Archive for July, 2013

Preserve open space in New Jersey

July 31, 2013

A recent news release from D&R Greenway Land Trust urges New Jersians to help preserve open space:

Urgent Action Needed for Open Space,
Farmland and Historic Preservation

The New Jersey legislature must act within the next week to give voters the opportunity to create a sustainable source of funding for critical land, water and historic preservation efforts!

The 2009 Bond Act provided funds for Green Acres, Water Supply and Floodplain Protection, and Farmland and Historic Preservation.  Those funds are now fully allocated, and legislative action is needed now to continue New Jersey’s legacy of open space, farmland, and historic site preservation.

The Senate Environment and Energy Committee held a public hearing on SCR160 on July 18th, clearing the way for a vote in the Senate and Assembly, but they must act before August 5th for the measure to be on the ballot this November.  SCR160 would dedicate $200 million annually in existing sales-tax revenues for the next thirty years to protect New Jersey’s natural areas, parks, water supplies, farmland and historic sites. 

Please contact your Senate and Assembly members today and urge them to bring SCR160/ACR205 to the floor for a vote as soon as possible!