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Sarlo: We Must Protect The State’s Soil Conservation Districts

TRENTON – Senator Paul A. Sarlo, D-Bergen and Passaic issued the following statement today following the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee hearing with Secretary of Agriculture Charles Kuperus:

“The State’s Soil Conservation program is beneficial because it sets standards and coordinates pollution control efforts to help conserve New Jersey’s natural resources. The funding for this program has been cut for the FY 2006 budget, and the State must find ways to ensure that the necessary monies are available to help keep the program in operation. One way that the State could help save money would be to standardize the soil conservation districts on a statewide level. We must make sure that we don’t let bureaucratic issues stand in the way of preserving the State’s natural resources.”