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Green Stormwater Infrastructure Operation and Maintenance Course

November 2, 2017
8:00 amto5:00 pm

On November 2, 3, and 10, the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia’s GSI Partners will offer its third annual GSI Operation and Maintenance Course for landscape professionals to learn best practices and advance their skills and working knowledge of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) and sustainable stormwater management.

GSI practices require regular maintenance to ensure they continue to perform as intended, which in turn, helps to ensure that the stormwater regulations driving Green City, Clean Waters are being met. As the number of installed best management practices (BMPs) increase on public and private properties, and as more operation and maintenance agreements continue to be enforced, the need for GSI maintenance is increasing. This growing need creates a significant business opportunity for local landscape professionals to get involved. This course intends to both address the growing need for GSI maintenance and to equip landscape professionals interested in developing their service portfolio in the operations and maintenance of public and private green stormwater infrastructure projects so they can best take advantage of the emerging opportunities.

The three-day course features two classroom days and one field day and will provide landscape contractors and grounds managers with an understanding of the importance of operations and maintenance (O+M) of vegetated stormwater management practices, as well as of the tasks involved. Students will leave this course with a basic understanding of the regulatory context of stormwater management, BMPs and their components, how to maintain the vegetation and above-ground components using adaptive and prescriptive management techniques, and how to diagnose and respond to safety and performance issues.

Location: Temple university and La Salle University

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Plan 2045: North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority Open House

November 2, 2017
4:00 pmto7:00 pm

The draft of the NJTPA’s updated Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), known as Plan 2045: Connecting North Jersey, is here!  The NJTPA will hold a public open house at its offices in Newark on Thursday November 2, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m so you can learn all about it and provide comments or feedback.

Attendees can arrive at any time. There will be short presentations at 5:00 and and again at 6:00 p.m.  The event will feature various displays highlighting the innovative public outreach conducted for Plan 2045. Light refreshments will be served.

They’re also seeking on the Transportation Improvement Program (or TIP) for fiscal years 2018-2021, and the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for Fiscal Years 2018-2027, as well as the draft Air Quality Conformity Determination for Plan 2045 and the TIP.

Plan 2045 is the federally required long-range Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) for the region. The TIP is the four-year, fiscally constrained agenda of transportation projects drawn from the RTP.  To be eligible for federal funds, proposed projects must be approved by the NJTPA Board for inclusion in the TIP, which is updated annually. The STIP is the federally required compilation of TIPs from the NJTPA and the state’s two other Metropolitan Planning Organizations. The federally required Air Quality Conformity Determination demonstrates that these documents are consistent with achieving the state’s plan for meeting air quality goals and standards.

The draft documents are available at Go to, at the NJTPA, One Newark Center, 17th Floor, Newark, NJ 07102 and at New Jersey Library Network libraries in the NJTPA region. The formal comment period ends November 9, 2017.

The NJTPA Board of Trustees will consider adoption of the RTP, TIP, and Air Quality Conformity Determination at its November 13, 2017 meeting.  Any questions may be emailed  (tritteratnjtpadotorg)   to Ted Ritter, NJTPA Special Projects Manager. Or call at 973-639-8447.

For information on parking or directions, email  (infoattogethernorthjerseydotcom)   us.

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