SENATE, No. 2858

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

214th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED MAY 12, 2011

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  LINDA R. GREENSTEIN

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

Senator  THOMAS H. KEAN, JR.

District 21 (Essex, Morris, Somerset and Union)

Assemblyman  DANIEL R. BENSON

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

Assemblywoman  CELESTE M. RILEY

District 3 (Salem, Cumberland and Gloucester)

Assemblyman  MATTHEW W. MILAM

District 1 (Cape May, Atlantic and Cumberland)

Assemblyman  NELSON T. ALBANO

District 1 (Cape May, Atlantic and Cumberland)

Assemblyman  PETER J. BARNES, III

District 18 (Middlesex)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senators Gordon, Connors, Ruiz, A.R.Bucco, Allen, Bateman, Girgenti, Turner, Assemblymen DeAngelo, Caputo, Coutinho, Burzichelli, Assemblywomen Tucker, Spencer, Assemblymen Diegnan, Mainor, Schaer, Gusciora, Assemblywoman Watson Coleman, Assemblymen Ryan, Ramos, Assemblywoman Rodriguez, Assemblymen O'Donnell, Rumpf, Assemblywomen Gove, Coyle, Assemblyman Rudder, Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle, Assemblymen Peterson and Delany

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Appropriates $14,818,787 from “2009 Green Acres Fund” and “Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund” for grants to certain nonprofit entities to acquire or develop lands for recreation and conservation purposes.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act appropriating $14,818,787 from the “2009 Green Acres Fund” and the “Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund” to provide grants to assist qualifying tax exempt nonprofit organizations to acquire or develop lands for recreation and conservation purposes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    a.  There is appropriated to the Department of Environmental Protection the following sums for the purpose of providing grants to assist qualifying tax exempt nonprofit organizations to acquire lands for recreation and conservation purposes pursuant to subsection b. of this section and for the purpose of providing grants to assist qualifying tax exempt nonprofit organizations to develop lands for recreation and conservation purposes pursuant to subsection c. of this section:

     (1)   $9,000,000 from the “2009 Green Acres Fund,” established pursuant to section 17 of the “Green Acres, Water Supply and Floodplain Protection, and Farmland and Historic Preservation Bond Act of 2009,” P.L.2009, c.117; and

     (2)   $5,818,787 from the “Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund” established pursuant to section 19 of P.L.1999, c.152 (C.13:8C-19), and made available due to interest earnings, project withdrawals, cancellations, and cost savings.

     b.    The following projects for the acquisition of lands for recreation and conservation purposes are eligible for funding with the moneys appropriated pursuant to subsection a. of this section:

 

Nonprofit

Organization

Project

County

Municipality

Approved

Amount

 

(1) American Littoral

Society

Delaware Bay Acquisitions

Cape May

 

 

 

 

Cumberland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salem

Dennis Twp

Lower Twp

Middle Twp

Upper Twp

 

Bridgeton City

Deerfield Twp

Fairfield Twp

Greenwich Twp

Hopewell Twp

Millville City

Stow Creek Twp

Upper Deerfield Twp

Vineland City

 

Alloway Twp

Elsinboro Twp

Lower Alloways Creek Twp

Mannington Twp

Pennsville Twp

Quinton Twp

 

$275,000

(2) Concerned Citizens of Allendale, Inc

 

Fell House & Open Space Acq

Bergen

Allendale Boro

17,574


(3) D & R Greenway Land Trust

Greenway Acq

 

 

550,000

 

Central Stony Brook Greenway

Hunterdon

 

 

Mercer

Delaware Twp

East Amwell Twp

 

Hopewell Twp

Lawrence Twp

Pennington Boro

Princeton Twp

 

 

 

 

Middlesex

Cranbury Twp

 

 

 

Delaware Bay Estuary Acq

Cumberland

Deerfield Twp

Fairfield Twp

Greenwich Twp

Hopewell Twp

Stow Creek Twp

Upper Deerfield Twp

 

 

 

 

Salem

Elinsboro Twp

Lower Alloways Creek Twp

Mannington Twp

Pennsville Twp

 

