2022 Free Technical Assistance for Creating Your Municipal Water Story

Thanks to their generous support this program is available to municipalities located within the New Jersey American Water service territory, a list can be found here.

Sustainable Jersey is offering FREE technical assistance to one municipality interested in completing the Municipal Water Story action. The goal of the action is to define and prioritize local water challenges. To do this a municipality will undertake a data collection process to create a narrative that describes how water moves through the community in all its forms – drinking, waste, stormwater and as a natural resource. Municipalities are then charged with sharing the water story narrative to allow citizens to react to the facts, and enhance the story with information from their experiences with water to provide a fuller picture. The Water Story is a first step to achieve the Gold Star Standard in Water and is intended to serve as a catalyst for a wider discussion in the community to formulate an overall water strategy.

Sustainable Jersey staff will provide the technical assistance to the selected municipality for approximately 20-24 weeks beginning in November 2022. The assistance will be tailored to the specific needs of the selected municipality and will include coaching for local green team volunteers and municipal staff to guide them through each step of the action. Sustainable Jersey staff will be available to answer questions, provide resources, offer advice, and assist the municipality in crafting their Water Story. The goal of the effort is to produce an example of a Municipal Water Story to serve as a model for other communities.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the technical assistance may be provided remotely. Applicants should be prepared to support collaborative work in an online environment.

All municipalities participating in Sustainable Jersey and located within the New Jersey American Water service territory are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities. Find a list of municipalities here.


Application Information

For a detailed overview of the technical assistance opportunity, download the Application Information Packet here.

Application Deadline: Friday, September 23, 2022

Apply Now!


Contact Anne Heasly, Program Manager for Policy and Planning at heaslya@tcnj.edu or 609-771-2865 if you have any questions regarding this opportunity.


This opportunity was made possible thanks to the generous support of
New Jersey American Water.