Get started by using these resources to engage your community.

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Use this sample email text to invite community organizations in CSO communities to join the campaign.

Step one: Learn about combined sewer overflows in New Jersey.

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.

CSO factsheet (downloadable)

The CSO fact sheet gives an overview of New Jersey’s cities and towns with combined sewer systems and lists all of the CSO permit holders. It shows how the regional permits are organized. It also includes links to reports and background on the Clean Water Act and Combined Sewer Overflow Permit.

Jersey Water Works 

Is your sewer 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

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

Step three: Share information with your neighbors, community groups, and elected officials.

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.

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.

Step four: Organize a local workshop or survey your community  to get more people in your community engaged and involved.

Contact the Sewage-Free Streets and Rivers campaign at for support in organizing a workshop and/or assistance in developing a community survey.

What is your municipality or utility doing to address sewage overflows?

The Clean Waterways, Healthy Neighborhoods initiative is a collaboration of the entities that own and operate combined sewer systems within the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) and North Bergen Municipal Utilities Authority (NBMUA) service areas.

By city and utility website:

More information on combined sewer overflows in New Jersey:

Ripple Effects

This report explores urban water infrastructure in two ways:

Part 1: The State of Water Infrastructure in New Jersey Cities
Part 2: Why Water Infrastructure Matters – Stories From Four Cities

Water Infrastructure in New Jersey’s CSO Cities: Elevating the Importance of Upgrading New Jersey’s Urban Water Systems

This report was developed by a Rutgers University team led by Daniel J. Van Abs Ph.D. PP AICP. It focuses on the 21 New Jersey municipalities that have combined sewer systems and examines issues regarding water supply and wastewater capacity for these municipalities. The Water and Sewer System Ownership and Management Map gives a detailed review of water and sewer system ownership and management, including collection systems and treatment plants, in New Jersey CSO municipalities.