Lawmakers flush Christie’s septic plan for Highlands reservoir region down the drain

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SCOTT FALLON / NORTHJERSEY.COM – A plan by the Christie administration to allow more development in the most protected regions of the Highlands was shot down by the Legislature late Monday, blocking what many saw as a serious threat to an area that supplies drinking water to millions.

The resolution approved by the Senate and Assembly essentially turns back a plan that would have permitted as many as 1,145 more septic systems to be built in New Jersey’s mountain region dotted with reservoirs and aquifers.

“The Legislature showed its commitment to the citizens it represents by this action, which is intentionally an arduous procedure and a last resort,” said Elliott Ruga, policy director of the New Jersey Highlands Coalition …

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