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Scientists Warn a Certain Festive Trend May Sparkle Environmental Threats

Posted on Dec 1, 2017

Scientists Warn a Certain Festive Trend May Sparkle Environmental Threats

December 3, 2017 Based on our plastic sampling research, at least 165 million plastic particles are floating in NY-NJ Harbor Estuary waters at any given time – 85% being smaller than the size of a grain of rice. But what about the even smaller particles? Enter glitter. This time of year, the sparkly stuff makes an entrance in must-have eyeshadows and other festive cosmetic products. As you may have guessed it by now, glitter is made with plastic. Glitter that is incorporated in any rinse-of product travels down the drain and can be eventually discharged into our waterways, contributing...

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Take the #NoStrawNovember Challenge!

Posted on Oct 28, 2017

Take the #NoStrawNovember Challenge!

Did you know Americans use 500 plastic straws PER DAY?! Straws have become an unnecessary yet standard component of our lifestyle, but they are wreaking havoc on our environment. Straws litter our beaches, parks, and storm drains. Litter is discharged into our local waterways when it rains, where plastic will never biodegrade. Fish and bird species mistake plastics for food, often resulting in entanglement and starvation. (In 2015, researchers filmed a sea turtle relieved from a straw lodged in its nose.) Protect our waterways and marine life by avoiding single-use throwaway items and opting...

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Five Years After Sandy

Posted on Oct 27, 2017

October 29, 2017 Hurricane Sandy really was the “perfect storm.” She boasted a 1,150 mile diameter, 80 mph winds, and frolicked toward the east coast after an unexpected left turn. Befriending a full moon high tide, Sandy arrived in New York and New Jersey on October 29th, claiming a total of 149 lives and economic losses of $30 billion in New Jersey and $50 billion in New York. In the five years since Sandy, it’s become evident that climate change is the most serious environmental challenge facing New York and New Jersey. As we have seen after recent storms (Hermine, Harvey, Irma), climate...

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Plastic Pollution Doesn’t Fly with Us. Why We Should Ban Intentional Balloon Releases

Posted on Oct 2, 2017

Plastic Pollution Doesn’t Fly with Us. Why We Should Ban Intentional Balloon Releases

November 29, 2017 We often associate balloons with birthdays, gender reveal parties, or memorial services, but these seemingly harmless floating objects are a growing threat to our environment. Balloons are consistently found during beach and park cleanups, based on nationwide data collected by the Ocean Conservancy. Even more concerning is that a balloon’s final resting place is within our waterways, adding to plastic pollution. To an unsuspecting bird or fish, a balloon can appear to be a jellyfish or algae, making it difficult for them to distinguish food from trash. In fact, according to...

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Events Schedule 2018

Posted on Aug 29, 2017

Events Schedule 2018

We welcome you to join us on your local waterway! Whether you’re into ship graveyards, or just want to learn how to kayak, our on-the-water activities offer something for everyone!   Check back soon!   Our kayak tour program is made possible by our funders: County of Monmouth, New Jersey Keyport BID, Inc....

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Become a Member Today!

Posted on Aug 14, 2017

Become a Member Today!

YOU and your community benefit when you are informed by science. From climate change to water quality testing to wetland restoration to green infrastructure, we all profit from the advancements of scientific research and restoration. I’m asking you to make the commitment to protect, preserve, and restore your community by becoming a member today and help to continue our work as leaders of research and restoration in the NY-NJ Harbor. In recent years, because of the support of your community, NY/NJ Baykeeper has implemented the first of its kind plastics pollution report and living shoreline...

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