Clean Ocean Action Rallies Local Community and Releases Official Report
Sandy Hook, NJ - In January 2015 over 560 acres of the Navesink River was downgraded by a NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) administrative order. After nearly a year of research and preparation, Clean Ocean Action (COA) is to host a public meeting and a call to action on the current state of the Navesink River Pathogen Pollution Problem on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 at 7 PM at Bingham Hall in Rumson, NJ. The meeting will mark the official release and overview of COA’s “Bacteria Pollution in the Navesink River Report” as well as the NJDEP’s Rationale for Downgrade.
“This report summarizes the more than 40 years of numerous efforts to improve water quality in the Navesink River and provides a snapshot of the bacterial pollution issues in the river today. We hope that this document will provide a basis for discussion, and more importantly, action,” said Zach Lees, Clean Ocean Action’s Ocean Policy Attorney.
Additionally, COA’s meeting will showcase the NJDEP’s Source Tracking Plan and the Canine Environmental Service’s utilization of scent-trained canines to detect and track human waste in lakes, rivers, stormwater systems, streams and oceans.
The June 28th meeting is intended as a public gathering of local citizens affected by or interested in the state of the Navesink River. Prior to the Bingham Hall assembly, COA organized “Rally for the Navesink” a reunion of local environmental, state, municipal and academic groups, citizens, and local and state governments in order to move forward with a campaign to clean up the river and identify sources of pollution.
“Our goal is to inform the public about the condition of the Navesink River and launch a find it/fix it no-blame game citizen action campaign to reduce pollution sources,” stated Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action. “The first step is to track down sources of pollution sources and we are excited to have the NJDEP conducting research, as well as specially- trained dogs to help sniff out pollution.”
To date, “Rally for the Navesink” includes: American Littoral Society, Bayshore Regional Watershed Council, Clean Ocean Action, Monmouth Conservation Foundation, Navesink Maritime Heritage Association, Navesink Shrewsbury River Fishing Club, NY/NJ Baykeeper, The New Jersey Chapter of the Recreational Fishing Alliance
Bingham Hall is located at 40 Bingham Avenue, Rumson, NJ 07760