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RELEASE: 2/9/01
CONTACT: Loretta O'Donnell or Amy Collings
609-292-2994 or 609-984-1795


Series of Public Meetings for the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary Program

DATES: February 13- March 8
TIME: 6:30 p.m. (Registration 6 p.m.)
PLACE: Northeast NJ and NY locations (see below)

What is the Harbor Estuary Program? The New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program (HEP) was created in 1988 as a partnership of government agencies, scientists, businesses and environmental organizations. This partnership, led by the states of New York and New Jersey and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), launched a major long-term effort to address the problems affecting the estuary and the New York bight.

What is this meeting about? The Help the Harbor series of meetings is part of a larger effort to assess where we are with implementing the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP) and determine where we should go from here. In 1997, The governors of New York and New Jersey, and the administrator of EPA Region 2 signed the CCMP for the Harbor estuary and bight. Since the CCMP was adopted, many of the recommended short and long-term actions have been initiated, but there is still more to be done.

What will happen after this meeting? The HEP will continue soliciting public input until March 30. Comments and ideas can be shared at the meetings or submitted in writing to the program office. After the public input closing date, the Citizen and Scientific Advisory Committees will begin developing a set of targets and priorities for the program based on the public input. The summary document will be used to seek additional funding for the program and inform elected officials.

NJ Dates: Feb. 13 - Fort Lee Historic Park, Hudson Terrace;
Feb. 14 - Teaneck, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Weiner Library, 1000 River Road;
Feb. 20 - Leonardo Community Firehouse, Appleton Ave.;
Feb. 21 - Newark, Wolff Memorial Presbyterian Church, 106 Ann St.;
March 7 - Bayonne, Robbins Reef Yacht Club, 21 Pavonia Court;
March 8 - Woodbridge Town Hall, 1 Main St.

For further information or directions, contact . Laura Bartovics at the Harbor Estuary Program Office, (212) 637-3816


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