Sign up for our newsletter!
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!
[emailpetition id="2" class="alignright"]The Lower Passaic River was stolen from the people of New Jersey by industrial pollution. The entire lower 17 miles of the Passaic River (running through Newark, Harrison, Kearny, Belleville, Nutley, and Lyndhurst) and all of Newark Bay are declared a Superfund site. As a result you can’t swim or fish in the river without risking your health and you can’t build piers or docks or businesses on the river because of the poisonous sediment.
The US EPA determined that 70 companies https://www.lowerpr.com/parties.htm are responsible for causing the pollution and paying to clean it up. The companies responded by forming the Cooperating Parties Group (CPG).
In an effort to remediate the used and abused Passaic River, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a historic cleanup plan (the Focused Feasibility Study) on April 11, 2014. The EPA’s preferred cleanup method consists of bank to bank dredging of 4.3 million cubic yards of the lower 8.3 miles of the River, with a two foot cap. EPA’s plan, with off-site disposal of contaminants, will be beneficial in long term effectiveness, will reduce toxicity, ecological impacts, and risk to human health.
The CPG claims to have a plan for cleanup that is better than the EPA's plan. The polluters' cleanup idea saves them money by only cleaning up a small part of the area that needs it.
The companies hired lobbyists and a PR firm to offer towns along the river money as "grants" and then they ask them to oppose the EPA's plan to clean the river. https://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/03/passaic_river_cleanup_epa_plan.html
Tell these companies they should pay to clean the river, not pay lobbyists to ask politicians, business groups, and universities to oppose the EPA properly cleaning the river. These companies made money polluting the river and--no matter the cost--must pay to clean the Passaic River so that all citizens can enjoy its natural beauty and recreational benefits.
In addition, to support EPA's cleanup plan, make your voices heard during the public comment period: April 21 – June 20, 2014. Submit comments to [email protected]