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The Watershed Institute hosted a half-day conference about Stormwater Utilities with NJ Spotlight on September 26. The state Senate has passed legislation authorizing this tool to combat flooding and water pollution, and the Assembly is considering its version of the bill this fall.
More than half a dozen experts on the topic shared their experiences using stormwater utilities in some of the 40 states where it is already authorized. Nearly 80 officials from state, county and local governments, environmental consultants, and environmental advocates attended the conference to learn about the tool.
We would like to thank the presenters, attendees, and supporting organizations for a very successful conference. Please read the story NJ Spotlight wrote about the conference.
We are hopeful that the New Jersey Assembly will pass legislation to authorize stormwater utilities this fall so that the state can begin to implement this important tool in the near future.
The presentations from our panel of experts are linked below.
Overview: State of Affairs in the Watersheds/Key Drivers
Jim Cosgrove, P.E. – Vice President and Principal, Kleinfelder – Vice President and Principal, Kleinfelder
Role of Stormwater Utility Enabling Legislation
Adrienne Vicari, P.E. – Financial Services, Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc.
Prabha Kumar, P.E. – Stormwater Utilities Practice, Black & Veatch
Peer Utility Experience
Presenter: Erin Williams – Manager, Stormwater Billing & Incentives, Philadelphia Water Department
Presenter: Tim Filasky, P.E. – Public Works and Water Resources Department, City of Newark, DE
Presenters: Julie Stein – Waters Resources Program Manager, HDR
Shandor Szalay – Senior Vice President, Water Resources Practice, ARKF, Inc.