Presentations from the 2018 Spring Conference now available

Posted on: April 9th, 2018 by eric

Our 2018 Spring Conference featured a number of speakers who offered presentations on a wide variety of topics important to those in the water / wastewater industry. With their permission, we are happy to share their PowerPoint presentations here, in both PDF and PowerPoint format. While this is just one part of the insightful presentations these valued guests provided, we hope you’ll find them useful.

CYBER SECURITY FOR WATER AND WASTEWATER UTILITIES

Presented by DAVID A. CHANDA, PE, of Suburban Consulting Engineers, Inc. at the 2018 Spring Conference.

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Cyclical Status and Fundamental Structural Disruptions

A presentation by James W. Hughes, Ph.D. University Professor And Dean Emeritus at Rutgers, given at the 2018 Spring Conference of the Association of Environmental Authorities (AEA NJ).

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PERACETIC ACID DISINFECTION

Presented by Chris Jepson of Van Cleef Engineering Assoc. and Tom McAndrew, Superintendent, WPCP, at the 2018 Spring Conference of the Association of Environmental Authorities.

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Resiliency for Today’s Cyber-Ecosystems

Presented by Chris Mangano to the 2018 Spring Conference of the Association of Environmental Authorities (AEA NJ)

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Retaining Top Talent

Presentation by BRIAN J. VALENTINO, MPA, CEAS, ICMA-CM, Executive Director of the Western Monmouth Utilities Authority and Director of the Environmental Professional Development Academy.

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Rethink Backup

Presentation made by Michael DePalma at the 2018 Spring Conference of the Association of Environmental Authorities (AEA NJ)

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Water Utility Data Management Systems

Presented by Sami F. Sarrouh, P.E., Steven Callahan, and Samer Sarrouh at the 2018 Spring Conference of the Association of Environmental Authorities (AEA NJ)

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AEA Connects with Ridgewood Water

Posted on: March 27th, 2018 by eric

Taken from the Spring 2018 edition of our Authority View newsletter

In January, AEA met with Ridgewood Water and discussed many areas of shared interest. Pictured here are (from l) Christine Ballard, AEA board member; Jill Fasano, RW Senior Engineer; Dave Harpell, AEA president; Daniel Timmeny, RW business manager; Richard Calbi, Director of RW; and Michael Drulis of Morford Drulis Associates.

In January, a contingent from AEA met with Richard Calbi, Director of Operations for Ridgewood Water, and his staff. From AEA were Executive Committee members Dave Harpell (president) and Justin Flancebaum (vice president), Board Member Christine Ballard, Executive Director Peggy Gallos, and Dan Kelly of Kelly Engineering.

Calbi introduced AEA to the Ridgewood Water system and its history, and AEA provided an overview of its activities on behalf of public clean water and solid waste agencies.

Ridgewood Water gave an overview of the innovative monitoring system they recently installed. The PRS Monitoring Station is an essential tool for drinking water systems to aid in tracking, controlling, and improving the water quality received by customers through the distribution system. Ridgewood Water is utilizing the PRS Monitoring Station to study the potential impact of a consecutive system’s change in corrosion control treatment on water purchased by Ridgewood Water.

Establishing ties to municipal utilities – non-authorities that do water or wastewater – is one of Harpell’s top priorities as president.  AEA believes that broader cooperation between our association and municipal water/wastewater agencies can be beneficial to both.

Two years ago, Harpell, James Schilling and Richard Brand toured the Roosevelt water and sewer system and met with its staff and town leaders. The three executive directors helped Roosevelt prioritize a long list of repairs and upgrades needed and pointed out ways the town could affect repairs that would save it money. This visit was done as a service to the town.

If you know a small public system that does not belong to AEA but that might be interested in this type of consultation, please contact Peggy at (609) 584-1877.

Early Bird Registration & Preliminary Agenda for March Conference Now Available

Posted on: January 26th, 2018 by eric

“Beyond Operations” is the theme of this year’s AEA spring conference to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, March 13-14 at Caesar’s in Atlantic City.

Presentations will largely focus on vitally important matters to help decision-makers and their staff members navigate a constantly changing world. Dave McGimpsey, creator of The Water Values podcast, will offer thoughts on leadership culled from conversations with dozens of water/wastewater professionals.

Another distinguished speaker (whose identity we will share soon!) will discuss economic and demographic trends in New Jersey. Brian Valentino, director of the AEA Environmental Professional Development Academy, will discuss techniques for holding onto good employees. Several speakers will discuss Information Technology topics, and two will discuss drinking water topics.

There will also be networking and great exhibitors AND the annual Recognition Luncheon, featuring Wave and EPDA ceremonies.

