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Trump Administration Reflections

Trump Administration Reflections

November 15, 2016

Over the past week, we here at the NY/NJ Baykeeper office have been doing a lot of reflecting on the recent presidential election.  I can’t sugarcoat it, the prospects look bad for the environment. President-elect Trump has promised to “shutdown” the Environmental Protection Agency and reverse climate change policies and regulations. For a state like New Jersey, that has the most federally-designated Superfund sites, this would be bad news.  The EPA has oversight over the cleanup of those sites, which range from the lower 17 miles of the Passaic River and Newark Bay to landfills in Monmouth County.  The EPA protects our public health and defends our families’ rights to have clean air to breath and clean water to drink and swim and fish in.

President-elect Trump has also said that he wants to stop climate change policies and regulations.  New Jersey is surrounded by water and we have already experienced the impacts of increased storm events and localized flooding.  His promises to roll back regulations addressing the emissions contributing to climate change and lack of commitments to adapt to sea level rise, places New Jersey’s coastal communities and industries at risk – from Newark to Cape May to Trenton.

We have been in this battle before and, in fact, have been waging it for the last seven years in New Jersey, where Governor Christie’s Administration has systematically tried to rollback clean water, public access and environmental justice protections.  We didn’t stand for it then, we won’t stand for it now, and we will not stand for it in the future.

Now, more than ever, we must stand up for clean water and healthy communities.  We will continue to work with you to move forward environmental protections in your neighborhoods and across the state.  We will continue to move forward with innovative habitat and resiliency projects, safeguarding public access to our waterfronts, cleaning up our toxic waterways, preserving precious open space, championing state legislation to reduce plastic pollution, and enforcing against polluters.

Our core mission remains the same: to protect, preserve and restore the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary.  We stand united with you.

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Thank you,

Debbie Mans