Yesterday the NJ State Senate confirmed Dan Van Abs nomination to the Highlands Council (aka New Jersey’s Water Protection and Planning Council). This agency is responsible for guiding capacity based development in the Highlands region that is consistent with the natural and cultural resource protection goals of the Highlands Act and the Highlands Regional Master Plan.
Van Abs is uniquely qualified for this appointment given his extensive knowledge of water resources in New Jersey. In fact he was the senior director for Planning & Science with the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council between 2007 and 2012. During this time he oversaw the development and implementation of the Highlands Regional Master Plan.
Currently, Van Abs is associate professor of practice for Water, Society & Environment at Rutgers University Department of Human Ecology. He is a licensed professional planner in New Jersey, and has served as a gubernatorial appointee to the New Jersey Clean Water Council since 2005.
The New Jersey Highlands Coalition thanks Governor Murphy for nominating Dan. We are working very hard to see that the Governor’s two other nominees, Bill Kibler and Wynnie-Fred Victor Hinds, can soon join Vans Abs on the Highlands Council.
The New Jersey Highlands Coalition
We represent a diverse network of organizations – small and large, local, regional, statewide and national – and individuals with the common goal to protect, enhance and restore the New Jersey Highlands and to preserve the quality and quantity of drinking water for the 6.2 million people who depend on Highlands water.
Contributions from supporters such as you are New Jersey Highlands Coalition’s largest source of funding and ensure that the Coalition has the resources to continue to be your voice speaking up for the NJ Highlands in the future.