Aging and degraded water infrastructure looms as a crisis for many communities and is a significant source of water pollution in our state. Outdated and overwhelmed combined sewer systems in 21 cities in New Jersey cause increased flooding in neighborhoods and overflows into urban waterways, disrupting daily life, threatening public health, degrading the environment, and creating a significant barrier to economic vitality. Moreover, these communities have higher concentrations of people living under the poverty level and face complex social and economic challenges competing for strained municipal budgets and systems.
Join us for a conversation on New Jersey’s looming stormwater and wastewater infrastructure crisis. We’ll discuss current, collaborative efforts focused on this issue, and the opportunities for integrated infrastructure improvements that meet federal water quality requirements, engage communities, and support sustainable, green cities with healthy environments, vibrant economies, and a high quality of life.
Our panelists will include:
- Chris Sturm, Senior Director of State Policy, New Jersey Future
- Meishka Mitchell, Vice President of Neighborhood Initiatives, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, Camden, NJ
- Debbie Mans, Baykeeper and Executive Director, NY/NJ Baykeeper
Cost: Free for CNJG Members/$35 for Non Member Grantmakers
The panel presentation and discussion will begin at 10:30 and conclude at Noon. The Environmental Grantmakers will then convene for a lunchtime meeting from Noon - 1:00 p.m.
CNJG would like to thank the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation for underwriting the costs of the lunch