 

 

Delaware River Tributaries Acq

Burlington

Bordentown City

Bordentown Twp

Chesterfield Twp

North Hanover Twp

 

 

 

 

Mercer

Hamilton Twp

Hopewell Twp

Lawrence Twp

Robbinsville Twp

West Windsor Twp

Trenton City

 

 

 

 

Middlesex

Monroe Twp

 

 

 

 

Monmouth

Upper Freehold Twp

 

 

 

Griggstown Canal Acq

Middlesex

Highland Park Boro

 

 

 

 

Somerset

 

Franklin Twp

Rocky Hill Boro

 

 

 

Sourlands Mountain Acq

Hunterdon

East Amwell Twp

Lambertville City

West Amwell Twp

 

 

 

 

Mercer

Hopewell Twp

 

 

 

 

Somerset

Branchburg Twp

Hillsborough Twp

Montgomery Twp

 

 

 

Upper Millstone

Mercer

West Windsor Twp

 

 

 

Greenway

Middlesex

Cranbury Twp

Highland Park Boro

Monroe Twp

Plainsboro Twp

South Brunswick Twp

 

 

 

 

Monmouth

Millstone Twp

 

 

(4) East Windsor Green Space, Inc

Millstone River – Rocky Brook Acq

 

Mercer

East Windsor Twp

100,000

(5) Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space

Hopewell Valley Park Acq

Mercer

Hopewell Boro

Hopewell Twp

Lawrence Twp

 

275,000

(6) Friends Of Princeton Open Space

Millstone River Watershed

 

Mercer

Princeton Twp

275,000

(7) Friends of West Windsor Open Space

 

Duck Pond Run – Greenway Initiative

 

Mercer

West Windsor Twp

100,000

(8) Greater Newark Conservancy

 

Urban Env & Ecological Center Expansion

 

Essex

Newark City

275,000

(9) Harding Land Trust

Open Spaces & Natural Places of Harding Twp

 

Morris

Harding Twp

260,000

(10) Hunterdon Land Trust Alliance

 

Priority Areas

Hunterdon

All municipalities

550,000

(11) Kingston Greenways Association

 

Princeton Ridge / Ricciardi Tract

Mercer

Princeton Twp

275,000

(12) Lamington Conservancy

Central Lamington Project

Hunterdon

 

Morris

 

 

Somerset

Tewksbury Twp

 

Chester Twp

Washington Twp

 

Bedminster Twp

Peapack-Gladstone Boro

 

275,000

(13) Monmouth Conservation Foundation

 

Open Space Plans 2

Monmouth

All municipalities

275,000

(14) Montgomery Friends Of Open Space

 

Montgomery Conservation Plan

 

Somerset

Montgomery Twp

275,000

(15) National Biodiversity Park, Inc

 

Lower Rahway River

Middlesex

 

Union

Carteret Boro

 

Linden City

275,000

(16) Natural Lands Trust, Inc.

Delaware Estuaries Acq

Cumberland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salem

Commercial Twp

Downe Twp

Greenwich Twp

Hopewell Twp

Maurice River Twp

Millville City

Stow Creek Twp

 

Alloway Twp

Lower Alloways Creek Twp

Quinton Twp

 

200,000

(17) New Jersey Conservation Foundation

Priority Area Acq:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

550,000

 

Appalachian Trail Buffers

 

Sussex

 

Wantage Twp

 

 

 

Arthur Kill Greenway

Middlesex

 

Edison Twp

 

 

 

Union

Linden City

Springfield Twp

Union Twp

 

 

 

Black River Greenway

Hunterdon

Clinton Twp

Lebanon Boro

Lebanon Twp

Readington Twp

Tewksbury Twp

 

 

 

 

Somerset

Bedminster Twp

Bernards Twp

Bernardsville Boro

Branchburg Twp

Bridgewater Twp

Far Hills Boro

Hillsborough Twp

Peapack-Gladstone Boro

Raritan Boro

 

 

 

