"Moving Ahead: Effective Water Planning Approaches"

(Presentation by Dr. Daniel Van Abs, PhD)

  • TF Meeting featured presentation on March 27, 2017 at Clarkstown Town Hall 
  • About Presentation:
    • Dr. Van Abs discussed how two regions in New Jersey have developed programs to protect and manage regional water resources through task force planning processes, and lessons learned from similar efforts
    • Presentation Slides
    • Presentation Recording split into parts (coming soon)
      1. Part 1
      2. Part 2
  • About Dr. Van Abs: 
    • Dr. Van Abs is currently Associate Professor of Practice for Water, Society & Environment at Rutgers University. He was Senior Director for Planning & Science with the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council from 2007 to 2012. He managed Council staff efforts regarding development and implementation of the Highlands Regional Master Plan. Before that, he served as Director of Watershed Protection Programs for the New Jersey Water Supply Authority for more than eight years, creating and managing source water protection program for the Raritan and Manasquan river watersheds under Raritan Basin Watershed Management Plan. Dr. Van Abs also managed New Jersey's water supply, wastewater and watershed management programs at the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. He received the 2010 Peter Homack Award from the NJ Chapter of American Water Resources Association for his achievements in water resources management. Dr. Van Abs has published many peer-reviewed and conference papers in the watershed management field, and is co-editor of a new Rutgers University Press book (June 2016) Taking Chances: The Coast After Sandy. Dr. Van Abs is a frequent public speaker and commentator in news media on water resources and water infrastructure issues.


Summer 2016 Drought Debrief and Water-Saving Tips:

  • Current Status: 
    • Drought Watering Restrictions Lifted as of September 22, 2016. For more information visit Department of Health website or click here
  • Summer Drought Alert Debrief 2016
    • The Drought & Flood Committee representative of the Department of Health delivered a presentation at the public TF meeting on September 22, 2016. The presentation explains drought triggers and debriefs on how these triggers played out this summer when drought alert with mandatory restrictions was issued despite a relatively normal water levels in Lake De Forest. To view the presentation, click here: Drought Update Presentation - 09-22-16
    • With questions on the subject, please contact the TF Coordinator

State Public Service Commission (PSC) Documents & Comments - Case No. 16-W-0130

Last Chance for public to comment on Suez-NY water plans for 5 upcoming years! Participate to express on the record your support or opposition to the Joint Proposal (JP) filed on September 2nd on the PSC filing DMM site under rate case # 16-W-0130. See direct link to JP

Comment directly on the PSC website in a web-form

Comment via internet or mail: Go to the Web site (www.dps.ny.gov), click on "Search," enter the case number (16-W-0130), and then click on "Post Comments" at the top of the page. Alternatively, comments may be e-mailed to the Secretary to the Commission at secretary@dps.ny.gov, or mailed or delivered to: Hon. Kathleen H. Burgess, Secretary,Public Service Commission,Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12223-1350 (always refer to the case number in the subject line).

All written comments will become part of the record in this proceeding and will be reported to the Commission for its consideration. All written comments may be accessed on the Commission's Web site.

Comment via toll free line: You may call the Commission's Opinion Line at 1-800-335-2120. This
number is set up to take comments about pending cases from in-State callers, 24 hours a day. These comments are not transcribed verbatim, but a summary is provided to the Commission.


PSC E-Filing Platform: Proceeding on Motion of the Commission as to the Rates, Charges, Rules and Regulations of Suez Water New York Inc. for Water Service (case 16-W-0130)

Wastewater Reuse Studies for Rockland County Sewer District No. 1:

The attached updated reuse study was prepared on Task Force recommendation for the Rockland County Sewer District No. 1 (SD#1), represented on the Task Force by Dianne Phillips. Currently, the Orangeburg Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) allows for treatment of effluent flow up to 28.9 mgd (millions of gallons per day) on a 12 month rolling average in accordance with the current SPDES permit.
The consultant updated the 2002 draft Reuse Study by modifying Alternative No. 2 (Section 7.2) based on various improvements since the last report was drafted. Updates now include choice of two discharge locations with two flow conditions to provide four alternatives that would convey 2 or 5 mgd of high quality effluent water from the Orangeburg WWTP to the Hackensack River Basin, discharging into either Lake DeForest or Lake Tappan, depending on the chosen alternative. Cost estimates of planning, construction and annual operation for each alternative are included in the report.

Task Force Green Infrastructure Project with Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT):


Task Force Drought & Flood Committee - Drought Model Presentation & Video:

Amy Vickers Presentation & Report:

State Public Service Commission (PSC) Documents & Correspondence - PSC Ref. Case No. 13-W-0303:

PSC E-Filing Library Link: Proceeding on Motion of the Commission to Examine United Water New York, Inc.'s Development of a New Long-Term Water Supply Source


Water Task Force GIS Map Application

RC_Map.jpgThis interactive map provides data pertaining to both surface and groundwater in the Rockland County vicinity.  Users can display many layers including wetlands, lakes, streams, groundwater, watersheds, soils, topography, parcels and impervious surfaces.  A user can search for a location by address, intersection or tax ID, sketch on the map, measure distances, save or print a map.

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