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Resource Type: Case Study    Topic: Successful and Beneficial Green Infrastructure

New Jersey Green Streets Case Studies

As of 2019, 151 municipalities in New Jersey have adopted complete streets policies, but most have not incorporated green streets language or requirements into their policies. Municipalities can enhance their roadways by incorporating green streets practices into their complete streets designs. Green streets can help meet regulatory requirements for stormwater management, provide important environmental and public health benefits, and provide social and economic benefits. These case studies show how 3 New Jersey communities—Hoboken, Highland Park, and Camden—planned and implemented green streets to achieve some of the benefits described.

New Jersey Green Streets Case Studies

Resource Type:    Topic: Successful and Beneficial Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure Recommendations for Consideration within the Green Acres Reauthorization

In July 2020, the Jersey Water Works Green Infrastructure Committee sent recommendations for consideration by the Department of Environmental Protection to the re-authorization of the Green Acres rules. The Green Infrastructure subcommittee focused its efforts to understand the limitations of the current rule towards green infrastructure, and propose revisions that integrate green infrastructure into the Green Acres grant application process while being consistent with the intent of the program and collect information on existing green infrastructure projects in parks. The document outlines suggested revisions to the Green Acres re-authorization to include and encourage, when appropriate, the evaluation and prioritization of green infrastructure and green stormwater infrastructure practices for conservation purposes regarding watershed protection.

 

Green Infrastructure Recommendations for Consideration within the Green Acres Reauthorization

Resource Type: Case Study    Topic: Smart CSO Control Plans

Bolstering the Water Workforce with Innovative Programs

In the City of Camden, two 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. One is PowerCorps Camden, administered by Center for Family Services and Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, among others, and the other is Camden Works, administered by Center for Family Services and Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, among others. This case study details how these workforce training programs are structured, providing an overview that communities can refer to if they wish to create their own program. It also features insight on factors for success and lessons learned as these programs have navigated their first few years of operation.

Bolstering the Water Workforce with Innovative Programs

Resource Type: Report    Topic: Empowered Stakeholders | Smart CSO Control Plans

Assessing Public Input and Consideration of Green Infrastructure in NJ CSO Reports

This paper, Assessing Public Input and Consideration of Green Infrastructure in NJ CSO Reports, assesses how well the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Development and Evaluation of Alternatives Reports meet the Jersey Water Works (JWW) goals for “Smart CSO Plans.”

The Development and Evaluation of Alternative Reports (DEARs) were submitted to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) in July 2019, with a deadline for the final LTCPs of October 2020. The committee reviewed 24 reports submitted on behalf of 25 permit holders; some reports were consolidated based on regional reports. Nine regional collaborations of sewage treatment plants and municipal permit holders worked together on the development and evaluation of alternatives. Of the 25 permit holders, the City of Trenton was the single permit holder not included in this review because the City has already submitted its LTCP.

This paper summarizes the committee’s findings, with focus on the types of alternatives evaluated, green infrastructure considerations, and extent of public participation.

Resource Type: Best Practice Guide    Topic: Other Best Practices

Coronavirus Compendium

Moonshot Missions created this compendium of suggested best practices for water utilities surrounding the COVID-19 Coronavirus. These key considerations highlight ways that water utilities can “flatten the curve” while sustaining operation of their drinking water and wastewater facilities.

COVID-19 Compendium for Water and Wastewater Utilities

Resource Type: Best Practice Guide    Topic: Effective and Financially Sustainable Systems

Asset Management Key Performance Indicators: Rule Recommendations for State Government

The Jersey Water Works Asset Management and Finance Committee and the American Water Works Association New Jersey section Infrastructure Management Committee issued recommendations for consideration by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection during the implementation of the Water Quality Accountability Act (WQAA). The committees’ core focus was to recommend metrics for measuring system condition, the status of asset management programs, and capital investments for drinking water systems. The recommendations were submitted in January of 2019.

 

Asset Management Metrics Recommendations – JWW & AWWA-NJ

Resource Type: Best Practice Guide    Topic: Empowered Stakeholders

Drinking Water Guide: A Resource for Advocates

The River Network's Drinking Water Guide Cover Page Photo

The River Network’s Drinking Water Guide is a first step in galvanizing a national network of advocates for safe, clean, affordable, and sustainable drinking water and drinking water systems. River Network hopes that the guide will serve as a key resource for groups and individuals working on these issues to better understand, integrate, and elevate issues of equity and justice as part of their drinking water advocacy.

River Network Drinking Water Guide

Resource Type: White Paper    Topic: Effective and Financially Sustainable Systems

Water Resources Baseline Topic Report

This report examines water resource and infrastructure issues in northern New Jersey, reports on current and possible future conditions, and recommends water resource objectives, outcomes, metrics and indicators for use by the Together North Jersey in its Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (RPSD). For each element of water sustainability, the report addresses whether sustainability is being achieved under current conditions and demands, and whether capacity exists for increased future demands.

Water Resources Baseline Topic Report

Resource Type: Best Practice Guide    Topic: Other Best Practices

Jersey Water Works Strategic Communications Recommendations and Message Platform

Jersey Water Works now has its own messaging guide on how to effectively communicate about water. This guide has tips on developing a strong message to engage individuals on the current state of our water infrastructure and the solutions JWW is working towards. Learn how to connect with your audience by starting with why everyone should care about the challenges we face in the water sector.

Jersey Water Works Strategic Communications Recommendations and Message Platform

Resource Type: White Paper    Topic: Lead in Drinking Water

Developing Lead Service Line Inventories Presented by the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators

Many state drinking water administrators are considering developing inventories of the materials used in service lines that are part of the distribution systems of community water systems (CWSs) they regulate. Some states have already conducted voluntary or mandatory surveys of CWSs whether on their own or in response to state legislation. Others are preparing to use the information in the next round of Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessments (DWINSA) that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing pursuant to Section 2015 of the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. The 2020 DWINSA will include an estimate of the number of public and private lead service lines as well as an estimate of the costs to replace all lead service lines, which will be a significant undertaking for water systems to develop and states to collect information on. To assist states that are considering initiating a lead service line (LSL) inventory, the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) has developed the following guidance based on the experience of the states that have already conducted or are preparing to develop a comprehensive inventory of service line materials.

Developing Lead Service Line Inventories Presented by the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators

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