By announcing commitments, Jersey Water Works’ members demonstrate their dedication to the issue of water infrastructure and put their voices together to show leaders around the state the continued importance of water infrastructure to our future.
Commitments are new projects, programs or resources which help advance the goals of Jersey Water Works. They are unveiled at the annual Jersey Water Works Conference in December, and they are either completed by the event or can be accomplished within the next year.
The commitments listed below represent new projects, initiatives and activities that members plan to undertake in 2019. See the commitments of action undertaken in 2018 and the commitments of action undertaken in 2017 by our members.
Interested in adding your project to this list? Contact Ed DiFiglia at 609-393-0008 x 112
Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions
Perform Outreach and Install Green Infrastructure in the Upper Salem Watershed
The Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions commits to improve water quality in the Upper Salem Watershed focus area by improving stormwater management. The project will focus on treating stormwater by applying green infrastructure practices where stormwater has never been treated to make measurable improvements in water quality.
Atlantic County Utilities Authority
Upgrade Bar Screens at Wastewater Treatment Facility
ACUA will complete installation of new bar screens at its wastewater treatment facility — an important piece of infrastructure that plays a key role in the treatment process. The new screens will help prolong the life of ACUA’s other infrastructure by preventing grit from passing through the plant and damaging equipment along the way. The new screens will also automate procceses, such as odor neutralization, making them safer and more efficient for its employees. The $1.5 million critical infrastructure project was funded through a low-interest loan from the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank. Employees will no longer have to manually collect and dispose of the debris removed by the screens; the new screens are fully automated and will transport any removed items directly into a compacting dumpster. The screens also have an automated lime-feeding system to help neutralize odors – another element that will no longer have to do be done by hand. Automating these tasks makes the process much safer and more efficient for our employees.
Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority
Advance Utility Energy Independence to Protect, Enhance Resiliency
The Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority commits to being off the electric grid and being energy independent by 2020, thereby reducing its vulnerability to power outages, and correspondingly reducing the possibility of combined sewage flooding in Camden and raw sewage overflows into the Delaware River.
City of Elizabeth
Complete the Trumbull Street Stormwater Control Project
The city commits to completing the project, which consists of the acquisition of a parcel of land for the installation of a 1 million gallon underground stormwater storage tank, dewatering pump station and remote level sensing system to address frequent neighborhood flooding and reduce combined sewer overflow. The surface restoration will consist of a rain garden to address smaller storms and a plaza area with educational signage, lighting and walking paths to provide for the beautification and enhancement of the neighborhood.
City of Hoboken
Break Ground on the Northwest Resiliency Park
The City of Hoboken acquired a 6-acre former industrial site in 2016 to transform an asphalt-capped brownfield into the City’s largest park. To foster both social and physical resilience, the design of the park will include public space aligned with the aspirations of the community that is closely integrated with stormwater infrastructure systems to achieve flood mitigation and water quality goals.
The City commits to break ground on the Northwest Resiliency Park in 2019, in partnership with the North Hudson Sewerage Authority. The state’s largest resiliency park will manage at least one million gallons of stormwater from northwest Hoboken through an underground detention tank as a key component of the NHSA Long Term Control Plan. It will also manage approximately 750,000 gallons of stormwater from the park site and adjacent roadways through green infrastructure. It will play an important role in the mitigation of flooding from frequent storm events.
Landis Sewerage Authority
Invest $23 Million in Infrastructure
The Landis Sewerage Authority will invest $23 million in upgrades to the LSA advanced wastewater treatment plant, pumping stations, collection system and biosolids application farm with a goal of providing capacity and infrastructure out to 2040.
Linden Roselle Sewerage Authority
Implement a Flood Mitigation Project
In accordance with the evaluation performed by CDM Smith and the site inspection by Glatfelter Insurance Group, the Linden Roselle Sewerage Authority is committed to a $4.6 million Flood Mitigation project that will build resiliency at the treatment plant during future storm events. Fourteen (14) areas will be targeted for “hardening” including but not limited to buildings, valves, drains, pumps, generators, and transformers.
Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership; coLAB Arts; Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Connect Residents to the River through Arts, Storytelling, and Signage
The Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership, coLAB Arts and Rutgers Landscape Architecture Cooperative Extension will install a sculpture and interpretive signage along the Raritan River in New Brunswick’s Boyd Park to tell a story of landuse in our local floodplains. The sculpture will be crafted of materials from demolition of a home destroyed by flooding during Superstorm Sandy and will incorporate historic flood height. The sculpture will be positioned looking downstream so as to bring the viewer’s attention to riverine areas at risk of inundation and erosion. In front of the frame will be a “picture post” monitoring station inviting the viewer/local community to take a photo of the view and to upload it to social media. This will allow us to crowd-source images that tell a story of seasonal and other changes to the River (litter, invasive plants, high water levels) and to plan restoration actions accordingly.
Mantua Township Municipal Utilities Authority
Expand Sewershed and Upgrade Infrastructure
The Mantua Township Municipal Utilities Authority plans to implement an expansion of its sanitary sewer system by installing new sewer mains and a new pump station, while rehabilitating an older sewer pump station. This project, with an approximate capacity of 5,000 gallons a day, will alleviate the impacts of currently failing septic systems while providing residents with the benefits of community sewer.
Middlesex Water Company
Invest $52 Million in the Water for Tomorrow Initiative’s Western Transmission Main Project
As part of the Water for Tomorrow initiative, Middlesex Water Company commits to constructing a large diameter 4.5 mile water transmission pipeline from Edison Township to the Borough of Metuchen to ensure added resiliency to the water distribution network, and enhance water service and reliability for current and future generations of water users. MWC is committed to completing this project with as little disruption to the surrounding area residents as possible by working with local officials and providing information and updates on their special website www.waterfortomorrowmwc.com
The Nature Conservancy of New Jersey
Advance Restoration of Paulinskill Floodplain Forests and Functions
In 2019, TNC of NJ will plant and maintain green infrastructure, including at least 10 acres of deforested floodplain and over 100 acres of floodplain previously planted. TNC-NJ commits to continue its efforts to restore degraded riparian buffers and stabilize eroding streambanks throughout the Paulinskill watershed. With help from partners and volunteers, its efforts will improve floodplain function, reconnect riparian habitat, and improve water quality.
New Jersey American Water
Invest More than $300 Million on System Upgrades and Expansion
As the largest water services provider in the state, New Jersey American Water is committed to investing more than $300 million annually to ensure the continued treatment and delivery of high quality water and wastewater services to the 2.7 million people it serves. Some key components of the company’s investments in 2019 will include distribution system improvements including replacement of over 90 miles of pipe per year; a major clear well expansion at one of the surface water plants to enhance system reliability and efficiency; treatment system upgrades at several groundwater stations to meet new water quality regulations on emerging contaminants; filtration and ozonation upgrades at two major surface water facilities to meet and surpass surface water quality requirements; and continued deployment of leak detection systems on both distribution and transmission mains to reduce system leakage and prevent main breaks.
New Jersey Infrastructure Bank
Provide Technical Assistance to Municipal Applicant and Cover Experience through Blog Series
The Water Bank will provide technical assistance to a green infrastructure project going through the financing application process and cover the experience through a series of blog posts, highlighting the major milestones, stumbling blocks, and through this all, offering future prospective applicants a case study.
Association of Environmental Authorities
Promote water sector jobs through education and outreach
Succession planning and building tomorrow’s leaders in the water/wastewater sector are among the top priority goals for the Association of Environmental Authorities. In 2019, AEA plans to extend efforts in this area by significantly increasing participation in college job fairs and similar events in New Jersey. AEA is currently developing a fact sheet on water careers to distribute at these events.
Association of Environmental Authorities
Develop recommendations for wastewater asset management metrics
In 2019, based on feedback expected to be received from the NJDEP, an AEA working group on asset management in the NJ wastewater sector intends to formulate a set of recommendations for establishing flexible and effective asset management regulations for wastewater collections and treatment systems.
Center for Natural Resources Development and Protection at the New Jersey Institute of Technology
Collaborate with Branch Brook Park in Newark to monitor and improve water quality
Students from the Albert Dorman Honors College at NJIT have been conducting measurements of water quality at various locations of the Park with the aim of mitigating algal bloom. Students are evaluating water quality of various water sources flowing into the Branch Brook Park including stormwater and well water.
Center for Natural Resources Development and Protection at the New Jersey Institute of Technology
Support the City of Newark by introducing students to the city’s Dept. of Water and Sewer
The Center for Natural Resources is in the final stages of signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Newark which would include development of an internship program that would introduce NJIT students to the city government with the hope of producing the next generation of water leaders within the Water and Sewer Department at the City of Newark.
Cooper’s Ferry Partnership and Camden SMART Initiative
Eliminate flooding for up to the 1-inch storm by 2020
Camden SMART is committed to eliminate flooding in Camden for up to the 1-inch storm by 2020 through loans from the NJ Water Bank and through the collaborative efforts of more than 60 non-profits.
