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Stop the Williams Pipeline!

Posted on May 15, 2017

Stop the Williams Pipeline!

About the Proposed Pipeline Williams Transco has proposed a 23.4-mile pipeline project to expand its existing Transco transmission system to transport natural gas from the Marcellus Shale region through Raritan Bay to New York. If built, the pipeline will disrupt YOUR fishing, boating. and recreational activities! Construction of the pipeline would also disturb 14,000 acres of habitat for clams, horseshoe crabs, fish, and other marine animals. The project is proposed to be completed by the end of 2019. This is a step backwards for our energy policy and the environment by committing the...

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

Posted on May 15, 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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Public Access: More than Just a Beach-Goers Right

Posted on May 14, 2017

Public Access: More than Just a Beach-Goers Right

May 18, 2017 Generally, when one thinks of the rights associated with public access to the shoreline, images of walking along sandy beaches and swimming among the rolling waves often come to mind. However, there are approximately 130 miles of shoreline in the State of New Jersey; about a third of which are along the northern shores of the state in metropolitan areas like Newark, Hoboken, and Edgewater.  The right of public access to these shorelines extends to all tidal waters whether it’s the Atlantic Ocean or the Passaic River, and is vested in every citizen of the state. The concept of...

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Results are in! Bacteria Associated with Rainfall

Posted on May 14, 2017

May 15, 2017 Older cities like Perth Amboy, Newark, and Paterson have a combined sewer system, which transports both your stormwater and municipal sewage to the wastewater treatment plant in the same pipes. During heavy rain, these sewer pipes become so overloaded they discharges raw sewage directly into your waterway! Everyone deserves a clean and safe local waterway, but because of these raw sewage discharge events, known as Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO), your waterways may experience high levels of bacteria that make swimming and fishing unsafe. Learn more about your local Raritan Bay...

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Staff Picks: Debbie’s Favorite NY-NJ Harbor Books

Posted on May 1, 2017

Staff Picks: Debbie’s Favorite NY-NJ Harbor Books

May 4, 2017 If you are like me, there seems to be more books that I want to read than it seems I have time.  There are so many great books about NY-NJ Harbor and the surrounding waterways and communities that I have an evolving list of books that I have read or need to read.  I hesitate to mention which ones I still need to read for fear of risking my reputation and offending the authors!  Here they are grouped loosely by theme: Respect and Know Your History The Hudson River: A Natural and Unnatural History by Robert Boyle Heartbeats in the Muck by John Waldman The Riverkeepers by John...

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Together, We Can Trump Pollution

Posted on Apr 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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