New Jersey Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, D-19th District, on Tuesday created the Assembly Special Committee on Infrastructure and Natural Resources.
The panel will hold a set of hearings throughout the state on issues concerning water, such as beach erosion, water integrity and security, dams and reservoirs, algae blooms, lead contamination, waste water infrastructure, stormwater challenges, and the effects of climate change.
The special committee will begin its series of public hearings to take testimony from experts, elected officials, planners, and members of the general public.
“This session, I believe it is imperative for us to focus our energies on addressing the concerns that have been raised over the state’s aging water infrastructure and integrity,” Coughlin said. “Working to ensure greater protection and preservation of our natural resources now will help stabilize New Jersey’s future.”
Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak, D-18th District, and Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro, D-33rd District, will serve as chair and vice-chair, respectively, of the special committee.
“This is an important charge bestowed upon the members of this committee,” said Karabinchak. “The recent concerns raised in two of our largest municipalities and in other cities regarding lead contamination and water infrastructure deserves more discussion on the legislative level. I look forward to leading the committee in the direction of discovering the needs of our communities and other ways we can protect our natural resources.”
Assembly members Carol Murphy, D-7th District; Anthony Verrelli, D-15th District; Robert Clifton, R-12th District; and Edward Thomson, R-30th District, were also appointed to the committee.