FAIR HAVEN, NJ - It is with great regret than the Board of NMHA and the River RangersSM Committee have decided to cancel this year’s River Rangers Program.
Over the past twelve years of successful River RangersSM programs on our local waters, we have made child safety and well-being our #1 priority.In the last weeks we have had to acknowledge two issues that impact our duty to keep River RangersSM children safe – the Navesink River pollution and an invasive Pacific Ocean jelly fish that, although very small, has a poisonous sting. Local media reports and the latest report by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection have highlighted these dangers to swimming in our local rivers.
Because the River RangersSM program is as much about being in the water as on it while studying our environment and having a good time, these reports led us to the decision to cancel this year’s program.
We call upon the Two Rivers town leaders, NJ DEP, and local interested organizations to cooperate to help preserve and protect our glorious local waters. The Navesink River in particular had been making progress towards a clean and safe swimming and boating environment, but this year has seen several steps backwards. Untreated polluted surface water and possible sewage leaks draining into the rivers and creeks are likely the main causes of the pollution. In addition there is the jellyfish invasion that must be dealt with.
If we are to continue the beloved and well regarded River RangersSM Program in 2017 and beyond, it will take ALL of us who love our waters to cooperate in a long-term remediation.
We hope to be able to re-launch a River RangersSM program in 2017.