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Newark DIG
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Newark DIG (Doing Infrastructure Green)
Environmental Health and Toxics Fund, 2019
NewarkDIG is a multi-agency collaboration established to improve 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. Newark DIG Partners include: City of Newark, Clean Water Action & Clean Water Fund, Greater Newark Conservancy, Ironbound Community Corporation, I.T.V. It Takes A Village, Inc., MnM Consulting, Newark Environmental Commission, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Tree Foundation, NY/NJ Baykeeper, Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program Trust for Public Land, Unified Valisburg Services Organization. Newark DIG’s 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, with a focus on the Passaic River and its tributaries. Newark DIG has already identified a series of Green Infrastructure projects that will help achieve these objectives, and the State of New Jersey is interested in funding the construction of these types of projects in Newark with funds from a large environmental settlement for damage to the Passaic River and adjacent communities.
However, the lack of small-scale funding for the soft costs needed to make these projects “shovel ready” leaves over one million in project plans sitting on a shelf. This grant will help defray the necessary design plans and community outreach that will bridge the gap between good intentions and the implementation of community-valued green infrastructure projects in neighborhoods that sorely need them, including enabling the Rutgers University Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program to complete formal design for these projects. NY/NJ Baykeeper will serve as fiscal sponsor, and will receive no monetary compensation from this grant.
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Ney York/New Jersey Baykeeper