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NY/NJ Baykeeper fights for access to fishable, swimmable, clean waterways across the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary.
NY/NJ Baykeeper continues to be at the forefront of many environmental advocacy and legal campaigns.
The NY-NJ Harbor Estuary, also known as the Hudson-Raritan Estuary, is a system of waterways and habitats that form one of the most intricate natural harbors in the world. Since 1989, NY/NJ Baykeeper has worked to protect, preserve and restore the environment of the most urban estuary on Earth.
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The mission of NY/NJ Baykeeper is to protect, preserve and restore the ecological integrity and productivity of the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary.
Founded with the help of Hudson Riverkeeper and the American Littoral Society in 1989, NY/NJ Baykeeper is a wholly independent nonprofit with its own 501c3. NY/NJ Baykeeper has a full and part time staff, its own Board of Directors and many dedicated volunteers.
An estuary is comprised of brackish water (a combination of both fresh water and salt water) and forms a transition zone where our rivers and tributaries meet the sea. The NY-NJ Harbor Estuary is one of the most urban estuaries on Earth and encompasses the Ports of NY and NJ, as far north as the Tappan Zee Bridge and as far south as Sandy Hook Bay. Our Estuary is home to a range of habitats including wetlands, shorelines, and coastal forests. A diverse species of birds including birds of prey, waterbirds, and migratory birds call the NY-NJ Harbor home, along with a wide array of crabs, fish, eel, and clams.
Through our Estuary-wide programs we seek to end pollution, improve public access, conserve and restore public lands, restore aquatic habitats, encourage appropriate and discourage inappropriate development, carry out public education, and work with federal and NY/NJ state regulators and citizen groups as partners in planning for a sustainable future for the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary watershed.
NY/NJ Baykeeper fights to protect the health of our local waterways through our advocacy campaigns, legal actions and boat programs. We shape and enforce water quality, land use, and coastal policies that impact the estuary and actively patrol the waterways to identify and stop polluters.
Through land acquisition and stewardship, NY/NJ Baykeeper’s conservation program has helped preserved more than 3,000 thousand acres of open space in the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary. The Raritan Riverkeeper program focuses specifically on preserving the health of the Raritan River.
NY/NJ Baykeeper’s restoration work focuses on repopulating the New York and New Jersey bays with oysters and creating sustainable habitat in order to monitor and improve the health of the estuary’s eco-system.
NY/NJ Baykeeper’s goal is to protect, preserve, and restore the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary’s environment for the good of our natural and human communities. Over the next ten years we plan to achieve the following objectives:
The Victoria Foundation
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
The Fund for New Jersey
Environmental Endowment for New Jersey
Johanette Wallerstein Institute
Mushette Family Foundation Inc.
Clean Vessel Act
Marta Heflin Foundation
United States Environmental Protection Agency
NY/NJ Baykeeper is a proud member of Waterkeeper Alliance.
Whenever feasible, NY/NJ Baykeeper staff members are available to speak at your event or program on a variety of topics related to the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary, including our work at NY/NJ Baykeeper, water quality, land conservation, oyster restoration, public access, the lower Passaic River and other topics. Please be sure to indicate your topic(s) of interest and proposed date(s). Please email your inquiry to the address below: