Help us continue the fight on #GivingTuesday
2015 has been a year of serious challenges for New Jersey’s environment, and especially for the Highlands region. The New Jersey Highlands Coalition, the only non-profit organization exclusively focusing on the environmental protection and integrity of the Highlands, continues to work tirelessly to protect your water supply by advocating for the enforcement of sensible and essential regulations.

Please make a generous year-end tax deductible contribution to help us continue to fight for clean water in 2016.
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The Highlands are under assault
Many of the rules and regulations that protect your drinking water are being weakened or completely eliminated for the purposes of political expediency and a relentless pursuit of ill-conceived development and short term profit.

The Highlands Council has begun the Regional Master Plan update process and we’ve been watching to see that protections for the Highlands remain strong. Meanwhile, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is very busy creating loopholes in the State’s water protection regulations that determine how much waste is allowed to mix into our drinking water supply in order to attract more development. These changes will also cause increased downstream flooding to be permitted, particularly by eliminating upstream buffers on all headwaters.

If existing State regulations are weakened, water quantity and quality will be degraded. We have undertaken a vigorous campaign to challenge NJDEP and these rule changes in the media, through supporters like you, and by reaching out to legislators, sharing facts and challenging misleading information.

But weakened NJDEP regulations aren’t the only threat to our water supply! Aptly named “zombie” projects, that were long ago thought dead and buried, have been coming back to life all over the Highlands. Because of your support, we have enjoyed success in places like Oakland, (stalling a 204-unit development on High Mountain first proposed in 1991), and in West Milford (helping a local community group, ‘Water for Our Future,’ stop a 2003 proposal from being built on 78 acres with no water supply).
Bloomingdale QuarryThere are other projects we are still fighting, such as the 2004 proposed 800,000 sq. ft. office development in Tewksbury, and the 2008 proposal to quarry and obliterate 180 acres of Federal Hill in Bloomingdale (pictured).

All of these developments were once thought put to rest by NJDEP regulations updated from the 1990’s and early 2000’s. Now, NJDEP’s backsliding and devious loopholes have encouraged their vampire-like resuscitation.

For more information about our many ongoing programs to protect the Highlands, please visit our website.

We have much to be thankful for here in the Highlands! This beautiful region, recently decked out in the vibrant colors of fall, continues to be a vital source of our drinking water, a bountiful habitat for our wildlife and plant species, and a wonderful environment for both cultural and recreational enjoyment. Help us to keep it that way for generations to come!
Your water, Your Future
Remember, “Your Water, Your Future” is not just a slogan. It is a clarion call to be vigilant and mindful of the impact of our decisions on the quality and sustainability of life here. Your decision to donate on #GivingTuesday will make a lasting difference.

Thank you and best wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season!
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​The New Jersey Highlands Coalition

represents a diverse network of organizations - small and large, local, regional, statewide and national - and individuals with the common goal to protect, enhance and restore the New Jersey Highlands and to preserve the quality and quantity of drinking water both for the 850,000 people in the Highlands as well as the more than 4.6 million people in surrounding areas who depend on Highlands water. For more information visit our website.

Thank you for all of your support! 
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