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Educating Youth On Combined Sewer Overflows

By Michelle Doran-McBean, CEO, Future City Inc. Students from Winfield Scott School #2 in Elizabeth learned about combined sewer overflows, as part of a new education and outreach program implemented by Future City Inc. The program provided 88 students from third, seventh, and eighth grades with Rotary International dictionaries as a vehicle to for information … Continue reading Educating Youth On Combined Sewer Overflows

Climate-Ready CSO Solutions Forum

New Jersey Communities Discuss Climate Change Impact on Multi-Billion Dollar Sewer Improvement Plans In New Jersey, 21 fast-growing communities with outdated sewer systems that combine rainfall with industrial and domestic sewage are finding they are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. When it rains in these communities, raw sewage pours into rivers and … Continue reading Climate-Ready CSO Solutions Forum

Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission’s Regional Supplemental CSO Team Meeting Recap

“The permit requires a public participation process that engages the affected public, including hydraulically connected communities, throughout the three phases of the LTCP and through the use of various outreach methods.” NJDEP Public Participation Guidance. Supplemental CSO teams have an important role in community outreach. These teams meet periodically and provide feedback on the Long … Continue reading Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission’s Regional Supplemental CSO Team Meeting Recap

Free event! On January 28th learn how CSO plans can address climate change

Climate change is here. New Jersey municipalities are already struggling with sea level rise, more intense storms, and extreme heat. As 21 cities plan upgrades worth billions for their outdated combined sewer systems, are they taking these dangers into account? Learn how municipalities can factor climate change in their combined sewer overflow (CSO) long term … Continue reading Free event! On January 28th learn how CSO plans can address climate change

DEP Releases Comments on Proposed Solutions to CSOs

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) posted its comments on the Development and Evaluation of Alternatives Reports that were submitted by the 16 municipalities and nine regional sewerage utilities that have combined sewer systems.   Over the summer, NJDEP conducted a thorough 60-day review of the reports that included accepting public comments. NJDEP’s review … Continue reading DEP Releases Comments on Proposed Solutions to CSOs

Comments on the Remedies to Sewage Overflows

Sewage-Free Streets and Rivers partners reviewed all of the Development and Evaluation of Alternative reports from a community and quality of life perspective to ensure that communities have access to waterways and benefit environmentally and economically from these plans. Here is what we found in the reports: All of the municipal and utility permit holders … Continue reading Comments on the Remedies to Sewage Overflows

How Syracuse Won the Battle for Green Infrastructure

Onondaga County, New York, found itself in an exciting position in 2012. Struggling, as many cities and towns are to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs), Onondaga county was going to use an all gray infrastructure approach, until Joanie Mahoney, then County Executive, stepped in to recommend a newer approach to the issue in the form … Continue reading How Syracuse Won the Battle for Green Infrastructure