9th District Delegation: Protecting Barnegat Bay Must Remain a Priority for NJ

Feb 07, 2018

Sen. Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove of the 9th Legislative District want state policy under the new administration to reflect the need to protect Barnegat Bay. “Continual commitment is necessary to improve water quality, safeguard wildlife habitats and reduce pollution,” the members of delegation said in a joint statement.

“The state effort over the past several years to protect Barnegat Bay has been decidedly bipartisan. We anticipate that continuing to be the case and, therefore, look forward to working with the Murphy administration on Barnegat Bay, open space and other environmental initiatives important to our constituency,” they added.

According to the legislators, the enactment of protective laws and regulations, as well as funding, has been critical for preservation. In addition, the work of local volunteers has “laid the foundation on how best to protect Barnegat Bay moving forward.”

“Mass cleanup efforts led by the Department of Environmental Protection, known as ‘blitzes,’ mobilized thousands of people and were highly successful in cleaning up trash in and around the bay,” the delegation explained. “Equally important, they afforded civic-minded persons a hands-on opportunity to participate in a large-scale environmental protective effort.”

Connors, Rumpf and Gove said, as well, that they are committed to preserving “the traditional uses of the bay embraced by clammers, waterfowl hunters and recreational fishermen, and firmly oppose establishing conservation zones to cut off access to designated areas of the bay, as was once proposed.” —J.K.-H.

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