Water Supply Advisory Council
“The WSAC advises the NJ Department of Environmental Protection on the preparation, adoption, and revision of the New Jersey State Water Supply Plan (NJSWSP) and other related water supply resource issues. “
The Water Supply Management Act, signed into law in 1981, concerns the management of water in New Jersey to ensure an adequate water supply for our residents, both present and future, and to protect the natural environment of the waterways of New Jersey. The Water Supply Advisory Council (WSAC) was also established by this Act. The WSAC advises the NJ Department of Environmental Protection on the preparation, adoption, and revision of the New Jersey State Water Supply Plan (NJSWSP) and other related water supply resource issues.
The WSAC consists of eleven members who are appointed by the Governor with the consent of the New Jersey Senate. By law, the eleven representatives include the agricultural community, industrial and commercial water users, residential waters users, private watershed protection associations, academic community, golf course superintendents of New Jersey, and two members each from investor-owned water companies and municipal or county water companies along with a representative of the nursery/landscapers/irrigation contractors industry.
The WSAC generally meets on a monthly basis. For more information on the WSAC and their upcoming meetings, check here.
The following people are current members of the WSAC, listed along with the group(s) that they represent and their current status:
Steve Blankenship (Municipal or County Water Company), Chairman
Chris Andreasen (Investor-owned Water Company) Co-chair
Norman Nelson, P.E., C.M.E. (Industrial and Commercial Water Users), Co-chair
Kareem Adeem (Municipal or County Water Company),
Jennifer Coffey (Private Watershed Protection Associations),
John S. (Jay) Long (Golf Course Superintendents),
Dr. Taha Marhaba (Academia),
Don Shields (Investor-owned Water Company),
Dave Specca (Agricultural Community),
Darren Stanker (Nursery, Landscape and Irrigation Contractors),
Howard Woods (Residential Water Users),