Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [Water Resources Program]

Water Quality Trading Program

Stakeholders/Project Partners for the Passaic Trading Project:

The Passaic River Basin Alliance
The Passaic River Basin Alliance, a local nonprofit organization, is a coalition of most of the wastewater treatment plants within the watershed. They provided funding towards the total cost of the TMDL Work Plan and another $1.4 million was provided by its members for the TMDL study. The Alliance will work closely as a partner in the project to help negotiate NJPDES permit language, and they will provide critical technical and cost information on specific treatment facilities.

New Jersey Association of Environmental Authorities
New Jersey Association of Environmental Authorities is a nonprofit organization of New Jersey Waste Water Treatment Plants, Water Utilities, Solid Waste Facilities, and Collection System Operators. Its role in the project will be to represent its member's views and concerns to the state's Legislature, regulatory agencies, and the general public.

New Jersey League of Municipalities
The New Jersey State League of Municipalities is a voluntary association created to help communities do a better job of self-government through pooling information resources and brain power. Its involvement with the project includes providing educational support for the project and work with the team to disseminate information to their constituents.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)
NJDEP is the state department dedicated to protecting New Jersey’s air, land, water and natural resources. It has permitting and enforcement authority for point source dischargers across the state to meet standards set by NJDEP. It promulgated the 0.1 mg/L in-stream total phosphorus water quality standard. This standard is driving the need for point sources in the Passaic watershed to consider water quality trading. It oversees the TMDL process which allocates pollution loads to point and nonpoint sources. NJDEP input and approval will ensure that the Passaic water quality trading program complies with federal, state, and local water laws. It will oversees NJPDES permitting and Interact with USEPA Region 2.

Christopher Obropta, Ph.D., P.E., Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University
Dr. Christopher Obropta has vast experience in conducting water quality modeling studies for developing waste load allocations for point sources in New Jersey, conducting TMDL analyses, negotiating NJPES permits for point source discharges, and designing stormwater management practices for non point source pollution control. He will lead the scientific effort to develop a cost effective trading program working closely with various stakeholders to disseminate the information generated by this project.

Christopher Uchrin, Ph.D., P.E., Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University
Dr. Uchrin’s research include Mathematical modeling of contaminant transport in ground and surface water systems, Mathematical modeling of storm water runoff and its impacts on receiving waters, Mathematical modeling of dissolved oxygen dynamics in lakes and rivers and Mathematical modeling of ground water hydrology in fractured rock systems. His expertise in water quality modeling will be valuable for the project. Drs. Uchrin and Strom conducted a water quality study on the Passaic River in the early 1980s; their previous experience with the watershed will be very valuable to the project.

Peter Strom, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University
Dr. Strom's research has focused on the microbial ecology of the biological treatment of wastes. This has included work on activated sludge and rotating biological contactors (RBCs) for wastewaters; nitrification in wastewater treatment and receiving waters and biological phosphorus removal. He will provide expertise in wastewater treatment plant processes, including technology for phosphorus removal.

William Goldfarb, J.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Environment Law, Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University
Dr. Goldfarb has background and research in Environmental Law and Policy, with a sub-specialty in Water Law and Policy. During the 1970s, Dr. Goldfarb, as a special consultant to NJDEP, drafted the New Jersey Clean Water Act, the New Jersey Safe Water Act, and the New Jersey Water Quality Planning Act, which were subsequently enacted into law. He will provide the legal expertise needed to clearly evaluate the various trading scenarios and the trading program as a whole.

Gregory Poe, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University
Dr. Poe’s research focuses on both the demand and supply of environmental resources. On the demand side, much of his research has centered on developing and testing the contingent valuation method with particular applications to groundwater quality, pollution of remote mountain lakes, ecosystem protection, and "green" electricity. On the supply side, he has had longstanding interests in designing environmental programs related to water quality, with particular interest in nonpoint source pollution and land use. Over the last decade he has evaluated voluntary pollution control policies such as New York State's Agricultural Environmental Management Program, and federal programs such as the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. Dr. Poe will use experimental economic methods to test the efficacy of ambient-based incentive policy for regulating nonpoint source pollution.

Jeffrey Potent, USEPA Region 2
Mr. Potent will support overall project coordination, provide input on public policy and regulatory issues, and provide support to local trading projects in Region 2 via ongoing electronic dialogue.

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