Our sixth annual conference will be virtual and held over three days, December 9 to December 11.

Day one will have two separate sessions:

  • Inspirational conference kick-off. We’ll hear from a keynote speaker, a government speaker, and an update on the progress being made by the collaborative. 
  • Plenary panel where speakers from diverse perspectives explore a pressing topic, such as: “How do we pay for water upgrades in fiscally challenging times”. 

Days two and three will offer four in-depth sessions geared towards our diverse stakeholders, with rich content and technical assistance to assist those in the field so they can continue to make progress. Staggered times will allow attendees to join multiple sessions.

This agenda is a draft and subject to change.

Wednesday, December 9, 1:00 – 4:30 pm

1:00Sixth Annual Jersey Water Works Conference Welcome & Video Kick-Off

Jane Kenny The Whitman Strategy Group; Co-chair, Jersey Water Works
Mark Mauriello Edgewood Properties; Co-chair, Jersey Water Works
1:10Greetings Time to network, visit exhibitor, or take a break Time to network,

Cheryl Norton New Jersey American Water
1:15New Jersey’s Environmental Justice Agenda for Water
Kati Angarone will share how the Murphy Administration is advancing environmental justice and water equity issues and the role Jersey Water Works can play to advance those goals.

Kati Angarone  Associate Commissioner for Science and Policy, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
1:40The Race for Clean Water: Racial Equity, Collaboration, and Resilience
Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome will bring her national outlook to our water conversation. Grounded in a lens of health, climate resilience, and racial equity, she will help us think critically about New Jersey’s water future and the opportunities ahead. Challenges and solutions from communities across the country will provide perspective on the value of continued commitment and collaboration.

Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome Senior Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation (Keynote)
2:15Jersey Water Works Progress in 2020 & Call to Action
Jersey Water Works’ cross sector collaboration ensures that water infrastructure issues are at the forefront of New Jersey policies and priorities. Our working committees are the engine that drives this work forward. Celebrate the work of the collaborative and recommit to tackling the toughest water challenges in 2021. Together, we can transform our water systems! Join us to take action to advance our shared goals.

Rosana DaSilva Water Quality Manager, Hudson River Foundation and the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program
Bill Cesanek Vice President, CDM Smith
2:30Break – Time to network, visit exhibitor, or take a break Time to network, visit exhibitor, or take a break Time to network, visit
3:00Paying for Water Infrastructure: The 2020 Perspective
Followed by Q&A
We still lack adequate funding for the routine maintenance and essential upgrades of our water infrastructure. New Jerseyians have long discussed the need to remove lead pipes, replace old water and sewer mains, and fix CSOs to have reliable water systems and healthy communities. At the end of the day, we can’t implement these solutions without substantial and sustainable funding sources. How do we grow NJ’s share of state and federal funds? What other innovative programs can we consider? Where do increasing rates fit? How about affordability?

Debbie Mans Partner, twentytwenty public affairs (Moderator)
Hon. Ras Baraka Mayor, City of Newark
Megan Glover Co-founder and CEO, 120 Water
Mami Hara General Manager and CEO, Seattle Public Utilities
David Zimmer Executive Director, New Jersey Infrastructure Bank

Thursday, December 10, 6:00 – 7:15 pm

6:00Workshop: Roadmap to Becoming an Effective Water Citizen
Water systems are critical for our well-being, but issues such as lead in drinking water, chronic flooding, water pollution, and unaffordable water services threaten public health and safety. How can individuals drive change in their communities to solve these problems? This introductory workshop for community members will shine light on the unseen infrastructure, innovative solutions for water challenges, and actions that can ensure a sustainable water future. Cultivate your skills and grow your knowledge to become an informed water citizen and make a difference in your community.

Randy Solomon Director, The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey; Executive Director, Sustainable Jersey (Moderator)
Anthony Diaz Co-founder, Newark Water Coalition
Isabella Castiglioni Outreach Manager, Pinelands Preservation Alliance
Marian Glenn Trustee, Rahway River Watershed Association; Professor Emerita, Seton Hall University

Friday, December 11, 9:00 – 10:30 am, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

9:00Workshop: Affordable Funding Approaches for Combined Sewer Solutions
Implementing CSO Long Term Control Plans will result in significant environmental and public health improvements. However, these projects will be expensive. How can municipalities and utilities with combined sewer systems pay for these plans in ways that are affordable for utilities and communities? Learn how cities have a variety of funding mechanisms, including stormwater and hook-up fees, subsidized loans from state programs like the NJ Infrastructure Bank, non-traditional sources for open space, and hazard mitigation to reduce the cost of these crucial upgrades.

Andy Kricun Managing Director, Moonshot Missions; Senior Fellow, US Water Alliance (Moderator)
Ruby Cotton Councilwoman, City of Paterson
Charlotte Katzenmoyer CEO, Capital Region Water
Jennifer Gonzalez Director of Environmental Services and Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Hoboken, New Jersey
U.S. Representative Donald Payne Jr. New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District
10:30Break – Speed networking Time to network, visit exhibitor, or take a break Time to network, visit exhibitor, or take a break
11:00Workshop: Using Data to Build Trust in Our Water Systems 
How do we get it right?
How do we use data to build trust and support for our water systems while improving performance? Despite the many advances in water treatment and sanitation systems and their successes, trust in these systems can seem fragile. It is important to build trust in water systems to help generate community support for much-needed investments in them. Trust building starts with sharing information and data between utilities and the communities they serve. In this workshop, we will have a facilitated discussion exploring the power of data and also the risks. Speakers will share what NJ residents know and think about their water systems, examples of successful water dashboards, evolving state requirements for data, and a demo of Jersey WaterCheck—Jersey Water Work’s new data dashboard.

Stephanie Corso CEO, Rogue Water, LLC; Co-Executive Director, Rogue Water Lab (Moderator)
Stephen Blankenship Executive Director/Chief Engineer, Hamilton Township Municipal Utilities Authority
Shadi Eskaf Research Director, Environmental Finance Center, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dan Van Abs Associate Professor of Professional Practice for Water, Society & Environment at Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Wynnie-Fred Victor Hinds Co-chair, Newark Environmental Commission
12:30Break – Time to network, visit exhibitor, or take a break Time to network, visit exhibitor, or take a break Time to network, visit
1:00Workshop: Building Our Water Workforce Pipeline
A growing portion of the water workforce will retire within the next several years, creating both a challenge to fill these critical positions and an opportunity to increase the diversity of the sector. At the same time, addressing New Jersey’s crumbling water infrastructure will create additional jobs across the state—especially in environmental justice communities. Now is the time to focus both on preparing community members for these jobs and ensuring that there is a pipeline to employers who are hiring.

Kendra Morris Director of Business Development, SUEZ North America (Moderator)
Kareem Adeem Director, City of Newark’s Department of Water and Sewer Utilities
Jahtieh Postell Crew Leader, PowerCorps Camden
Don Shields Vice President and Director of Engineering, New Jersey American Water
Gina Sullivan Business Development Manager, Engineers Labor Employer Cooperative, the Labor Management Fund of Operating Engineers Local 825
Alyssa Ward Program Manager, PowerCorps Camden

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