Clean Ocean Action
Continue strategy to restore the health of Navesink River and regional waterways
“Rally the Waterways Coalition” aims to “Find and Fix” sources of bacterial pollution from nonpoint source runoff in the Navesink River and in other regional waterways. COA’s Rally coordinates a multi-pronged strategy that includes the following: Innovative canine scent tracking for identifying human fecal pollution sources; Citizen science weekly ambient bacteria monitoring (with NJ DEP); Watershed mindfulness education to the community and schools; Evaluation of IDEXX method for in-house bacteria monitoring using EPA Equipment Loan Grant.
Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund
Conduct community outreach in the City of Newark to support the LTCP process
The Green Infrastructure Reformers, coordinated by Clean Water Fund, will engage, train and deploy Ambassadors in each of Newark’s five wards to conduct conversations about green infrastructure, gather community input for the Long term Control Plan by leading efforts in the Newark’s South Ward including two community meetings, advocate for the maximum feasible use of green infrastructure in the long term control plan, and seek additional funds for City of Newark projects.
Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund
Support the City of Newark’s public education and outreach on lead in drinking water
Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund will be monitoring the utility’s upgrades for lead, corrosion and disinfectants controls, as well as coordinating city-wide public education and door to door community outreach.
Linden Roselle Sewerage Authority
Implement an asset management program
The Linden Roselle Sewerage Authority plans to implement an asset management program that will result in the most effective management, maintenance and planning of the facilities equipment. This program will provide a critical assessment of the Plant’s assets and produce an efficient business process for the future development of our Capital Improvement Program.
Provide staff support to establish the JWW measurement system
Louis Berger will provide engineering staff support to Jersey Water Works to assist the collaborative in establishing its measurement system for its Wise Management and Spending goal, which is focused on the implementation and funding of robust asset management programs.
Develop a summary fact sheet on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)
Louis Berger will develop a short fact sheet for laypersons to explain PFAs, an emerging contaminant. The resource will describe the chemicals and their locations, the science on health impacts, the federal and state regulatory environment, and also the impact on water utilities.
Manasquan River Regional Sewerage Authority
Perform a comprehensive assessment of the authority’s regional interceptor system
The MRRSA shall implement USEPA designated Best Available Technology to perform a comprehensive assessment of the Authority’s 20+ miles worth of large diameter gravity interceptors. The assessment will provide a baseline condition of the Authority’s gravity infrastructure and data to categorize, prioritize and substantiate the most efficient and effective use of Authority Capital Improvement Program funding.
National Association of Clean Water Agencies
Update guidance on water affordability
NACWA – in conjunction with the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation – will publish a set of new water affordability criteria recommendations and work with EPA to incorporate those recommendations into revisions of EPA’s existing guidance on determining drinking water and clean water affordability for local communities.
Natural Resources Defense Council
Advance water and sewer service affordability in New Jersey
NRDC commits to advancing policy discussions around ensuring the affordability of safe, sufficient water and sewer service for low income households. NRDC will engage with stakeholders to develop a short list of priorities for state and local action, building on Jersey Water Works’ water affordability white paper that identifies a range of policy options.
New Jersey Future and Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program
Identify green infrastructure options in Trenton business district
New Jersey Future and Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program commit to identifying options to manage stormwater and prevent flooding using green infrastructure around New Jersey Future’s office in downtown Trenton. Rutgers will create a design plan with green infrastructure options, including permeable pavement, stormwater tree trenches, and downspout planters. New Jersey Future will gather design advice for a green roof option and propose a funding strategy.
New Jersey Sustainable Business Council
Educate businesses on role of clean water and water systems in a vibrant economy
New Jersey Sustainable Business Council is committed to educating businesses about how healthy watersheds and water systems support a vibrant, sustainable economy. NJ SBC will conduct at least one educational webinar for business leaders in which it makes the business case for advancing a combination of specific market innovations and policy changes. This will be a key step in recruiting and organizing businesses in developing a larger policy voice in Trenton on behalf of water protection and investment legislation and policy.
New Jersey Urban Mayors Association
Host workshop on timely water infrastructure laws or rules
The New Jersey Urban Mayors Association will partner to sponsor a training workshop pertinent to new rulemakings and/ or legislation relevant to water infrastructure, including stormwater utilities, asset management rules, etc. The event will cover best practices and challenges faced by local governments, both in terms of available financing and compliance with the new laws or regulations and how to get rate payer support, if applicable.
New Jersey Water Supply Authority
Develop and implement a cyanotoxin management plan for the Manasquan Water Supply System
The NJ Water Supply Authority will develop and implement a cyanotoxin management plan in our Manasquan Water Supply System. This project involves an intense source water monitoring and management program, selecting treatment process options best suited to manage any potential cyanotoxin issues, and a strong public education and outreach program.
