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In today’s editorial, we examine the wake of Tropical Storm Lee that again inundated parts of the Lower Hudson Valley. We argue in favor of better land-use planning to prevent future catastrophes. We write:
… Other measures can be employed to reduce storm-related misery. They include:
• Accessing federal funds to buy out oft-flooded properties, instead of paying out disaster funding over and over, as residents lose their belongings again and again. New Jersey’s Blue Acres program has found success employing such funding.
• Funding a fully staffed state Department of Environmental Conservation, which has been raided for funds by governors from George Pataki to Andrew Cuomo. DEC enforces, and educates about, important environmental regulations and proper land use.
• Encouraging so-called "green" development, through tax breaks and other incentives. Upfront investments in better building materials can curb the need for expensive flooding remediation projects.
• Working with bordering municipalities on land-use decisions. One example: A proposed bi-state Rockland/Bergen watershed commission advocated by state Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski, D-New City; it would oversee flooding and other water issues between New York and New Jersey. Water, after all, goes where it wants, without respect to town lines.
Meanwhile, resistant lawmakers and others should listen to what presidential challenger Gov. Jon Huntsman, R-Utah, said about his own party at Wednesday night's candidate debates: "We can't run from science" on climate change.
Sept. 11: Commentary
Herbert Haddad, author of "Finding Immortality: The Making of One American Family" and a Pocantico Hills resident, offers a Community View in which he encourages religious tolerance.