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Watershed Property Review Board

Protecting New Jersey's drinking water


Public Hearing Information

February 24, 2022
October 27, 2022

April 20, 2021
October 21, 2021 - CANCELLED

April 21, 2020
October 22, 2020

Meeting Agendas

April 20, 2021 Meeting Agenda
April 21, 2020 Meeting Agenda
October 15, 2019 Meeting Agenda
April 2, 2019 Meeting Agenda
November 30, 2018 Meeting Agenda
September 10, 2018 Meeting Agenda
May 18, 2017 Meeting Agenda
August 14, 2014 Meeting Agenda
May 9, 2014 Meeting Agenda

Meeting Minutes

April 20, 2021
April 21, 2020
October 15, 2019
April 2, 2019
November 30, 2018

Board Exemption Orders

April 20, 2021
   Closter and Norwood Order

April 21, 2020
   Long Hill Township &
   NJ American Water Co. Order

October 15, 2019
   Hardyston Order
   Neptune Order

November 30, 2018
   Emerson, Oradell, and River Vale

September 10, 2018
   West Milford Order
   Independence Township Order

May 18, 2017
   Harrington Park Order
   Closter/Harrington Park Order

August 14, 2014

May 9, 2014
   River Vale
   Jersey City
   In Memory of Mark Becker



In 1988, the Watershed Protection and Moratorium Act, P.L. 1988, c. 163, as amended by P.L. 1990, c. 19, suspended all transfer of watershed properties to allow the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) time to establish rules and regulations for the protection of watershed property throughout the state. This moratorium, which continues to be in effect, prohibits municipalities, municipal utilities authorities and public utilities from conveying any land that is used for the protection of a public water supply.

The same legislation established a Watershed Property Review Board (WPRB) to review requests from regulated parties for exemptions from the moratorium. The Board is comprised of the Commissioner of the NJDEP, the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the President of the Board of Public Utilities (BPU). Members of the Board convene to address exemption requests as they arise. The Board is authorized to exempt the conveyance of watershed property from the Act if it can be demonstrated that there is a compelling public need for the conveyance of the property, denial of the exemption would result in extraordinary hardship, or that the sale or development of the watershed property is otherwise consistent with the purposes of the Act, which are to protect water quality and encourage open space preservation.

Any person applying for an exemption or requesting a jurisdictional determination from the Board should first contact Board Staff. 

Commission Members

Shawn LaTourette, Commissioner of Department of Environmental Protection
Joseph L. Fiordaliso, President of Board of Public Utilities
Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, Commissioner of Department of Community Affairs

Board Staff

Geoffrey Gersten, Deputy Attorney General for the Board, Division of Law

Jessica Patterson, DEP, Green Acres Program

Michael Kammer, Board of Public Utilities, Director, Division of Water

PLEASE NOTE: The Watershed Property Review Board is an independent Board and is not a division of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection



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