NY/NJ Baykeeper


52 West Front Street
Keyport, NJ 07735
County: Monmouth


Ms. Deborah A. Mans

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For general operating support of conservation, restoration, and grassroots advocacy to protect and preserve the Hudson-Raritan Estuary.

Organization Background

NY/NJ Baykeeper is an independent 501(c)3 whose mission is to protect, preserve, and restore the Hudson-Raritan Estuary. The Estuary is from the Tappan Zee Bridge in the north, Jamaica Bay, New York in the east and Sandy Hook, New Jersey in the south. Baykeeper was founded in 1989 by Founding Baykeeper Andy Willner after the Hudson-Raritan Estuary suffered severe impacts from the Exxon Bayway Oil Spill along the Arthur Kill. Marshes along the Arthur Kill were covered in oil; fish, waterfowl, and marine organisms were killed by the petroleum that leaked from a spewing pipeline. This devastation led Andy to form the NY/NJ Baykeeper. Today, we serve as the citizen advocate for the bays, streams, and shores of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary by preserving and restoring habitat, influencing land use decisions, stopping polluters, championing public access, and educating the public. Baykeeper works to pursue a healthy Hudson-Raritan Estuary through our three core programs: the Conservation Program, which has partnered with other organizations to acquire, protect, and restore nearly 2,500 acres of natural land around the densely developed Hudson-Raritan Estuary, the Oyster Restoration Program, which manages two scientific oyster reefs and one community reef for research and ecovolunteerism opportunities and is currently the only nonprofit organization conducting bi-state oyster research and restoration, and the Advocacy Program, which utilizes a unique tactic of combining advocacy and grassroots organizing efforts with litigation to ensure a comprehensive approach. Through our efforts, Baykeeper has sued polluters for clean water violations, protected citizen's right to access the waterfront, and patrolled the waterways with our own boat investigating potential pollution violations and oil spills.

Key personnel include:

Deborah Mans, Esq., Baykeeper and Executive Director -- Debbie has been with Baykeeper for 6 years. Prior to joining Baykeeper, Mans served as the Environmental and Energy Policy Advisor for Governor Jon S. Corzine. Debbie is a graduate of The University of Michigan and holds a J.D. from Vermont Law School.

Greg Remaud, Deputy Director -- Great has been with Baykeeper for 20 years serving as an advocate for land conservation in urban communities, helping to secure over 2,500 acres for preservation.

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