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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.
NY/NJ Baykeeper holds exciting events all year round! Please check our Events calendar regularly to stay in the loop. Hope to see you there!
The fight for clean water needs you! Your support today will protect, preserve, and restore the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary! Members enjoy cool merch and discounts to Baykeeper events!
There are so many ways to donate! Your donation today helps ensure a clean, swimmable, fishable watershed for our families and future generations.
Love oysters? Boats? Beach cleanups? Kayaking? Check out our many exciting volunteer opportunities! There's something for everyone!
We all want litter free communities and clean waterbodies for healthy wildlife. To achieve this goal, we must tackle the problem of single-use, throwaway plastics.
To prevent plastic pollution from entering our waterways, we must stop it at its source! Much of the plastic we discard every year is single-use, designed to be used once and then thrown away. These products range from bags, bottles, straws, cups, utensils, etc. It simply doesn’t make sense to use products made of an indestructible material for minutes and discard then, where they will live on in our environment for hundreds of years.
While plastics are integrated so much in our daily lives, these simple switches will help you prevent plastic pollution from entering our waterways!
NY/NJ Baykeeper’s Plastics Pollution Reduction Campaign consists of a three-pronged approach of education, advocacy, and research. We’re working on urging the public to change consumer habits, advocating for legislation that will reduce and prevent plastic from entering our waterways, and researching the impact plastic has on our waterways and wildlife.
In 2016, NY/NJ Baykeeper completed its NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Plastic Collection Report. This report is the first examination of plastic pollution within waters surrounding New York City.
Based on our estimates, at least 165 million plastic particles are floating within NY-NJ Harbor Estuary waters at any given time. That’s about 256,322 per square kilometer! Plastics in our waters harm habitat, fish, and other wildlife and may be traveling up to the human food chain.
Together, we can all make a difference to reduce and eliminate plastic pollution to restore our waterways for future generations to enjoy. At the end of the report, you will find tips to cut out single-use plastics from your life, and replace with reusable materials.
Going forward, we will continue collecting water samples and advocating for policy that will remove harmful single-use plastic products!