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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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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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Take the Straw Free September Challenge!

Posted on Aug 2, 2017

Take the Straw Free September Challenge!

Take the challenge today to help protect, preserve, and restore your local waterways!

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Staff Picks! Samantha’s Picks for Dog Friendly Outings!

Posted on Jul 26, 2017

Staff Picks! Samantha’s Picks for Dog Friendly Outings!

July 28, 2017 Samantha here from NY/NJ Baykeeper! I adopted my dog, Lady, in 2013 from the Miami-Dade Animal Shelter in Florida. Here are our favorite areas we love to explore along the NJ Bayshore! Remember to bring water for your dog and waste baggies before you head out!  Hartshorne Woods Park is a Monmouth County managed park in Atlantic Highlands with great trails and viewpoints for you and your pooch. The park opens at 7 am and closes around 9 (depending on the season). The 14 miles of trails are used by hikers, bikers and equestrians so be on the lookout as you walk. Click here for...

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Weston Mill Dam Removal

Posted on Jul 23, 2017

Weston Mill Dam Removal

August 21, 2017 The Raritan Riverkeeper has been part of a coalition of agencies and organizations working to restore historical fish migrations in the Raritan Basin since 2008. This is the forth dam removed; the Calco Dam in 2011, the Robert Street Dam in 2012, and the Nevius Street Dam in 2013 and now the Weston Mill Dam in August 2017. Dams have been in this area of the Millstone River since the 1740s supplying power for mill operations, the foundation of the Weston Mill dating from 1844 has been preserved and can be seen on the east bank of the Millstone River. This dam removal will open...

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