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streamWater Supply Advisory Council (WSAC)

P.L. 1981, Chapter 262, also known as the Water Supply Management Act was enacted by the Senate and General Assembly concerning the management of water in New Jersey and ensuring an adequate water supply for its residents. Also established by this Act was the Water Supply Advisory Council (WSAC), which advises the Department concerning the next iteration of the New Jersey State Water Supply Plan (NJSWSP) and other related water supply resource issues. At this time, the WSAC is consists of eleven members who are appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Senate. 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 NJ, 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.

WSAC Membership Statute

NJDEP is currently in the process of updating the New Jersey Statewide Water Supply Plan. To learn more and get involved in assisting NJDEP as it develops this key document, click here.

The following list is the individuals that comprise the WSAC along with the group(s) that they represent:

Howard Woods (Residential Water Users), Acting
Jennifer Coffey (Private Watershed Protection Associations), Acting
Norman Nelson, P.E., C.M.E. (Industrial and Commercial Water Users), Co-chair 
Steve Blankenship (Municipal or County Water Company), Chairman
Dave Specca (Agricultural Community)
Kareem Adeem (Municipal or County Water Company), Acting
Darren Stanker (Nursery, Landscape and Irrigation Contractors), Acting
John S. (Jay) Long (Golf Course Superintendents), Acting
Chris Andreasen (Investor-owned Water Company) Co-chair
Don Shields (Investor-owned Water Company) Acting
Dr. Taha Marhaba (Academia), Acting

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For additional information please contact:
Steve Domber
New Jersey Geological and Water Survey
Division of Water Supply and Geosciences
P.O. Box 420
Trenton, N.J. 08625
(609) 292-1185

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