Matawan, NJ—It was a full house at NY/NJ Baykeeper’s gala Ribbon-Cutting and Open House as the nonprofit organization celebrated the opening of its new headquarters in Matawan on August 30.
The new headquarters will enable NY/NJ Baykeeper to continue its mission of improving water quality in the New York- New Jersey Harbor region through environmental advocacy and stewardship.
Approximately 150 friends, supporters and environmental advocates joined a host of elected officials to celebrate the milestone, including New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., State Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Monmouth County Freeholders John Curley and Gerry Scharfenberger, Matawan Mayor Joseph Altomonte, Hazlet Deputy Mayor Sue Kiley and Matawan Councilwoman Deana Gunn.
In addition, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders designated the day as “NY/NJ Baykeeper Day,” with Monmouth County Freeholder Deputy Director Lillian G. Burry presenting a plaque to the organization to officially mark the day.
“NY/NJ Baykeeper is thrilled to have relocated in Matawan, a wonderful, caring community that is one of New Jersey’s great historic towns,” said Greg Remaud, NY/NJ Baykeeper CEO. “We have existing good ties here and look forward to growing this relationship with both its residents and leaders. We’re just upstream along the Matawan Creek from neighboring Keyport, where we maintain strong ties and very fond memories. Our new location has made us feel immediately at home and provides convenient travel to the waterways we care for throughout the Raritan Bayshore and NY-NJ Harbor region.”
For nearly three decades, NY/NJ Baykeeper has been fighting to protect, preserve and restore the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary, advocating for the waterways and shorelines of New York City and Northeastern New Jersey through advocacy campaigns, restoration projects and legal actions.
NY/NJ Baykeeper was the pioneer of oyster restoration in New Jersey’s portion of the Raritan Bay, creating the Bayshore area’s very first living shoreline.
The organization’s conservation program has also helped preserve 3,000 acres of open space in the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary through shaping and enforcing water quality, land use and coastal policies.
"NY/NJ Baykeeper has had a long history of environmental advocacy and we continue to work towards preserving, protecting and restoring our local waterways and open space in and around the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary," said NY/NJ Baykeeper Chief Operating Officer Meredith DeMarco. "Our new headquarters in Matawan will enable us to expand our advocacy through a variety of initiatives, including our Restoration and Living Shoreline, Land Conservation, Pumpout Boat and Raritan Riverkeeper programs. NY/NJ Baykeeper has been warmly received by the Borough of Matawan, and we look forward to a collaborative partnership as we grow our presence here and across New York and New Jersey. We are grateful to our elected officials, friends and supporters who continue to support our efforts.”
“The opening of our headquarters in Matawan represents a major step forward for the NY/NJ Baykeeper which for three decades has been working to protect, preserve and restore the environment of the Hudson/Raritan Estuary,” said NY/NJ Baykeeper Board Chair Judge John D’Amico. “We thank our members, contributors and elected officials for helping us to end pollution, restore aquatic habitats, discourage inappropriate development and improve public access to the most urban estuary in the world.”
NY/NJ Baykeeper was founded in 1989 Andrew Willner after he witnessed firsthand the declining water quality in the Raritan Bay.
Today, NY/NJ Baykeeper serves as the citizen advocate for the harbors, bays, streams and shores of the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary by preserving and restoring habitat, influencing land use decisions, stopping polluters, championing public access and educating the public about this natural resource.