Action Alert
Join us on Tuesday, November 10 to tell the NJDEP that they must protect the State's drinking water supply! 

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.
Location: Freylinghuysen Arboretum - Haggerty Room 
                 353 E. Hanover Avenue
                 Morris Township, NJ 07962

New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has proposed changes to New Jersey's Water Quality Management Planning (WQMP) rules and has also informed the Coalition that it intends to amend the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act rules (to be announced!), both critical rules that protect the quality of water in our streams, rivers, reservoirs, and aquifers.  

NJDEP intends to "reduce complexity, correct conflicting regulations and streamline the permitting process." However, there is no doubt that the new rules weaken or eliminate important protections that we have relied on until now to maintain the quality of our drinking water. It seems the Christie administration views environmental rules that protect our health, safety and property as an annoyance. The NJDEP's WQMP rule change summary makes it clear that this administration thinks our biggest environmental problem is red tape. The rule change is sprinkled with terms like "flexibility," "undue hardship," "streamlining" and "consolidation."

The NJDEP will hold public hearings on the proposed WQMP rule change. Please join us at the hearing on November 10, in Morris Township to tell the NJDEP to fulfill its responsibility and protect our drinking water supply!  

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.
Location: Freylinghuysen Arboretum - Haggerty Room
                 353 E. Hanover Avenue
                 Morris Township, NJ 07962

Talking Points for Comments:
  • The proposed changes to the Water Quality Management Planning rule will threaten our precious drinking water supply in the New Jersey Highlands region and beyond. The last thing our state needs is more sprawl and development. The NJDEP needs to protect our open space lands and the drinking water supply. They should NOT be advocates for increased development in our most environmentally sensitive areas. Please do not approve these proposed changes.
  • NJDEP is remiss in weakening protections to our state’s water supply through these proposed changes to the WQMP rules. It is critical that NJDEP maintain and strengthen the protections currently in place in the Highlands region and the rest of the state – not weaken protections for the benefit of private developers. These proposed rules will harm New Jersey’s natural resources in the Highlands and beyond and the quality and quantity of our drinking water supply.
  • NJDEP should be less concerned with catering to business interests and instead working to ensure that the quality and quantity of our water supply is protected. The proposed changes to the WQMP rules are backsliding for the benefit of private interests – NOT the citizens of New Jersey. Please reject these proposed changes and protect our incredible natural resources.

*If you are unable to attend the hearing on November 10, NJDEP will be holding another meeting in Trenton on Monday, November 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the NJDEP Public Hearing Room (401 East State Street, Trenton, NJ  08625).

If you are unable to attend any hearings in-person, you can submit written comments by December 18 to the following:
            Gary J. Brower, Esq.
            Attention: DEP Docket Number 10-15-09
            Office of Legal Affairs
            New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
            401 East State Street, 7th Floor
            Mail Code 401-04L; P.O. Box 402
            Trenton, NJ 08625
​About the New Jersey Highlands Coalition

We represent 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 Northern and Central New Jersey who depend on Highlands water. For more information visit our website:

Thank you for all of your support! 

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