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AEA Participates in Public Policy Roundtable

For the second year in a row, AEA participated in a roundtable about dealing with NJ public policy on water infrastructure.The event, titled Tackling NJ's Water Woes: What's Next?"  featured executive directors of two AEA member organizations. Charles Norkis, of Cape May County MUA and Pam Carolan, of Mount Laurel MUA. Norkis was on the panel. "Fixing NJ's Water Systems." Carolan's panel was "Drinking Water: Will We have Enough?"

Watch the video -- Norkis and Carolan join other experts to discuss fixing infrastructure and water supply.

In 2013, representing AEA,Rick Dovey, of Atlantic County Utilities Authority, joined three other panelists to discuss water infrastructure at an event organized by NJ Spotlight.

Watch the video--Rick Dovey discusses the threats to water and sewer funding and the value of public ownership of water/sewer utilities.

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Legal and NJPDES Update Workshop

Save the Date: Oct. 8 in Whippany

AEA and associate member firm Schwartz, Simon, Edelstein & Celso are partnering to present a Legal and NJPDES Permit Workshop on Oct. 8 in Whippany. The workshop will consist of a morning a.m. legal session on ethics, purchasing, negotiations, and OPRA/transparency. The afternoon session will provide updates on various NJPDES permit matters including new proposals for nitrate and TDS as well as mixing and blending issues involving EPA. Continuing education credits are pending. Registrants will be able to choose to attend morning or afternoon sessions only or the full day. The workshop will be held at SSEC, 100 S. Jefferson Road in Whippany. If you are interested in attending, please save the date. AEA will be posting and distributing registration materials soon.

Members $25 ($20 each additional) ~ Non-members $45

The SEC is focusing special attention compliance with requirements on disclosure for bond issuers. Those belive they may not in compliance or may be in partial compliance are being advised to take steps to review their situation. Article on bond disclosure rules by Chris Langhart.

AEA Executive Director a Guest on Rowan Radio Program
AEA Executive Director Peggy Gallos was a guest on the Rowan University radio station program, A Community Affair, on Monday, July 14. During the interview, Peggy and host Jackson Baird discussed New Jersey's infrastructure needs and about how important it is that water and sewer funds are not diverted for other uses. She also offered insights into how AEA helps its members. LISTEN.

AEA Announces Wave Award Recipients for 2014
The Association of Environmental Authorities of NJ recognized the ingenuity, management skill and dedication of 15 individuals and organizations at its annual spring awards luncheon. "These award recipients exemplify excellence," said Jerry Cevetello, AEA president. Wave Awards are presented annually, and this year they recognized great work of several individuals as well as efforts of member organizations in the categories of energy, management, innovation, and public education.The categories and recipients were:

Outstanding Commissioner


G. Steven Errickson, chairman of Landis SA in Vineland (and executive director of Cumberland County Utilities Authority), received this award for his ability to articulate the value and efficiency of the sewerage authority at a time when the City of Vineland is stepping up efforts to effectively manage municipal and clean water utility service. Mr. Errickson worked closely with City officials to develop shared services and partnerships and eliminate duplication. He also has devoted significant time to help members of the State Legislature understand the need to protect clean water and solid waste funding–so that the money is available to repair and maintain high-quality infrastructure.

2014 awards reiter

Denny Reiter of Willingboro received the award for more than two decades of service to the Willingboro MUA. Mr. Reiter has made it his consistent practice to ask whether board actions are in the best interest of the ratepayers. He fostered positive relationships with the municipality, with the wider community, and with legislators, and he brought special knowledge about pension and labor matters to his service on the board because of his work at the NJ Department of Education and the labor union, CWA.Lifetime Member.

2014 awards demicco2Individual Achievement

Lynn DeMicco, of Jackson Township, a long-time staff member at the Jackson Township Municipal Utilities Authority was given this award for a forty-year record of accomplishment and her ability to change and grow with the authority. She began as a part-timer and grew into seasoned utilities industry professional, establishing high standards of performance and customer service. Lynn is shown here with Jim Diaz, Assistant Executive Director at Jackson and AEA President Jerry Cevetello. Jackson Township MUA was also recognized for its energy efficiency program, which enabled it to cut water electric costs by 37% and sewer electric costs by 48%. Jackson constructed of a 1M gallon water tank allowing them to cut pumping operatios by four hours a day. They rehabilitated several unused water mains and established a highly efficient interconnection with a neighboring water system. Jackson implemented rigorous temperature control monitoring program across its 50 sites and facilities and joined an energy purchasing cooperative. They also entered into a power-purchase agreement that is expected to reduce electric bills by $50,000 annually.

2014 awards skrockiUp-and-Comer

Patricia Skrocki, (right) a resident of Lakewood Township and Director of Human Services at Ocean County Utilities Authority, was given this award, which recognizes an individual who has become active in AEA in the last several years and who has great potential for continuing leadership. Ms. Skrocki is a founder and driving force behind the AEA Human Resources Committee, which has developed into a valuable forum for learning. Ms. Skrocki arranges speakers who discuss health care, retirement and pensions, workplace regulation, employee management, IRS matters and more. She also provides guidance to AEA on HR workshops and writes on HR topics for AEA publications. Pat is shown here with AEA President Jerry Cevetello and Executive Director Peggy Gallos.

See Photo Gallery for more Wave awardees. These include: Robert Bongiovanni of Two Bridges SA and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection Division of Water Quality.