Mayor de Blasio has just announced that Emily Lloyd will replace Carter Strickland as commissioner of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection.

The DEP, with almost 6,000 staff members, manages the New York City water supply system, including its vast upstate watershed, in addition to a wide variety of other regulatory and sustainability planning responsibilities.

The Mayor’s office released the following statement:

“Emily Lloyd, currently the Administrator of Prospect Park and President of the Prospect Park Alliance, is a veteran of city government with the experience and management skills necessary to manage and conserve the city’s thousands of miles of watershed and infrastructure. This is in addition to overseeing the regulation of air quality, hazardous waste, and critical quality of life issues.

She will be tasked with improving the resiliency of the city’s aging water infrastructure to better prepare for upcoming storms, continuing to repair and rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, and helping home and property owners better understand their waters bills and navigate the billing dispute process.”

The Mayor’s Office also released a statement from Ms. Lloyd:

“At a time when natural resources are increasingly scarce and extreme weather events are increasingly common, we need to get much more prudent about managing our water supply and ensuring our infrastructure is ready to handle any storm that might strike next. The very safety and well-being of New Yorkers are at stake.

We also need to create a much more accessible and user-friendly department that serves all New Yorkers – one that allows our customers to understand, and, if necessary, contest and their bills quickly and easily. I’m grateful to be able to take the lead on forging that path.”