Report urges governor to be proactive in Pinelands preservation

LEAH MISHKIN / NJTV NEWS – At more than a million acres, the Pinelands occupies most of Southern New Jersey. In 1979, Gov. Brendan Byrne signed the Pinelands Protection Act to preserve hundreds of thousands of acres of forest and streams.

“One of the principal reasons was that we have an aquifer, called the Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer, a huge body of clean water underground that’s used to support agriculture and people’s water supply,” said Carleton Montgomery, executive director of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.

But the annual report from the Pinelands Preservation Alliance says that supply is under threat …

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