ULI Northern New Jersey Hot Topics: PFAs and Stormwater Management - How will it affect your project?


2023-04-26T10:00:00 - 2023-04-26T11:15:00

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    Business within the real estate industry has a variety of challenges today including permitting and approvals, financial costs, rising interest rates, environmental impacts, local engagement, and overall project management. So, why not add two more to the list? New stormwater management and flood hazard rules along with the new regulations for the nationally recognized emerging contaminants known as PFAS (Per- and Polyfluorinated Substance) are currently hot topics within the industry.

    Stormwater management and flood protection and mitigation are critical given aging infrastructure and more frequent severe weather events. As of March 2021, New Jersey now requires all new public and private developments to incorporate the use of green infrastructure as a stormwater management technique to reduce potential pollution of New Jersey’s waterways. This is just one change published for the revisited stormwater regulations by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). As part of New Jersey’s Protecting Against Climate Threats (NJ PACT) initiative, the Legislature is acting along with NJDEP to further strengthen the State’s Flood Hazard Area Control Act (FHA) Rules which also includes additional enhancements to the stormwater regulations.

    The topic of PFAS is making the news in towns across the Garden State. What are they and should you be concerned? As of June 2020, groundwater regulations have been adopted for PFAS compounds by the NJDEP. PFAS are manufactured chemicals that have been used in industrial and commercial applications for over 70 years. The problem is that most property owners and purchasers are not testing for these compounds, yet the health concerns and regulations are moving fast.

    Please join two industry experts, Matthew Neuls of Dresdner Robin, and Richard Desrosiers of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., for an overview of these topics and how they are impacting the industry.

    Participants are encouraged to submit a question for the presenters regarding the topics.

    AICP CM pending.

    Contact Tony Ianuale ([email protected]) or Stephanie Turkot ([email protected]) for questions.



    Matthew Neuls

    Associate Director of and Development, Dresdner Robin

    Matthew (Matt) Neuls brings many years of expertise to his role as Senior Project Manager on the engineering team at Dresdner Robin. A large portfolio of high density mixed-use urban development projects has benefited from his management expertise of all phases, from concept through construction. While he specializes in regulatory compliance for coastal resources, flood hazard and water quality permitting for both State and Federal agencies, he is equally adept at preparing site plans, construction drawings, specifications, and other documents. Matt and his team have concentrated on several multi-block urban redevelopment areas in Jersey City over the last few years. They have worked closely with various stakeholders – owners, utility carriers, government agencies, and others – on development site plans and designs for individual parcels of land. At the same time, their focus has extended to area-wide infrastructure improvements and public amenities for future neighborhood buildout. Before joining the Dresdner Robin team, Matt worked as an engineering consultant for a variety of public and private sector clients over two decades. His prior work experience included site plans for development projects, plans and contract documents for public works construction projects, construction contract administration, and general on-call engineering activities. He served as Municipal Engineer of Record for four Northern New Jersey communities as well as engineering consultant for a half dozen Planning and Zoning Boards in New Jersey. Recognized as an expert witness in the field of civil engineering by the New Jersey Superior Court, he has provided testimony on coastal resource regulations to the New Jersey State Senate Committee on Environment and Energy. Matt earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Lafayette College.


    Richard Desrosiers

    Associate Principal/Vice President, Hydrogeologist, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

    Richard J. Desrosiers is a Vice President/Hydrogeologist for GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. in Glastonbury, Connecticut with over 40-years of experience. Mr. Desrosiers has focused on large complex geologic, hydrogeologic and geochemistry fate & transport problems associated with soil and groundwater contamination. Mr. Desrosiers has completed RCRA/CERCLA hazardous waste investigations/closures; implemented in-situ innovative remediation technology; completed geologic and geophysical investigation and modeling for high yielding potable water supplies and the development of new water supply sources. Mr. Desrosiers has provided expert litigation testimony including depositions, bench, and jury trials. Mr. Desrosiers leads GZA’s PFAS initiative, has participated on the CT PFAS Task Force Committees and is a member of the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC) and worked on following documents: Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), Optimization Injection Strategies and In Situ Remediation Performance and Characterization and Remediation in Fractured Rock. Mr. Desrosiers is currently working on several PFAS project including the assessment of soil, groundwater, potable water supply wells and developing remedial strategies that have impacted properties beyond the source property. He has also look at PFAS chemical signatures to develop forensic assessments. Mr. Desrosiers earned a bachelor's degree in Geology from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in 1982, graduate studies at Kent State University and is a Licensed Environmental Professional in Connecticut and a licensed Professional Geologist in New Hampshire and Tennessee.