(TRENTON) — Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee Vice-Chairman John F. McKeon had the following published recently on PolitickerNJ.com:
The DEP’s proposed rules changes to the Flood Hazard Area Control Act presently permit an influx of real estate development in our state’s natural floodplains. This increase in development is sure to lead to the piecemeal destruction of the vegetation which serves as a natural buffer along the streams in the floodplains. These vegetative buffers function like a large sponge — soaking up flood water and filtering pollution before it can run down into our main waterways.
With climate change bringing stronger, more destructive weather events, such as Superstorm Sandy just under four years ago, one would think the Department of Environmental Protection would get the picture by now. The weakening of environmental rules and regulations such as the flood hazard rules is the opposite of what we need to be doing to safeguard New Jersey from future environmental, economic catastrophe…”
To read the rest of Assemblyman McKeon’s op-ed, click here.