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The New Jersey Highlands Coalition represents a diverse network of organizations — small and large, local, regional, statewide and national — and individuals. Our mission is to represent their common goal to protect, enhance and restore the New Jersey Highlands and to preserve the quality and quantity of drinking water both for the 850,000 people in the Highlands as well as the more than four million people in surrounding areas who depend on Highlands water.

Won't you help us?

We are passionate about our work protecting the treasured and economically vital resources of the Highlands through vigilance, educational outreach and activism. But we cannot succeed in our work without your support and active participation. When it comes to the Highlands, we've got your back.....Will you have ours?

Please become a member or make a contribution today!

Save the Highlands Rally

Save the Highlands Poster


How the Assembly voted: ACR-249

Read NJHC Trustee Jim Gilbert's prescient column,
"Death of Planning in NJ"

Our joint Water Campaign with the Pinelands Preservation Alliance includes a regularly updated billboard on W. State Street in Trenton, directly outside of NJDEP. This is a copy of the current billboard.

The Coalition has submitted comprehensive comments on the Highlands Regional Master Plan (RMP) as part of the Highlands Council's 2014 RMP Monitoring Program. The Highlands Coalition has developed comments on a number of important RMP indicators. Click here to see the comments submitted by the New Jersey Highlands Coalition.

We are now offering you the chance to show the 2004 NJN documentary, "The Highlands Rediscovered," and lead your own follow-up discussion using talking points we developed to facilitate an open discussion.

Click here to access the film and the accompanying talking points.
You may not charge a fee to show the film. Please contact Erica Van Auken ( with any questions or requests.

Check out our Star Ledger Guest Editorial on the
Tenth Anniversary of the Highlands Act

Read our submitted comments opposing the proposed settlement agreement between NJDEP and Bi-County Development Corp in Oakland Borough, Bergen County

Listen to NJ Highlands Coalition's Elliott Ruga and George Stafford debate the Highlands Act with former Assembly Speaker Chuck Haytaian and Independence Mayor Bob Giordano on WRNJ Radio's Local Impact with Joyce Estey
(45 mins)

Video recording of the firing of
Highlands Council Executive Director Eileen Swan
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Map of the 244 municipalities in 16 counties that consume Highlands water and the extent that they depend on Highlands water supplies

governor Governor, You are Misinformed! Watch the video!


Pinnacle/Bi-County Documents


New Jersey Highlands Coalition
508 Main Street
Boonton, NJ 07005

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