Legislation Aims to Permanently Protect N.Y./N.J. Harbor Bight

Our friends at the Coastal Marine Resource Center are excited about new Congressional legislation under consideration that would declare 19,000 square miles of ocean in the New York/New Jersey harbor bight to be a permanently protected area. Reports the New Jersey Star-Ledger, "The New Jersey/New York Clean Ocean Zone Act would permanently ban construction of new dumpsites, extracting of national resources, building of new pipelines and other damaging measures" in an area still vulnerable despite three decades of intensive clean-up work and temporary regulations sponsored by groups like CMRC and its allies. We'll be keeping a close eye on the progress of this legislation, and hoping fervently for its success. ::In the News: New Bill Aims to Keep Ocean Between N.Y. and Jersey Clean