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Combined Sewer Overflow Committee

Change Committee
WORK PLANS
    1. Work with the NJDEP to ensure that the next CSO permits reflect this committee’s Jan. 2021 recommendations for Long Term Control Plans that ensure equity and achieve maximum environmental and community benefits.
    2. Meet with planning staff in three or more municipalities to recommend master plan and zoning changes that integrate CSO solutions including green infrastructure.
    3. Create a campaign to educate CSO local governments and stakeholders on the benefits of implementing stormwater utilities with the goal of at least one community implementing a stormwater utility in 2021.
    4. Use a survey to identify LTCP-related job opportunities and workforce training programs and share them with residents of CSO communities.
    5. Facilitate stakeholder meetings to establish a plan for a collaborative regional water workforce development initiative. 
    1. Host a webinar or workshop to share CSO system success stories.
    2. Work with the Asset Management and Finance committee to identify ways to address affordability in Long Term Control Plans and recommend them to the DEP.
    3. Develop a framework for reviewing draft Long Term Control Plans (due to the DEP on June 1) send committee comments to the DEP and assist CSO communities in reviewing the plans. 
    4. Develop recommendations and resources that will encourage local hire from environmental justice communities for water workforce jobs, link local residents to stable careers through job training programs and link utilities and unions to these training programs and to find qualified workers.
    5. Encourage CSO municipalities to seek funding from the NJ Infrastructure Bank in order to reduce the cost of implementation of the Long-Term Control Plans.
    1. Maximize the impact of the CSO Committee’s reports Balancing Green and Gray Solutions to CSO Management and Hidden Capacity: How Proper Maintenance and Cleaning of Sewer Systems Can Have Huge Benefits! through promotion and active distribution of the documents to stakeholders including New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), CSO supplemental teams, and others.
    2. Assist CSO municipalities and utilities with resource gaps by providing technical assistance, resource sharing, or other means.
    3. Review the Development and Evaluation of Alternatives reports due to DEP on July 1 and develop a summary document highlighting:
      • (a) Consideration of green and gray infrastructure
      • (b) Consideration of community input
      • (c) A list of the alternatives considered in each report with descriptive information on their review
      • (d) Innovative ideas
    4. Share with CSO permit holders next-tier opportunities related to CSO mitigation such as integrated planning, increased community engagement, workforce development with green infrastructure, odor control best practices, and the CSO/climate connection.
    1. Produce public participation materials for the new municipal separate storm sewer (MS4) permit.
    2. Develop a strategic communications plan that identifies event-oriented social media campaigns and tools for committee members to use to engage stakeholders in water infrastructure issues.
    3. Provide tools and resources needed by CSO permit holders to address public participation requirements.
    4. Compile and share a collection of educational curricula about water infrastructure.
  • Under Former Community Engagement Committee

    1. Produce public participation materials for the new municipal separate storm sewer (MS4) permit.
    2. Develop a strategic communications plan that identifies event-oriented social media campaigns and tools for committee members to use to engage stakeholders in water infrastructure issues.
    3. Provide tools and resources needed by CSO permit holders to address public participation requirements.
    4. Compile and share a collection of educational curricula about water infrastructure.
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