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Delaware River Basin Commission's Pamela Bush Honored by Water Resources Experts
The DRBC received special recognition for work on Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

For Immediate Release

September 22, 2022

(West Trenton, N.J.) -- The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and its associate general counsel, Pamela Bush, were recognized for significant contributions to sound water resource management by the Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin (WRA DRB) at an awards ceremony yesterday.

Bush was honored by the group with an individual award for her significant contributions to public policy and commitment to improving connections between people and the environment over her 23 years with the DRBC.

"What an absolute honor to be recognized for the teamwork and collaboration that made projects like Special Protection Waters and PCB reductions successful. There's more we must do to steward our shared waters, and I look forward to continued collaboration with my colleagues, co-regulators and stakeholders," Bush said.

Steve Tambini, the DRBC's Executive Director, remarked, "Pam's contributions to managing, protecting and improving our shared water resources have been, and continue to, be significant, measurable and remarkable. Throughout her career, she has applied diverse legal, technical and relationship skills to provide lasting policy solutions to some of the Basin’s most difficult water resource challenges." 

The DRBC also received an innovation and collaboration award from WRA DRB for its groundbreaking work to improve water quality in the Delaware River Estuary. The DRBC's implementation of pollutant minimization plans and other practical control measures have resulted in significant and measurable reductions in PCB pollution loads to the Delaware River Estuary. In 2018, fish consumption advisories issued by the states of New Jersey and Delaware for the Delaware River Estuary and Bay were eased due to lower concentrations of PCBs in fish tissue.    

Skelly Holmbeck, WRA DRB's Executive Director, said, "We honor organizations, projects and individuals who lead, inspire and innovate. The work by Pam Bush and the entire DRBC staff have left an enduring mark on the health of our watershed." 

For more information on the DRBC's role in managing PCBs please visit: https://www.nj.gov/drbc/programs/quality/pcb.html.

Additional awardees can be viewed at the WRA DRB website: https://www.wradrb.org/recognition-dinner/program.

The DRBC is a federal/interstate government agency created in 1961 by concurrent compact legislation, marking the first time that the federal government and a group of states joined together as equal partners in a river basin planning, development and regulatory agency. The five Commission members are the governors of the Basin states (Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) and the commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' North Atlantic Division, who represents the federal government.

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

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Elizabeth Koniers Brown, Elizabeth.Brown@drbc.gov

Kate Schmidt, Kate.Schmidt@drbc.gov

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