WRA's 2019 Fall Technical Event Speakers


marc commarata

Marc Cammarata, Philadelphia Water Department

Marc Cammarata is the Deputy Water Commissioner for Planning for the Philadelphia Water Department. His responsibilities include the integration, direction and management of numerous aspects of the Department’s planning initiatives and environmental services, including strategic environmental and sustainability programming, water quality and quantity modeling, wet weather compliance, flood mitigation, both green and traditional infrastructure planning, stream and wetland restoration, Laboratory services, and Climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.

His Division is leading the efforts for the “Green City, Clean Waters” program which integrates land-based urban sustainability goals with the goals for clean, safe, attractive and accessible rivers and streams. He has over 20 years of experience in water resources engineering and environmental planning. He is a Professional Environmental Engineer with a graduate degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Villanova University and a Master’s of Science in water resources engineering from Drexel University.

steve tambini

Steve Tambini, DRBC

Steve Tambini is the fourth executive director of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), a federal-interstate agency created in 1961 by compact legislation signed into law by President Kennedy and the governors of the four basin states with land draining to the Delaware River. As the executive director, Mr. Tambini develops and implements plans, policies and projects adopted by the five-member commission relating to the water resources of the Delaware River Basin. This includes formulating, reviewing, analyzing and evaluating program objectives, policies and operations based on the Delaware River Basin Compact and the DRBC Comprehensive Plan.

Mr. Tambini brings over 30 years of experience in water supply engineering and water resource planning, management and operations to the DRBC. Prior to assuming the executive director duties on August 1, 2014, Steve served as Vice President of Operations at Pennsylvania American Water. In addition, Mr. Tambini previously held important management leadership posts at New Jersey American Water, including the Vice President of Operations and the Vice President of Engineering. Mr. Tambini also provided engineering leadership to American Water subsidiaries serving 12 other states that encompassed a wide range of water resource and water supply challenges and projects.

Over his career, Mr. Tambini has held various leadership posts and contributed to several water-related organizations, including the American Water Works Association, the National Association of Water Companies, and the Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin. He is currently a member of the American Water Resources Association and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, and serves on the board of directors for the Rancocas Conservancy. Mr. Tambini is a member of Lead NJ’s Class of 2010 and the Pennsylvania Business Council Executive Leadership Program’s Class of 2012.

Steve holds a B.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering, both from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. He is a registered professional engineer in New Jersey and New York.

jennifer garigliano

Jennifer Garigliano, NYC DEP

Manages the office of the Bureau of Water Supply's Deputy Commissioner ensuring preparation for all daily activities in order to achieve the Bureau's mission of delivering approximately 1.1 billion gallons of high quality drinking water to 9.4 million customers in New York City and upstate communities by developing open lines of communication; facilitating constructive conversations; communicating tasks to appropriate units and tracking all of the Bureau’s assigned tasks to completion; and compiling information in order to present/report consistent information. Also serves as the Department's technical representative/advisor to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and the Federal Delaware River Master. Represents the Department's interest with regard to diversions and releases during interstate negotiations with the 5 parties to the 1954 US. Supreme Court Decree (New Jersey vs. New York). Manages the Bureau's Correspondence and FOIL Request Tracking Systems; prepares and disseminates official correspondence and letters ensuring timely responses. Works closely with the Commissioner's Office and the Bureau Strategic Planning Section to develop long term plans and goals for the Bureau and day to day operations. Supervises three staff and serves as an advisor to the Deputy Commissioner on all organizational issues. BS Environmental Engineering, United States Military Academy at West Point, MA Emergency Disaster Management, American Military Academy.

dave bushek

Dave Bushek, Rutgers Haskin Shellfish Research Lab

jules bruck

Jules Bruck, University of Delaware

Dr. Jules Bruck , RLA, ASLA, is Associate Professor and Director of Landscape Architecture at the University of Delaware , where she teaches courses in creativity, design process, field sketching, and planting design. She has taught garden design lectures and workshops for regional botanical gardens such as at Longwood Gardens, Mt. Cuba and the Barnes Foundation . Jules is a registered landscape architect, a permanently certified member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, and a SITES Accredited Professional (AP). She currently serves on the Delaware Board of Landscape Architecture . Dr. Bruck also owns and operates Evolution Landscape Design, LLC , through which she engages in design consulting, community revitalization, and innovation education. Dr. Bruck has also conducted many study abroad trips to highlight design in both Brazil and Europe. Her current research interests are in design-based learning and public perception of sustainable landscape practices such as designing for ecosystem services. Dr. Bruck has a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.

chad pindar

Chad Pindar, DRBC

amy shallcross

Amy Shallcross, DRBC

john yagecic

John Yagecic, DRBC

John has been with the Delaware River Basin Commission for 18 years where he is currently the Manager of Water Quality Assessment. He is a licensed engineer in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Before DRBC John worked for 9 years for the US Army Corps of Engineers in Chicago, Illinois and Galveston, Texas. He has degrees from Penn State and the University of Illinois at Chicago and is also an adjunct instructor at Temple University.

