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Resilient New Jersey: Adapting Water Infrastructure to the “New Normal”

April 9, 2013
9:00 amto1:00 pm

A Public Hearing of the New Jersey Clean Water Council 
401 East State Street – Public Hearing Room

The New Jersey Clean Water Council will hold its 2012 public hearing (postponed due to Superstorm Sandy) with a revised topic that focuses on improving the resilience of our water infrastructure.  A term with many meanings, resilience can be considered “the capacity to adapt successfully in the presence of risk and adversity.”  There is no question that our water infrastructure has been the victim of adversity over the years – Tropical Storm Irene and Superstorm Sandy are only the two most recent catastrophic events.  Whether the causes are river flooding, coastal storm surges and wave action, high winds, power failures or inadequate asset management, the ongoing and likely risks to water infrastructure are becoming clearer and of greater concern with each year.  How should New Jersey respond?  What roles should State government play? 

The Commissioner of NJDEP, Bob Martin, is scheduled to provide an overview of NJDEP’s ongoing thinking regarding these issues.  Public testimony is invited, leading to formal recommendations by the Clean Water Council to the Commissioner.  A detailed public hearing notice will be released soon.  To pre-register for the public hearing, please contact Geraldine Skrajewski, NJDEP, at GeraldinedotSkrajewskiatdepdotstatedotnjdotus  (GeraldinedotSkrajewskiatdepdotstatedotnjdotus)  

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