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Chuck Underwood To Highlight AEA’s 2017 Annual Conference

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by eric

The AEA annual meeting and conference will feature keynote speaker Chuck Underwood, an expert in the sociology of generations, as well as other programs, panels and speakers –plus opportunities to make valuable connections and earn water, wastewater and engineering credits.

The event is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 14 at Caesar’s in Atlantic City and will wrap up on Wednesday with a closing reception at 4 p.m. Commissioners and executive directors are invited to a free lunchtime session with Mr. Underwood at noon on Tuesday. In “Talkin’ ‘bout our Generations: Winning over Boomers, Xers & Millennials,” Mr. Underwood will offer a lively interactive workshop aimed at giving commissioners essential tools to bridging the generation gap, both when dealing with employees and ratepayers.

Mr. Underwood’s keynote will begin at 5 p.m. A renowned author, speaker and lecturer, Mr. Underwood pioneered the field of generational study and business strategies, leading to the creation of his firm, The Generational Imperative, Inc. His clients include business giants such as Hewlett-Packard, Procter &; Gamble, Time Warner Cable, and many others. He hosted the PBS television series America’s Generations With Chuck Underwood.

Tuesday evening will be capped off with a networking reception at 6:15 p.m. It’s a great way to meet colleagues in the field, learn about challenges and successes in other authorities, make valuable connections to enhance your career or business, and just plain get to know people who face the same workplace issues you do.

On Wednesday, the AEA’s annual meeting kicks off at 8:30 a.m., when the 2018 slate of officers and board members will be presented for a vote. (The voting delegate from each member organization is eligible to vote.) In addition to a “State of the Association” presentation, AEA President Mike Ruppel will deliver a “farewell” address.

At 9:15 a.m. a presentation entitled, “Impact of the Election on AEA Membership,” will be made by David A. Smith of the Princeton Public Affairs Group (PPAG). Mr. Smith will focus his experienced eye on how the gubernatorial election may affect AEA members. Richard Erickson of First Environment, Inc. and Dan Rizza of Climate Central will follow that up at 9:45 a.m. with a discussion of tools and analyses that can help New Jersey cope with sea-level rise. The “safety loss” portion of the program will include presentations designed to improve safety, will address risk management and personnel procedures and policies that reduce financial liability.

After lunch Chris Sturm of New Jersey Future will moderate a panel on the Water Quality Accountability Act. An expert panel will unpack the impact of this legislation today on drinking water purveyors and in the future, very likely wastewater systems too. “Using Envision to Better Vet Capital Improvement Projects” will be presented by Evan Bowles and a panel on funding capital projects, presented by Bob Beinfield, Doug Bacher and Heather Litzebauer, will offer insight into how to plan and finance a capital program or repair and replacement schedule. Our closing reception will be at 4pm. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook.

Congratulations to This Year’s EPDA Graduates

Posted on: June 15th, 2017 by eric



Earlier this year AEA recognized trainees who completed the Environmental Professional Development Academy, which was created to help prepare tomorrow’s leaders.

Exhibitors are a Source of Info and Advice at AEA Conference

Posted on: March 31st, 2017 by Peggy Gallos

The AEA spring conference (“snowed” out in March) will be held April 25-26 at Caesar’s, Atlantic City. One of the best things about this event is the exhibit area, where attendees can get advice and information, and exhibiting businesses can make connections with decision-makers. This year’s exhibitors include: All Covered, BCM Engineers*, EMEXMott MacDonaldMaser ConsultingNJM Insurance Company, NJ’s Clean Energy Program/(Honeywell), PSI Process & Equipment/Div., Pumping Services Inc., Suburban Consulting Engineers, Inc., and Solid Waste Association of North America. Executive directors and other eligible attendees who participate in the “Attendee Connection” program will be included in a drawing for a special door prize.


Daniel Fagin

AEA is welcoming Pulitzer Prize winner Dan Fagin, Prof. Fagin wrote Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, which tells the story of drinking water contamination in that Ocean County town. He will discuss the story, its aftermath, and environmental journalism. Other speakers will discuss preparing the next generation of managers, and attendees will hear about a wastewater resource recovery project at Rahway Valley SA. The DEP will be on hand to discuss emerging contaminants, and Monroe Township utility department representatives will discuss a basin transfer project. Redevelopment, connection fee reform, and the work of the AEA NJPDES Committee will be the subject of presentations Wednesday morning. The agenda closes with presentations on energy and the recycling market.


AEA will hold its annual awards luncheon Wednesday, 4/26. This year we will be honoring Toms River MUA, Somerset Valley Regional SA, Hamilton Township MUA, Cape May County MUA, Passaic Valley SC, and Atlantic County UA. New this year: a recognition ceremony for the men and women who have completed the Environmental Professional Development Academy.


March registrations will be carried forward for the April dates. For more info, including about new registrations, visit our home page.

*Links indicate AEA member organizations.