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Background Information

NJDEP CSO website
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has a website devoted to the combined sewer overflow permit. Find resources on the permit and a map of combined sewer overflows in New Jersey.

Jersey Water Works combined sewer overflow information
Jersey Water Works is a collaborative group of organizations and individuals working to improve New Jersey’s water infrastructure, including our wastewater and sewer systems.

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Fact Sheets

New Jersey Combined Sewer System fact sheet (downloadable)
Find general CSO information as well as city-specific fact sheets on this page.

Learn about proposed solutions for your city.

Every city in New Jersey with combined sewer overflows (CSOs) was required by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to evaluate options for reducing CSOs by July 1,  2019. Each of those evaluations of potential strategies, called “Development and Evaluation of Alternatives Reports,” has been published online by the NJDEP.

Sewage-Free Streets and Rivers has summarized these reports in easy-to-understand fact sheets for the below cities. If you do not see a fact sheet for your community and want us to create one, please email info@sewagefreenj.org

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Local Contacts

Connect with local groups, community members, and your municipality or utility.

Find out whether your sewer is overflowing:

  • Notification system for the City of Bayonne, Borough of East Newark, City of Elizabeth, Borough of Fort Lee, Town of Guttenberg, City of Hackensack, Town of Harrison, Jersey City MUA, Town of Kearny, City of Newark, North Bergen MUA – Central, North Bergen MUA – Woodcliff, City of Paterson, City of Perth Amboy, Village of Ridgefield Park.
  • Notification system for West New York, Weehawken, Union City, Hoboken

Find out what your city or utility is doing to address combined sewer overflows using the links below. To email your municipal or utility permit holder recommendations on how to engage the public, download this template letter.

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Take Action

Organize a local workshop or take a local survey to get more people in your community involved. Contact Sewage-Free Streets and Rivers at info@sewagereenj.org for support in organizing a workshop and/or assistance in developing a community survey.

Sewage-Free Streets and Rivers Action Guide (downloadable)
Use this action guide to get the word out about what residents, elected officials, community-based organizations, and small businesses can do to ensure that combined sewer overflow plans include community preferences.

Our City’s Plumbing Problem (downloadable) and Combined Sewer Overflow Solutions (downloadable)
This set of two flyer templates is designed for use by residents, local organizations, and anyone else interested in educating the general public on combined sewer overflows, flooding, and CSO solutions. Any type in red can be customized to a specific city. Spanish and Portuguese versions and additional translations are available upon request.

Primer on the Evaluation of Alternatives to Sewage Overflows (downloadable)
New Jersey’s combined sewer overflow permit holders are required to submit a series of reports as part of the development of their plans, known as Long Term Control Plans, to reduce combined sewer overflows. The next report, due on July 1, 2019, is the Development and Evaluation of Alternatives Report. This document defines the alternatives being evaluated and questions to ask the permit holders about the CSO evaluation of alternatives.

Download the Sewage-Free Streets Rivers presentation for community meetings and events.

Sewage Free Streets and Rivers capacity building grant program request for proposals (downloadable)
Sewage-Free Streets and Rivers seeks to fund partner organizations to conduct public outreach and education in targeted communities to educate families and small businesses on the impacts of combined sewer overflows, opportunities for community input in the development of solutions, and the benefits of green infrastructure.

Worksheet to assist you in reviewing your permit holders Development and Evaluation of Alternative report (downloadable)
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