Camden SMART Initiative

NEWS UPDATE: Camden is a Spotlight Award Winner

Recognition: The Camden SMART Initiative strategy reengages diverse residents through innovative community meetings, forums, large scale events, and mobile applications to educate residents on the impact of combined sewer systems (CSS) and green infrastructure.

a group constructing a rain garden

“Brimm Medical Arts High School loves the rain garden constructed for the school by the Camden SMART Partners. The garden beautifies the exterior of the school, provides an educational context for students to learn about the impact and solutions to combined sewer overflows, and helps Camden tackle its fight against stormwater.” - Dr. Steven Fine, Teacher, Brimm Medical Arts High School

Location: Camden, New Jersey, population 76,119

The Problem: As a result of Camden’s overtaxed combined sewer system, a one-inch rainstorm can leave major roads impassable, turning parking lots into stagnant lakes and sending sewage into parks, homes and waterways.

woman in front of large water tankHealthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Approach: The SMART Initiative will reduce the number of sewer overflows to improve water quality in waterways and green infrastructure. The SMART Initiative already works to capture, treat and filter over 61 million gallons of stormwater annually that would otherwise end up in the sewer system, but is working to further identify community problems. Through a variety of new mobile apps, community meetings, social media and other efforts, the Camden SMART Initiative Reengagement Process Project will directly engage with city residents identify flooding areas.

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