Through their annual work plans, Jersey Water Works committees plan and implement projects to advance the goals of the collaborative. The committees, their 2018 accomplishments, their chairs, and their 2018 Work Plan items are listed below. View the work and accomplishments of our committees in 2016 and 2017.
Committee Initiatives and Work Products:
- Infrastructure Solutions: Policy recommendations, resources and white papers.
- Water Communications: Publications and downloadable resources for communicating the value of our water infrastructure.
- Community Engagement: The work Jersey Water Works and our members are doing to promote equitable water infrastructure solutions.
- Jersey Water Works hosts events, prepares testimony and comments and advances a host of other initiatives.
Asset Management and Finance Committee
Co-chairs: Dan Kennedy, Utility and Transportation Contractors Association; Larry Levine, Natural Resources Defense Council; David Zimmer, New Jersey Infrastructure Bank
Committee goal: Communities maintain and improve drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure systems to deliver quality water services that meet community needs. Operating budgets and capital investment are adequate and affordable, resulting in systems that operate efficiently and in a state of good repair.
Education and Outreach Committee
Co-chairs: Christine Ballard, T&M Associates; Sandra Meola, New Jersey Audubon; Shoshanna Page, New Jersey Urban Mayors Association
Committee goal: Well-informed decision makers, community partners, residents and ratepayers participate actively and influence the planning and management of their water infrastructure. They fully understand the importance of taking care of water infrastructure, including the costs of inaction.
Green Infrastructure Committee
Co-chairs: Rosana DaSilva, NY/NJ Harbor Estuary Program; Russ Dudley, Arcadis; Chris Obropta, Rutgers Water Resources Program
Committee goal: Communities employ green infrastructure in a way that maximizes community benefits including reduced flooding and improved water quality, local economies, community health and long-term resiliency.
Combined Sewer Overflow Committee
Co-chairs: Drew Curtis, Ironbound Community Corporation; Andy Kricun, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority; Pilar Patterson, Kleinfelder
Committee goal: Municipalities and utilities adopt innovative CSO Long Term Control Plans with cost-effective solutions that meet or exceed permit requirements and provide multiple community benefits.
Interested in joining a committee? Contact Ed DiFiglia of Jersey Water Works’ backbone staff, 609-393-0008 ex. 112, to learn more.
Task Forces include:
Lead in Drinking Water Task Force
Jersey Water Works has convened a collaborative task force of experts from water utilities, trade associations, environmental groups, academia, advocacy and community development organizations, and all levels of government will develop a practical, broadly-supported action agenda to eliminate lead in drinking water throughout New Jersey. Chris Daggett, former commissioner of the NJDEP serves as chairman. More information and a list of members here. Contact Gary Brune, 609-393-0008 ex. 119, to learn more.
Affinity Groups include:
New Jersey CSO Network
The New Jersey CSO Network is a forum for CSO permit holders and municipalities to share information and resources and seek regulatory, technical and financial support for CSO solutions that save money and serve communities better. The network includes staff and consultants from the 21 municipalities with CSOs and eight sewage treatment plants with NJDEP CSO permits. Andy Kricun of the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority and Fred Pocci of the North Hudson Sewerage Authority serve as co-chairmen. Jersey Water Works provides staff support. For more information, contact Brian Caycho.