New Jersey has long recognized the importance of protecting headwater areas and the sensitive resources of rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs, wetlands, and associated buffers and coastal waters. These lands protect ecological resources and water quality, provide water-based recreation opportunities, and serve as linear open space linkages. Aquifer recharge areas and lands held by water utilities for protection of water supplies must be preserved, as well as sensitive areas beyond those holdings. The cost of not doing so is far greater than the cost of preservation. Therefore, Green Acres will continue to acquire land that will serve to protect critical water supplies, support wildlife habitat, and provide recreational opportunities throughout New Jersey.