Division of Watershed Management Reorganization Completed
Department of Environmental Protection Division of Watershed Management
completed the second phase of its reorganization in November. The new Division structure organizes internal staff and work
assignments according to function, rather than geography.
This is accomplished through the realignment of staff
responsibilities in the Division’s bureaus and offices.
remain firmly committed to the watershed approach to water resource
management from both a quantity and quality perspective,” said
Division Director Larry Baier. “The
functional reorganization of the Division is not a change in our water
resource management strategy. However,
the allocation of staff resources along functional lines will enable the
Division to act more quickly and decisively thus further aiding in the
protection and restoration of the State’s water resources.”
bureaus within the Division of Watershed Management are the Bureau of
Environmental Analysis and Restoration; the Bureau of Watershed
Regulation and the Bureau of Watershed Planning.
In addition, the Division includes the Office of Watershed
Education, Estuaries and Monitoring and the Office of Water Supply
Policy. A brief description
of the major duties of each of these units follows.
Environmental Analysis and Restoration (BEAR), managed by Barbara
Hirst, develops technical “tools” for the use of the Division and
its partners in watershed planning, protection and restoration.
Among those responsibilities are
The success of BEAR in meeting the Department’s TMDL and rule obligations largely influenced the decision to complete the functional organization. In 2005, BEAR will continue compliance with the TMDL development schedule including finalization of the Passaic River Basin phosphorus TMDL, adopt new Water Quality Management Planning rules, develop rules required by the Highlands Act, and develop tools to assist in the implementation of the stormwater management rules such as updates to the Best Management Practices Manual and guidance for determining compliance with the required use of non-structural stormwater management practices.
of Watershed Regulation (BWR) consolidates the Division’s
regulatory programs including water quality and wastewater management
planning, stormwater management reviews, and applicability
determinations under the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act.
The newly appointed manager, Terry Pilawski, joins the Division
from the NJPDES Discharge to Groundwater Permitting Program.
Terry brings a wealth of experience in wastewater management,
treatment technology, groundwater hydrodynamics, and permitting with her
to the Division. BWR will use the Division’s regulatory authority to
implement Department policy including TMDLs, source water protection,
critical habitat protection and water supply planning.
In 2005, BWP will eliminate of the backlog of water quality
management plan amendment applications, expedite regulatory decisions in
smart growth areas, implement Highlands applicability and water quality
consistency determinations, and digitize adopted sewer service areas.
of Watershed Planning (BWP) consolidates the voluntary watershed
partnership aspects of the Division under the leadership of Kenneth
Klipstein. The functions of
this bureau include:
will focus on watershed restoration plans that provide a specific
blueprint for the restoration and protection of a waterbody.
This watershed protection and restoration plan must identify the
specific sources of pollution, the actions required to remedy those
sources, estimate the cost of implementing the remedy and identify
partnerships between the public and private sectors required for
implementation. In 2005,
BWP will develop watershed restoration and protection plans for one
stream segment in each of the 20 WMAs; and manage federal pass-through
grant funds to accomplish the implementation of watershed restoration
plans and implement TMDLs where those studies have been completed and
provide the required degree of specificity. In addition, BWP will
finalize the Southeast Water Supply Study; initiate the Northeast and
Toms River-Metedeconk Water Supply Studies; and complete the supply and
demand portions of the Cape May Water Supply Study.
of Watershed Education, Estuaries and Monitoring (OWEEM), managed by
Kerry Kirk Pflugh, includes the functions of former Office of Outreach
and Education. This
includes the development and coordination of educational tools,
publications, the Division website, outreach planning, volunteer
monitoring program, the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program as
well as the Urban Fishing and fish consumption advisory programs.
Under the reorganization, the new responsibilities in the OWEEM
are the coordination and administration of the Cooperative Coastal
Monitoring Program (beach monitoring) and the Clean Shores Program as
well as the Department’s participation in the three National Estuary
Programs. For 2005, OWEEM
will integrate the coastal monitoring program with the national database
required by the federal BEACH Act, represent the Department on the
management committees of the three National Estuary Programs, and
develop communications plan for Highlands Act implementation.
In addition, the water policy group has been reorganized into the Office of Water Supply Policy (OWSP). Headed by Joseph Mattle, OWSP primarily coordinates the update of the Statewide Water Supply Plan. The unit coordinates the Water Supply Advisory Council, water supply policy development and ensures that regional water supply plans are consistent with those policies. In 2005, OWSP will complete an update to the Statewide Water Supply Plan and issue water supply demonstration grants.
- Kyra Hoffmann
Supervising Environmental Specialist
NJDEP Division of Watershed Management