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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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Governor Cuomo Blocks NYC’s Bag Law

Posted on Feb 1, 2017

February 16, 2017 We are deeply disappointed with Governor Cuomo’s decision to nullify New York City’s bag. The bag law was scheduled to go into effect today and would have encouraged consumers to bring their own reusable bag to avoid a five cent fee and prevent plastic waste from littering neighborhoods and waterways. Instead, the Council is forced to postpone moving forward with a new bill for one year. While today’s moratorium is a setback for local victories and our environment, New York City’s Bag It Coalition is not going away. NY/NJ Baykeeper will continue working with coalition...

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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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5 Ways to Have a Plastic-Free Holiday and Reusable New Year

Posted on Dec 15, 2016

5 Ways to Have a Plastic-Free Holiday and Reusable New Year

December 15, 2016   Seasons Greetings ya’ll! Between holiday parties and grabbing something quick to eat in between shopping, single-use plastics are everywhere this time of year! Plastic bags, bottles, straws, and utensils are among the most common items we find at our cleanups. These items make their way to our waterways, never biodegrade, and severely impact aquatic life. ICYMI, check out CNN’s portrayal of our plastic pollution problem here.  Before we get too doom and gloom, there are many small-scale solutions that you can incorporate in your every day life to prevent...

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6 Ways to Give Without Writing a Check!

Posted on Dec 8, 2016

6 Ways to Give Without Writing a Check!

“The earth is what we all have in common.” — Wendell Berry During this time of year, many worthy nonprofits may be on your list to support with a donation – and I hope NY/NJ Baykeeper is one of them! – but have you ever wondered if your favorite charity could benefit from the things you do almost every day? Here are seven ways you can give to NY/NJ Baykeeper without writing a check.   1.) Have a Drink with Us!   With every purchase of Proud Pour’s Oyster Wine in New Jersey, 100 oysters are restored to the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary. To find out where to buy in your...

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