Burden Hill Forest/

Cape May

Lower Twp

Middle Twp

 

 

Delaware Bay

 

Cumberland

 

Fairfield Twp

Greenwich Twp

Hopewell Twp

Millville City

Stow Creek Twp

Upper Deerfield Twp

Vineland City

 

 

 

 

Gloucester

Logan Twp

South Harrison Twp

Woolwich Twp

 

 

 

 

Salem

Alloway Twp

Carneys Point Twp

Elmer Boro

Elsinboro Twp

Lower Alloways Creek Twp

Mannington Twp

Oldmans Twp

Pennsville Twp

Pilesgrove Twp

Pittsgove Twp

Quinton Twp

Upper Pittsgrove Twp

Woodstown Boro

 

 

 

South Jersey Metro /

Pine Barrens:

 

 

 

 

Camden Greenway

 

Camden

Camden City

 

 

 

Ellwood Corridor

Atlantic

Buena Vista Twp

Egg Harbor City

Egg Harbor Twp

Estell Manor City

Folsom Boro

Hamilton Twp

Hammonton Town

Mullica Twp

Weymouth Twp

 

 

 

Forked River Mountain Add

Ocean

Lacey Twp

Ocean Twp

 

 

 

Four Mile Circle

Burlington

Bass River Twp

Burlington Twp

Pemberton Twp

Tabernacle Twp

Washington Twp

Woodland Twp

 

 

 

Greater Kettle Run

Burlington

Evesham Twp

Medford Twp

 

 

 

Highlands Region:

 

 

 

 

Arcadia Lake/Newark Watershed

 

Passaic

West Milford Twp

 

 

Kittatinny Forest Area

Sussex

Frankford Twp

Hampton Twp

 

 

 

Morris County Additions

Morris

Boonton Town

Butler Boro

Chatham Boro

Chatham Twp

Denville Twp

Dover Town

East Hanover Twp

Florham Park Boro

Hanover Twp

Harding Twp

Lincoln Park Boro

Long Hill Twp

Madison Boro

Morris Plains Boro

Morris Twp

Morristown Town

Mount Olive Twp

Mountain Lakes Boro

Netcong Boro

Parsippany-Troy Hills Twp

Pequannock Twp

Riverdale Boro

Rockaway Boro

Rockaway Twp

Victory Gardens Boro

Wharton Boro

 

 

 

Musconetcong Valley

Warren

Franklin Twp

Greenwich Twp

Mansfield Twp

Washington Twp

 

 

 

Pyramid Mountain Addition

Morris

Boonton Twp

Kinnelon Boro

Montville Twp

 

 

 

Scotts Mtn Acq

Warren

Harmony Twp

Lopatcong Twp

White Twp

 

 

 

Sparta Mountain Greenway

Morris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sussex

Jefferson Twp

Mendham Boro

Mendham Twp

Mine Hill Twp

Mount Arlington Boro

Randolph Twp

Roxbury Twp

Washington Twp

 

Byram Twp

Hopatcong Boro

Sparta Twp

 

 

 

Vernon Marsh

Sussex

Vernon Twp

 

 

 

Western Piedmont:

 

 

 

 

Back Brook

Hunterdon

East Amwell Twp

Lambertville City

West Amwell Twp

 

 

 

Sourland Mountain

Mercer

Hopewell Twp

Princeton Twp

 

 

 

 

Somerset

Montgomery Twp

 

 

 

Wickecheoke Creek Acq

Hunterdon

Delaware Twp

Franklin Twp

Kingwood Twp

Raritan Twp

Stockton Boro

 

 

(18) Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust

 

Old Pine Farm Greenway

Camden

 

Gloucester

Gloucester Twp

 

Deptford Twp

237,500

(19) Passaic River Coalition

Passaic River Preservation Project

Bergen

Allendale Boro

Elmwood Park Boro

Fair Lawn Boro

Garfield City

Ho-Ho-Kus Boro

Lyndhurst Twp

Mahwah Twp

Oakland Boro

Ridgewood Village

Rutherford Boro

Saddle River Boro

Upper Saddle River Boro

Wallington Boro

 

