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N.J. Governor Phil Murphy Elected DRBC Chair for FY19
Position Based on Annual Rotation of Members

For Immediate Release

July 10, 2018

(West Trenton, N.J.) -- The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) today announced that New Jersey Governor Philip D. Murphy has been elected to serve as Chair of the DRBC for Fiscal Year 2019, which runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

"The Delaware River is a vital water resource for approximately 15 million people, including about 2.5 million New Jerseyans," said Governor Murphy. "As Chair, I look forward to working together with my fellow commissioners and Vice Chair, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, to support and implement DRBC programs that protect and improve water quality, fairly allocate water supply, manage drought, and promote water conservation throughout the basin to ensure a good quality of life for all those who live in, visit, and rely on the region."

Created in 1961 and the first of its kind, the DRBC joins New Jersey, Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania with the federal government as equal partners in river basin planning, development, and regulation. In addition to the governors of each of the four basin states, the Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ North Atlantic Division is the fifth member of the commission, representing the federal government. Annual elections are held for commission Chair, Vice Chair, and Second Vice Chair, based on a rotation among these five signatories to the Delaware River Basin Compact. 

"DRBC staff look forward to working with Governor Murphy this coming year to manage and protect the shared water resources of the Delaware River Basin,” said DRBC Executive Director Steve Tambini. "We also thank Governor Wolf, outgoing Chair, for his leadership during the past year."

To learn more about the commission, please visit www.drbc.net or follow DRBC on Twitter at @DRBC1961.

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Contacts: Kate Schmidt, Kate.Schmidt@drbc.nj.gov, (609) 883-9500 ext. 205
Peter Eschbach, Peter.Eschbach@drbc.nj.gov, (609) 883-9500 ext. 208

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