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Get to know our wastewater and stormwater experts at the New Jersey Water Environment Association’s (NJWEA) John J. Lagrosa Annual Conference and Exposition, and read on to learn more about each presentation. Not attending the conference? You can still earn up to FIVE PDHs by participating in one or more of our FREE, hour-long webcasts on timely wastewater and stormwater topics. Check out each of the webcast links below our NJWEA presentation line-up.

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Stormwater Utilities: Investing in Infrastructure and Water Quality

Monday, May 9, 2022  • 9 a.m. (part of the NJWEA Stormwater Workshop)
Nathan Walker, AICP, Senior Water Resources Planner
Nathan Walker, AICP
Senior Water Resources Planner
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Stormwater utilities provide New Jersey municipalities with a framework for establishing a more formal stormwater management program. A stormwater utility can be used to address local water-related issues, such as flooding, water quality, and aging infrastructure. Revenue to support a utility is often collected through a stormwater user fee, allowing greater transparency and public input on spending priorities.

The process of creating a stormwater utility requires communities to engage the public to define stormwater management goals. To meet these goals, local leaders must develop a prescribed program of stormwater services and calculate the associated program costs. This session will discuss how communities project the cost of their preferred stormwater program to inform the stormwater user fee rate structure. It will explore a community’s options for developing a rate structure based on cost projections, as well as the challenges and benefits associated with establishing a new utility.

Session will be co-presented with Bree Callahan, Stormwater Manager, New Jersey Future.

Into the Vortex, Engineering the Future of Grit Removal at the Bay Park WPCP

Monday, May 9, 2022 • 1 p.m.
Lars Augustin, PE, Vice President
Lars Augustin, PE
Vice President
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The detritus tank grit removal system at the Bay Park Water Pollution Control Plant was performing poorly, at the end of its useful life, and required excessive maintenance. After reviewing several grit removal technologies, retrofitting the existing detritus tanks with vortex tanks was selected as the best approach. Jet grouting was used for excavation and underpinning of the existing building foundation and created a seepage barrier to address the site’s high groundwater levels. Low headroom drilling equipment was selected due to the clearance restriction. Flow distribution modeling was performed to verify if the flow split among multiple tanks was significant and to verify hydraulic conditions in the system.

The project achieved a 50% increase in grit removal, saving 20% on annual maintenance costs and reducing annual energy costs. This presentation will discuss the project design, construction, and lessons learned to apply to future grit removal projects.

Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity and the Human Asset

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 • 3:30 p.m.
Dan Capano
Dan Capano
Senior Project Manager

Cybercrime is a growth industry. Daily, we learn of another ransomware attack and increasingly hear about cyberattacks on critical infrastructure. To put it bluntly, cyberwarfare is here. This presentation will discuss, in two parts, the threat posed to critical infrastructure like water treatment facilities.

Part one will describe the threat landscape, several notable cyberattacks, and prevention and mitigation methods to help operators and managers make informed decisions. The presentation will show, in non-technical terms, how networks can be hardened and how proper policy and enforcement can greatly improve a facility’s cyber defenses.

Part two will discuss how the human asset is often compromised, describing the means and methods by which the human asset is manipulated. The role of social engineering through social media will be described, along with the several methods of attack and a discussion of the human cyber kill chain. Access control and cyber hygiene will be described to create a culture of ownership and awareness of the threat.


One Water Solutions

  • Alternative delivery.
  • Asset management.
  • Collection and conveyance.
  • Condition assessment.
  • Construction management.
  • Dams and reservoirs.
  • Environmental resources.
  • Geospatial.
  • Low-impact development.
  • Nutrient management.
  • Operations and maintenance.
  • Program management.
  • Pump stations.
  • Recharge wells.
  • Reuse.
  • Security and safety.
  • Smart water infrastructure.
  • Storage tanks.
  • Stormwater.
  • Transmission and distribution.
  • Utility master planning.
  • Valuation and rate studies.
  • Water/wastewater treatment.
  • Water resources.