550,000

 

 

Essex

Cedar Grove Twp

Fairfield Twp

Livingston Twp

Newark City

Roseland Boro

Verona Twp

West Caldwell Twp

 

 

 

 

Morris

Butler Boro

Chatham Boro

Chatham Twp

Denville Twp

East Hanover Twp

Florham Park Boro

Hanover Twp

Jefferson Twp

Kinnelon Boro

Lincoln Park

Boro

Long Hill Twp

Mendham Boro

Mendham Twp

Montville Twp

Morris Twp

Morristown Town

Parsippany-Troy Hills Twp

Pequannock Twp

Riverdale Boro

Rockaway Twp

 

 

 

 

Passaic

Bloomingdale Boro

Clifton City

Hawthorne Boro

Little Falls Twp

Passaic City

Paterson City

Pompton Lakes Boro

Totowa Boro

Wanaque Boro

Wayne Twp

West Milford Twp

Woodland Park Boro

 

 

 

 

Somerset

Bernards Twp

Bernardsville Boro

Warren Twp

 

 

 

 

Sussex

Hardyston Twp

Sparta Twp

 

 

 

 

Union

Berkeley Heights Twp

New Providence Boro

Summit City

 

 

(20) Rancocas Conservancy

Rancocas Watershed Acq

 

Burlington

All municipalities

275,000

(21) Ridge and Valley Conservancy

 

Open Space Conservation Plan

Sussex

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warren

Andover Boro

Andover Twp

Frankford Twp

Fredon Twp

Green Twp

Hampton Twp

Hardyston Twp

Lafayette Twp

Sandyston Twp

Stillwater Twp

Wantage Twp

 

Allamuchy Twp

Blairstwon Twp

Frelinghuysen Twp

Hardwick Twp

Hope Twp

Knowlton Twp

Mansfield Twp

White Twp

 

275,000

(22) Schiff Natural Lands Trust, Inc

Schiff-Mount Paul Greenway

Morris

Chester Twp

East Hanover Twp

Florham Park Boro

Hanover Twp

Mendham Boro

Mendham Twp

 

275,000

(23) South Jersey Land Trust

 

South Jersey Watersheds

Gloucester

 

Salem

All municipalities

 

Carneys Point Twp

Oldmans Twp

Pilesgrove Twp

 

275,000

(24) Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association

Watershed Connectors

Mercer

Hopewell Boro

Hopewell Twp

Pennington Boro

Princeton Twp

 

275,000

(25) Tewksbury Land Trust

 

Land Acq

Hunterdon

Tewksbury Twp

275,000

(26) The Conservation Fund

 

Future Mining Indian Trail

Cape May

Middle Twp

275,000

(27) The Elizabeth Conservancy, Inc

 

Bongiovanni Land Acq

Union

Elizabeth City

242,713

(28) The Land Conservancy of New Jersey

Priority Areas Acq

Essex

Bloomfield Twp

Livingston Twp

West Orange Twp

 

550,000

 

 

Morris

Boonton Twp

Chatham Boro

Chatham Twp

Denville Twp

Jefferson Twp

Kinnelon Boro

Madison Boro

Mine Hill Twp

Montville Twp

Morris Twp

Morristown Town

Mount Olive Twp

Parsippany-Troy Hills Twp

Pequannock Twp

Randolph Twp

Rockaway Twp

Roxbury Twp

Washington Twp

 

 

 

 

Passaic

Ringwood Boro

West Milford Twp

 

 

 

 

Somerset

Peapack-Gladstone Boro

 

 

 

 

Sussex

Andover Boro

Byram Twp

Frankford Twp

Fredon Twp

Green Twp

Hampton Twp

Hopatcong Boro

Lafayette Twp

Stillwater Twp

Vernon Twp

 

 

 

 

Warren

Allamuchy Twp

Franklin Twp

Frelinghuysen Twp

Greenwich Twp

Hardwick Twp

Harmony Twp

Pohatcong Twp

 

