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.
Healthiest 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.