Today Only

For every donation received by 11:59 p.m. WHYY will provide a meal to someone in need in our region through Philabundance.

Double your impact

New Jersey environmental groups differ on funding

Now that New Jersey voters have approved a new measure to preserve open space, environmental groups have different thoughts on how to divide it. Representatives of groups on Monday told the state Senate’s environment and energy committee that their concerns should be priorities.

The committee heard from groups emphasizing protecting farmland, stewarding open space, fixing up historic homes and providing more parks in cities.

Last month, voters approved dedicating a portion of the state’s business tax revenue to buying and preserving open space despite opposition from Gov. Chris Christie.

Initially, it moves money now dedicated to other environmental causes to preserving open space. Starting in 2019, it increases the amount of the tax dedicated to open space and other environmental concerns.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Help us get to 100% of our membership goal to support the reporters covering our region, the producers bringing you great local programs and the educators who teach all our children.