The League of Women Voters of Teaneck's letter to The Suburbanite about SCR66.
It was published Th. August 28.
Below it is the LWVNJ-prepared template used to develop the letter. It has search links helpful in contacting state legislators.
July 20, 2016
To the Editor:
The League of Women Voters of Teaneck is urging the NJ Senate to post SCR66 for a vote as soon as possible. If passed, it would prohibit the NJ Department of Environmental Protection from adopting its harmful revisions to the Flood Hazard, Coastal Zone and Storm-Water Management Rules. The Assembly has done its part and passed ACR160. We now need the Senate to post and vote on this at its’ next session, August 1st.
Several months ago, the legislature voted once to rescind the DEP’s unacceptable proposal, sending it back to the DEP for revision. Unfortunately, the DEP has done nothing substantial to reduce the proposed damage to our water. These revisions cause irreparable harm by rolling back protections against flooding and allowing more stream buffer vegetation to be cleared; buffers which are crucial to protecting our water supply in this state.
The interests of developers should not come before the public’s need for clean water! Cutting red tape should not mean placing people in harm’s way and risking the quality of our water supply, but that is precisely what the DEP’s proposed self-certification and loosely defined mitigation rules will do.
The League of Women Voters implores readers to contact their State Senators and ask them to urge Senate President Sweeney to post SCR66 on August 1st, and vote YES. A list of Senators can be found at www.njleg.state.nj.us, or by calling the League of Women Voters at 800-792-8683 (VOTE).
League of Women Voters of Teaneck