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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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John D’Amico, Jr., a retired Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Judge D’Amico has a long history of environmental advocacy. As a Monmouth County Freeholder, he initiated Monmouth County’s “Greenbelt” program for the preservation of open space and the protection of drinking water, issues which he continues to address in his work with NY/NJ Baykeeper.
During his tenure as a New Jersey state senator, D’Amico sponsored several key environmental bills, including a Green Acres Bond Act and the Clean Water Enforcement Act. In 1989 he sponsored, and the voters approved, a $50 million Stormwater Management and Combined Sewer Outflow (CSO) Abatement Bond issue to provide grants and low-interest loans to local governments.
While on the bench Judge D’Amico developed the Expedited Jury Trial, a streamlined procedure that saves litigants time and money by way of speedier jury selection, limited live testimony, use of expert reports, and time limits for opening and closing arguments. Other states have emulated the procedures. D’Amico has also published several opinions and articles and is the recipient of the 2016 New Jersey Law Journal Lifetime Achievement Award for his career in public service.
D’Amico, who also serves as a trustee of the Friends of the Monmouth County Parks, resides in Oceanport with his wife Sandra.
Cathe Morrow joined the Baykeeper board in 2015 and has a long history of environmental advocacy. She serves as Board President of the Hemlock Farms Conservancy in Lords Valley, PA., and discovered NY/NJ Baykeeper during her years at Hackensack Riverkeeper, where she initially volunteered and later served as a longtime board member.
Morrow’s environmental activism extends into every aspect of her daily life; indeed, she is something of an exemplar when it comes to environmental citizen advocacy. She uses only environmentally-friendly products, purchases items made from biodegradable, compostable material and tries to raise awareness surrounding issues like green, sustainable living and water quality.
Morrow also manages to merge her creativity with her advocacy, transforming CDs and DVDs doomed for the trash pile into unique, decorative coasters. She then donates them to environmental organizations who sell them to aid in their funding efforts.
Regina Appolon is Chief of Staff to Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight representing the 31st Legislative District which includes parts of Jersey City and Bayonne. Assemblywoman McKnight is a prime sponsor of the “Liberty State Park Protection Act”, which Appolon has worked directly on. She also serves as Executive Director of the Union County Young Democrats.
Appolon was Legislative Director to former Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski, Chair of the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee, member of the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee, and co-chair of the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigations; the joint legislative committee investigating what is now called “Bridgegate.”
Appolon has an extensive knowledge of New Jersey politics; focusing her career on a broad range of legislative issues including environmental and social justice issues that include access to clean water, protection of open space and public access at Liberty State Park.
NY/NJ Baykeeper Member Brad Campbell currently serves as the president of the Conservation Law Foundation. A former White House senior appointee during the Clinton administration, Brad was the Regional Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Atlantic Region, and served as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. In 2006, Campbell opened a law firm with a focus on the environment, energy and science. In 2007, Campbell co-founded Swan Creek Energy, a renewable energy development firm responsible for several of the largest commercial-scale solar projects in New Jersey.
NY/NJ Baykeeper Board Member Terry Doss has been immersed in environmental advocacy for as long as she can remember.
Doss, a wetlands restoration ecologist who serves as Director of the Natural Resources Management Department for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA), has been a leader in restoring natural areas located within the urban wildlands of New York and New Jersey for decades.
Over the past 30 years, Doss has managed coastal and wetland restoration projects with a focus on nature-based solutions to reduce flood risks while improving resiliency for coastal communities.
Doss is also actively involved with the Society of Wetland Scientists, Ecological Society of America, and the Society for Ecological Restoration. She was certified as an Ecological Restoration Practitioner by SER in 2018.
Raised in a country setting on 10 acres of land in once-rural Freehold Township, Grant cites her childhood as the beginning of a deep love and appreciation for the environment.
Grant’s love for the environment ultimately led her to NY/NJ Baykeeper.
“Shortly thereafter I was asked to accept appointment to the Board,” she said. “I enthusiastically said ‘yes.’ Baykeeper provides me with an opportunity to play a more meaningful role in our shared responsibility for the world in which we live.”
Grant, who owns Rumson-based ecofriendly interior design company FG Design Solutions LLC, has managed to weave her own environmental stewardship into every aspect of her life and has managed to pass down her advocacy to the next generation.
Grant cites her work with Baykeeper’s Oyster restoration Project as her most satisfying achievement for me has been assisting in the development of the Oyster Restoration Project. Grant believes that under the leadership of newly-elected Gov. Phil Murphy, organizations like NY/NJ Baykeeper have an opportunity to expand their environmental stewardship.
NY/NJ Baykeeper Member Rachelle Caldwell is the Former Managing Director and COO of Prime, Futures and Securities Services at Citibank US. She is also the former CFO, Institutional Services at Fidelity and the former CFO, Treasury and Security Services, at J.P. MorganChase.
MacDonald serves as the director of the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute and was previously the director of the Washington, D.C.-based Coastal States Organization (CSO).
The environment has always been important to NY/NJ Baykeeper Board Member Fatema Raza, and she has been busy spreading that environmental advocacy ever since she joined the
Baykeeper board six years ago. A senior manager at WithumSmith+Brown, Raza said the accounting firm has always encouraged their staff members to get involved with nonprofits.
Raza enjoys taking part in Baykeeper beach cleanups and especially loves bringing her Withum colleagues with her. Raza notes that her office will soon be opting out of plastic straws altogether. As Baykeeper enters its 30 th year, Raza said she hopes to see the organization grow.