 

(29) The Nature Conservancy

 

Priority Areas Acq

 

 

550,000

 

Cape May Project Area

Cape May

Cape May City

Cape May Point Boro

Dennis Twp

Lower Twp

Middle Twp

West Cape May Boro

 

 

 

 

Cumberland

Maurice River Twp

 

 

 

Delaware Bay Greenway

Cumberland

Commercial Twp

Downe Twp

Fairfield Twp

Lawrence Twp

Maurice River Twp

Millville City

Vineland City

 

 

 

East and West Plains

Burlington

Bass River Twp

Pemberton Boro

Pemberton Twp

Washington Twp

Woodland Twp

 

 

 

Ellwood Corridor

 

Atlantic

Estell Manor City

Galloway Twp

Hamilton Twp

Mullica Twp

 

 

 

Forked River Mountain

Ocean

Lacey Twp

Ocean Twp

 

 

 

High Mt Project Area

Passaic

North Haledon Boro

Wayne Twp

 

 

 

Hirst Ponds

Atlantic

Galloway Twp

 

 

 

Limestone Forest Acq

Sussex

Andover Boro

Andover Twp

Frankford Twp

Fredon Twp

Green Twp

Hampton Twp

Hardyston Twp

Lafayette Twp

Montague Twp

Newton Town

Sandyston Twp

Stillwater Twp

Walpack Twp

Wantage Twp

 

 

 

 

Warren

Allamuchy Twp

Blairstown Twp

Frelinghuysen Twp

Hardwick Twp

Hope Twp

 

 

 

Maurice River Project Area

Cumberland

Maurice River Twp

Millville City

 

 

 

Oswego River Lowlands

Ocean

Barnegat Twp

Eagleswood Twp

Little Egg Harbor Twp

Stafford Twp

 

 

 

Willow Grove

 

Gloucester

 

Salem

 

Franklin Twp

 

Pittsgrove Twp

 

(30) Trust For Public Land

 

Project Priority Areas

 

 

550,000

 

Atlantic Balanced Communities Acq

Atlantic

Absecon City

Egg Harbor City

Egg Harbor Twp

Galloway Twp

Hamilton Twp

Linwood City

Northfield City

Pleasantville City

Port Republic City

Somers Point City

 

 

 

Bay to Bay

Monmouth

Allenhurst Boro

Asbury Park City

Avon-By-The-Sea Boro

Belmar Boro

Bradley Beach Boro

Brielle Boro

Deal Boro

Interlaken Boro

Loch Arbour Village

Long Branch City

Manasquan Boro

Monmouth Beach Boro

Neptune Twp

Sea Bright Boro

Sea Girt Boro

Spring Lake Boro

Spring Lake Heights Boro

Wall Twp

 

 

 

Bergen Co. Open  Space Partnership

 

Bergen

All municipalities

 

 

Beyond the Century Plan – Barnegat Bay

Monmouth

Freehold Twp

 

 

Initiative

Ocean

Barnegat Light Boro

Berkeley Twp

Brick Twp

Eagleswood Twp

Jackson Twp

Lacey Twp

Little Egg Harbor Twp

Long Beach Twp

Manchester Twp

Ocean Twp

Stafford Twp

Toms River Twp

Tuckerton Boro

 

 

 

Camden Balanced Communities Acq

Camden

Berlin Boro

Camden City

Cherry Hill Twp

Clementon Boro

Gloucester Twp

Haddon Twp

Lindenwold Boro

Pennsauken Twp

Voorhees Twp

 

 

 

Delaware River Inland

Burlington

Bordentown Twp

Burlington Twp

Cinnaminson Twp

Delran Twp

Florence Twp

Mansfield Twp

Mount Laurel Twp

Springfield Twp

Willingboro Twp

 

 

 

Essex Co. Open Space

 

Essex

All municipalities

 

 

Harbor Estuaries Acq

Bergen

East Rutherford Boro

 

 

 

Hudson

Jersey City

Secaucus Town

 

 

 

 

