Liberty State Park is the priceless, free and green park behind Lady Liberty and Ellis Island. LSP is peaceful, scarce urban open space in one of our nation’s most densely populated regions. It sees millions of visitors each year and is jam-packed on warm weekends year-round. But Governor Christie could change all that by leasing parkland to developers for large-scale projects including a hotel, an amusement park, a commercial amphitheater, and more. Instead of playing in the park, he wants you to have to pay in the park. A report released by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) unveiled this development Read more →
Posted on May 21, 2013
NY/NJ Baykeeper has been receiving calls from citizens concerned about what they fear are oil spills. Algae blooms often occur in the spring but we suspect that this year’s blooms are earlier and larger because of the 11 billions of raw sewage that spilled in the NY/NJ Harbor during Superstorm Sandy. Please take a moment to read our fact sheet on algae blooms and what you can do to help prevent them.Read More
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First Step to Lift NJDEP’s Shellfish Ban!
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) ban on shellfish research and restoration programs in the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary had been set in stone since 2010, even after Superstorm Sandy prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to recommend beefing up shellfish reefs to protect shorelines from storm surge and erosion. UNTIL, on January 19, 2016 Governor Chris Christie signed bill S2617, which requires NJDEP to adopt Shellfish Rules by September 2016. We look forward to working with DEP to improve current Rules that will strengthen our coasts. This is a HUGE FIRST STEP to LIFTING DEP’s 2010 ban! The bill Read more →
First Look at Plastics in NY-NJ Harbor Estuary
NY/NJ Baykeeper is pleased to announce our completed NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Plastic Collection Report! This report is the first examination of plastic pollution within waters surrounding New York City. Based on our estimates, at least 165 million plastic particles are floating within NY-NJ Harbor Estuary waters at any given time. That’s about 256,322 per square kilometer! Plastics in our waters harm habitat, fish, and other wildlife and may be traveling up to the human food chain. Click here to view the report and learn more about what’s in our waterways. Change starts with you Together, we can all make a difference to reduce and eliminate plastic pollution Read more →
Kayak Tours Make Perfect Valentine’s Gifts!
Free Kayaking on Thursdays When: 5:30pm June 9, June 16, June 23, June 30, July 21, and August 4 Where: Keyport Waterfront at the intersection of Broad St. and First St. No registration required – first come, first served. Kayaks and personal flotation devices (PFDs) will be provided. Participants will kayak in two 30 minute time slots (5:30pm and 6:00pm). Woodbridge Creek Tour When: Saturday, June 25th, 10:00am – 12:00pm Where: Ernie Oros Wildlife Preserve – Omar Ave. Avenel, NJ Register here! Please note: All cancellations are subject to a $5.00 cancellation fee. 100th Anniversary Shark Attack – Matawan Creek Tours When: Sunday, July 10th, 11:30am Read more →
Making Crude Oil by Rail Safer and Transparent
You may have driven by a long train full of black tanker cars and wondered what it was carrying and where it was going. More than likely it is full of crude oil from the Bakken fields in Canada or the western part of the US. These are the same tankers that have been in the news recently because of derailments and explosions. We don’t want history to repeat itself. The spike in crude oil shipments have has led to the loss of 47 lives in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, in July 2013, along with countless derailments in Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois, Read more →