The commitments listed below represent new projects, initiatives and activities that members planned to undertake in 2017.
Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority
Expedited Implementation of CSO Long Term Control Plan
The Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority will complete the design and financing of a $50 million component of its long term CSO control plan to eliminate flooding problems along the Camden waterfront. The project includes a green infrastructure program, a new stormwater pumping station and upgrades to the existing combined sewer system and the wastewater treatment plant.
Cooper’s Ferry Partnership
Release of Flood Mapping App “Camden Reports”
Camden SMART Partners have committed to enhancing the collaborative’s community engagement platforms through the development of Camden Reports, a web-based app that allows residents to report instances of flooding to Camden SMART Partners in real time via their mobile devices or computers. Residents are encouraged to provide a description and upload photographs of the flooding incident, which are sent directly to Camden SMART Partners and to American Water, the city’s water utility company, which then identifies a best solution.
City of Hoboken
First Water Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan
The City of Hoboken will develop its first Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for intermediate and longer-term investments in its water distribution system. The CIP will provide a rational planning approach that optimizes the funding required to maintain its drinking-water assets in a state of good repair. The City will evaluate and recommend options for managing Hoboken’s water infrastructure and develop a sustainable financial implementation strategy.
City of Jersey City
Jersey City’s Year of Water
Jersey City and its Office of Innovation have designated 2017 as “A Year of Water.” The Office of Innovation will work with stakeholders to align priorities, promote partnerships, and encourage best practices to support water stewardship.
Middlesex Water Company
$160 Million Capital Investment in Water Infrastructure
Through its “Water for Tomorrow” program, Middlesex Water Company will invest $160 million in water infrastructure in 2017 and 2018 to enhance safety, reliability and resiliency. Projects will include construction of a critical transmission main for backup water supply; new ozonation treatment to meet water quality requirements; several large tanks for additional storage;, additional electric standby generation; and relocation of meters to exterior pits for greater customer convenience and safety.
Association of Environmental Authorities of New Jersey
Piloting a Professional Development Academy and Promoting Asset Management
AEA this year is piloting a professional development academy to build human capital and leadership in public water/wastewater/solid waste agencies. In addition, AEA will promote asset management and prudent financial planning at its fall conference with seven presentations by industry professionals and regulators. AEA is also furthering asset management with a workshop in early 2017 on “forgotten assets.”
Association of Environmental Authorities – New Jersey and Sustainable Jersey
Partnering to Host Training Session to Promote Best Practices
AEA-NJ and Sustainable Jersey are partnering to host a workshop for AEA-NJ members in late January or early February 2017 to review the new water infrastructure actions in the Sustainable Jersey certification program, including water loss audit, asset management and green infrastructure planning and installation. Speakers will provide step-by-step best practice guidance and will discuss how to engage local governments as partners and the role of wastewater utilities in using green infrastructure in stormwater management.
Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions
Empowering Environmental Commissions to Advance Stream Daylighting
Through workshops, seminars and webinars, ANJEC will educate environmental commissions on stream daylighting and the resulting impacts on stormwater runoff, flash flooding, and the environment. ANJEC will help one or two communities to advance stream daylighting projects by assisting with mapping, enlisting project partners, and developing plans for community education and visioning.
Atlantic County Utilities Authority
Wastewater Reuse Initiative
In 2017 the ACUA will continue research, study and negotiations with some of Atlantic County’s larger water users, along with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, in an effort to realize and promote a wastewater reuse program. This project will reduce the use of potable water for irrigation by using treated wastewater instead that would otherwise be lost to the ocean as effluent. ACUA will publish a blog post at the end of the year on JerseyWaterWorks.org to report on its work.
Center for Natural Resources Development and Protection at the New Jersey Institute of Technology
Green Infrastructure Installation and Evaluation
The center will work with the City of Newark and funding agencies to install a green infrastructure project on the NJIT campus, which will serve to train students and will aid in communicating Newark’s stormwater challenges with the larger community. NRDP personnel are using the latest software to design and evaluate the long-term behavior of GI.
