Saturday, September 26, 2015

Standing Up for Clean Water at the Shore Paddle!

A huge thanks to the participants in the 6.5 Mile Race and 2.5 Mile Fun Paddle this past Saturday at the Shore Paddle!) event was a wonderful morning on the water and in the park!
The conditions on the Navesink River were tough and provided a challenging race but thanks to the safety boats, volunteers, and the Red Bank Fire & Rescue team, over 110 participants and kids remained safe and finished their SUP categories!

Congratulations to the 1st place winners:
Brian Pasternak- Prone Division
Ryan Oliver- 14' SUP Men's Division
Michael Jacobs- 12'6" SUP
 Men's Division
Mary Dawson- 14' SUP 
Women's Division
Josette Lata-12'6" SUP 
Women's Division
A complete list of winners and results can be found at

More photos from the event are posted on the 

In Marine Park, paddlers and bystanders participated in SUP demo's and SUP yoga classes, shopped for new gear at the various vendors, and more!
Kids enjoyed face painting, crafts, and decorating cheer cards for their favorite paddlers! 

The event concluded with a fun after party & lunch at Jamian's with fresh cocktails by Finlandia Vodka and Traveler's Shandy & Coney Island Brewing by Shore Point Distributing. Awards featured up-cycled trophies from past events that gave new life to pieces which would have ended up in the landfill. 

Missed the  2015 Shore Paddle? 
Be sure to join us next year for this fun event on the water! Stay tuned for the 2016 date!

Waves of thanks to the 2015 Shore Paddle Sponsors:
Vendors & In-Kind Supporters:
Aqua Vida SUP, Athleta in Shrewsbury, Arbonne, Boardworks SUP,Boondocks Fishery, Booskerdoo Coffee, BY & LG,David P. Civile Foundation, Greenlines, Jamain's Food & Drink, A Kneaded Vacation, Merandex, Navesink River Paddler,  Ohanala SUP & Yoga, Rae's Face Painting, Rhizotomy, Salt Life, Sew What, Spice & Tea Exchange, Sounds-To-Go DJ's, Synergy Yoga, Trader Joe's & Whole Foods.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Salem Nuclear Plant Problems

Salem Nuclear Generating Station (owned by PSEG) pulls in millions of gallons of biologically rich river water from the Delaware River to use for cooling and electricity generation, discharging cooked marine life and heated water in an environmentally damaging process known as ‘once through cooling’. This technology is outdated and now unlawful, but is allowed by NJDEP to continue.  For decades, environmental groups, including COA, have opposed Salem Nuclear Generating Station’s water usage and the billions of organisms that are killed.  Alternatives using “best available technologies” called closed cycle cooling towers are available and should be required. These use a fraction of the amount of water and practically eliminate discharges. After operating under an expired permit for many years, litigation by the Delaware Riverkeeper forced the NJDEP to issue a new permit which should have required Salem to build cooling towers.  Unfortunately, the draft permit continues the status quo, allowing Salem to continue its water withdrawals and discharges, with no requirement for closed cycle cooling. COA submitted comments opposing NJDEP’s decision. PSEG generates billions of dollars in profits, and can afford the cost of building a cooling tower. Indeed, they just announced a $12 billion infrastructure plan, which fails to include protecting the Delaware River.  If NJDEP does not reverse the decision, a multi-billion corporation will continue to kill billions of organisms each year and further harm the already stressed ecology of this magnificent watershed. For more information visit website.

Monday, September 21, 2015

National Ocean Policy

The National Ocean Policy, created by President Obama, created a number of regional planning bodies comprised of eNGOs, federal, and state entities in the hopes of establishing an organized process for ocean planning. During the week of September 21, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body convened an in-person meeting in Norfolk, VA. COA continues to monitor and take part in this process, however, it remains to be seen how effective this planning body will be. COA’s criticisms of this structure are numerous, including:

-          the Mid-Atlantic RPB is co-headed by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the federal agency in charge of permitting oil and gas drilling and wind turbine construction in the ocean

-          there is no priority given to conservation of habitat

-          the process itself is insulated from the general public – while many eNGOs are working within this framework, there are few opportunities for the public to engage

-          this process is a top-down approach and bureaucratically structured. It is nearly impossible for the public to be involved

We will continue to stay involved in this issue and update as necessary. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Frack Waste Fight Continues

The Marcellus Shale formation underlies much of western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and parts of Ohio and NY. This rock formation contains a high concentration of natural gas trapped within the rock, and has become recently viable for extraction using hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”. This process is extremely water and energy intensive, and produces huge amounts of wastewater containing heavy metals, toxic chemicals, and radioactive elements. In essence, fracking waste is virtually untreatable by most every wastewater treatment plant. As treatment plants in Pennsylvania and other fracking intensive states struggle to manage the millions of gallons of fracking waste created in the production of natural gas, some companies have targeted NJ as an option to truck fracking waste for treatment and disposal. Due to loopholes in federal law, and the absence of regulations at the State level, there is no real regulation of fracking waste disposal. In response to this issue, there have been several efforts in Trenton to ban, or at the very least, properly regulate the disposal of fracking waste in NJ. Governor Christie has vetoed a fracking waste ban twice, citing misplaced concerns as to the constitutional viability of such a ban. COA recently testified at the NJ Senate Environment and Energy Committee hearing on a potential fracking waste regulatory framework, in the hopes of encouraging legislators to overturn Governor Christie’s veto of a fracking waste ban. While a regulatory regime for fracking waste is good intentioned, only a ban would protect the health of the public and the environment from this industrial toxic waste.  COA believes that there is no room for fracking waste in NJ. Our environment demands nothing less than a complete ban.