Western New Jersey

Warren freeholders oppose new EPA water rules

BELVIDERE, N.J. - Warren County's Board of Freeholders has approved a resolution opposing new regulations giving the federal government more authority under the Clean Water Act.

"If they change this, it's all about fines and fees," Freeholder Richard Gardner said Wednesday evening as the board adopted the resolution.

According to the resolution, the changing regulations would put "almost all areas with a connection to downstream navigable waters, including ditches, natural or man-made ponds and flood plains" under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.

The resolution argues this would be too costly to taxpayers and municipalities, and too difficult to regulate.

"We're over-regulated, and now we're tightening the noose even more," said Freeholder Jason Sarnoski.

Also Wednesday, the board approved a resolution honoring the Land of Make Believe on its 60th anniversary.

The resolution honors the Hope Township amusement park as both a family-friendly tourist attraction, and "one of the largest economic engines of Warren County." 

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