MONDAY – Legislative Environment Committees to Discuss Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Cleanup

The Senate Environment and Energy Committee and the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee on Monday will receive testimony on the cleanup of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.

The refuge, which protects 47,000 acres of New Jersey wetlands, marshes and coastal habitats, was the site of nearly 2,000 tons of debris deposited after Hurricane Sandy. Cleanup crews completed removal of the debris last month. The Senate and Assembly committees, led by Senator Bob Smith (D-Middlesex/Somerset) and Assemblywoman Grace Spencer (D-Essex), respectively, will meet to take public comment regarding ways to restore the area. The committees also will hear testimony on the need for soil restoration standards.

The joint legislative meeting will take place on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Lavallette First Aid Building, 1207 Bay Boulevard, Lavallette, NJ 08735.