Murphy Commits New Jersey To Climate Change Resiliency Plan

WCBS 880 Newsroom
October 29, 2019 - 5:39 pm
Governor Phil Murphy

Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com

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HOBOKEN, N.J. (WCBS 880/AP) — On the seventh anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey's governor committed the state to a far-reaching plan to deal with climate change and protect itself from future storms.

Democrat Phil Murphy signed an executive order Tuesday in Hoboken, a city just outside New York that was inundated with flooding during Sandy.

The order establishes a statewide climate change resiliency strategy involving 16 state agencies.

“It will seek to reduce the risks to public health due to anticipated climate change, such as increased vulnerability to increased temperatures,” Murphy said.

Led by an official in the Department of Environmental Protection, the group will write a report on how best to deal with rising sea levels, warming seas and stronger and more frequent storms.

They'll generate short and long term action plans defending against severe storms and other extreme weather conditions in New Jersey.

Murphy says this includes, “reducing the risks of wildfires in state forests and parks and provide guidance for implementing those measures.”

It is to be delivered to the governor by Sept. 1, 2020.

Hoboken is where some novel storm prevention projects designed shortly after Sandy hit are scheduled to be built soon.

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