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NJ Open Space Preservation Funds Finally Flowing

By Bill Leavens

Last month, Governor Christie and the Legislature reached an agreement on open space funding that is a clear victory for the State and for the Delaware River Watershed, as well as for bipartisanship and democracy. After a year and a half of hard work by a diverse coalition of concerned organizations - including multiple groups who are also members of the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed - this agreement, the Preserve New Jersey Act (S2456), will ensure that consistent funding is available to preserve open space, farmland, and historic sites throughout New Jersey. This bill protects drinking water from contamination, reduces air pollution, provides recreational opportunities, and improves quality of life.