WE DID IT! Senate passes resolution finding
DEP in violation of legislative intent!
 
 
 
 
 
The New Jersey Senate voted yesterday in favor of the joint resolution that finds DEP in violation of legislative intent for increasing the density of septic system-dependent development in the Highlands Preservation Area by amending the septic density provisions of the Department's Highlands Rules.  As an administrative formality, the Senate substituted the Senate version with the Assembly version of the concurrent resolution, ACR-192, which then passed in a 22-14 vote. The Assembly must concur with amendments that were added by the Senate Environment Committee earlier in May. We expect the Assembly will move to concur at the next voting session on June 8, which will trigger a 30-day window during which DEP must amend the rule. If DEP fails to amend the rule, the rule is invalidated by concurrent resolutions passed in both houses. Because the 30-day period ends after the Legislature breaks for summer recess, action to invalidate the septic density rule must wait until the Fall.
 
 
 
 
 
To all of you who responded to our call to action yesterday, a sincere thank you. Even if your Senator voted against the resolution, even if your Senator is one who traditionally votes to oppose legislation that protects Highlands natural and cultural resources, it is important that your voice is heard. We have seen changing attitudes towards the work we do in communities across the Highlands—we find we are more and more welcomed in places where we were once met with hostility. We are beginning to see that reflected in elected officials too. 

Watch for our calls to action when the required legislative committee hearing is scheduled for the invalidation resolutions and when the Senate and Assembly votes are scheduled. For now, we wish that you have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend!
 
 
 
 
5.​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 5.4 million people in Northern and Central New Jersey who depend on Highlands water. For more information visit our website: www.njhighlandscoalition.org

Thank you for all of your support! 
 
 
      
 
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