Editorial: A win and a loss on Highlands protections

High Point, NJ Highlands

NORTHJERSEY.COM – When it comes to protecting the environment – the water we drink and the air we breathe – those who have fought the good fight in New Jersey have learned to take the good with the bad. That certainly has been the case this week concerning two news stories related to the Highlands – nearly 900 acres of preserved land in northwest New Jersey that provides drinking water for millions of state residents.

Enacted under former Gov. Jim McGreevey, the Highlands Act was designed to protect that land, and the water. That didn’t mean eliminating all development across the entire region, which would be unreasonable and unnecessary. It did mean limiting development, controlling it and channeling it to appropriate places and carefully managing it in the most sensitive environmental areas …

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