held over three days, Dec. 8-10.

Wednesday, Dec. 8

12:30 PM Pre-conference Networking 

1:00 PM Conference Kick-Off: Welcome

  • Nicole Miller, Jersey Water Works Co-Chair
  • Andy Kricun, Jersey Water Works Co-Chair

1:17 PM Title Sponsor Remarks

  • Mark McDonough, Senior Vice President of American Water and President of New Jersey American Water

1:20 PM NJDEP Commissioner Address

  • Shawn LaTourette, NJDEP Commissioner

1:40 PM Keynote Address

2:15 PM JWW Call to Action for 2022

2:30 PM Break

3:00 PM Plenary panel: When significant funding is finally available for capital investments in water, will it be accessible to all? 

  • New government mandates and escalating climate threats require communities to make generational investments in water systems. But, those who lack access to credit—or the capacity to write complicated project plans and loan applications—risk not being able to tap into funding streams. Centering water equity, this plenary will explore several opportunities to ensure access for all, especially in under-resourced communities.

4:30 PM Adjournment

Thursday, Dec. 9

5:30 PM Pre-Workshop Networking

6:00 PM Workshop: Seizing the Moment: The Role of Community and Water Stewards

  • This workshop aims to build connection, alignment, and capacity to advance the transformation of New Jersey’s water infrastructure. The panelists are talented, placed-based leaders from local communities and the water utility sector. This conversation builds upon the Jersey Water Works model of collective impact, according to which collaboration and cultivating relationships are key to addressing water issues and exploring solutions. 

7:15 PM Adjournment

Friday, Dec. 10

9:00 AM Workshop: Why Affordability Matters: Understanding Water and Sewer Burdens and Tailoring Solutions

  • How does water affordability stress affect utility operations, capital investments, and—most importantly—households? This workshop will showcase new findings on the location and extent of “affordability stress” caused by drinking water and sewer rates. Panelists will discuss potential solutions, including timely updates on proposed state legislation, federal initiatives, and ways to target New Jersey Water Bank assistance. Understanding and eliminating affordability stress helps to ensure that water infrastructure upgrades can be moved forward—for everyone.

10:30 AM Break

11:00 AM Workshop: Resilient Water Systems in the Face of a Changing Climate

  • New Jersey’s water infrastructure systems are in the cross-hairs of climate change. While these systems must be protected from the impacts of climate change, themselves, they are also key to safeguarding communities from flooding, sea level rise, and more. Using a vulnerable municipality as a case study, the experts on this panel will explore the many ways that drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems can adapt to climate change, manage flooding, and reduce their own carbon emissions.  

12:30 PM Break

1:00 PM Workshop: Putting Lead Service Lines in New Jersey’s Rearview Mirror

  • A new law requires New Jersey water systems to replace lead service lines within 10 to 15 years. Can this urgent and massive undertaking be achieved on time and under budget? Panelists at this session will grapple with challenges and solutions on funding and implementation, as well as ways for utility managers to share best practices. While the work gets underway, attendees will also be invited to explore the role we each must play to continue to educate vulnerable residents on how to remain safe and informed about lead in drinking water.

2:30 PM Adjournment

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