New Video Release: Protect Public Water in NJ

Posted on: July 28th, 2021 by eric

We are proud to announce the release of our newest video outlining some key points on this important topic. View it below.

2021-2022 EPDA Sessions Begin Sept. 15; Registrations Now Open

Posted on: July 22nd, 2021 by eric

Registrations for the 2021 / 2022 sessions of the Environmental Professional Development Academy (EPDA) are now open. Download the registration form for scheduling, pricing, and other details.

In our EPDA course, members will participate in a standard course of instruction in the basic technical, leadership and management skills needed to perform front-line supervisory functions in New Jersey public environmental authorities and agencies. The Academy is divided into four subject area “tracks” covering: Field Operations,  Administration, Finance, and Human Resources.

Upon successful completion of each of the four tracks captones, they will be eligible to sit for the Academy Capstone. Upon successful completion of the Academy Capstone, participants will be awarded a Certificate in Environmental Authority Supervision (CEAS).

Unless plans change, these will be IN-PERSON sessions.

The first track is Administration. Sessions begin September 15 at a location to be determined.

You may send your Purchase Order and completed registration form to [email protected] or fax it to 609-584-8271.

For more information on the program, visit our EPDA page.

AEA Seeking Presentation Proposals for Upcoming Annual Meeting & Conference

Posted on: June 21st, 2021 by eric

AEA is seeking presentation proposals for its upcoming Annual Meeting & Conference. 

The conference is set for Nov. 16 & 17, 2021 at Caesars Atlantic City

Plans are being made for a return to our in-person annual meeting & conference, to be held at Caesars in Atlantic City. The Onward & Upward theme continues as we conclude the celebration of our 50th anniversary. Registration information will be posted sometime in August.

We are seeking proposals for presentations to be made at the conference. Full details and submission forms are below:

Submission Deadline: August 6, 2021

 

 

NJDEP Announces New Submittal Process for Water and Wastewater Licenses

Posted on: April 16th, 2021 by eric

On April 15, the DEP announced an updated application process for license applications for water and wastewater.

The process has two steps wherein the applicant completes and returns by postal mail at hard copy the application COVER page and a $70 application fee and emails the remainder of the application and other necessary documentation.

The online portion of the application is in writeable pdf form that can either be filled out completely or printed, completed and signed and then scanned. Instructions are here: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/exams/docs/adm035_checklist.pdf

The NJDEP recently announced that it was replacing five of the six Water and Wastewater Licensed Operator Board of Examiners.

The outgoing members of the board are Dennis Palmer, Steve Dowhan, Gary Fare, Oleg Kostin and Richard Russo. Wendy DeSimone retained her board seat. The new board members are Ron Anastasio, JoAnn Mondsini, Robert Genetelli, Robert Koches and Kouao-Eric Ekoue. David Fields, Charles Jenkins and Pat Gardner are the DEP representatives.

Commissioner Shawn LaTourette’s administrative order making the new appointments also ordered that Ms. Gardner would chair the board until bylaws were drawn up and a chair selected accordingly. AEA, in an April 14 letter, recognized the volunteer service of the long-serving, outgoing members and congratulated the new members.

AEA asked the Commissioner to consider AEA input on future appointments and to resume the informal past practice of consulting with two other water/wastewater sector groups as well. AEA also urged the Commissioner to appoint AEA nominee Pam Carolan to the the second of two seat on the Water and Wastewater Licensed Operator Advisory Committee.

By statute AEA has two seats. One is held by Rick Eustace. In 2017, AEA submitted Eustace for reappointment and Carolan for first-time appointment but no action was taken. 

Virtual Workshop April 7th for Commissioners: Protecting Authorities from Cyber Attack

Posted on: March 25th, 2021 by eric

Virtual Workshop April 7th for Commissioners: Protecting Authorities from Cyber Attack

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    A few days before the 2021 Super Bowl, a hacker successfully penetrated a utility that provided water to the stadium where the Big Game was being played. A sharp-eyed employee caught the intrusion and averted injury to the people of that community.
 
    Even so, the incident is a reminder that protection against cyber attacks is as essential as the security fence around the treatment plant.
 
    Commissioners are invited to join AEA for a virtual workshop on this topic to be held Wed., April 7 at 6 p.m. The speakers will be IT/cyber experts. They will brief the commissioners on the AEA IT Committee, the current types of threats and the benefits to the authority of a well-funded cyber security program.
 
    While this virtual event is being offered especially for commissioners, authority staff may participate. Registration is required. Please email Karen Burris, [email protected], indicating “Commissioner Workshop” in subject line.

Presentations From 2021 AEA Virtual Conference Available For Download

Posted on: March 24th, 2021 by eric

A number of presentations from our 2020 Annual Conference are now available for download in PDF form. Hopefully these documents will serve as a supplement to any notes taken at the conference and will provide  reference for you on these important topics.

Conference Program      

The following presentations are available: