Mayors Fulop of Jersey City, Baraka of NewarkDavis of Bayonne to speak at Sep.13th, Highlands Press Event!
Where: Liberty State Park, 1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City (Area 7 performance platform adjacent to 9/11 Memorial)
When:  Tuesday, September 13 at 12:30pm
Who:    Elliott Ruga, Policy Director, NJ Highlands Coalition  
             Hon. Steve Fulop, Mayor, Jersey City
             Hon. Ras Baraka, Mayor, Newark
             Hon. Jimmy Davis, Mayor, Bayonne
             Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director, Green Faith
             Jeff Tittel, Director, Sierra Club, NJ Chapter
             Jen Coffey, Executive Director, Assoc. of NJ Envir. Comm.(ANJEC)
What: The mayors of New Jersey’s two largest cities join the leaders of the State’s most prominent environmental organizations and religious leaders to call on Governor Christie and NJDEP Commissioner Martin to withdraw the proposal to weaken rules restricting development in the Highlands Preservation Area, the 425,000-acre, nearly contiguous forest, which acts as a huge, natural, water filtration system, providing clean drinking water for 70% of the State’s population.

The New Jersey Highlands Coalition will announce that over 100 municipalities, counties and commissions have passed resolutions of support for the 2004 Highlands Actthe legislation that recognized the Statewide economic significance of the Highlands and mandated the formation of the Highlands Council, that along with strict limits on development implemented by the NJDEP, would secure the water resources of the Highlands for present and future generations.
Governor Chris Christie has stacked the Highlands Council with anti-Highlands proponents, pressured Council members to fire the Council’s dedicated and respected Director and halted municipal conformance to the Highlands Regional Master Plan. With the announced changes to the Highlands Rules, the Governor now intends to weaken the regulations that limit development in the Highlands Preservation Area. The reservoirs that supply drinking water to the cities of Jersey City and Newark and neighboring communities are at risk of increased septic effluent if the proposed changes are adopted, requiring increased costs of water treatment to residential, commercial and industrial users of these water systems.
​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:

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