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Daniel J. Van Abs

Opinion: Major Investments, Far Better Planning Needed to Clean Up Water in NJ
Daniel J. Van Abs | November 19, 2018 | Opinion
Cleaning New Jersey’s groundwater and surface water will require major investments in infrastructure along with an overhaul of state planning
Opinion: NJ Shouldn’t Wait for Federal Funds Before Reducing Flood Damages
Daniel J. Van Abs | October 16, 2018 | Opinion
The uncertainty of federal funding dictates that New Jersey view every project through the lens of self-funding
Opinion: Few Municipalities in NJ Will Create Stormwater Utilities, But Some Should
Daniel J. Van Abs | August 13, 2018 | Opinion
The need to improve stormwater management is increasing every year. Costs will rise, putting pressure on local government budgets
Opinion: How Much Water Do We Waste — And Who Are 'We'?
Daniel J. Van Abs | February 21, 2018 | Opinion
New Jersey wastes more water than we should but perhaps less than we feared
Opinion: NJ's Water Needs Could Decrease, Despite 10.4M Residents by 2040
Daniel J. Van Abs | February 1, 2018 | Opinion
Taking a broad array of variables into account, and working with the best-case scenario, the state's population could increase while demand for water could lessen
Opinion: The Time is Now for Drinking Water Utilities to Improve Their Systems
Daniel J. Van Abs | September 7, 2017 | Opinion
The Water Quality Accountability Act is a major first step toward a statewide system of effective asset management for our drinking water utilities
Opinion: Cleaning up Urban Waters — Focus Where the People Are
Daniel J. Van Abs | July 11, 2017 | Opinion
We need to focus discretionary expenditures where they will do the most good for residents and competitiveness
Opinion: NJ Needs a Better Approach to Water Supply Planning
Daniel J. Van Abs | June 1, 2017 | Opinion
The key is finding a balance between specific requirements to guide future administrations, without getting so prescriptive as to constrain evolution
Opinion: Water is Priceless and That Is a Problem
Daniel J. Van Abs | April 24, 2017 | Opinion
Water users don’t pay environmental costs like reduced stream flows; they don’t pay opportunity costs — the costs of what could have been done with water had they not consumed it
Opinion: Welcome to the Brave New World of Stormwater
Daniel J. Van Abs | March 27, 2017 | Opinion
We need to think of stormwater as a resource that supports our streams, lakes, reservoirs, and estuaries, not something to be discarded and forgotten
Opinion: Anticipating the 2018 Statewide Water Supply Plan
Daniel J. Van Abs | February 7, 2017 | Opinion
The administration has made it clear that it doesn’t want to release the water plan. It’s time to look forward to a new administration and a new plan
Opinion: NJ Needs a Better Approach to Affordable Water and Sewer Utilities
Daniel J. Van Abs | September 30, 2016 | Opinion
Drinking water and sewer utility costs have been rising faster than both inflation and median incomes, and are very likely to continue doing so for the foreseeable future
Opinion: It’s Past Time for Comprehensive Approach to Protect Children from Lead
Daniel J. Van Abs | August 16, 2016 | Opinion
There is a sense that lead exposure is an issue that has been resolved. But while significant improvements have been made, they are not enough
Opinion: Those Who Plan for Growth Should Plan for Water Services
Daniel J. Van Abs | July 7, 2016 | Opinion
We may clamor for development, but do we have the water utilities to support it?
Opinion: Learning to Live with Our Addiction to Hazardous Sites by Water
Daniel J. Van Abs | May 3, 2016 | Opinion
We have enough information to do a far better job of planning for the inevitable disaster, but we focus on tactics rather than strategies
Opinion: When Water Utilities Are Sold, the Customers Should Benefit
Daniel J. Van Abs | March 15, 2016 | Opinion
It’s a fact often overlooked or misunderstood, but it’s customers -- not simply taxpayers -- who pay for water utilities
Opinion: Let Flint Strike Sparks to Address Water-Supply Problems in NJ
Daniel J. Van Abs | February 8, 2016 | Opinion
Flint is a failure of responsibility, ethics, and morality. Can the unacceptable happen to our water-supply systems?
Opinion: Thinking Smaller for more Effective Flood Protection
Daniel J. Van Abs | January 22, 2016 | Opinion
We plan megaprojects for extreme floods, but NJ residents suffer while they wait for government to take action beyond the blueprints
Opinion: Find the Nine Million Water Polluters in NJ (Hint: It’s Not Industry)
Daniel J. Van Abs | October 9, 2015 | Opinion
It’s all too common to blame sources outside of ourselves for the water pollution problems we face in this state
Opinion: Require Water Utilities to Spend More Now So They Will Cost Less Later
Daniel J. Van Abs | September 3, 2015 | Opinion
Options exist to make our water supply and wastewater utilities more cost-effective
Opinion: Why are Municipal Water Utilities Not Up for Mergers and Acquisitions?
Daniel J. Van Abs | August 10, 2015 | Opinion
New Jersey is missing opportunities for better management of these crucial governmental entities
Opinion: Will the Garden State Be Ready When the Next Drought Arrives?
Daniel J. Van Abs | July 7, 2015 | Opinion
New Jersey’s better off than California, but we aren’t fully prepared to cope with a water-supply crisis
Opinion: Is Water Supply a Commodity, a Service, or a Right?
Daniel J. Van Abs | May 22, 2015 | Opinion
New Jersey needs to take a hard look at how its poorest households will maintain access to water, as water and sewer rates increase
Opinion: Steering Clear of the 2 Percent Trap for Water Utilities
Daniel J. Van Abs | April 22, 2015 | Opinion
Property taxes may be capped, but water utilities must wrestle with far more complex variables day to day and year to year
Opinion: The Clock is Ticking for New Jersey to Control Combined Sewer Overflows
Daniel J. Van Abs | March 19, 2015 | Opinion
Combined sewers were developed by the Romans; isn’t it time that the Garden State took steps to bring waste control into the 21st century?
Opinion: Do Our Urban Water Systems Have What It Takes to Handle Rapid Growth?
Daniel J. Van Abs | February 11, 2015 | Opinion
What if urban redevelopment is successful? There are major implications for water and sewer systems if our cities bounce back and thrive
Opinion: We Just Can’t Afford the Price We'll Pay for State's Cheap Water
Daniel J. Van Abs | December 10, 2014 | Opinion
Aging infrastructure, consumer complacency, artificially low prices all combine to make the state’s water supply a problem just waiting to happen
Analysis: Are We Truly Serious About Improving New Jersey’s Water Quality?
Daniel J. Van Abs | November 14, 2014 | Energy & Environment
The state has definitely made advancements in meeting water-quality standards, but more -- much more -- needs to be done.
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