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 natural, cultural and historic treats found along the Read more →
Did you know that a portion of the New Jersey boat registration fee is supposed to go back into projects to assist recreational boaters, such as pumpout facilities and Clean Marinas?
Unfortunately, Governor Christie has been shifting this money – nearly $2 million annually – away from projects designed to improve water quality to help balance the budget.
YOU are still paying the fee, but not receiving the benefits! To make your voice heard, call Governor Chris Christie today at (609) 292-6000 and tell him you want what you paid for!
Jamaica Bay, Sandy Hook Bay, Sheepshead Bay, and Raritan Bay all fall victim to pollution due to the large number of recreational boats using the waterways. With increased use of the water by recreational boaters, raw sewage pollution has become a serious problem. Discharging raw sewage into the water can causes algae blooms, which deplete the oxygen in the water causing fish to die.
To combat this harmful reality out on the water, Baykeeper offers the convenient and environmentally friendly pumpout program, helping to reduce the amount of raw sewage disposed in our watershed. Best of all, this pumpout service is completely free of charge to boaters in Jamaica Bay and on the New Jersey Bayshore!
Jamaica Bay and Sheepshead Bay Pumpout Boat
Since 2004, NY/NJ Baykeeper’s Pumpout program has been offering free pumpouts to recreational boaters in Jamaica Bay, Sheepshead Bay, and Gravesend Bay in hopes of preventing pollution and improving water quality in Jamaica Bay. Funding is provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and a Supplemental Environmental Project from NYSDEC, with InKind support provided by Gateway Marina and US Park Police. The Jamaica Bay Pumpout Boat operates approximately 2 days a week.
To schedule your FREE pumpout, call 732-337-9262 or channel 9 on the water or click here to request your FREE pumpout online. You do not have to be present for your boat to be serviced.
Bayshore Pumpout Boat
In 2010, NY/NJ Baykeeper launched the Head Mistress to provide Sandy Hook Bay and Raritan Bay boaters with a convenient and sanitary way to empty their heads to prevent dumping directly into the water. Funding is provided by the the NJ Clean Vessel Act, IBoatNJ, NFWF, Keyport Township, Hazlet Township, the Borough of Atlantic Highlands, Matawan Borough, and Middletown Township. The project was made possible thanks to a loan from Keyport Yacht Club and InKind funding from John Olsen’s Marina in Keyport, New Jersey.