Thursday, July 8, 2010

Water Conservation Workshops

After this very hot and dry week, we are all paying a bit more attention to rain and water levels.

Sustainable Jersey™ will be offering a WATER CONSERVATION WORKSHOP to help your municipality conserve water through the implementation of the Water Conservation Ordinance, which is one of the program’s priority actions, and the Water Conservation Education Program. The workshop will be presented in 3 locations throughout the state (northern, central and southern), and a webinar will also be held on the topic.

Water is a critical natural resource that supports essential human activities as well as ecological functions. Shortages can have dangerous and significant implications for public health as well as for the local economy and for ecological integrity. In addition to reduced groundwater recharge from increasing impervious surfaces, demands on New Jersey’s limited water supply due to population growth and development have greatly increased.


Water Conservation Ordinance
A Water Conservation Ordinance can help municipalities curtail unnecessary water waste. The elements of the updated model Water Conservation Ordinance will be discussed in detail and we will be soliciting feedback on the proposed changes.

Water Conservation Education Program
To be successful, water conservation efforts must also include an education program that informs individuals of the need to use water resources in a sustainable manner. Municipal education programs that promote water conservation can serve as a good starting point for a more comprehensive water conservation program.

The Water Conservation Workshop will highlight municipal examples that have achieved water conservation through a variety of education strategies.

Speakers from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection will present an overview of the Water Conservation Ordinance, and Water Conservation Education Action in Sustainable Jersey. Representatives from area municipalities will share municipal examples and talk about their own efforts on this topic. There will be time for Questions and Answers.

To sign up for any of the three workshops visit:

To sign up for the webinar, visit:


SOUTHERN LOCATION: July 21, 2010 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. – Council Chambers, Vineland Municipal Building, 640 E. Wood Street, Vineland, NJ 08360.

NORTHERN LOCATION: July 27, 2010, 7-8:30 p.m. -- Memorial Meeting Room at the Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040.

CENTRAL LOCATION: July 29, 2010 – 9-11:30 a.m. - Belmar (Courtroom), 601 Main Street, Belmar, NJ 07719. Directions:
WEBINAR: August 3, 2010, from 7-8:00 p.m. Sign up:

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