Upcoming Event: New Jersey Water Association Annual Conference
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Green Infrastructure Committee

Change Committee
WORK PLANS
    1. Strengthen the green infrastructure workforce by publishing a fact sheet with green infrastructure certification programs and employment strategies.
    2. Identify funding sources for green infrastructure retrofit projects, share with GI champions, and present findings in a fact sheet.
    3. Develop the JWW Water Equity Map to show where overburdened communities experience water-related risks. By July 2021, develop the interactive map. By December 2021, identify hotspots.
    4. Identify and implement a project to continue to advance the understanding of stormwater utilities in MS4 towns by sharing resources.
    1. Recommend green infrastructure incentive programs for NJ stormwater utilities based on a national review of best practices.
    2. Recommend regulatory changes to the DEP regarding reasonable use of green infrastructure within Green Acres-restricted parks.
    3. Continue the Green Infrastructure Champions program and collaborate with partner organizations to connect champions with interested communities.
    4. Solicit five NJ green infrastructure projects and share them as case studies in the New Jersey Green Infrastructure Municipal Toolkit. Focus case studies on the following topics:  
      • (a) Green streets
      • (b) Park projects that include GI and minimize tree removal
    1. Work with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to create and promote a Green Streets handbook for New Jersey communities.
    2. Recommend revisions to Sustainable Jersey’s Complete Street Actions to include green stormwater management.
    3. Recommend policies to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regarding reasonable use of green infrastructure within Green Acres-restricted parks.
    4. Issue recommendations, based on a national review of best practices, for New Jersey stormwater utilities to create green infrastructure incentive programs.
    5. Continue the Green Infrastructure Champions program by making training broadly accessible through webinars and the development of a “train the trainer” program.
    6. Establish a process to solicit and share New Jersey green infrastructure projects and case studies to include in existing green infrastructure inventories.
    1. Support the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association Water Infrastructure Policy Committee in developing state policy recommendations on water infrastructure and announcing them at a fall event.
    2. Partner with the New Jersey League of Municipalities and other Jersey Water Works members to provide an educational webinar series for municipal officials.
    3. Encourage partners to host events and conferences that include water-related sessions and invite state and local officials to participate.
    1. Advance implementation of “green streets” by recommending policy changes, promoting state and federal pilot projects and expanding the complete streets “action” in the Sustainable Jersey certification program.
    2. Partner with Jersey Water Works members to host green infrastructure trainings for key stakeholders.
    3. Recommend ways to conduct an inventory of green infrastructure installations and their performance.
    4. Facilitate community advocacy for green infrastructure by assessing stakeholders’ needs for green infrastructure tools and training and developing solutions to fill the gaps.
    1. Develop two Sustainable Jersey actions for green infrastructure (planning and installation).
    2. Better understand how and which green infrastructure techniques can be used in or next to parks that can control stormwater generated elsewhere under existing regulations and identify necessary modifications to state controls.
    3. Review existing efforts and need for a database of green infrastructure installations and monitoring data in NJ.
    4. Encourage NJ and local DOTs to support green infrastructure best practices on green streets (e.g., right-of-way bioswales) by identifying likely applications, performance, and permitting requirements that could be adopted by the state, counties and/or municipalities.
    5. Develop green infrastructure educational materials for the construction and development industries, such as a design charrette that explores the use of various GI techniques.
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