Upgraded classifications for 750 miles of NJ’s rivers and streams

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – For the first time in more than a decade, the state is significantly upgrading protections for 749 miles of rivers and streams across New Jersey, ensuring that they cannot suffer any degradation in water quality.

The classification affords a higher level of protections for some of the most ecologically sensitive waterways — from the Maurice River in Cumberland County to the south branch of the Raritan River in the Highlands to segments of the Pequest River in Warren County.

“Category One (C-1) waterways provide drinking water and sustain important fish and aquatic resources,’’ said Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe, who noted the designations help preserve ecosystems that protect important wildlife habitats …

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