Middlesex

Carteret Boro

Old Bridge Twp

Woodbridge Twp

 

 

 

 

Monmouth

Aberdeen Twp

Atlantic Highlands Boro

Fair Haven Boro

Hazlet Twp

Highlands Boro

Keansburg Boro

Keyport Boro

Matawan Boro

Middletown Twp

Rumson Boro

Union Beach Boro

 

 

 

 

Union

Linden City

Rahway City

 

 

 

Hudson Co Open Space

 

 

Hudson

All municipalities

 

 

Hunterdon Co Open Space Partnership

Hunterdon

All municipalities

 

 

 

 

 

Interstate 195 Corridor

Mercer

Hamilton Twp

Robbinsville Twp

 

 

 

 

Monmouth

Allentown Boro

Freehold Boro

Freehold Twp

Howell Twp

Millstone Twp

Upper Freehold Twp

Wall Twp

 

 

 

Metedeconk Watershed Protection

Monmouth

Freehold Twp

Howell Twp

Millstone Twp

Wall Twp

 

 

 

 

Ocean

Brick Twp

Jackson Twp

Lakewood Twp

 

 

 

Morris Open Space Acq

Morris

All municipalities

 

 

 

 

Passaic Open Space

 

Passaic

All municipalities

 

 

Somerset Open Space Acq

 

Somerset

All municipalities

 

 

Sussex Open Space Partnership

 

Sussex

All municipalities

 

 

Upper Delaware River Watershed

Hunterdon

Alexandria Twp

Bethlehem Twp

Bloomsbury Boro

Hampton Boro

Holland Twp

Lebanon Boro

Lebanon Twp

 

 

 

 

Morris

Mount Arlington Boro

Mount Olive Twp

Netcong Boro

Roxbury Twp

Washington Twp

 

 

 

 

Sussex

Andover Boro

Andover Twp

Branchville Boro

Byram Twp

Frankford Twp

Fredon Twp

Green Twp

Hampton Twp

Hardyston Twp

Hopatcong Boro

Lafayette Twp

Montague Twp

Newton Town

Sandyston Twp

Sparta Twp

Stanhope Boro

Stillwater Twp

Walpack Twp

Wantage Twp

 

 

 

 

Warren

All municipalities

 

 

 

Wanaque Gap Acq

 

Bergen

Mahwah Twp

 

(31) Upper Raritan Watershed Association

 

Upper Raritan Watershed Region

Hunterdon

 

Morris

 

 

Somerset

 

Tewksbury Twp

 

Chester Twp

Washington Twp

 

Bedminster Twp

Bernards Twp

Bernardsville Boro

Peapack-Gladstone Boro

 

 

275,000

(32) Washington Twp Land Trust / Washington Twp

 

Schooley’s Mountain Cooridor & Vicinity

Morris

Washington Twp

275,000

(33) YMCA Camp Ockanickon

Camp Ockanickon Conservation & Recreation Program

 

Burlington

Medford Twp

Shamong Twp

275,000

TOTAL

 

 

 

$10,232,787

 

     c.     The following projects for the development of lands for recreation and conservation purposes are eligible for funding with the moneys appropriated pursuant to subsection a. of this section:

 

Nonprofit Organization

Project

County

Municipality

Approved Amount

 

Branch Brook Park Alliance

Branch Brook Park – Kiyo Grove, Lions & Lake Edge

 

Essex

Newark City

$275,000

Briant Park Olmsted Conservancy

 

Briant Park Improvements

Union

Summit City

275,000

Down Neck Community Sports Group

 

Riverfront Park Improvements

Essex

Newark City

275,000

Eagle Rock Conservancy, Inc

 

Eagle Rock Reservation Improvements

Essex

Montclair Twp

Verona Twp

West Orange Twp

275,000

Hilltop Conservancy, Inc

 

Hilltop Reservation Improvements

Essex

Montclair Twp

Verona Twp

 

275,000

Ironbound Community Corporation

 

Riverfront Park Improvements

Essex

Newark City

275,000

La Casa de Don Pedro

Branch Brook Park – Kiyo Grove, Lions & Lake Edge

 

