Cheers – and some caution – for reclassification of NJ’s rivers and streams

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – The state’s plan to upgrade hundreds of miles of New Jersey’s rivers and streams with new protections to preserve water quality has won wide praise from conservationists, many of whom added a plea: Don’t stop there.

The state Department of Environmental Protection’s proposal to designate 749 miles of waterways as Category One waters affords those streams and rivers the highest level of shields to prevent any degradation in water quality, the first time in 11 years the agency has reclassified New Jersey’s waters.

But business interests questioned whether the upgrades are backed by sound science and worried about unintended consequences, such as impeding towns from complying with affordable housing mandates …

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