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2018 Commissioners Suppers a Great Success

Posted on: November 19th, 2018 by eric

Our Commissioners Suppers held a few weeks ago were a great success. Both were well attended, offering not just an enjoyable chance to socialize with others in the industry, but also a valuable opportunity to learn from one another.

Above, Mike Wynne, Executive Director, seated at the far end of the table (wearing white name tag), welcomes commissioners and executive directors to Hanover Sewerage Authority. Discussion focused on the role of the commissioner, state contracting and Pay-to-Play laws, I&I enforcement for collection systems and more.

Commissioners and executive directors from PMUA – Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority, Franklin Township Sewerage Authority, Morris County MUA, Western Monmouth Utilities Authority, and Rockaway Valley RSA and Peggy Gallos, AEA executive director, were among those who attended a supper event that was hosted by Hanover Sewerage Authority Commissioner Billy Byrne, Executive Director Mike Wynne and his staff.

Join us for a Day Without Water

Posted on: September 4th, 2018 by eric
Dear AEA Executive Directors:
 
We talk so much about infrastructure, but rarely do we talk about the real consequence of being without it. And that consequence is — No Water! It is that simple. Here’s the way the Imagine a Day without Water campaign puts it: “No water to drink, or even to make coffee with. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry. Hospitals would close without water. Firefighters couldn’t put out fires and farmers couldn’t water their crops.”
 
This year AEA is urging members to help drive this message in New Jersey. We are asking you to participate in the Oct. 10 “Imagine a Day without Water” campaign. There are so many ways you can do this! You can post a notice to your website. You can tweet or do other social media content around the topic, “Imagine a Day without Water.” You can participate by offering tours to the public or passing a board of commissioners resolution. (This latter may be a great option for collection systems!) Whatever you can do to bring attention to how important the service we provide is to EVERY aspect of our customers’ lives will matter.
 
We have posted customizable materials you can use for your own efforts. These include templates for a board resolution, two press releases, and an invitation letter to the community. Insert your own logo and identifying information and or develop entirely new materials as you see fit. Those materials include:
 
One additional request: Whether you do tours as a matter of normal activity, or special ones for the Oct. 10 observance, send photos and videos to us or let us know they are posted. We want to help build awareness by boosting these images.

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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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.