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Committees & Work Groups - Citizens Advisory

Citizen participation is critical to the Harbor & Estuary Program’s success both because public support of environmental programs is necessary for their implementation and because the HEP promotes partnerships with non-profit citizens groups as an efficient mechanism for accomplishing many of the CCMP actions.

The main mechanism for citizen input into the program is the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), co-chaired by Meredith Comi ofNY/NJ Baykeeper and Robert Buchanan from the Village Community Boathouse. The New York co-chair alternate is Shino Tanikawa of the New York City Soil and Water Conservation District.  The New Jersey co-chair alternate is Nellie Tsipoura of New Jersey Audubon. The CAC holds four seats on the Management Committee (the two co-chairs and one other representative from each state) and has a joint representative to the Policy Committee with the Science and Technical Advisory Committee, Charles Warren. The CAC meets quarterly. 

For more information on the Citizens Advisory Committee, contact Meredith Comi at 732-888-9870 or Robert Buchanan at Rob.Buchanan@villagecommunityboathouse.org.   

All CAC meetings are open to the public. To be informed about upcoming meetings and other CAC issues, sign up to the mailing list.

CAC members now have a discussion forum to enhance communication in between meetings.

Note: Click on any of the sections below to expand their items/details



1] CAC Documents ›

  • Bylaws of the HEP CAC (June 2011) | PDF
  • List of CAC members and voting rights as of October 2014 | PDF
  • CAC History | PDF
  • Successes and Challenges:  Highlights of Program
    Accomplishments and Challenges for the Future – February 2001 | PDF




2] Meeting Minutes ›

  •  October 26, 2015 | PDF
    Presentations:
    -  Action Agenda / CCMP Revision: Proposed Scope and Timeline | PDF
    -  2015 Public Access Assessment: Preliminary Results | PDF

  • January 16, 2015 | PDF
    Presentations:
    -  NYSDEC Proposed Rulemaking for Class I and Class SD Waters | PDF
    - HEP updates | PDF

  • October 1, 2014 | PDF
    Presentations:
    -  EPA update on Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body | PDF
    - HEP strategic plan | PDF
    - NYC Planning Open Industrial Uses Study | PDF

  • June 12, 2014 | PDF
    Presentations:
    - EPA presentation on proposed cleanup plan for Passaic River Superfund site | PDF
    - NJ Audubon presentation on Hawk Rise Sanctuary in Linden, NJ | PDF
    - NY/NJ Baykeeper presentation on the Passaic Community Advisory Group perspective | PDF
  • March 24, 2014 | PDF
  • November 15, 2013 | PDF
  • June 14, 2013 | PDF
  • February 8, 2013 | PDF Web conference recording | Click Here
  • October 24, 2012 | PDF
  • August 29, 2012 | PDF
  • May 24, 2012 | PDF
  • March 23, 2012 | PDF
  • December 8, 2011 | PDF
  • September 15, 2011 | PDF
  • June 3, 2011 | PDF
  • December 15, 2010 | PDF
  • September 21, 2010 | PDF
  • June 15, 2010 | PDF
  • March 11, 2010 | PDF
    • NRDC presentation | PDF
  • February 10, 2010 | PDF
  • October 26, 2009 | PDF
  • July 29, 2009 | PDF
  • April 29, 2009 | PDF
  • February 18, 2009 | PDF
  • December 3, 2008 | PDF
  • October 11, 2006
    • NJDEP CSO presentation | PDF (4.76 MB PDF file)
    • NYCDEP CSO presentation | PDF (1 MB PDF file)
  • April 11, 2006 | PDF
  • January 31, 2006 | PDF
  • April 26, 2005 | PDF
  • January 27, 2005 | PDF
  • October 26, 2004 | PDF
  • July 19, 2004 | PDF
  • May 10, 2004 | PDF
  • February 17, 2004 | PDF
  • November 13, 2003 | PDF
  • May 12, 2003 | PDF
  • September 9, 2002 | PDF
  • August 6, 2001 | PDF
  • May 7, 2001 | PDF
  • May 15, 2000 | PDF
  • February 9, 2000 | PDF
  • November 15, 1999 | PDF
  • May 17, 1999 | PDF




3] CAC Resolutions and Positions ›

NOTE: The New York‐New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP) is a partner program and its members occasionally have conflicting positions on regulatory and management issues. One of HEP's roles is to facilitate the exchange of ideas and to work towards resolution of these issues. The opinions of individual agencies or committees do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the program as a whole. 

  • Comment letter regarding NY State Dept. of Envl Conservation’s proposed rulemaking to require Class I and SD Waters to be swimmable (February 9, 2015) | PDF

  • CAC letter opposing the settlement agreement between New Jersey DEP (NJDEP) and Occidental Chemical Corporation (October 2014) | PDF

  • CAC comments submitted in support of EPA’s proposed cleanup plan for the Passaic River Superfund site (August 2014) | PDF

  • CAC letter to the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation's Board of Directors regarding a proposal for New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation to loan $511 Million from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to the New York State Thruway (June 25, 2014) | PDF

  • Comment letter on the Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning Framework (April 2014) | PDF

  • CAC letter to the U.S. Coast Guard regarding the Environmental Assessment for the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program (March 5, 2013) | PDF

  • CAC letter to NJDEP regarding public access (May 21, 2012) (PDF)

  • CAC letter to EPA Region 2 Administrator regarding a "no fill" policy for HEP funds (April 5, 2012) (PDF)

  • CAC position regarding NJDEP bans on oyster restoration research and oyster gardening projects in closed waters (July 1, 2010) (PDF)

  • CAC position regarding standards for pathogens TMDL
    (April 6, 2010) (PDF)




 

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