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Staff Picks! Greg Recommends His Top 6 Scenic Bike Rides Along the Raritan Bayshore

Posted on Feb 13, 2017

Staff Picks! Greg Recommends His Top 6 Scenic Bike Rides Along the Raritan Bayshore

Greg Remaud, NY/NJ Baykeeper Deputy Director’s 6 Recommendations for Scenic Bike Rides Along the Raritan Bayshore: Staff Recommendations: We are excited to introduce a new initiative at NY/NJ Baykeeper – staff picks!  Some our favorite things to explore, read, learn or taste in the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary. Our very own Deputy Director, Greg Remaud, kicks us off with his top picks for great scenic recreational bike rides near the Raritan Bayshore. These recommendations are for safe uncongested cycling routes meant to introduce those unfamiliar with the area to some of the countless...

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Bet You’ve Never Seen Plastic Pollution Explained Like This Before…

Posted on Feb 13, 2017

Bet You’ve Never Seen Plastic Pollution Explained Like This Before…

At an unsettling time when science is threatened by the Trump Administration, there is no better time to launch baykeeperplasticstory.org, our new website that provides you the facts and science of plastic pollution and ways you can help! An alarming 165 million plastic pieces are floating in the NY-NJ Harbor, based on our research, and more than 663 species are impacted by plastic pollution, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). You’ll find the website uses animation and photography to explore this serious threat to our waters and the ecosystems that depend on...

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2016 Highlights for a Cleaner NY-NJ Harbor Estuary

Posted on Feb 13, 2017

2016 Highlights for a Cleaner NY-NJ Harbor Estuary

2016 Highlights for a Cleaner NY-NJ Harbor Estuary January 2017 2016 was quite a year!  What struck me most is how individual actions can add up to make a big difference.  For example, you may not think you make a big difference when you call us to pump out waste from your boat rather than dumping it overboard, but together we prevented 32,000 gallons of waste and chemicals going into our local waterways in 2016! And, each time you attend one of our cleanups, you reduce plastic from entering our waterways. Here are some 2016 highlights for each of our programs that we are especially proud of...

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Love Your Waterways this Valentine’s Day

Posted on Feb 12, 2017

Love your waterways on this Valentine’s Day and everyday with these five quick tips!   1. Replace your single-use plastic convenience products with reusable bags, bottles, utensils, and more. Read more about our Plastic Pollution Prevention Campaign here.  2. Install a rain barrel on your property and redirect your downspouts. Click here to learn how.  3. Spring will be here before you know it. Use environmentally safe alternatives to pesticides and fertilizer. Chemicals in fertilizers contaminate our stormwater and waterways. Click here for our recommendations.  4. Volunteer at...

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Trump Administration Reflections

Posted on Jan 3, 2017

Trump Administration Reflections

November 15, 2016 Over the past week, we here at the NY/NJ Baykeeper office have been doing a lot of reflecting on the recent presidential election.  I can’t sugarcoat it, the prospects look bad for the environment. President-elect Trump has promised to “shutdown” the Environmental Protection Agency and reverse climate change policies and regulations. For a state like New Jersey, that has the most federally-designated Superfund sites, this would be bad news.  The EPA has oversight over the cleanup of those sites, which range from the lower 17 miles of the Passaic River and Newark Bay to...

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Find a Bag, Fill a Bag

Posted on Jan 2, 2017

Find a Bag, Fill a Bag

October 6, 2016 Find a Bag, Fill a Bag It seems that everywhere we go, our streets, wetlands, parks, and beaches are littered with single-use plastic items like straws, styrofoam, bottles, and utensils. If you’re like us at Baykeeper and feel guilty or overwhelmed for not picking up every piece of trash in your line of sight, we challenge you to find a bag and fill a bag! More often than not, you will find an empty plastic bag amidst litter. (Side note: We’ve heard plastic bags being referred to as NJ’s state flower lately – Let’s change that!)  Share your...

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