Monthly Update
Highlands RMP Amendment Process Hearings
The Highlands Council will be holding public hearings to move along the process for adding amendments to the RMP known as the Procedure for Considering Proposals to Amend the Highlands Regional Master Plan.  This amendment is to add an addendum to the RMP; detailed here, which outlines the process for making future amendments to the RMP.

It is very important that the public follow this process closely, as it is the beginning of what could be a quick chain of events that may reshape the future of the RMP.

Below are the instructions and dates for the scheduled September hearings:

Public Hearing Schedule
Hearing dates/times are subject to the Governor’s veto review period following receipt of the Council’s minutes of its August 17, 2017 meeting. Members of the public are invited to attend to provide comments on the Procedure for Considering Proposals to Amend the Highlands Regional Master Plan. No pre-registration is required, but space is limited. Attendees will be asked to sign in. Any schedule change will be announced on this page.
In any comments you make, we request you include a recommendation that the public review and comment period on any changes to the RMP be for a minimum of 60 days, not 30 days as proposed.
Highlands Council Info
WRNJ News Director Joyce Estey puts on her referee stripes to keep it civil when 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, debate the validity of the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act with the Highlands Coalition Policy Director, Elliott Ruga and Outreach Director, George Stafford

Join us for what promises to be a rousing, no holds barred, charged debate on a still controversial subject that many support for its effective protection of the State's valuable, though limited, water and other natural resources; while others see as an unfair land grab.

Tune in, Wednesday, September 6th at 10 AM!
Tune-in to WRNJ HERE
Upcoming Highlands Pub Crawls
Get Hopped Up in Boonton & Morristown!
Boonton Hopped Up Highlands
Scavenger Hunt Pub Crawl
Friday, September 1st , 7 PM – 11 PM

A friendly rendezvous at any of Boonton’s local watering holes is always a good time. You have four hours to visit these locations and find the answers to trivia questions to win cool prizes. The first stop on the crawl is Poor Henry’s where you can enjoy a discount on malty Belgian ale and stouts to hoppy, bitter beers like India pale ales.  Classic Irish pub faire and a new, delicious small plate menu will also be part of our visit. You’ll have an opportunity to visit Boonton Station, Johnnies Tavern and Sharky’s West on the pub crawl.

The event will begin at 7:00 PM on Friday, September 1 and will come to a close at 11:00 PM at Sharky’s West. Get your friends together and come crawl along. For the latest updates on discounts and prizes, visit our Facebook pageBuy your tickets below!

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Mooristown Hopped Up Highlands Pub Crawl
Friday, October 13 - 6 PM – 11 PM

Experience Morristown’s growing Craft Beer scene among the bustling night life of Downtown Morristown. Join us as restaurants and tap rooms showcase the finest beers of New Jersey at our 4th Morristown Hopped Up Highlands Pub Crawl on Friday, October 13, 2017 from 6:00PM – 11:00PM

Two new 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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