Comprehensive Plan of Action Item #5
Acquire Land in the Watershed
This map shows all existing lands that have been set aside for open space and outdoor recreation within the Barnegat Bay Watershed. It also shows new lands that have been acquired (shaded in red) since the Governor announced his 10-point action plan for Barnegat Bay in December, 2010.
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While there has been extensive development in the Barnegat Bay watershed, there are still many critical lands that need protection from the impacts of development in order to prevent pollutants from entering the Bay. Such lands should be permanently preserved.
Acquiring available, ecologically sensitive lands along the Barnegat Bay and its tributaries is a cost-effective and critical measure to prevent development activities that could further degrade the Bay's water and ecological quality. The Green Acres program, administered by the DEP, is identifying and prioritizing these lands for acquisition and working with willing sellers to purchase them. State Revolving Fund (SRF) monies may also be used for land acquisition, as well as resources from other ecological restoration funding programs.
As of July, 2012, the Christie Administration has committed nearly $3 million to the preservation of more than 2,000 acres in the Barnegat Bay watershed, including projects that have added 180 acres to DEP's Forestry Resource Education Center in Jackson, expanded Double Trouble State Park by 306 acres, and assisted Ocean County in preserving 836 acres of Pinelands in Ocean Township.
DEP press releases announcing several of these acquisitions are provided below.
For more information, contact: Terry Caruso, Supervising Program Development Specialist, Green Acres Program, 609-984-0614