Connecting Communities to Waterways
Access to public trust resources, most famously including beaches and shores of navigable waterways, gives the public a valued amenity and creates a sense of responsibility over waterbodies. Access on an even playing field is an important goal for environmental justice communities, and many people rely on public trust waters for subsistence fishing and even bathing.
In the coming months, New Jersey DEP will propose rules implementing S-1074 and we believe these rules will be heavily contested. At present, the balance of power is heavily skewed in favor of industrial interests that will seek to limit public access to urban waterways.
CWAC will be a strong force pushing for access in environmental justice areas that is equal to the access to the shore’s sandy beaches. We will fight for rules that ensure equal access rights to urban and coastal waters, ensuring that where onsite access is unavailable, nearby off-site access is funded.