$150 million for Green Acres

TRENTON – The Assembly Environment and Solid Waste committee unanimously passed three resolutions that would appropriate more than $150 million in Green Acres funds for land preservation for recreational and historical preservation, along with floodwater management.

One resolution, A4050, will appropriate $57 million to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to provide $45 million in funding to acquire land for recreation and conservation and $12 million for the “2009 Blue Acres Fund,” which helps buy properties in flood-prone areas.

The other resolutions, A4051 and A4052, call for $14.8 million and $84.4 million, respectively, for similar purposes.

Kelly Mooij, a coordinator of the Keep It Green Campaign, said that every dollar that is invested in land preservation produces $10 worth of environmental benefits, such as clean air, among other things. She added the money will help the state acquire properties to preserve watersheds, forests, and encourage responsible waterfront development projects like RiverWalk in Newark.

 

$150 million for Green Acres