Tuesday, August 18 10 am-noon

In this CSO LTCP review workshop we will focus on reviewing the LTCPs and submitting comments to municipal and utility permit holders and then to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. In this hands-on workshop we will use the LTCPs that have been submitted to the NJDEP and draft plans that have been made available to the public as well as the most recent updates on the remaining eight regional plans to guide participants through the evaluation process with a particular focus on environmental and engineering specifications, green infrastructure specifications, local job impacts, and financial analysis. NewarkDIG is hosting the workshop in partnership with the Sewage-Free Streets and Rivers campaign and the Jersey Water Works CSO committee.

In Part 1 of the CSO LTCP review workshop we focused on the nine requirements of the CSO Long Term Control Plans to guide participants through sections of the report. We discussed the regional gray infrastructure projects under consideration by the municipalities in the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission Region. Michele Adams, founder of Meliora Design, explained private property opportunities for implementing green infrastructure (GI). Larry Levine, Director of Urban Water Infrastructure & Senior Attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council and member of the JWW Asset and Finance Committee, presented equitable and affordable ways to finance CSO LTCPs. Kim Irby, New Jersey Future Policy Analyst, presented the water workforce opportunities associated with green infrastructure, and Drew Curtis, Ironbound Community Corporation, led a brainstorm on how to conduct community engagement on these plans during COVID-19. You can watch the presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UedgFOiC62E&feature=youtu.be

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