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NY/NJ Baykeeper fights for access to fishable, swimmable, clean waterways across the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary.
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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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October 18, 2012 marked the 40th Anniversary of the federal Clean Water Act. Much progress has been made, but we still have a way to go to get our waterways fishable, swimmable and drinkable, as promised by the legislation. To mark the 40th Anniversary, NY/NJ Baykeeper asked state and local officials, agency personnel and the public to recommit to the Raritan Bay.
The Raritan Bay is like New Jersey’s Ming Dynasty vase—only kept in a box in the basement. The Raritan Bay is an untapped New Jersey resource; its economic and recreational potential limited by poor water quality. Since the 1970s--thanks to the Clean Water Act and the work of dedicated advocates--the Raritan Bay has been taking baby steps towards improved health. However, there are still algae blooms and trash floating in the water, and making contact with the water can still pose health risks.
In the late 1800’s, the Raritan Bay hosted a booming commercial shellfish industry. Today, only hard-shell clams are harvested from the Raritan Bay and they require expensive depuration due to water quality concerns. People think of the Jersey Shore as ending at Sandy Hook but in fact, it extends right up to Perth Amboy. We’d like to see the Raritan Bay towns enjoy the full benefits of booming beach economies with packed swimming beaches and bustling hotels and waterside restaurants.
NY/NJ Baykeeper has been fighting for the Raritan Bay since 1989; conducting environmental patrols, leading scientific research, organizing creek clean ups, preserving land along the Bay’s tributaries, and advocating on the Bay’s behalf. We believe that the State of New Jersey should invest in a meaningful campaign to restore the Raritan Bay consisting of the following components:
At NY/NJ Baykeeper we never give up in the promise of the Clean Water Act that all waterbodies be fishable and swimmable, including the Raritan Bay. We KNOW Raritan Bay can—like so many other waterbodies nationwide—be healed. Please join us in telling the New Jersey DEP to recommit to the Raritan Bay.