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Jersey Water Works Conference

December 1, 2017
9:00 amto2:30 pm

The 3rd annual Jersey Water Works conference is day-long event that will bring together more than 300 state and local decision-makers, practitioners, and stakeholders to amplify the importance of addressing New Jersey’s water infrastructure. The conference will explore innovative solutions and celebrate the Jersey Water Works collaborative as an effective, comprehensive approach to achieving statewide impact.

Previous conferences have featured national and local speakers, the announcement of commitments to action by the members of Jersey Water Works, and panel discussions about local water infrastructure challenges and opportunities. More information about the 2015 and 2016 conferences.

Stay tuned for more information about the 2017 Conference program agenda! Sponsorship opportunities are available.

LocationNew Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark

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State of Our Watershed Conference

December 2, 2017
8:45 amto12:00 pm

Raritan Headwaters will host the State of Our Watershed Conference to share the 2016-17 findings of our Stream Monitoring and Community Well Test Programs. Keynote speaker Christopher C. Obropta, Ph.D, P.E. will dive into the topic of Local Water Champions. $10 admission includes continental breakfast.  Attendees are asked to register online by Nov. 23 at and pay by cash or check at the door.


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Location: HCESC’s Hoffman’s Crossing campus

37 Hoffmans Crossing Road
Califon, NJ 07830


Gubernatorial Transition: Public Policy Update

December 5, 2017
7:45 amto11:30 am

Presented by NAIOP New Jersey

Location: Newark Liberty Airport Marriott, 1 Hotel Road, Newark NJ 07114

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From improving incentive programs and modernizing land use ordinances to “making land” to meet incessant industrial space demands in the port region, priorities for the new Governor (and Legislature) will be the focus of this special program packed with industry experts.  You will learn about NAIOP NJ’s public policy recommendations for the new administration, and hear detailed reports from the Smart Growth Economic Development Coalition’s transition working groups, largely comprised of NAIOP members. Expected speakers include:

  • Tom Banker, Banker Group
  • Jay Biggins, BLS & Co.
  • Morris Davis, Rutgers Business School
  • David Fisher, K Hovnanian
  • Meryl Gonchar, Sills Cummis & Gross
  • Irene Kropp, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
  • Jeromie Lange, Maser Consulting
  • Cecilia Lassiter, Sills Cummis & Gross
  • Anthony Marchetta, NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency
  • Michael McGuinness, NAIOP NJ
  • Stephen Santola, Woodmont Properties
  • Steve Senior, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Peretti
  • Debra Tantleff, Tantum Real Estate
  • Ted Zangari, Sills Cummis & Gross

Registration, networking & breakfast at 7:45 AM, program starts 8:30 AM and should conclude before 11:30 AM. Directions to the Newark Liberty Airport Marriott. Registration costs $105 to $140.

Coastal Resilience for People and Nature

December 6, 2017
9:00 amto4:00 pm

Join Stockton University Coastal Research Center for a workshop to explore coastal resilience through nature-based solutions. The goal of the workshop will be to educate stakeholders about how these practices can be used in communities and how to address issues surrounding funding, planning, outreach, and monitoring of these kinds of projects. Take part in round-table discussions lead by experts in the field and learn how you can get nature-based projects done in your community. There will be several interactive portions of the day to join us to speak up and have your voice heard.

Free to register. Lunch provided. RSVP by November 28

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LocationStockton Seaview Hotel, 401 South New York Road, Galloway NJ


Water Supply Planning Seminar and Luncheon

December 7, 2017
12:00 pmto2:00 pm

Hosted by NJ section of American Water Resources Association

Abstract: NJDEP’s long-awaited Statewide Water Supply Plan revision has been finalized. What does this mean for planners, engineers, and other water professionals? What is the Plan and how can it be applied to actual projects? New Jersey State Geologist Jeffrey Hoffman and Dr. Daniel Van Abs (Associate Professor of Practice for Water, Society and Environment at Rutgers University) will provide a one hour Water Supply Planning orientation for professionals.

Paid members free, non-members $15

Location: Duke Farms, 1112 Dukes Parkway West

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Watershed Stormwater Conference

December 11, 2017
9:00 amto5:00 pm

Hosted by the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association

Location: 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington NJ 08534

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Stormwater is a significant problem in New Jersey. From severe flooding to intense droughts and polluted drinking water, there are direct and indirect impacts on our health and safety.

Come learn from New Jersey’s experts about stormwater problems and solutions on Monday, December 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m at the Watershed Center in Pennington. See the total extent of impacts of polluted runoff and find out how you can get involved. Understand what to look for in reviewing a stormwater management plan and learn how other jurisdictions are handling the problem. Then wrap the day up with a discussion about the future needs of New Jersey’s stormwater management.

Hear from experts at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, Princeton Hydro, the National Resources Defense Council, and others.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast. Lunch will also be provided. Advance tickets are $25.00.

We welcome NGO’s, engineers, members of Environmental Commissions, Planning and Zoning Boards, as well as members of the general public interested in learning about the problems and solutions surrounding stormwater.

Technical Planning for Coastal Ecological Projects

December 12, 2017
9:00 amto3:00 pm

This workshop series is hosted by the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Barnegat Bay Partnership, and NJ Department of Environmental Protection and is designed for municipal officals, engineers, contractors, and anyone who is interested in or works on ecological projects, such as living shorelines or stormwater management. Come hear from experts in the region and learn about design, permitting, monitoring, and planning ecological projects! There is no cost to attend the workshops and lunch will be provided, but space is limited so register today! Attendance is not required at all three workshops, (each workshop will cover different topics), so please register for the workshop(s) you are interested in.

Workshop 3: Technical Planning for Ecological Projects

December 12, 2017 9:00am-3:00pm

Rutgers Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, 14 College Farm Road, New Brunswick, NJ

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Together North Jersey Institute: Transit Hubs Workshop #1

December 15, 2017
8:30 amto12:30 pm

Location: North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority Board Rom, 1 Newark Center, 17th Floor, Newark NJ

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The Together North Jersey Institute and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) are co-sponsoring a series of workshops to explore the opportunities for creating vibrant transit hubs in Northern New Jersey.

For the purpose of this work a transit hub is an area surrounding a transit station – bus, rail, light rail, or ferry – which contains diverse land use, a variety of activities, and multi-modal transportation connections that are fully integrated with the transit station. The hub creates a vibrant neighborhood that benefits from the access from the train station at its core. Creating a successful hub takes extensive thought about the transit station and the community that surrounds it.

Although every community is unique, the workshops will attempt to follow a process that can be used throughout New Jersey – a process will build upon a collaboration and encourage the community’s stakeholders to come together to define the hub and its characteristics.

The workshop is open to those who want to learn more about the elements of a strong transit hub, the opportunities that it can bring to the community, and the process to create it.

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