Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen) announced today that Governor Christie has signed the “Rockland-Bergen Watershed Flood Prevention and Protection Act” into law. The bill is designed to create a cooperative commission to regulate the flow of overflow during rainstorms and snow melt.
“Governor Christie demonstrated extraordinary leadership last summer during Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee,” Cardinale began. “In the aftermath of these twin events it became apparent that bi-state cooperation was desperately needed to better control flood waters.”
The commission will be comprised by 18 members from New Jersey and New York. It will be charged with identification and remediation of potential flood hazards along the Hackensack River, Sparkill Brook/Creek, Saddle River, Ramapo/Mahwah River, and their tributaries and watersheds across the interstate border region.
The commission’s comprehensive flood prevention approach will also help ensure the preservation and maintenance of open space, wildlife habitat and other environmental benefits along the same rivers and tributaries.
“Unfortunately, the State of New York has not acted as quickly to establish this important commission. I urge Governor Cuomo and the New York Legislature to move quickly to help protect lives and property in the cross-boarder region,” Cardinale concluded.