North Jersey Clean Water Symposium

On May 2nd, NY/NJ Baykeeper and the New Jersey League of Municipalities co-sponsored a symposium about Clean Water in North Jersey. The symposium highlighted water quality challenges facing municipalities in the Hackensack and Passaic River watersheds and offered suggestions for planning for cost-effective solutions. Thanks to all of our amazing speakers listed below. Below are hyper-links to their presentations and links to their web sites where applicable. Feel free to contact Elizabeth Ruebman at Baykeeper with any questions about the symposium.

Welcome to the Meadowlands from Senator Marcia A. Karrow, Executive Director of the Meadowlands Commission.

Introductory Address by Mayor Chris Bollwage, City of Elizabeth.

Planning for a Swimmable and Fishable Future, Captain Bill Sheehan, Hackensack Riverkeeper.

Understanding TMDLs - What It Means for the Hackensack and Passaic Rivers and Your Town, Jeffrey Gratz, EPA, Region 2.

TMDLs and You, Christopher Len, NY/NJ Baykeeper and Hackensack Riverkeeper.

NYC's Green Infastructure Response to CSOs, Commissioner Carter Strickland, NYC DEP

Perspectives from a Regulated Entity, Ashley Slagle, Passaic Valley Sewerage Commissioners.

Introduction to the New York/New Jersey Harbor Coalition, Lilo Stainton

Federal Resources for Sewers, Maggie Dewane, Senator Lautenberg's Office.

Community-Based Green Infrastructure for New Jersey (edited for size constraints), Christopher C. Obropta, Ph.D., P.E, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Group.

Repurposing Existing Infrastructure, Steve Gallo, Bayonne Municipal Utilities Authority.

Stormwater Financing, Alisa Valderamma, Natural Resources Defense Council.