Association of Environmental Authorities

AEA is a trade association of publicly owned government agencies and private-sector businesses that provide or support clean water and solid waste utility service in New Jersey. The mission of AEA is to provide information, education and advocacy that help member organizations provide professional, efficient and cost-effective service to their ratepayers and to help the public understand and appreciate the work of its members.

Op-Ed: Who’s Profiting from Repairs to Aging water and Sewer Systems?

˘It may not always be apparent, but shareholder primacy seems to have guided many of the activities of investor-owned utilities in New Jersey and around the country”

Read the full column here.


2019 AEA Annual Conference

November 19 – 20, Bally’s Atlantic City


The theme of the conference is “The Next Decade.” Speakers include The Honorable Vin Gopal, Senator-District 11, Melanie Walter, Director of the Department of Community Affairs Division of Local Government Services and Dan Kennedy, Director, Environmental & Utility Operations for the Utility & Transportation Contractors Association and former assistant commissioner at the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.


Annual Meeting Attendee Info

Conference Schedule

Updated Agenda

Registration Form

Ballys Reservation procedure (Cut-off date is Nov. 1)

Sponsorship Opportunities  

New event added! “Authorities and Stormwater Utilities: Just How Would That Work?” Get details on this free roundtable discussion at this link.

TCH Credits
Morning Session 9am – 12pm      

Course # 13-111906-30; 3tch w/ww

Afternoon Session 1:30pm – 4:30pm   
Course # 13-111907-30; 3tch w/ww

CEUs offered


Recognize Excellent: 2020 Wave Award Nominations are Open! 
Submission deadline: January 10, 2020

Each year, the Association of Environmental Authorities bestows Wave Awards to recognize excellence in the public water, wastewater, recycling, and solid waste sector in New Jersey. Submissions are reviewed by a three- member committee. This year’s awards will be presented at a luncheon on Day Two, Wed., March 11, 2020 of the spring utility management conference at Caesar’s in Atlantic City.

Learn more about the awards and how you can nominate a person or organization that is deserving at this link.

The Value of AEA in Every Type of Membership

AEA has three classes of members: Regular or authority members, municipal members, and associate members. Any organization that does business within the publically owned water, wastewater, solid waste and recycling agency sector has a place at the AEA table. Our unique focus is the management, administrative and policy development aspects of public utility service.

Watch the video: Members explain why they value AEA.


Environmental Professional Development Academy 2020

Track 1 – Operations
January 22, 2020

Track 1 Operations begins Wednesday January 22, 2020. This track consists of tours at various member authorities. Participants are encouraged to wear boots or other sturdy shoes during classes.  Safety boots, head protection and ear protection are to be brought with the attendees to all site visits. If eye protection is required it will be provided. The first location will be posted soon.
If you have questions, please call Karen or Peggy at 609-584-1877.


Congratulations to the 2018 EPDA Cohort. Seated l to r: Jennifer Rivera, Pemberton Township MUA, Yolanda Cox, Plainfield MUA, Natalie Chesko, South Monmouth RSA. Standing l to r: Brian Valentino, Western Monmouth UA and academy director, Paul Dobson, Stony Brook RSA, Hossein “Mack” Rahimi, Stony Brook RSA, Janette Kessler, Atlantic County UA, Javier “Pete” Irizarry, Stony Brook RSA, Frank Rockwell, South Monmouth RSA, Don Hilty, Stony Brook RSA, Michael Mullen, Evesham MUA, Tom Bongiovanni, Two Bridges SA, James Higgins, Evesham. Not pictured: Patricia Lopes, Passaic Valley SC and Larry Chambers, Plainfield MUA.