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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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First Living Shoreline in Raritan Bay Installed!

Posted on Dec 5, 2016

First Living Shoreline in Raritan Bay Installed!

August 20, 2016 NY/NJ Baykeeper and partners began the installation of a first of its kind urban living shoreline this week. Located at Naval Weapons Station Earle in Monmouth County, NJ, the 0.91 acre living shoreline will consist of an artificial reef using live oysters and concrete structures known as oyster castles to fortify and protect the coast along the Raritan Bayshore. The oyster castles will provide the necessary hard surface that oysters can attach and grow on. This project is one of the first times groundbreaking oyster castles will be used in New Jersey. After Hurricane Sandy,...

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Do You Stand with Standing Rock?

Posted on Dec 1, 2016

Do You Stand with Standing Rock?

Water Protectors at Standing Rock are asking for your help with a Month of Solidarity through December. Here’s a few things you can do to help the folks on the ground at Oceti Sakowin camp: GO TO STANDING ROCK Be respectful and ready to work. It is essential that you prepare and plan for inclement weather and take the appropriate measures to ensure your safety. TAKE ACTION IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY Check out this map of the financial, governmental and corporate targets behind DAPL to find out where to hold an action near you. These are the locations of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offices at...

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