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Staff Picks! Michele’s Top 5 Spots to Kayak in NJ

Posted on Jun 4, 2017

June 6, 2017 5 Awesome Spots to Kayak in NJ New Jersey has no shortage of waterways available for our enjoyment, from lakes and rivers to bays and the ocean. Now that the sun is shining warmly, we’ve got some tips on where to make the most of your summer on New Jersey’s waters. Horse Shoe Cove (Monmouth Hills, NJ) Paddle around Sandy Hook Bay, though the tides make this spot better suited to more experienced paddlers. Located in Gateway National Recreation Area, with beaches all around, there is plenty to see and do before or after paddling here. Liberty State Park (Jersey City, NJ) Paddle...

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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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NJDEP – Not doing enough to protect local waters

Posted on Apr 1, 2017

April 4, 2017 The NJDEP recently proposed a renewal to Tier A and Tier B municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4’s) permits that, while adding clarity and detail to 2009’s permits, is still not enough to improve water quality in New Jersey. More specifically, it is not strong enough on the incorporation of impaired waters into the permitting requirements or the development and implementation of Total Maximum Daily Loads, or TMDLs, into permitting and planning. Generally, a body of water can take in and clean out a certain amount of pollutants naturally based on factors such as tide,...

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