Coastal Candidates Environmental Forum Sept. 24 at LBI Foundation

Sep 18, 2013

The public is invited to meet legislative candidates for New Jersey’s 9th District next Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies, where from 7 to 8:30 p.m. they will tackle environmental queries and concerns, including responsible recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

According to Zach McCue, citizen action coordinator for Clean Ocean Action – which is sponsoring the forum along with Alliance for a Living Ocean and ReClam the Bay – pre-registration is encouraged, though not mandatory for attendance. Attendees may register, and also submit questions for the candidates ahead of time, via the website fortheshore.org.

Current 9th District legislators Sen. Christopher J.  Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove will all be in attendance. All three are up for reelection this year, challenged by Democrats Anthony Mazzella, who is running for the Senate, and Peter Ferwerda and Christopher J. McManus, running for the Assembly. As of Monday, Ferwerda and McManus were confirmed for the forum, but Mazzella will not be in attendance.

Potential topics of discussion at the event include: rebuilding in the aftermath of Sandy, low impact development, green infrastructure, flood mapping, stormwater habitat restoration, ocean and bay water quality, offshore liquified natural gas, fracking and more.

Rick Bushnell, president of ReClam the Bay and a member of the LBIF Science Committee, will moderate the discussion.

“The LBI Foundation is very pleased to host the ‘Meet the Candidates,’” said Bushnell. “The activity is part of the mission of the LBI Foundation: to provide a forum where our community can become informed about science, art and timely topics of importance to us all. The Science Committee at the LBI Foundation has been very active in efforts to improve the environment, especially on LBI, and is happy to provide a place where our citizen neighbors can interact with the policy makers. The LBI Foundation wants to thank Clean Ocean Action for producing this event.”

The forum stems from COA’s program Waves of Action, developed after Sandy. Each month, Waves of Action changes its theme to meet the needs of the coastal communities most affected by the storm. In September, the organization wanted “to give members of the community the opportunity to hold a discussion with candidates running in their legislative districts about the environmental implications of the storm and the rebuilding process, as well as additional environmental issues.”

The Foundation is located at 120 Long Beach Blvd. in the Loveladies section of Long Beach Township.

To register to attend, to submit questions for the candidates or for more information, visit fortheshore.org. —J.K.-H.

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