NY/NJ Baykeeper

Address

52 West Front Street
Keyport, NJ 07735
County: Monmouth
http://www.nynjbaykeeper.org

Contact

Ms. Meredith M. DeMarco

Grant Amount

$80,000

Program Area

Environment

Focus

Grant Details

General operating support to protect, preserve, and restore the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary.

Organization Background

NY/NJ Baykeeper is an independent 501(c)3 whose mission is to protect, preserve, and restore the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary. The NY-NJ Harbor Estuary runs from the Tappan Zee Bridge in the north, Jamaica Bay, New York in the east and Sandy Hook, New Jersey in the south. NY/NJ Baykeeper was founded in 1989 after the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary suffered severe impacts from the Exxon Bayway Oil Spill along the Arthur Kill. Marshes were covered in oil; fish, waterfowl, and marine organisms were killed by the petroleum that leaked from a spewing pipeline. Today, NY/NJ Baykeeper serves as the citizen advocate for the bays, streams, and shores of the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary by preserving and restoring habitat, influencing land use decisions, stopping polluters, championing public access, and educating the public.

NY/NJ Baykeeper works to pursue a healthy NY-NJ Harbor Estuary through our three core programs: the Conservation Program, which has partnered with other organizations to acquire, protect, and restore over 2,700 acres of natural land around the densely developed urban Estuary, in addition to severing as a watchdog for our state's parks and open spaces, the Restoration Program, which manages two scientific oyster reefs and one community reef for research and shellfish restoration and actively develops restoration techniques specific to urban waters, 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, NY/NJ Baykeeper has sued polluters for clean water violations, protected citizen's right to access the waterfront, patrolled the waterways with our own boat investigating potential pollution violations and oil spills, and made a significant positive impact on habitats and communities within New Jersey.

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