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Today with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 68-6, the New Jersey General Assembly passed A2374, which requires the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to establish a Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program. The legislation is sponsored by Asm. Raj Mukherji (D-Jersey City) and Asw. Nancy Pinkin (D-East Brunswick).
For what would become the nation’s most effective conservation and recreation law, it was an awkward beginning.
With summer in full swing, water pollution can close New Jersey beaches or put swimmers’ health at risk. Last year, bacteria levels at New Jersey beaches indicated that water was potentially unsafe for swimming there on least one day 73 times, according to the new report Safe for Swimming? by Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted late this afternoon to pass the Great American Outdoors Act, a bill to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million annually and provide $9.5 billion over five years to fix maintenance problems that are plaguing America’s public lands. With a final bipartisan vote of 310-107, the bill garnered considerable bipartisan support, including a unanimous support from New Jersey’s Congressional delegation and now heads to the President’s desk for his signature.
"With today’s passage of this bill, we’re one step away from putting a lock and key on funding that has always been intended for conservation projects -- yet consistently diverted to other purposes. We’re closer to adopting a new consciousness for today’s world, that our lives are made richer if surrounded by more nature, rather than more extracted resources."