Posts made in December 18th, 2012

Baykeeper Reflections Post-Sandy

Posted on Dec 18, 2012

While we know that so many people in New York and New Jersey are dealing with the devastating impacts of Hurricane Sandy, we also know that we need to start thinking about the future–before the next hurricane or other natural disaster occurs. At NY/NJ Baykeeper, our focus has not changed as a result of Hurricane Sandy, but our core values are now more important than ever. As always, in the State of New Jersey, we should: Notify: The general public needs timely notification of sewage spills, including information about the risks to public health and instructions for safe clean up of...

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North Jersey Clean Water Symposium

Posted on Nov 18, 2012

On May 2nd, NY/NJ Baykeeper and the New Jersey League of Municipalities co-sponsored a symposium about Clean Water in North Jersey. The symposium highlighted water quality challenges facing municipalities in the Hackensack and Passaic River watersheds and offered suggestions for planning for cost-effective solutions. Thanks to all of our amazing speakers listed below. Below are hyper-links to their presentations and links to their web sites where applicable. Feel free to contact Elizabeth Ruebman at Baykeeper with any questions about the symposium. Welcome to the Meadowlands from Senator...

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SHELLSHOCKED: Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves

Posted on Oct 18, 2012

SHELLSHOCKED: Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves follows efforts to prevent the extinction of wild oyster reefs. Wild oyster reefs have been declared ‘the most severely impacted marine habitat on Earth’ and no longer play a role in their ecosystems. Now scientists, government officials, artists and environmentalists are fighting to bring oysters back to the former oyster capital of the world – New York Harbor. Featuring interviews with Fabien Cousteau, Mara Haseltine, Mark Kurlansky, Kyle Bennett, Meredith Comi, Murray Fisher, Sylvia D’Alessandro, Yvonne Taylor, Chester...

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NY/NJ Baykeeper Releases Its Raritan Bay Initiative

Posted on Oct 18, 2012

October 18, 2012 marked the 40th Anniversary of the federal Clean Water Act. Much progress has been made, but we still have a way to go to get our waterways fishable, swimmable and drinkable, as promised by the legislation. To mark the 40th Anniversary, NY/NJ Baykeeper asked state and local officials, agency personnel and the public to recommit to the Raritan Bay. The Raritan Bay is like New Jersey’s Ming Dynasty vase—only kept in a box in the basement. The Raritan Bay is an untapped New Jersey resource; its economic and recreational potential limited by poor water quality. Since the...

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