 
NEW! We are offering early bird registration rates: Organizations that pay their dues by Feb. 15 qualify to register up to three people at a discounted rate. (Please note, this applies only to full-conference registration.)

 

Here are some key documents you’ll need:

 

 

Presentations now available from the 2017 Annual Conference

Posted on: December 14th, 2017 by eric

Fiscal Planning and the Funding of Capital Projects 2017

Fiscal Planning and the Funding of Capital Projects, presented by Douglas Bacher, Principal of NW Financial Group LLC at the 2017 Fall Conference.

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New Jersey’s Political Landscape 2017

New Jersey’s Political Landscape – November 2017, a presentation by David smith Princeton Public Affairs Group, given at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Association of Environmental Authorities (AEA NJ).

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Safety Best Practices – Job Hazard Analysis, Training, Compliance

Presented by Greg DePaul, Risk and Safety Manager, Ocean County Utilities Authority at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Association of Environmental Authorities.

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Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flood Risk in NJ – Tools & Analysis

Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flood Risk in NJ – Tools & Analysis, presented by Dan Rizza of Climate Central and Rich Erickson of First Environment NJ to the 2017 Annual Conference of the Association of Environmental Authorities (AEA NJ), November 15, 2017

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Sources of Funding for Capital Projects 2017

Sources of Funding for Capital Projects. Presentation by Robert H. Beinfield of Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP, November 15, 2017.

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Workers’ Compensation – Cost Savings Through Loss Prevention 2017

Workers’ Compensation – Cost Savings Through Loss Prevention 2017. Presented by James A. Clancy, Manager: Loss Prevention, MJM
Insurance Group.

Presentation made November 14-15, 2017 at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Association of Environmental Authorities (AEA NJ)

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AEA Response Testimony at Clean Water Council Public Hearing: Taking Stormwater Management to the Next Level

Posted on: October 31st, 2017 by eric

The below piece is a written follow-up to oral testimony given at an Oct. 19, 2017 public hearing at the Clean Water Council, c/o the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in Trenton. This written testimony was provided Oct. 31. The Clean Water Council holds an annual hearing and this year the topic was stormwater management. The AEA comments deal with explaining the limited role authorities currently have and the conditions under which authorities may have a role in statewide efforts to address non-point source pollution. 

AEA Response Testimony at Clean Water Council Public Hearing:

Taking Stormwater Management to the Next Level

 

The Association of Environmental Authorities is a trade association that represents utilities authorities and municipal utilities owned by the public, along with private-sector businesses that support them. These members provide clean water and solid waste services to about eight million New Jerseyans. We are grateful for this opportunity to offer comments to the NJ Clean Water Council.

After the passage of the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act, local governments in New Jersey partnered to create county and regional authorities to address water and wastewater service needs. Individual municipalities created municipal utilities authorities to serve their own water and wastewater needs and in some cases those of neighbors as well. Through authorities and other service delivery models, New Jersey has achieved significant reductions in point-source pollution. Beach closings are now rare. Aquatic life has re-emerged. With new analytical methods for testing water that can detect ever-smaller concentrations of metals and toxic chemicals, there is every reason to hope for continued improvement in outcomes for point-source pollution reduction. Now, it is time for non-point source pollution to be addressed with the same systematic efforts.

 

AEA members have an interest in the dialogue about non-point source pollution reduction. Addressing stormwater pollution can help wastewater and drinking water service providers save money for their ratepayers in reduced treatment costs. Influxes of stormwater can damage the wastewater treatment process and threaten the ability of treatment plants to comply with discharge permits.

It makes sense to include existing drinking water and wastewater agencies in statewide efforts to address non-point source pollution. They already know about how to treat “raw” water to deliver safe “finished” drinking water and how to treat wastewater so that it can be safely discharged into rivers and streams. Authorities are experienced water infrastructure managers, handling operations and maintenances and engaging in long-term capital and financial planning (asset management).[1] However, authorities are not statutorily responsible for stormwater.  Engaging them as partners would require amending the statutes that govern authorities. The law would have to be amended to unequivocally permit authorities to work with MS-4 permittees on stormwater. It would have to permit a new funding mechanism as well— authorities cannot be asked to stretch existing drinking water and/or wastewater funding for stormwater. They need existing funding to maintain water quality and infrastructure.

In the event legislation is created to permit stormwater utilities, water/wastewater authorities should be among those permitted to participate and collect user fees. Legislation should address conditions under which a stormwater facility can be turned over to the stormwater utility and how access for on-going maintenance would be handled. Collaboration and efficient use of existing resources and service delivery systems should be encouraged*[2]. At the same time, authorities must be able to determine the impact participation might have on existing water/wastewater responsibilities and whether it would benefit existing customers. The best outcomes will be achieved if regulations take into account changing conditions, and if they are allow on site-specific investigation, proper sampling, appropriate testing, and an integrated approach to water quality management.

