The bodies of water involved in the action include ninereservoirs that provide drinking water to an estimated 40% of thestate's population and a half-dozen streams. The latter are beingprotected as a resource and breeding ground for various wildlife,an effort that has been the thrust of past Category Onedesignations within the state.

The protection of the nine reservoirs, on the other hand, marksthe first time Category One has been applied for something otherthan wildlife protection. "For too long, we have failed to give ourdrinking water sources the right protection," McGreevey saidyesterday as he signed the rules into law. "We have failed to enactthe necessary rules, and we have not properly managed the growth ofour communities."

In effect, according to observers, about the only thing thatcould be built along the 200 miles of waterways covered by therules would be very small projects with very expensive watertreatment facilities and lots of room to handle storm water runoff.The action immediately drew the ire of the development community,although few would comment on it publicly because it putsdevelopers in a public relations bind. As one developer, "how does it make us look if we come out and openlycriticize something that the Governor says is going to protectpeople's drinking water?"

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