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Together, We Can Trump Pollution

Posted on Mar 2, 2017

Together, We Can Trump Pollution

As you’ve probably heard, President Trump has publicaly stated, “We are going to get rid of it [US Environmental Protection Agency] in almost every form.”  Stripping down regulations and agencies that protect our waterways and natural resources favors the interests of polluters instead of the people. We need YOUR help to protect what is rightfully ours!  The EPA was created in 1972 to protect swimmable, fishable, and drinkable waterways and the ecosystems that depend on them. There’s no time to move backwards when we’ve come this far! Take action by telling your Congress member that cuts to...

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

Posted on Mar 2, 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 Mar 2, 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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Two Plastic Documentaries to Get Inspired

Posted on Feb 14, 2017

1. Plastic Paradise: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch Did you know that nearly all receipts are coated with BPA (a chemical used to make many plastics) and that BPA can quickly contaminate your blood when you handle your receipts? This is just one startling fact I learned from Plastic Paradise: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a 2013 documentary directed by Angela Sun. Sun digs deeper into our reliance on convenient, single-use plastics and the startling threats they pose to ecosystem health, as well as humans. Sun offers ways you can take action now by simply voting with our wallets, buying...

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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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