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Regional Resiliency Assessment Program - Water Sector Resiliency Workshop

On January 18, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection co-hosted a workshop on resources available to water and wastewater facilities in New Jersey.

Many State and federal agencies such as the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, shared information on funding opportunities and resources available to build resiliency and preparedness capabilities in water and wastewater systems.

Below are the presentations from the workshop which have been compiled for your reference.



Environmental Infrastructure Trust and State Wide Assistance Infrastructure Loan (SAIL) Program

Speaker: David Zimmer, NJEIT

Description: EIT is an Independent State Financing Authority responsible for providing and administering low interest rate loans to qualified municipalities, counties, regional authorities, and water purveyors in New Jersey for the purpose of financing water quality infrastructure projects that enhance ground and surface water resources, ensure the safety of drinking water supplies, protect the public health and make possible responsible and sustainable economic development. SAIL is a disaster relief program to provide short-term, low-interest bridge loans that enable projects to move forward in advance of disaster relief assistance from the federal government.


Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF)

Speaker: Gene Chebra, NJDEP

Description: Provides loans to finance a wide variety of projects that help to protect, maintain, and improve water quality in New Jersey. The loans are generally awarded to municipalities, counties, and utility authorities.


FEMA Mitigation

Speaker: Bill McDonnell, FEMA (for Michael Moriarty)

Description: FEMA assistance programs (e.g., Public Assistance Grants, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Flood Mitigation Assistance Program, Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program, and Preparedness Grants) and lessons learned from Sandy.


Resource Needs – State Preparedness and Response Process

Speaker: Mario Sinatra, NJOEM

Description: Promote the understanding of the OEM process for resource procurement.

Speaker: Jim Orgill, NJOHSP

Description: Overview of critical infrastructure protection initiatives.




Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission: Resiliency Program

Speaker: John Rotolo/Chris O’Shea, Passaic Valley Sewage Commission

Description: Lessons Learned.


USEPA Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center

Speaker: Kristyn Abhold, EPA Water Security Division Resources

Description: The Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center is an information and assistance center, helping communities make informed decisions for drinking water, wastewater, and storm water infrastructure to protect human health and the environment.


USEPA Water Security Division Resources

Speaker: Jeff Fencil, EPA Water Security Division Resources

Description: Provide overview of capabilities and resources available from EPA WSD for water and wastewater security and resilience.


Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT)

Speaker: Curt Baranowski, EPA CREAT

Description: CREAT is a risk assessment application, which helps utilities in adapting to extreme weather events through a better understanding of current and future climate conditions.


South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority - CREAT

Speaker: Michael Rupple, South Monmouth Regional SA

Description: Lessons Learned.


Camden County MUA - CREAT

Speaker: Andy Kricun, Camden County MUA

Description: Lessons Learned.






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