Fighting for clean waterways and healthy habitats. NY/NJ Baykeeper is the citizen guardian of the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary. Since 1989, we’ve worked to protect, preserve and restore the ecological integrity and productivity of the waterways and habitats in the most urban estuary on Earth.

Learn More

Protect. Preserve. Restore.

NY/NJ Baykeeper serves as the citizen advocate for the harbors, 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. We work with federal and state regulators and citizen groups as partners in planning for a sustainable future for the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary.

Learn More About the Estuary

Our Mission Take action to protect, preserve, and restore the ecological integrity and productivity of the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary

Hover for more info


Raritan Riverkeeper Program


Pumpout Boat Program


  • Diverted 8,700 gallons of waste from our waterways in 2018
  • Serviced 378 boats throughout NY/NJ in 2018
  • Diverted 46,560 gallons of waste from our waterways in 2017


Advocacy Campaigns


The fight for clean water and healthy habitats needs you! Donate today to help protect, preserve and restore the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary!



Conservation Program


  • Land Preservation & Restoration 3,000-Plus Acres NY-NJ Harbor Region
  • Land Acquisition & Natural Restoration 50-Plus Projects NY-NJ Harbor Region
  • Open Space Protection & Preservation A Dozen-Plus Campaigns NY-NJ Harbor Region


Legal Campaigns



Restoration Program


  • Introduced 200 - 500K
    New Oysters per year
  • Restored 7 Million
    Oysters to NY/NJ Harbor Waters
  • Introduced 100
    EcoVolunteers to our Bronx River oyster reef

Baykeeper Impact

To date, we have planted over 8 million oysters in NY-NJ Harbor waters and will continue to grow 200k – 500k new oysters annually.

Since 1989, NY/NJ Baykeeper and its partners have preserved and restored more than three thousand acres of critical habitat in the midst of one of the busiest and most industrialized ports in the world.

Through municipal action teams , we’ve helped install over a dozen green infrastructure projects to mitigate sewage overflow into NJ waterways.

Defend the Estuary Consider becoming a member of NY/NJ Baykeeper, subscribe to our newsletter and stay in the loop for the latest news & happenings!

We will absolutely never share your info. Unsubscribe at any time.

Interested in finding out more about volunteer opportunities?

Visit Our Volunteer Page

Ad Journal and Sponsorship Opportunities for 2021 Fall Gala

September 17, 2021

Read More

Improving New Jersey’s CSO Strategy

March 24, 2021

Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) are a significant environmental problem in New Jersey, resulting in billions of gallons of sewage entering […]

Read More
Visit Blog

Upcoming Events

View Calendar