peter eschbach

Peter Eschbach, DRBC

dave vanvalkenburg

Dave VanValkenburg, NYC DEP

Dave Van Valkenburg is a Research Scientist with DEP’s Water Quality Program Evaluation and Planning group. Dave has bachelor’s degrees in environmental science and geology from SUNY Plattsburgh and a master’s degree in geology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dave has more than 25 years of experience in water quality performing sample collection, field and lab analysis, program design, data management, and data analysis and visualization with the R statistical package.

dave warner

Dave Warner, NYC DEP

Mr. Warne is the Assistant Commissioner and Director of Watershed Protection Programs for DEP's Bureau of Water Supply. In that role, he is responsible for implementing all aspects of DEP’s award-winning source water protection program, including all regulatory and non-regulatory initiatives. In his more than 25 years at DEP, Mr. Warne has been actively involved in managing the establishment and administration of NYC’s $2.7 billion program to sustainably protect the quality of its drinking water supply. In addition, Mr. Warne manages coordination with nearly 70 communities outside New York City who receive all or a portion of their water supplies from the New York City system. Mr. Warne graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in English Literature and has an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

mckeowen vandermandell

McKeowen VanderMandell, Gannett Fleming

russ furnari

Russ Furnari, PSEG

gayla fecher

Gayla Fecher, Manager of Engineering, SUEZ

william kenworthey

William Kenworthey, HOK

William Kenworthey, AIA, is the regional planning leader for HOK’s Northeast practice and is as an urban designer and registered architect. With 21 years of experience, Kenworthey has worked with government agencies, private developers, Fortune 500 Companies, major universities, and medical centers on transformational projects. His recent work includes the Hartford Capital Gateway Master Plan, the New LaGuardia Airport Master Plan, Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus Development Plan, and the campus design for Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Headquarters in Miami. He has experience with the long-term resiliency of coastal cities and applying those lessons learned to urban design efforts throughout the country. Kenworthey frequently presents at university and industry events about urban waterfront design and resiliency. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Wentworth Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.

tony belitto

Tony Belitto, North Penn Water

Anthony J. Bellitto, Jr., P.E. has been executive director of NPWA since 1998 and is responsible for all planning, engineering, operational, and financial aspects of the organization, with a staff of 48 employees. The Authority provides a daily average of 10 million gallons per day of water supply to over 34,000 customers from both surface water and ground water in Montgomery and Bucks Counties.

Mr. Bellitto is active with the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and its Water For People program that focuses on international water relief projects in poor communities around the world. The program raises funds and provides technical assistance for water supply and wastewater treatment projects in underdeveloped countries. He is also a Past President of the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association. He has served as PMAA Region 1 Director and Assistant Director, and has been active on several PMAA committees over the years. Mr. Bellitto is a Licensed Professional Engineer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College in New York City. He was formerly employed with the New York City Bureau of Water Supply and also with consulting firms specializing in water supply and wastewater engineering before joining the North Penn Water Authority 19 years ago.

marc gold

Marc E. Gold

Marc is a founding partner of Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP. He represents a wide array of diverse clients on issues related to environmental regulatory compliance and permitting, particularly in the areas of site development, Brownfield remediation, water pollution control, solid waste management, environmental the requirements applicable to the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania. Building on his experience at the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3 at the start of his career, Marc has focused his practice on representing industrial clients.

Marc has handled significant Brownfield remediation matters and related transactions after working on the legislation and regulations establishing Pennsylvania’s site remediation program under the Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act of 1995 ("Act 2"). In addition, Marc has focused his efforts on water regulation, including the TMDL program, where he is representing a coalition of industrial and municipal dischargers within the Delaware Estuary. This representation has enabled Marc to expand his practice before the Delaware River Basin Commission, a unique interstate agency with broad authority. Marc is also representing a group of municipalities seeking to address water quality issues in the Wissahickon Creek Watershed.

Marc has represented clients, ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to closely-held entities, in a variety of complex matters including the following:

  • provided counsel in connection with remediation projects at major industrial facilities involving compliance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Toxic Substances Control Act, and state remediation programs;
  • represented a major industrial client in connection with the sale of its industrial complex;
  • represented a coalition of major municipal and industrial dischargers in matters involving surface water quality standards in the Delaware Estuary, Total Maximum Daily Loads for polychlorinated biphenyls, and related criteria established by three states, two EPA regions and the Delaware River Basin Commission;
  • represented many clients before the Delaware River Basin Commission, an interstate Compact agency with broad regulatory authorities;
  • assisted clients and an industry association in developing positions regarding natural gas development requirements;
  • assisted in drafting Act 2, Pennsylvania's site remediation statute, and the regulations and guidance developed by the Department of Environmental Protection to implement the program;
  • Marc has also lectured and written on a variety of topics including environmental auditing, environmental issues in real estate transactions, brownfield redevelopment, and water quality.

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