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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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Staff Picks! Greg Recommends His Top 6 Scenic Bike Rides Along the Raritan Bayshore

Posted on Mar 2, 2017

Staff Picks! Greg Recommends His Top 6 Scenic Bike Rides Along the Raritan Bayshore

Greg Remaud, NY/NJ Baykeeper Deputy Director’s 6 Recommendations for Scenic Bike Rides Along the Raritan Bayshore: Staff Recommendations: We are excited to introduce a new initiative at NY/NJ Baykeeper – staff picks!  Some our favorite things to explore, read, learn or taste in the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary. Our very own Deputy Director, Greg Remaud, kicks us off with his top picks for great scenic recreational bike rides near the Raritan Bayshore. These recommendations are for safe uncongested cycling routes meant to introduce those unfamiliar with the area to some of the countless...

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Two Plastic Documentaries to Get Inspired

Posted on Feb 14, 2017

1. Plastic Paradise: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch Did you know that nearly all receipts are coated with BPA (a chemical used to make many plastics) and that BPA can quickly contaminate your blood when you handle your receipts? This is just one startling fact I learned from Plastic Paradise: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a 2013 documentary directed by Angela Sun. Sun digs deeper into our reliance on convenient, single-use plastics and the startling threats they pose to ecosystem health, as well as humans. Sun offers ways you can take action now by simply voting with our wallets, buying...

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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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