CCI's Water Working Group began as the Camden SMART Initiative in 2011 (pre-dating the creation of CCI). Foundaed by a coalition of six entities - Cooper’s Ferry Partnership (CFP), the City of Camden (City), Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA), Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program (RCE), New Jersey Tree Foundation (NJTF), and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)- the Camden SMART Initiative is a community-driven movement to protect human health, improve conditions for economic development, improve water quality, and enhance the quality of life for Camden City, its residents, and the Delaware River watershed through the broad use of green and grey infrastructure techniques for stormwater management. Since that time, the coalition has expanded to include new partners and broader water issues, including drinking water, water equity, and more.
To support sustainable management of Camden's water resources and water infrastructure, including stormwater, drinking water, and access to surrounding waterways. facilitate stormwater management, facilitate the construction of green and gray infrastructures, extend focus to drinking water safety, and reinforce the sustainability ordinance.
FOCUS AREAS & ACTIVITIES
- In 2021, 150 PUR water filters and pitchers were given out to East Camden Residents alongside lead risk mitigation resources
- In 2019, the Water Working Group published their Equitable Water Future plan via the US Water Alliance
- Von Nieda Park Stormwater Management interventions (2017)
- Robust programming at waterfront parks connecting residents to water
- Rain Barrel Giveaways and Trainings
Leading with Lead:
Equitable Water Future Plan:
Von Nieda Park:
Waterfront Park Programming:
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