KELLY MOOIJ / TAP INTO – Long-term budget and staff cuts have severely impacted the ability of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to carry out critical work to protect New Jersey’s environment and residents. This has serious implications for wildlife, public health and our economy. DEP is charged with managing and protecting the State’s environment and natural resources.
This requires an adequate budget, which is a well-planned investment for our state’s future through safeguarding public goods such as clean air and clean drinking water supplies. Rebuilding the DEP should be a pressing priority for the incoming administration.
DEP funding comes from several sources, including but not limited to: the General Fund, permitting, fines, fees, leases and the federal government …
Kelly Mooij is V.P. of Government Relations for the New Jersey Audubon Society.