As the Ocean Advocate goes to press, Rally for the Navesink celebrated its One Year Anniversary at the June 28 meeting at Bingham Hall in Rumson, NJ! Waves of thanks to the many supporters and the 25 groups in the alliance for an outstanding first year.
Here are just a few highlights:
o Environmental Canine Services helped track down five sources of human waste discharging into the river, which have been eliminated.
o Established a volunteer citizen monitoring program with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.
o Established the concept of “Watershed Mindfulness” and created new effective education programs, including “Know your Water Address” and “Soak It Up.”
o Doubled the time the Royal Flush pump-out boat will be on the water, managed by NY/NJ Baykeeper.
o Released “First Fives” for citizens, schools, towns, and businesses – initial five actions to help improve water quality.
Rally for the Navesink Alliance, coordinated by COA, includes: American Littoral Society~
Bayshore Anglers Association ~ Bayshore Regional Watershed Council ~ Clean Ocean Action ~ Conserve Claypit Creek ~Hartshorne Woods Association ~ Monmouth Boat Club ~ Monmouth Conservation Foundation ~
Navesink Business Group ~ Navesink Maritime Heritage Association and River Scouts ~
Navesink Shrewsbury River Fishing Club ~ Navesink River Rowing Club ~ NJ Friends of Clearwater ~
NY/NJ Baykeeper ~ Oceanport Water Watch Committee~ Oceanic Free Library ~ Pirates Care ~
Recreational Fishing Alliance ~ Red Bank Business Alliance ~ River Rats ~ Riverview Medical Center ~ Rumson Garden Club ~ Shrewsbury Sailing & Yacht Club ~ Sierra Club-Shore Group ~ Surfrider-Jersey Shore Chapter
Watershed towns: Rumson, Fair Haven, Middletown, Red Bank, Tinton Falls, and Colts Neck