Wrap Up of Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Utilities Symposium

June 19th, 2019

More than 80 municipal officials, landscape architects, engineers, nonprofit representatives and members of local environmental commissions from around New Jersey gathered June 19 at The Watershed Institute to explore how stormwater utilities can help manage flooding and water pollution.

The symposium, co-hosted with the NJ American Water Resources Association, featured experts and policy makers from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey. The morning session covered draft revisions to the state Stormwater Rule, the state’s Stormwater BMP Manual, the NJ Future Green Infrastructure Municipal Toolkit, and urban flooding impacts. The afternoon session focused on the nuts-and-bolts of creating a stormwater utility, from communications and collaboration opportunities to rate setting and technical considerations.

After the presentations, participants worked together in breakout groups to discuss opportunities and barriers to implementing stormwater utilities in New Jersey, as well as the needs, challenges, and ways to leverage shared resources.

This symposium was organized following the passage of the NJ Clean Stormwater and Flood Reduction Act (also known as the “Flood Defense Act”) on March 15, 2019. The legislation allows (but does not require) municipalities, counties, and other regional entities to raise funds for stormwater infrastructure using a dedicated service fee.

Read coverage of this symposium in CivicStory a New Jersey nonprofit news site.

Presentations from our speakers at the symposium are listed below:

Proposed NJDEP Stormwater Rules and Other Regulatory Drivers for Green Infrastructure – Brian Friedlich, Kleinfelder

Overview of New Jersey Future’s Municipal Green Infrastructure Tool Kit – Steve Sousa, Clean Waters Consulting

The Evolving Impacts of Urban Flooding in the Nation and New Jersey – John Miller, FEMA

Stormwater Utility Concept, Trends & Benefits – Prabha Kumar and Brian Merritt, Black & Veatch

Stormwater Utility Concept, Trends & Benefits – Prabha Kumar and Brian Merritt, Black & Veatch

User Fees & Additional Information Needs for Stormwater Utility Creation – Julie Stein, HDR

Communicating about Stormwater Runoff – Dawn Stoltzfus, The Hatcher Group

Collaboration for Cost Effective Stormwater Management – Adrienne Vicari, HRG

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