Watershed Stormwater Conference

Stormwater is a significant problem in New Jersey. From severe flooding to intense droughts and polluted drinking water, there are direct and indirect impacts on our health and safety.

On Monday, Dec. 11, more than 70 people came to the Watershed for a comprehensive examination of stormwater with New Jersey experts, who shared their knowledge on the impacts of polluted runoff and discussed ways for the public to get involved in solutions. Attendees gained an understanding of how to review a stormwater management plan and learned how other jurisdictions are handling stormwater issues. The day wrapped up with a discussion about the future needs of New Jersey’s stormwater management.

Building on the Watershed’s successful efforts in advocating for a Princeton stormwater ordinance, the conference allowed other municipalities and environmentalists to hear what local experts have to say about the problems and solutions surrounding stormwater runoff in New Jersey. Conference topics  included:

  • Extent of impacts from polluted runoff
  • Stormwater rules in New Jersey
  • What to look for when reviewing a stormwater management plan
  • How other jurisdictions are handling the problem with green infrastructure
  • Next steps for New Jersey and how you can get involved

Some of the conference speakers were:

  • John A. Miller, P.E., CFM, CSM.  Miller is a water resources engineer specializing in floodplain management. He is a United States Senate fellow focusing on the reauthorization of the federal flood insurance program. He is the founder and former chair of the New Jersey Association of Floodplain Management.
  • Bethany Bezak, PE, LEED AP is the Green Infrastructure Manager for DC Water in Washington, D.C., where her primary role is to manage DC Water’s Green Infrastructure implementation as part of the DC Clean Rivers Project.
  • Jeremy Chadwick led the multi-year effort to update the Philadelphia’s Stormwater Regulations for development projects.
  • Shandor Szalay has been leading AKRF’s work with Philadelphia Water supporting various aspects of implementing Green City, Clean Waters, Philadelphia Water’s nationally-recognized plan for controlling combined sewer overflows.
  • Clay Emerson, PHD, PE, CFM is a Water Resource Engineer at Princeton Hydro with a focus on using natural systems to better manage stormwater.

Speakers included representatives from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, Princeton Hydro, DC Water, Philadelphia Water Department, AKRF Inc., the National Resources Defense Council.

We would like to thank of all of the presenters and their organizations for supporting this conference. We would also like to thank AKRF, Inc. for their generous financial support of this conference.

For questions, email mpisauro@thewatershed.org