Clean Ocean Action
Canine Scent Detection in the Navesink River Watershed and Beyond
Clean Ocean Action will expand its work on modeling microbial source tracking of the Navesink River watershed using scent-trained canines to detect the presence of human fecal contamination in the Navesink and other impaired waterbodies in New Jersey.
Clean Water Action
Green Infrastructure Installations in Newark and Community Action Teams in the South Ward
Clean Water Action will work with the City of Newark to install green infrastructure projects on municipal land. It will also create community action teams in Newark’s South Ward to implement large-scale green infrastructure practices to prevent stormwater runoff from entering the combined sewer system.
Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University
Technical Assistance and Training in New Jersey
The Environmental Finance Center will offer New Jersey communities technical assistance related to the management of water infrastructure.
Edgewood Properties and Whitman Strategy Group
Op-Ed to Promote Water Infrastructure Solutions that Provide Multiple Community Benefits
Jersey Water Works co-chairs Mark Mauriello and Jane Kenny will submit an op-ed to news outlets highlighting the work of Jersey Water Works and its members.
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Water Infrastructure Funders Affinity Group
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation will convene a water infrastructure funders affinity group to foster learning, coordination, and network-building among philanthropic funders with a shared interest in water infrastructure in New Jersey.
City of Hoboken
Bike Tour of Hoboken’s Urban Stormwater Management Measures
The City of Hoboken will host Jersey Water Works members on a bicycle tour of the city, highlighting green infrastructure installations and unique partnerships developed to reduce combined sewer overflows.
Staff Support for the Jersey Water Works Measurement System
Louis Berger will provide engineering staff support to Jersey Water Works in 2017 to assist in establishing its measurement system for its Wise Management and Spending goal, which is focused on the implementation and funding of asset management programs.
National Association of Clean Water Agencies
Environmental Justice and Community Service Compendium
NACWA will release a compendium to showcase municipal clean water utilities that are addressing environmental justice concerns in their communities. It will include a case study from the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority and can serve as a resource for other New Jersey utilities.
National Association of Clean Water Agencies
Congressional Outreach on Water Rate Affordability and Low Income Community Impacts
NACWA will raise the visibility in Congress of the clean-water affordability challenges facing low-income households in New Jersey and across the country.
The Nature Conservancy
Financing Facility for Green Infrastructure Projects
The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey will work with the organization’s national impact investing group to develop a financing facility that could support community-based public-private partnerships in New Jersey and around the country to scale up and fast-track the implementation of green stormwater infrastructure.
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Developing Green Infrastructure Guidance
NJDEP will develop green infrastructure guidance to assist permittees in meeting their combined sewer overflow (CSO) permit obligations to effectively evaluate green infrastructure (GI) as part of the development of a long-term control plan (LTCP). The detailed technical guidance document will include such topics as: how to identify priority areas for the use of GI and how to calculate cost vs. performance, including supplemental benefits of GI. DEP will work closely with the permittees by conducting at least two stakeholder meetings to ensure the guidance is understandable and meets their needs.
New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust
Issuing Environmental Infrastructure Bonds as “Green Bonds”
The New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust will issue all future environmental infrastructure bonds as “green bonds” to promote the development of the market for GI bonds within the state and to amplify its commitment to financing water quality infrastructure projects that enhance water resources, protect public health and ensure the safety of drinking water supplies. NJEIT will position its portfolio more effectively to investors interested in supporting New Jersey community investments in water infrastructure and clean water.
New Jersey Future
Going After Green Infrastructure — New Jersey Future Property, Alley and Block
New Jersey Future will partner with the Rutgers Water Resources Program to develop a concept plan and budget for green infrastructure on its building, an adjacent alley and its block in downtown Trenton, and will work to engage its neighbors and the City of Trenton in implementing appropriate pieces of the plan.
New Jersey Utilities Association
Op-Ed to Promote Water Infrastructure Investments
NJUA will submit an op-ed to news outlets making the case for investment in water infrastructure.
100,000 Oysters to Filter Water
NY/NJ Baykeeper will add 100,000 new oysters to New York and New Jersey harbor waters to improve water quality and shoreline resiliency.
