Diverse group reports to state DEP on all aspects, present and future, of what may be state’s most precious commodity… What is the Water Supply Advisory Council? It’s a panel that, under a 1981 state law, advises New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection on all aspects of water supply including the New Jersey State Water Supply Plan, a long-range blueprint that hasn’t been published since 1996… Does the DEP have to take its advice? No. The department doesn’t always act on the panel’s recommendations but has traditionally been receptive to its ideas, according to Dan Van Abs, a Rutgers professor who is a technical adviser to the council… "The Department has come out with pieces of technical information on water uses, technical methods for determining water availability, that we know are intended to be part of the plan," Van Abs said.
/ / / Explainer: Special Advisory Council Tracks Status of New Jersey’s Water Supply