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Podcast: Don't Let New Jersey Go Down the Drain! Managing Water in Our Cities

A closer look at an infrastructure issue with huge impacts for urban areas

While we're on winter hiatus we'll be publishing podcasts of some of the most compelling and challenging sessions from our October NJ Spotlight On Cities conference, as well as a podcast diary of a colleague who is struggling with breast cancer.

Water management is a major issue across the state, and particularly in New Jersey’s urban areas where the infrastructure is fragmented and in need of upgrades. Water- and sewer-main breaks can result in everything from traffic backups to major public health issues.

Chris Sturm, state policy director for New Jersey Future, kicked off this session at NJ Spotlight On Cities with a detailed description of the subject, as well as some solutions that communities might consider. Then Damon Rich, a partner at Hector Design Service, talked about a project at the Newark Riverfront to connect Newarkers to the river, to make infrastructure an issue the public is engaged in. NJ Spotlight co-founder and energy and environment writer Tom Johnson moderated the session.

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This water management session was one of a dozen panels at this year’s inaugural NJ Spotlight On Cities. Now we’re gearing up for our second year, to be held in the fall. What are the big issues facing cities that we should be focusing on? Is there a particular organization doing important work that deserves a showcase? Or an idea that’s taken root in another American city that New Jersey might try? Tell us about it by emailing us at oncities@njspotlight.com.

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