Watch: Green Infrastructure (GI) Reformer Virtual Town Hall

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 6:15pm

Clean Water Action was honored to be a speaker at the Newark DIG GI Reformers Virtual Town Hall held virtually on July 29th.


NewarkDIG Green Infrastructure (GI) Reformers have been working for the past five years to ensure jobs for our communities, reduced neighborhood flooding and to improve our quality of life with green infrastructure projects. This team of community organizers is committed to engaging, informing and training residents about Combined Sewer Overflow and best practices to be implemented in the community.

Newark’s City government is now finalizing a potentially billion-dollar water infrastructure plan. The GI Reformers are hosting a virtual Town Hall meeting on July 29th, 6:15 pm, to share vital information pertaining to the Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan. The GI Reformers held meetings in every ward and you requested a plan that has green infrastructure, creates local jobs and that prioritizes reducing or eliminating street and basement flooding along with the CSO controls the permit requires.

Currently, the City of Newark is strongly considering a regional water infrastructure plan that would include other neighboring CSO communities and won’t necessarily make the needs of Newark a priority. This is your time to get involved! We must make sure the voices of Newarkers are heard and our dollars are spent on benefits to Newark as a priority.

Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund are partners of Newark DIG (Doing Infrastructure Green). Established in 2013, Newark DIG is committed to continuously improving the quality of life, health, and viability of the City of Newark and its residents through the use of strategic collaborative methods including: community-driven urban design, public policy planning, environmental and social justice advocacy, education, and local capacity building. Our primary goal is the establishment of sustainable green infrastructure as the first line of defense to better manage stormwater runoff, improve water quality and resiliency to flooding, and reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs), with a focus on the Passaic River and its tributaries.