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New boss at DRBC

Westfall Township representative Joe Demalderis is pictured at the April 3 meeting of the Upper Delaware Council. Westfall’s seat had been vacant since November of 2012, when then representative Alex Cena left. Demalderis was appointed by the Westfall supervisors in February. The UDC chair noted that the April meeting marked the first in his tenure when all the member towns were in attendance.
TRR photo by David Hulse

By David Hulse
April 9, 2014

NARROWSBURG, NY — A new executive director will be taking office at the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) in August.

Richard Gore, who took over after the departure of DRBC Executive Director Carol Collier last month, reported to the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) last week that the five commissioners have appointed Steve Tambini, 54, as Collier’s successor.

Tambini is a New York native and a long-time resident of Burlington County, NJ. He is currently vice president of operations at Pennsylvania American Water, and has been involved in water company operations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in the southern part of the basin for some 30 years.

Tambini has developed and built relationships with regulators and stakeholders throughout the basin. He currently serves on the board of directors of numerous organizations dedicated to water-use policy in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He holds a BS degree in civil and environmental engineering and an MS in environmental engineering, both from Clarkson University in Potsdam. He is a registered professional engineer in New Jersey and New York.

Tambini issued a statement upon his appointment. “I am honored to be given the opportunity to become the Delaware River Basin Commission’s executive director and am grateful to the commissioners for their expression of confidence in me.

“For the past 30 years, my professional life has been dedicated to water. I believe my career experiences, water resources knowledge, leadership skills and core values will serve me well as I continue the excellent work of those who preceded me in meeting the DRBC’s present and future challenges. I look forward to working alongside the five signatory members, dedicated DRBC staff, and basin stakeholders to administer the compact-mandated and commissioner-directed programs in the years ahead.”

Gore will continue as acting executive director until Tambini takes office.

In other business

The council heard Bud Cook of the Nature Conservancy outline plans of the Philadelphia-based William Penn Foundation to improve and protect water quality in eight geographical regions in the Delaware River watershed. One of those regions, the Pocono Kittatinny Cluster, includes portions of Pike, Sullivan and smaller portions of Orange and Wayne counties. Cook said that in areas of good water quality like ours, the foundation would in part encourage forestation, seek purchase of conservation easements, and broker so-called carbon offset credits.