July 02, 2021| Advocacy
By: Marty Kane
On June 30, Bill S.3618, which provides a supplemental appropriation of $10 million to be used for management and maintenance efforts of New Jersey’s lakes for recreation and conservation purposes, passed the Senate by a vote of 38-0. This followed approval of the bill, with amendments, by the Assembly, on June 24, by a vote of 75-0.
To accomplish passage in the legislature, the lakes funding bill was drafted, advanced, and advocated by our local delegation in Trenton and supported by legislators throughout the state who recognized the importance of Lake Hopatcong and the state’s other lakes. These achievements represent many months of labor in which we have played an active role, including testifying in support of the Bill before the NJ Senate Environment & Energy Committee. Many thanks to Senators Bucco, Oroho, Pennacchio and Assembly members Bergen, Dunn, Wirths, DeCroce, Webber, Space, our Mayors, County Administrators, and elected officials for their assistance and support.
If signed by the Governor, this funding will constitute a significant step towards our goal of annual support of New Jersey’s lakes.