250 Volunteer Hours to Clean Local Waterways
NY/NJ Baykeeper volunteers will spend 250 hours cleaning up local shorelines, rivers and creeks in the New York-New Jersey harbor estuary.
NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program, Hudson River Foundation
Assessing and Communicating the Benefits of Improved Water Quality
NY/NJ HEP will assess and communicate how managing pollutants from combined sewer overflows and stormwater discharges will improve recreational experiences, habitat, and community. Specific projects will include advancing the use of green infrastructure, modeling improvements of water quality resulting from Long Term Control Plans, engaging local civic organizations in harbor stewardship, and publicizing results.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program
Research Report: Stormwater Utilities as an Economic Driver for New Jersey
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program and the New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute will conduct a research project to understand more clearly the economic issues associated with stormwater utilities. The goal of this project is to determine whether, if some of the stormwater utility models from other states were applied in New Jersey, the utilities could serve as an economic driver to create jobs in the public and private sector.
Water Infrastructure Actions Included in Certification Program
Sustainable Jersey will launch four new actions, drafted by the Jersey Water Works Best Practices and Green Infrastructure committees, in their municipal certification program to promote water infrastructure best practices to local governments and their civic leaders. Municipalities will be able to receive points for conducting a water loss audit, creating and implementing an asset management program, developing a green infrastructure plan and installing green infrastructure practices in their municipalities.
Stevens Institute of Technology
Transforming Stevens’ Campus into a Living Laboratory
Following Stevens’ second-place award in the national 2015 USEPA Campus RainWorks Challenge, for which it developed a Green Infrastructure Master Plan for the campus, Stevens Institute of Technology will install experimental green roofs and bioretention planters on a new building, in an effort to drive innovation in design specifications, as well as a new rain garden.
The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy at Thomas Edison State University
Formation of a Mayors’ Water Infrastructure Committee
Thomas Edison State University will assist the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association in the formation of its Water Infrastructure Committee to provide policy analysis, technical assistance and resource identification. The committee will support Jersey Water Works in its objective to improve the water infrastructure systems in urban communities. The primary goal of NJUMA’s Water Infrastructure Committee will be to raise awareness around combined sewer overflows and identify funding sources as well as best practices in the planning and management of all urban communities’ aging water infrastructure.
United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 2
Working with New Jersey and Partners to Improve and Enhance Water Quality
EPA Region 2 remains fully committed to working with the state of New Jersey and other partners during 2017 to protect, improve and enhance water quality in the NJ/NY harbor while looking for ways to address the financial burden on impacted communities. We will support the state of New Jersey in exploring ways to apply a new EPA policy that provides the states with more opportunities to fully utilize the benefits of the State Revolving Fund (SRF) program. With this new policy, New Jersey can potentially provide more grants, principal forgiveness and other flexibilities to qualifying impacted communities. This will help supplement existing SRF tools including zero percent interest rate loans already offered by the state.
Daniel Van Abs, Associate Professor, Rutgers University
Comparison of State Wastewater Infrastructure Reliability Regulations and Evaluation of Municipal Master Plans
Dr. Van Abs will oversee completion of a report comparing state regulatory programs regarding the long-term maintenance of wastewater utility infrastructure, especially sewage collection systems, to ensure utility reliability and resilience. For municipalities in Middlesex County, Dr. Van Abs will oversee an evaluation of master plans and plan elements that address environmental quality and natural resource protection, including water supply and wastewater utility issues.
Grassroots Organic Food Coalition
The Wei will work to form an organic food coalition to advocate for public funding and private donations for the development of affordable water infrastructure and to develop a toolkit growers can use for negotiating immediate access to water from the municipalities where they are located.
Additionally; seven organizations committed to posting the Jersey Water Works “member of” logo on their website, four organizations volunteered for a stream clean-up, green infrastructure workshop or related activity, four organizations will feature Jersey Water Works and its work in their newsletter and three organizations will publish a new resource in partnership with Jersey Water Works.