Industrial Environmental Quality Committee


The Industrial Environmental Quality Committee (IEQC) is composed of individuals from Industry, NJDEP, industrial operators, POTWs & Industrial Pretreatment Coordinators, attorneys, manufacturer's representatives and members of the consulting community. Our primary goal is educational and to provide a link between the industrial, public and regulatory sectors. It provides a forum to pool ideas through informal sessions, network with peers and talk about problems in order to work out common solutions and develop a strategy for better overall communication in regards to industrial waste treatment and compliance. 

The IEQC sponsors several programs each year including Technology Transfer Seminars and a program at the NJWEA Annual Conference each May. An Industrial Awards Program also recognizes outstanding industries for excellence in wastewater treatment and compliance (see below for more details and photos of previous award winners).

The IEQC meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9:30am.  Our meetings are held either via Zoom/MS Teams or in person at various POTWs or consulting firms.  

We are always looking for volunteers and members to join this active committee which is dedicated to helping industry cope with evolving environmental regulations. IEQC Mission Statement  

For more information regarding the IEQC (joining, meetings) please contact:

Chair: Natalie Pisarcik, IPP Coordinator, RVRSA

(Phone) 973-263-1555 (x 213)

Vice Chair: Maria Bausch, P.E., Engineer, CDM Smith



*THANK YOU to all of our presenters who spoke at our recent Industrial Wastewater Management session at the NJWEA 2023 Fall Technology Transfer Seminar held on September 12, 2023 in Eatontown, NJ. 

  • Stephen Fisher, P.G. Technical Director, Subsurface Technologies, Inc.
  • Tom Eckhoff, Principal, Arrigetch Environmental Consulting
  • Jeff Sampson, Director of Sales, Control Instruments Corporation
  • David Silverman, P.E. Manager of Process Solutions, PSI Process and Equipment, Pumping Services, Inc.
  • Kamau Brown, Project Sales Engineer, Phoenix Contact
  • Mike Butler, Dynatec Systems
  • Adam J Gushgari, PhD, P.E., Wastewater Surveillance Technical Expert, Eurofins Environmental Testing

Interested in presenting at the Annual Conference in Atlantic City or a Technology Transfer Seminar?  The IEQC is always looking for volunteers and speakers.  Please reach out to Natalie Pisarcik ( or Maria Bausch, PE ( for more information.  

Our Industrial Environmental Management Session(s) consist of presentations related to water/wastewater treatment and environmental protection that are relevant for industry, industrial operations/operators and compliance managers.  Industrial Environment Management Session Topics 

Industrial Awards





Nominations are being accepted for awards in Industrial Wastewater Treatment and Compliance which are presented annually during the Annual NJWEA Conference in Atlantic City, NJ in May.  The awards are to recognize companies that have achieved outstanding performance in the design and/or operation of industrial wastewater treatment systems and have maintained environmental compliance in New Jersey.

Previous recipients have included Anheuser Busch, Merck, Bristol Myers Squibb, Mobil Chemical, Newark Energy Center, and many others.

The awards are sponsored by the Industrial Environmental Quality Committee of the NJWEA. There are two awards presented annually. The Ernest Ecker Award is presented for Excellence in Wastewater Treatment Technology. There is a certificate associated w/ the Ecker award that may also be presented to an individual in good standing w/ the NJWEA. The Compliance Award is given to a facility that has demonstrated an exemplary track record in compliance with environmental regulations or voluntary environmental improvements.

Criteria for Eligibility (Treatment Award):

1.   The company nominated may be any industrial treatment plant, pre-treatment plant, or a design or operations firm involved in the industrial wastewater treatment field in the state.

2.  The company must be located within the State of New Jersey or, in the case of a design or operations firm, the work must be performed for an industry located in the State of New Jersey.

Criteria for Eligibility (Compliance Award):

1.   The company nominated may be any industrial or commercial facility, or firm involved in complying with environmental regulations or conducting activities to improve the environment in the state.

2.    The company where activity was performed must be located within the State of New Jersey.

All facilities being recognized must maintain compliance with permit conditions for the 12-month period (10/1 to 9/30) prior to when the award is presented and not be subject to any consent or administrative orders. The following factors, whether individually or in combination, will be used to evaluate the nominees: compliance record, safety record, training, operating efficiency, maintenance excellence, design, innovative technology, waste minimization and industry wide applications.  The NJWEA reserves the right, in its discretion, to withdraw the award if an event occurs after the required compliance period but before presentation which would compromise the purpose and significance of the award.  Nomination application:  IEQC/NJWEA Award Nomination form

For further information and to submit nominations, please contact Tom Eckhoff                     


2022 Ernest Ecker – Excellence in Industrial Wastewater Treatment Award