New Jersey can’t address stormwater or any of its environmental challenges effectively without the political will to do so. Citizens, business leaders and local officials must understand the consequences of ignoring the problems of non-point source pollution and the great benefits of addressing them. Many people and organizations, including the Clean Water Council, are working to increase the understanding and awareness that can lead to action. CSO owners like Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission and North Hudson Sewerage Authority are engaging with their communities. Authorities such as Landis Sewerage Authorities, Camden County MUA, Atlantic County Utilities Authority, Mount Laurel Township MUA, and Brick Township MUA reach beyond the gates of their treatment plants to connect with and educate the public. Many authorities work informally with public works departments on stormwater basin cleaning or similar activities.

AEA commends the Clean Water Council for choosing this topic for its public hearing and urges the Council to continue its important work with the Department of Environmental Protection and other stakeholders on non-point source pollution.

 

Respectfully submitted by Peggy Gallos

AEA Executive Director

 

Clean Water Council appointed Peggy in 2015 to a role as a technical advisor.  Jim Cosgrove chairs the CWC. His firm, Kleinfelder, has been a long-time member of AEA and Jim is an active member of the AEA NJPDES Committee. For more information about the CWC, click here. http://www.nj.gov/dep/cleanwatercouncil/

 

[1] Jackson Township MUA is an example of an authority that has managed its capital costs and debts in a balanced manner that has kept rates stable, with a minimum of increases.

[2] Lakewood Township MUA and Hamilton Township MUA (Atlantic County) are authorities that are useful examples of authority/municipal cooperation and collaboration.

Chuck Underwood To Highlight AEA’s 2017 Annual Conference

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by eric

The AEA annual meeting and conference will feature keynote speaker Chuck Underwood, an expert in the sociology of generations, as well as other programs, panels and speakers –plus opportunities to make valuable connections and earn water, wastewater and engineering credits.

The event is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 14 at Caesar’s in Atlantic City and will wrap up on Wednesday with a closing reception at 4 p.m. Commissioners and executive directors are invited to a free lunchtime session with Mr. Underwood at noon on Tuesday. In “Talkin’ ‘bout our Generations: Winning over Boomers, Xers & Millennials,” Mr. Underwood will offer a lively interactive workshop aimed at giving commissioners essential tools to bridging the generation gap, both when dealing with employees and ratepayers.

Mr. Underwood’s keynote will begin at 5 p.m. A renowned author, speaker and lecturer, Mr. Underwood pioneered the field of generational study and business strategies, leading to the creation of his firm, The Generational Imperative, Inc. His clients include business giants such as Hewlett-Packard, Procter &; Gamble, Time Warner Cable, and many others. He hosted the PBS television series America’s Generations With Chuck Underwood.

Tuesday evening will be capped off with a networking reception at 6:15 p.m. It’s a great way to meet colleagues in the field, learn about challenges and successes in other authorities, make valuable connections to enhance your career or business, and just plain get to know people who face the same workplace issues you do.


On Wednesday, the AEA’s annual meeting kicks off at 8:30 a.m., when the 2018 slate of officers and board members will be presented for a vote. (The voting delegate from each member organization is eligible to vote.) In addition to a “State of the Association” presentation, AEA President Mike Ruppel will deliver a “farewell” address.

At 9:15 a.m. a presentation entitled, “Impact of the Election on AEA Membership,” will be made by David A. Smith of the Princeton Public Affairs Group (PPAG). Mr. Smith will focus his experienced eye on how the gubernatorial election may affect AEA members. Richard Erickson of First Environment, Inc. and Dan Rizza of Climate Central will follow that up at 9:45 a.m. with a discussion of tools and analyses that can help New Jersey cope with sea-level rise. The “safety loss” portion of the program will include presentations designed to improve safety, will address risk management and personnel procedures and policies that reduce financial liability.

After lunch Chris Sturm of New Jersey Future will moderate a panel on the Water Quality Accountability Act. An expert panel will unpack the impact of this legislation today on drinking water purveyors and in the future, very likely wastewater systems too. “Using Envision to Better Vet Capital Improvement Projects” will be presented by Evan Bowles and a panel on funding capital projects, presented by Bob Beinfield, Doug Bacher and Heather Litzebauer, will offer insight into how to plan and finance a capital program or repair and replacement schedule. Our closing reception will be at 4pm. For more information, visit https://www.aeanj.org or follow us on Facebook.