Millions of people enjoy the many small mountains, lakes, and free-flowing streams of the New Jersey Highlands every year. Not only do the region's waterways drive the local economy and quality of life of local communities, they provide drinking water to more than half of the state's residents, many from outside of the region itself.
Highlands creeks and streams are key tributaries of the Delaware River, so their water quality not only has a local impact, but also affects millions of people downstream, as far way as the Delaware Bay.
This short highlights the beauty of the Highlands and some of the work underway to protect the region's water quality and quality of life. A longer version (running time 9'18") gets into the issues--and how you can help.
Check it out here: vimeo.com/greentreks/njhfull
Take Action and learn how you can do your part by contacting one of these key organizations today:
Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions: anjec.org
Hunterdon Land Trust: hunterdonlandtrust.org
The Land Conservancy of New Jersey: tlc-nj.org/
Musconetcong Watershed Association: musconetcong.org
The Nature Conservancy - New Jersey Chapter: nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/newjersey/index.htm
New Jersey Audubon Society: njaudubon.org
New Jersey Conservation Foundation: njconservation.org
New Jersey Highlands Coalition: njhighlandscoalition.org
North Jersey RC&D: northjerseyrcd.org
Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group: wallkillriver.org
New Jersey Trout Unlimited: njtu.org
Special thanks to staff from all of the above groups, to those who appear in the video, and to:
Bob Szuter and NJN for use of footage from Highlands Rediscovered
Dave Porter and Regan Wilson for use of footage from River Valley Septic
Andee Mazzocco for graphics/maps
Support provided by the William Penn Foundation under the Delaware River Watershed Initiative. Learn more at drwi.net/njhighlands
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