Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove hailed the recent signing of several open space and clean water initiatives into law.
Connors, Rumpf, and Gove hailed the recent signing of several open space and clean water initiatives into law. (SenateNJ.com)
Those legislative environmental initiatives are as follows:
- S-3352/A-5045: Appropriates $71,700,224 from constitutionally dedicated CBT revenues and various Green Acres funds to DEP for local government open space acquisition and park development projects;
- S-3353/A-5046: Appropriates $12.3 million from constitutionally dedicated CBT revenues for recreation and conservation purposes to DEP for State capital and park development projects; and
- S-3354/A-5044: Appropriates $8,992,898 to DEP from constitutionally dedicated CBT revenues and various Green Acres funds for grants to certain nonprofit entities to acquire or develop lands for recreation and conservation purposes
Correspondingly, bipartisan legislation (S-3240/A-4996) was also signed into law authorizing the NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust to provide loans with an interest rate at or below the prevailing market rate to local governments, public authorities, or public water utilities for environmental infrastructure projects, including clean drinking water projects.
Connors, Rumpf and Gove made the following remarks on the enactment of the open space initiatives:
“Municipalities across the 9th Legislative District stand to benefit substantially through the enactment of these bipartisan-supported open space initiatives passed overwhelming by the State Legislature and signed into law by the Governor.
“Open space preservation remains among the most important issues to a large segment of our constituency with the understanding that such initiatives protect quality water while also preventing unwanted and irresponsible development.
“Our delegation remains consistent in its support for open space initiatives as we represent a coastal legislative district that includes large portions of natural treasures such as Barnegat Bay and the Pinelands.
“Clean water initiatives have environmental benefits that go beyond just safeguarding wildlife habitats. Tourism and fishing industries, critical to our area’s economic base, would be detrimentally impacted by any diminishment in water quality, making these sound investments by the state in open space preservation and environmental infrastructure all the more necessary.”
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