Action Alert
Action Needed to Save Headwaters
and to Fight Flooding 

Please call NJ Assembly Speaker Prieto (office at: 201-770-1303) NOW to protect the health and safety of New Jersey residents and property, and to maintain the regulations that protect headwaters. Ask Speaker Prieto to post ACR249 for a vote on December 3.
Then, please call or email your two Assembly members to encourage them to vote YES on ACR249! (Click here to find your Assembly members)
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has proposed to roll back protections against flooding and the regulations that protect headwater streams—a significant issue for the Highlands—in the DEP draft Flood Hazard Area Control Act (FHACA) regulations.  The proposed rule would allow more clearing of stream buffer vegetation, place more people and development in areas that flood, and roll back protections for clean water.  Simply put, these rules, if adopted as written, would put more people in harm’s way.

The New Jersey Highlands Coalition believes New Jersey needs smarter and more protective flood hazard are regulations because:

  • NJ’s dense population and development patterns contribute to periodic, severe and repetitive flooding.
  • Flooding is the most frequent, destructive and costly natural hazard.  Because of this, since 1978, NJ residents and businesses are forced to file the second highest number of claims to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  
  • Over 90% of New Jersey’s waters do not meet one or more water quality standards, which are set by NJ under the law and that the state is legally obligated to meet.
  • Headwater streams in the Highlands, that are the uppermost reaches of the most important water resources in New Jersey, need to be protected if we want to keep our water supply clean.

The New Jersey Senate agrees with our assessment.  By an almost 2 to 1 margin they voted for a resolution, finding that the rule proposal violates legislative intent. If the Resolution passes in the Assembly, DEP could be forced to withdraw this dangerous rule proposal.  The Assembly needs to pass ACR249, sponsored by Assemblywoman Grace Spencer and Assemblyman John McKeon. 

The first step is asking Speaker Prieto to post ACR249 for a vote on December 3rd. You can call his office at: 201-770-1303.

The second step is to call or email your two Assembly persons (click here to find your assembly members) and urge them to support ACR249 and to demand that, on December 3rd, the full Assembly votes Yes on ACR249.  Tell the legislature that NJ deserves clean water and less flooding.

​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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