Opinion: Dredging project eroding public trust doctrine and public trust

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jersey shore, new jersey environment

MICHELE DONATO / APP.COM – The public trust doctrine has protected tidal waters for the benefit of the people since Roman times.  In the United States, we inherited the responsibility of respecting the public trust from the King of England.  The State of New Jersey has promoted the public trust doctrine and claimed ownership of land washed by the tides.  Public access to tidal waters is a high goal.  A human perspective is the fabric of the public trust.  Humans value water and the public trust doctrine honors that human value.

The Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Environmental Protection, partners in the beach replenishment project, have ignored the public trust doctrine in their current insensitive and destructive dredging …

Michele Donato resides in Lavallette.

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