New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program
Expand “Stopping Trash Where It Starts” campaign
The New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program commits to expanding the “Stopping Trash Where It Starts” project and implementing pollution prevention strategies in the Passaic River and Hackensack River watersheds in an effort to reduce marine debris from entering the estuary.
North Jersey Resource Conservation & Development
Foster farmer engagement for implementation of agricultural best management practices
North Jersey RC&D will increase implementation of agricultural best management practices in the Lower-Middle Musconetcong and Lopatcong watersheds in the New Jersey Highlands. The project will engage farmers in the region through a free soil/manure testing initiative that includes farm assessment and farmer education, a free cover crop and nutrient management consulting service, as well as providing funding to leverage conservation practice implementation.
South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority
Develop a force main/outfall pipe condition assessment plan
SMRSA’s intent is to develop a Condition Assessment Plan that would strategically and systematically evaluate the force mains/outfall pipe and ultimately support an asset management plan that would include maintenance and replacement and/or upgrade strategies. The Force Main/Outfall Pipe Condition Assessment Plan is intended to be a document that SMRSA will use moving forward to evaluate the condition of its force main/outfall pipes and provide for as a guide to future Condition Assessments (phase II) and any necessary repairs and/or upgrades (phase III).
Advance water action for municipal certification
Sustainable Jersey pledges to train and provide technical assistance to local communities to improve water – supply, quality and access as well as address stormwater issues and implement green infrastructure among the 450 participating municipalities.
Advance youth awareness of and education about the water industry
T&M pledges to promote awareness and appreciation of water to the public and to students. This will be achieved through participation in organizations that support the cause, social media campaigns and other outlets. We are committed to our youth and educating students about the importance of a career in water resources engineering. T&M will organize interactive classroom presentations and field trips in which our team will provide students with insight into the water industry.
Together North Jersey
Partner to promote green streets through a workshop on green infrastructure and transportation
Together North Jersey plans to partner with the Jersey Water Works Green Infrastructure Committee to host a conference on green infrastructure and transportation which will promote the benefits of green streets.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2
Partner with the State of New Jersey to enhance the State Revolving Fund (SRF) and the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation (WIFIA) programs’ infrastructure funding options
EPA Region 2 remains fully committed to working with the state of New Jersey and other partners during 2019 to protect, improve and enhance water quality 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 new EPA policies that provide the states with more opportunities to fully utilize the benefits of the State Revolving Fund (SRF) program, such as extended-term financing for CSO projects. These new policies could allow New Jersey to potentially provide grants, principal forgiveness and other flexibilities to more qualifying impacted communities. During 2019, EPA Region 2 will work with New Jersey to develop and implement new financial options, as well as work with New Jersey and EPA’s Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program for the potential use of WIFIA financing in New Jersey.
Utility and Transportation Contractors Association
Issue report on the economic impacts of investing $1 billion in water and sewer construction in New Jersey
The Utility and Transportation Contractors Association will publish a custom report which will include a state-level economic impact analysis, using a business standard economic model and customized modeling techniques to analyze the total impacts of a $1 billion annual increase in water supply, wastewater and storm water construction investment on the state of New Jersey.
Develop an action agenda and bi-state campaign for regional resilience
Waterfront Alliance, with partners in NJ and NY, will build the resilience of water infrastructure, among other things, to future storms and sea level rise by developing a comprehensive action agenda. The action agenda will form the basis of a bi-state campaign for regional resilience. As part of its resiliency focus, Waterfront Alliance is also expanding the services of its Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines program in NJ through a new partnership with Cooper’s Ferry Partnership.
Provide capacity-building and technical assistance for volunteer water monitoring groups
The Watershed Institute will establish a new statewide coalition of volunteer water monitoring groups to provide technical assistance to and build capacity for expanded monitoring efforts. This water quality data will help identify areas impacted by polluted runoff and flooding to help determine where more green infrastructure and other stormwater mitigation efforts are needed.
Whitman Strategy Group
Publishing Quarterly Website Updates on Jersey Water Works Progress
The Whitman Strategy Group is committed to posting quarterly updates to its company website that highlight the progress being made by Jersey Water Works including one article featuring Whitman Strategy Group’s volunteer work with the collaborative.
Additionally, nine organizations committed to posting the Jersey Water Works “member of” logo on their website, volunteering for a stream clean-up, green infrastructure workshop or related activity, or featuring Jersey Water Works and its work in their newsletter..