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(TRENTON) -Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-Princeton), Vice Chairman of the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee, issued the following statement after committee testimonies on the four bills aimed at protecting the Barnegat Bay:

“Legislative action has been long overdue in protecting the Barnegat Bay, one of New Jersey’s most unique natural habitats. Overdevelopment, fertilizer run-off, and soil erosion have all contributed to the destruction of the Barnegat Bay, and continue to pose a threat to all New Jersey’s shores.

I believe that this legislative package is necessary in assuring the health and beauty of our waterways. These bills will not only protect fish and other aquatic life, but also reduce pollution in our waters. This package fixes our existing problems and takes the appropriate measures to ensure future protections as well.

The Barnegat Bay is a vital reDest to New Jersey, both environmentally and economically. With clean waters, our shore tourism industry rises, our fishing markets excel, and our wildlife stays protected.”