STATE WATER QUALITY AND FLOOD
PROTECTION COULD BE ELIMINATED
The Legislature is taking a rare Constitutional action to force DEP to withdraw its proposed Flood Hazard Control Act Rules
for violating legislative intent.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) proposed amendments to the Flood Hazard Control Act and Stormwater Rules. The proposed rules weaken current flood and water quality protections and are opposed by environmental organizations, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Your action is needed IMMEDIATELY to stop these proposed rules.
The rules are so bad that the New Jersey Senate took the unusual action to invalidate the rules by passing a Concurrent Resolution - SCR-180 on October 23, 2015. It is now up to the Assembly to pass the identical Assembly Concurrent Resolution ACR-249 and our last chance is Monday, January 11th.
Contact Assembly Speaker Prieto and your Assembly representatives
before Monday! Ask that they support ACR-249 on Monday, January 11th.
Use our Take Action Tool - it is quick and easy!
It is imperative that Assembly Speaker Prieto post Assembly Concurrent Resolution ACR-249 for a vote on Monday, January 11, the last day of the 2014-2015 Legislative Session, and that the Assembly votes in favor of the Resolution. Using our Take Action Tool you can send an email to Assembly Speaker Prieto AND your District Assembly representatives in a single action.
The EPA has informed the DEP that the proposed rules would violate the federal Clean Water Act and NJ's Surface Water Quality Standards. FEMA also has informed DEP that the proposal does not comply with FEMA regulations and is inconsistent with National Flood Insurance Program requirements. It could also jeopardize eligibility for federal flood insurance and disaster recovery funds.
Under the guise of streamlining and reducing the regulatory burden on applicants wanting to build close to streams, in the floodplain and in wetlands, DEP is proposing to roll back regulations that reduce flooding and protect water quality.
DEP is proposing to also eliminate Special Water Resource Protection Areas (SWRPA) under the Stormwater Management rule. The SWRPA rules protect the unique water features that characterize headwaters; these are particularly important in the Highlands, where the headwaters to our most important and valuable water resources are located.
NJ Highlands Coalition, The Pinelands Preservation Alliance, NJ Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, ANJEC, NJCF, Raritan Headwaters Association, Environment NJ, NJ League of Conservation Voters and Senate and Assembly legislators have moved the ball this far - NOW IT IS UP TO YOU!
Thank you for taking the time to make a difference!
TOGETHER, WE CAN DO THIS!