Monthly Update
WRNJ News Director Joyce Estey with her Local Impact co-hosts, former Assembly Speaker Chuck Haytaian and Independence Township Mayor Bob Giordano, joined by Highlands Act challenger from Gladstone, Patrick Moffitt, were invited to debate the validity of the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act with Highlands Coalition Policy Director, Elliott Ruga and Outreach Director, George Stafford.
Watch the Debate Recording HERE
Highlands RMP Amendment Process Hearings
The Highlands Council has concluded their public hearings to add a process for adding amendments to the RMP known as the Procedure for Considering Proposals to Amend the Highlands Regional Master Plan. This amendment adds an addendum to the RMP, detailed here, which outlines the process for making amendments to the RMP in the future.

Thank you to all who attended the hearings and commented. The meetings were quite well attended (given the specific and rather “dry” subject) and were a great opportunity to show the Council the importance of our concerns and comments around the procedure they proposed.
The next Council meetings are as scheduled below:

Highlands RMP Committee Meeting
October 4, 2017  |  4 pm
Regular Council Meeting
October 19, 2017  |  4 pm
 100 North Road, Chester, NJ
Highlands Council Info
4th Tour of the Highlands Road Rally!
Register HERE
4th Annual Morristown Highlands Pub Crawl
Get Hopped Up in Morristown!
Mooristown Hopped Up Highlands Pub Crawl
Friday, October 13 - 6 PM – 11 PM

Friday the 13th is once again creeping into sight. But this time around, rather than hiding in your closet scared that Jason Voorhees is in pursuit, harness your fear, and celebrate by participating in the 4th Morristown Hopped Up Highlands Scavenger Hunt Pub Crawl beginning at 6:00PM at Revolution (9 South Street.) This year’s crawl features stops with a quartet of Morristown’s most interesting craft beer bars, all in the name of promoting clean water. 

Two destinations new to this year’s pub crawl are Revolution, A Social Brew House, featuring a scratch kitchen, German Cuisine and 40 craft taps and Stirling Tavern which offers a large number of NJ craft beers, great empanadas and a retro rustic vibe.

We will be heading back to the newly renovated George & Martha's, American Grille and concluding at End of Elm with 24 draft lines, where they always have a beer from Carton, Kane and Bolero Snort in addition to an expanding, rotating selection from New Jersey Breweries. Come see for yourself the excitement that is brewing up in Morristown! Get your tickets below!
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Help out the Highlands!

Are you looking for a fun way to get involved with the Highlands Coalition but don't know how?  Well look no further than our volunteer program.  We offer the opportunity for folks to help volunteer at our special events such as pub crawls, road rallies, press events, art shows and more!

This is a great opportunity to get involved in the community while helping a great cause; protecting the beautiful New Jersey Highlands and the source of your drinking water.  This is also an opportunity to have fun and network, while gaining experience in a range of fields from event planning to art and design, and everything in between!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the Coalition, or for more information on any of our events or opportunities, please contact:

Lauren Swern 
phone: 973- 588-7190 
The Highlands Rediscovered
Complimentary Screenings

We have been busy showing the NJN film "The Highlands Rediscovered" and we would like to continue sharing this beautiful and informative film. We're happy to work with your organization (or an organization you know) if interested in hosting the New Jersey Highlands Coalition for a free screening of this film, followed by a short Q&A session. Just let us know where and when!
Uphold the Highlands Update

Led by George Stafford, our Uphold the Highlands program, which has garnered well over 100 municipalities’, counties’ and regional and local Environmental Commissions’ support for the Highlands Act and Regional Master Plan, is moving into a new phase.

We hugely appreciate those communities being open minded and taking the time to understand and appreciate our efforts, even if sometimes they asked for a little persuasion! We have not given up on the remaining communities, which are still being pursued actively, albeit more slowly than earlier converts.

Our outreach has now expanded to other efforts seeking local and governmental support. We, of course, will still approach targeted towns outside the Highlands that receive water from the Highlands to approve our Resolution of Support for the Highlands Act. But now, we are working with the Keep It Green Campaign on resolutions advocating continued funding support for Open Space acquisition.  We had also worked with SaveH20NJ on a resolution supporting the release of the long delayed New Jersey Water Supply Plan, which was finished in 2011 but had not been released to the public, informing and supporting local and regional planning decisions. The Water Supply Master Plan has just been released by NJDEP which received public comment until June 30th.  Communities as diverse as Bernardsville, Newark and George Stafford’s home town of Wharton recently signed on to both of these resolutions. Political events both in Washington and here in New Jersey have made the local and regional government/political picture somewhat cloudy, but we continue to meet with officials inside and outside the Highlands in places like Stanhope and Paterson, and to promote the important economic and environmental values of the Highlands.

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​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 surrounding areas who depend on Highlands water. For more information visit our website.

Thank you for all of your support! 
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