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Regional Initiatives

Coordinated planning, regulation and land preservation to protect important environmental resource areas

Barnegat Bay

The 660 square-mile Barnegat Bayt watershed encompasses most of the 33 municipalities in Ocean County and four municipalities in Monmouth County.


Delaware River Watershed Initiative

A regional four state initiative to protect and restore the Delaware River Basin's water quality and ecological health.

Hackensack Meadowlands

30 square miles in 14 municipalities in Hudson and Bergen counties

NJ Highlands

1,250 square miles in 88 municipalities in seven counties in northwest NJ

NJ Rivers

Since the 1970s, we have made great progress in restoring our surface waters, but there is still a long way to go to reach the 1972 Clean Water Act goals of having "fishable, swimmable" rivers across the state.


1.1 million acres in 56 municipalities in seven counties in south central NJ

South Jersey Bayshore

Thousands of acres of fresh and salt water resources, farms and woodlands in four counties in southwestern NJ

State Plan

Planning activities and statewide objectives

Urban/Developed Communities

Good planning, protection of air and water quality and preservation of open space are essential for the environmental health of NJ's developed communities.



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