Washington - New Jersey Senators Robert Menendez and Frank R. Lautenberg today announced that the Senate approved legislation to give New Jersey more than $7 million for water and land conservation programs.

The Appropriations legislation passed the House on Monday but will have to go back to that body before it is sent to the President. It is expected to pass the House and go to President Bush for his signature by the end of the week.

"These funds will help ensure the future of New Jersey's natural resources," said Sen. Menendez. "They will help programs across our great state to make sure our families have access to clean water, to protect our wild lands, and to keep New Jersey clean and beautiful."

"By preserving our natural resources and protecting our water supply, these funds would help keep New Jersey communities safe, clean and healthy," said Sen. Lautenberg. "The funding included in this bill is vital to the environmental and economic health of the Garden State."

These funds were included as part of the FY 2008 Omnibus Appropriations bill which passed the Senate.

The organizations receiving funding in the Department of the Interior portion of the Omnibus spending package are:

· $393,760 for the Bayonne Municipal Utilities Authority in Bayonne for upgrades to the wastewater/stormwater sewer system;

· $295,320 to Kearny Township for a new pumping station;

· $492,2000 to the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission for wastewater treatment plant upgrades;

· $196,880 to Pennsauken Township for a water management study;

· $2,461,000 to the New Jersey Highlands Coalition for the Sparta Mountain South Forest Legacy Project in Sussex County;

· $1,181,280 for land conservation in the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge;

· $1,722,700 (shared by New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut) for land conservation as part of the Highlands Conservation Act; and

· $492,200 to the New Jersey Audubon Society for land acquisition in the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge.

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