Essex

Newark City

275,000

Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District

Lincoln Park/Coast Cultural Revitalization Greenway

 

Essex

Newark City

275,000

North Ward Center

Branch Brook Park Ext. Rehabilitation

 

Essex

Belleville Twp

Newark City

275,000

Passaic River Rowing Association

Passaic River Rowing Association Boathouse

 

Bergen

Lyndhurst Twp

275,000

Roberto Clemente League

 

Branch Brook Park Ext. Rehabilitation

Essex

Belleville Twp

Newark City

275,000

Save Ellis Island

Ellis Island Open Space Project

 

Hudson

Jersey City

275,000

South Mountain Conservancy

South Mountain Reservation Improvements

Essex

Maplewood Twp

Millburn Twp

South Orange Village Twp

West Orange Twp

 

275,000

SPARK Friends, Inc

 

Riverfront Park Improvements

Essex

Newark City

275,000

Verona Park Conservancy

 

Verona Park Improvements

Essex

Verona Twp

275,000

Washington Park Association

Washington & Lincoln Park Improvements

 

Hudson

Jersey City

Union City

186,000

West Side Park Conservancy, Inc

Hatfield Swamp Improvements

 

Essex

Roseland Boro

275,000

TOTAL

 

 

 

$4,586,000

 

     d.    Any transfer of any funds, or change in project sponsor, site, or type, listed in subsection b. or c. of this section shall require the approval of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee or its successor.

     e.     To the extent that moneys remain available after the projects listed in subsection b. or c. of this section are offered funding pursuant thereto, any project of a qualifying tax exempt nonprofit organization that previously received funding appropriated or reappropriated from any Green Acres bond act, any annual appropriations act, or the Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund for recreation and conservation purposes shall be eligible to receive additional funding, as determined by the Department of Environmental Protection, subject to the approval of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee or its successor.

     f.     There is reappropriated to the Department of Environmental Protection the unexpended balances, due to project withdrawals, cancellations, or cost savings, of the amounts appropriated or reappropriated from any Green Acres bond act, any annual appropriations act, or the Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund to assist qualifying tax exempt nonprofit organizations to acquire or develop lands for recreation and conservation purposes, for the purposes of:  (1) this section; and (2) providing additional funding, as determined by the Department of Environmental Protection, to any project of a qualifying tax exempt nonprofit organization that previously received funding appropriated or reappropriated from any Green Acres bond act, any annual appropriations act, or the Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund for recreation and conservation purposes, subject to the approval of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee or its successor.  Any such additional funding provided from a Green Acres bond act may include administrative costs.

     g.     For the purposes of this section, "Green Acres bond act" means P.L.2009, c.117, P.L.2007, c.119, P.L.1995, c.204, P.L.1992, c.88, and P.L.1989, c.183.

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     The bill appropriates $14,818,787 in Green Acres funds to provide grants to various nonprofit entities to acquire or develop lands for recreation and conservation purposes.  Of the amount appropriated, $9 million is from the “2009 Green Acres Fund” and $5,818,787 is reappropriated from the “Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund.”

     The “2009 Green Acres Fund” was established pursuant to the “Green Acres, Water Supply and Floodplain Protection, and Farmland and Historic Preservation Bond Act of 2009,” P.L.2009, c.117, and the “Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund” was established pursuant to the "Garden State Preservation Trust Act," P.L.1999, c.152 (C.13:8C-1 et seq.). 

     Of the amount appropriated, $10,232,787 is allocated for acquisition projects and $4,586,000 is allocated for park development projects. 

     The projects listed in this bill have been approved by the DEP and the Garden State Preservation Trust. 

     The bill also would allow the DEP to re-distribute certain other moneys, which have been returned to the department due to project withdrawals, cancellations, or cost savings, for the purpose of providing additional funding, for recreation and conservation purposes, to previously approved and funded projects of nonprofit entities, subject to the approval of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee.  This additional funding, if provided from a Green Acres bond act, may include administrative costs.