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  • NJ A2095
  • Requires posting of signs warning of presence of, and potential danger caused by, duckweed on water bodies in public parks.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would require the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), counties, and municipalities to periodically, but at least annually at the appropriate season, survey and inspect all ponds, lakes, and other water bodies located in any park they respectively own for the presence of duckweed (Lemna spp.). Whenever duckweed is detected at any such pond, lake, or other water body, the DEP, county, or municipality, as the case may be, is required by the bill to erect a clear and conspicuous sign or signs at the pond, lake, or other water body warning of the presence of duckweed and the danger caused by its false appearance of being a solid surface to walk upon. The bill also would require the DEP, in consultation with the Department of Community Affairs, to: (1) develop educational materials on duckweed, including information on how to identify it, which would be distributed to every county and municipality; (2) develop the language to be used on the warning signs required by the bill, and produce an appropriate quantity of these signs for use by counties and municipalities; and (3) distribute to any requesting county or municipality a sufficient number of duckweed warning signs needed by the county or municipality to comply with the bill's posting requirement. Duckweed is a small aquatic plant that floats on or just beneath the surface of still or slow-moving bodies of freshwater. It often appears as a deceptively thick-looking mat on the water body's surface. This bill was prompted by an incident involving a small child trying to walk on duckweed covering the surface of a pond, an obviously dangerous situation. The child drowned as a result. The idea for this legislation was put forth by eighth grade students from Christa McAuliffe School (PS 28) in Jersey City in an effort to prevent future such tragedies.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Environment and Energy, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Environment and Energy Committee  (on 6/22/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
6/22/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Environment and Energy Committee
6/22/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (61-10-4)
11/14/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
11/14/2016 Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Hearing (14:00 11/14/2016 Committee Room 15, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 61 10 9
Detail 11/14/2016 Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee: Reported Favorably 3 2 0