NJ Highlands Council chief seeks to build coalitions
Ben Spinelli, who took over as executive director in July, has a background in land preservation and water policies.

Ben Spinelli

The new executive director of the New Jersey Highlands Council, Ben Spinelli, brings experience gained as a member of the first council after the Highlands Water Protection Act of 2004 was enacted. In a recent interview, Spinelli said he believes his new position is an extension of work he began back then and continued during…

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Quarry drops plans that opponents viewed as threat to Delaware
Riverline wanted to create a construction yard to allow it to import recycled asphalt pavement

Riverline Quarry gate

CARPENTERSVILLE – The Pohatcong Guardians appear to have emerged the victor in a push to keep Riverline Quarry’s operations in check. The quarry, located on a ridge only yards from the Delaware River, will continue to operate as it always has after the operators withdrew a site plan application for improvements and an expansion of…

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Manmade floating wetlands battle harmful algae bloom

NJ Harmful algae blooms

PENNINGTON – Harmful algal blooms plagued New Jersey freshwater lakes during the summer of 2019 and are a continuing concern whether the lake is Rosedale in Mercer County; Deal, the largest coastal lake, or Hopatcong, the largest in the state. A combination of factors contributed to the 2019 blooms, Dr. Jason E. Adolf of the…

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