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  • NJ A1255
  • Establishes Meadowlands Flood Advisory Task Force.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes the Meadowlands Flood Advisory Task Force. The task force is charged with reviewing past flooding events within the Hackensack Meadowlands District, and recommending measures to reduce future impacts of flooding on residents, businesses, and local government units within the district and surrounding area. The Hackensack Meadowlands District includes the municipalities of Carlstadt, East Rutherford, Little Ferry, Lyndhurst, Moonachie, North Arlington, Ridgefield, Rutherford, South Hackensack, and Teterboro in Bergen county, and Jersey City, Kearny, North Bergen, and Secaucus in Hudson county. The task force would consist of 21 members as follows: the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, or the commissioner's designee; the Executive Director of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, or the director's designee; the Director of the State Office of Emergency Management, or the director's designee; two members of the Senate appointed by the President of the Senate; two members of the General Assembly appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly; the mayor, or the mayor's designee, for the eight municipalities of Carlstadt Boro, East Rutherford Boro, Little Ferry Boro, Moonachie Boro, North Arlington Boro, Ridgefield Boro, Rutherford Boro, and Secaucus Town; one representative from the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management; one representative from the Hudson County Office of Emergency Management; one representative of the academic community with expertise, knowledge, or experience in meadowlands or wetlands ecosystems and habitat; one representative of an environmental organization with expertise, knowledge, or experience in meadowlands or wetlands ecosystems and habitat; one representative from the Meadowlands Conservation Trust; and one member of the public with expertise in engineering, flood mitigation, public planning, environmental protection, or related issues. The task force is also directed to call upon the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to request the participation of a representative from each agency to serve as a non-voting member of the task force and to provide information on the current status of flood mitigation efforts in the Hackensack Meadowlands District, the surrounding area, and elsewhere in the State. The bill requires the Governor to appoint the public members of the task force within 30 days after the bill's enactment, and the task force to organize as soon as practicable after the appointment of its members. Upon request, primary staff support would be provided by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The task force would be required to submit a final report, including its findings, conclusions, and recommendations, to the Governor and the Legislature within one year after its organization. Copies of the report would be provided to the public upon request and free of charge, and the report would be posted on the websites of the DEP and the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission.
Environment and Solid Waste
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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