TRENTON, NJ -Legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Joann Downey and Nancy Pinkin requiring the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to update the New Jersey Shore Protection Master Plan was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Monday.
“It is imperative that we take the necessary steps to ensure the beautiful property and infrastructure down the Shore maintains its viability,” said Downey (D-Monmouth). “We have suffered through some brutally destructive storms over the past several years, partially due to climate change, and the creation of managerial lists will allow us to effectively and efficiently protect our shoreline properties from coastal storm damage, erosion and rising sea levels.”
“The New Jersey shore is the state’s biggest attraction in the summer months. We must take the necessary steps to protect residents and the area for future generations to come,” said Pinkin (D-Middlesex). “We’ve seen the toll superstorms and hurricanes have taken on our shore communities over the years. It is important that we keep our shore protection master plan current and be ready to counter environmental concerns brought on by the effects of global warming and climate change.”
Under the bill (A-1093), the DEP would have to include the following updates within 2 years of the signing of the bill, should it become law:
· a comprehensive list of the shore protection projects undertaken in New Jersey since the establishment of the Shore Protection Fund;
· a list of all current and on-going shore protection projects in the state
· a list of all currently planned shore protection projects anticipated to be undertaken in the state within the next 5 years;
· a list of any request by a local government unit for a shore protection project that was denied funding from the Shore Protection Fund;
· a 5-year capital program for beach protection facilities, projects and programs;
· an evaluation of land use management alternatives, including land acquisition, as a means of risk reduction as part of the department’s planning and implementation of shore protection projects;
· consideration and prioritization of the use of natural and nature-based approaches to hazard and risk reduction; and
· an enforceable plan for the protection, expansion and enhancement of meaningful public access to the shoreline and public trust lands throughout New Jersey, including the development of necessary support facilities to ensure equitable access to public trust lands.
The DEP will consult with experts in coastal zone and shoreline management in the development of the update to the plan.
Each project listed in the plan would include a description of the project, including its location, scope, purpose, impact, estimated cost, estimated construction schedule and sponsors.
The bill will now go to the Assembly Speaker for further consideration.
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Democrat Nancy J. Pinkin, of East Brunswick, was first elected to the New Jersey General Assembly on November 5, 2013.
Born August 4, Mrs. Pinkin earned her Associate of Applied Science from Middlesex County College; her bachelor's from Rutgers University; and her Master of Public Administration in public administration and health administration from New York University. She also completed a post-graduate fellowship in health policy and research at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Mrs. Pinkin is the founder of Pinkin Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in health care consulting and association management. She also is the executive director of the Middlesex and Mercer county medical societies.
Prior to serving in the Assembly, Mrs. Pinkin served as a member of the East Brunswick Township Council from 2005 to 2014, and as council president from 2006 to 2008.
Mrs. Pinkin and her husband, Dr. James Salwitz, have two adult children and recently became grandparents.
Mrs. Pinkin represents the 18th Legislative District, which includes the Middlesex County municipalities of East Brunswick, Edison, Helmetta, Highland Park, Metuchen, South Plainfield and South River.
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