Through their annual work plans, Jersey Water Works committees plan and implement projects to advance the goals of the collaborative. The committees, their 2021 Work Plan projects, their chairs, and their 2019 accomplishments items are listed below.  View the work and accomplishments of our committees in 2018 and 2019 and our committees in 2016 and 2017.

Any member of the collaborative who wants to participate actively in the work of Jersey Water Works may join a committee. Not yet a member? Join the membership today!

Committee Initiatives and Work Products:

Asset Management and Finance Committee

Co-chairs: Dan Kennedy, Utility and Transportation Contractors Association; Larry Levine, Natural Resources Defense Council
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, CDM Smith; Lester Taylor, Florio Perrucci Steinhardt Cappelli Tipton & Taylor, LLC.
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; Bill Cesanek, CDM Smith; 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, Moonshot Missions and US Water Alliance
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 Lauren Belsky of Jersey Water Works’ backbone staff, 609-393-0008 ex. 106, 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. The task force’s work has culminated in the release of Lead in Drinking Water: A Permanent Solution for New Jersey in October 2019. This report outlines actions New Jersey can take to virtually eliminate lead in drinking water in 10 years.  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 Moonshot Missions and the US Water Alliance and Fred Pocci of the North Hudson Sewerage Authority serve as co-chairmen. Jersey Water Works provides staff support.  For more information, contact Lauren Belsky.



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