Advisory board members have worked on Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) and water issues in New Jersey, and are based in or work with CSO communities. Advisory board members provide guidance on strategy, messaging and advocacy. Members include:

  • Meredith Brown, Urban Airshed Reforestation Program-Camden is a community-based street tree planting program that began in Camden in 2002.
  • Drew Curtis, Ironbound Community Corporation. Founded in 1969, ICC’s mission is to engage and empower individuals, families, and groups in realizing their aspirations and, together, working to create a just, vibrant, and sustainable community.
  • Kim Gaddy, Clean Water Action. Clean Water Action was founded to protect our environment, health, economic well-being, and community quality of life. Clean Water Action organizes strong grassroots groups and coalitions, as well as campaigns to elect environmental candidates an solve environmental and community problems.
  • Stephen Kehayes, Paterson Habitat for Humanity. Paterson Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. Neighborhood revitalization is integral to our mission of providing decent shelter in decent communities. Paterson Habitat neighborhood revitalization efforts include developing parks and green spaces that include green infrastructure to reduce off-site storm water runoff and flooding.
  • Mo Kinberg, New Jersey Future. New Jersey Future is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes policies and practices for sustainable growth and development in New Jersey.
  • Michele Langa, Hackensack Riverkeeper. Hackensack Riverkeeper defends the Public Trust resources of the Hackensack River Watershed through a fourfold strategy of environmental action, advocacy, education, and litigation. The organization works on behalf of the people and wildlife that depend on the river and its watershed for life.
  • Nicole Miller, Newark DIG (Doing Infrastructure Green). Established in 2013, Newark DIG is committed to continuously improving the quality of life, health, and viability for the City of Newark and its residents through the use of strategic collaborative methods, including community-driven urban design, public policy planning, environmental and social justice advocacy, education, and local capacity building. Our primary goal is the establishment of green infrastructure as the first line of defense to better manage stormwater runoff, improve water quality and resiliency to flooding, and reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs), with a focus on Passaic River and its tributaries.
  • Greg Remaud, NY/NJ Baykeeper. NY/NJ Baykeeper fights to protect the health of our local waterways through advocacy campaigns, legal actions, and boat programs. We shape and enforce water quality, land use, and coastal policies that impact the estuary and actively patrol the waterways to identify and stop polluters.
  • Lisa Simms, The NJ Tree Foundation is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees in New Jersey’s most urban neighborhoods, where the need is greatest. Through tree planting, volunteerism, and partnerships, we assist numerous communities in improving their environment and quality of life.

Technical advisors provide technical advice on issues related to their area of expertise:

  • Rosana DaSilva, The New York – New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP). HEP brings the benefits of the Clean Water Act to the people who live, work, and recreate on our shared waterways. Created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at the request of the governors of New York and New Jersey, HEP is an ongoing effort to develop and implement a consensus driven plan to protect, conserve, and restore the estuary. HEP decisions and activities are carried out by staff and partners organized through the committees and work groups.
  • Chris Obropta, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resource Program (RCEWRP). RCEWRP is a statewide program with a mission to identify and address community water resources issues using sustainable and practical science-based solutions. For nearly a decade, the Water Resources Program has worked with CSO communities to provide technical support for green infrastructure planning and community facilitation. The Water Resources Program has played an integral role in the development of a number of municipal action teams across the state, facilitating collaboration among local governments, utility authorities, residents, and community organizations. These community-led green infrastructure initiatives foster local and collective voices to define green infrastructure opportunities, educate residents and community leaders, address permit and long term control plan requirements, and leverage funding to design and implement projects.