BUILD IT GREEN

BUILD IT GREEN 2017-05-20T15:51:45+00:00

ABOUT

THE FIELD GUIDE TO CSO+ →

OVER EIGHT HUNDRED COMMUNITIES IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE COMBINED WATER AND SANITARY SEWERS.

These combined systems transport household, commercial, and industrial wastewater along with storm water. As a result, when it rains, these systems can overflow, carrying untreated sewage and water into local and regional waterways. Build it Green (BIG) is a two-year initiative (2016-2017) to support three New Jersey cities, selected through a competitive application process, as they pursue innovative storm water management projects and strive to meet new environmental mandates under the Clean Water Act to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs).

The cost of addressing CSOs are estimated to run into the billions of dollars, straining the budgets of chronically cash-strapped communities that are also coping with a long list of other challenges. One way to spur near-term action to mitigate CSOs, and simultaneously open new funding sources, is to pursue integrated CSO projects. Integrated CSO projects (CSO+) are projects that reduce CSOs while also solving other important community challenges. The BIG Team provided partner cities with technical support, including capacity building, design, finance, and engineering services, to develop integrated CSO+ solutions. The results of this work include a Field Guide to CSO+ for other communities seeking to address similar challenges.

THE BIG TEAM

Build It Green is a collaborative program developed and led by re:focus partners and New Jersey Future with design support from SCAPE Landscape Architecture. Support for the BIG Competition was provided by grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Jersey Health Initiatives program and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

PARTNER CITIES

Through the BIG Competition, Gloucester City, Jersey City, and Perth Amboy, New Jersey were selected to receive technical assistance and engineering support services to design innovative, financeable projects that reduce combined sewer outflows (CSOs) and solve multiple local problems at once.

GLOUCESTER, NJ

JERSEY CITY, NJ

PERTH AMBOY, NJ

“Jersey City will develop an integrated, innovative project to take on storm surge flooding, combined sewer overflows, and historic industrial contamination. These are issues that cross neighborhoods and affect some of the city’s most vulnerable residents, and we are honored to be selected for this unique opportunity.”

Mayor Steven Fulop
“Perth Amboy is proactive about environment and urban infrastructure initiatives. Working with the re:focus team will reinforce these efforts to design a project that protects the Raritan River. These initiatives maintain and aid our local community in its preservation.”

Mayor Wilda Diaz

REPORTS

A Field Guide to CSO+ is designed to empower decision makers charged with addressing CSOs in their communities. The guide includes a discussion aide that city and utility staff can use to strategize with their elected officials about city and utility priorities and outlines a set of tactics for pursuing relevant CSO+ projects and funding resources.

THE FIELD GUIDE TO CSO+ →
BIG SOLUTIONS FOR SMALL CITIES →

MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS

“Gloucester City is committed to the installation of green infrastructure to manage stormwater, provide good local jobs, and make our neighborhoods healthier and more beautiful. We look forward to this project serving as a model for future installations city-wide.” — Mayor William James

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