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Seeking Dirtiest Urban River Banks in New Jersey: NJ Sites and 3,000 Volunteers Needed for World’s Largest Waterway Cleanup, Sept. 21st

Population and industrial growth have taken their toll on urban waterways, contributing to pollution problems in many of New Jersey’s cities. This year, the New Jersey Clean Communities Council (NJCCC) is targeting waterways in urban centers as part of the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 21, 2013. The NJCCC is currently compiling a list of the dirtiest river banks in New Jersey, and is asking for public input.


“We are targeting rivers because they are an important link in the chain of trash,” said Sandy Huber, executive director, NJCCC. “Much attention has deservedly gone to ocean beaches but we can’t forget the rivers, especially the ones with extensive debris.”

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Do You Know a Dirty River Bank?

NJCCC is asking for suggestions for urban cleanup sites for the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup.  Rivers and other waterways may be submitted to or call 609-989-5900.

Goal is 3,000 volunteers

This year, NJCCC hopes to sign 3,000 volunteers for the International Coastal Cleanup. New Jersey area volunteers are asked to take part by joining a confirmed cleanup effort, or coordinating their own, and registering by the September 1 deadline. NJCCC will provide the official bags for trash and recyclables as well as gloves, data cards and other materials to registered volunteers.


Individuals and groups ― including township officials, residents, businesses and frequent visitors to the state ― can register at, or contact, 609-989-5900.


The Planet’s Largest Volunteer Cleanup

The International Coastal Cleanup is the planet’s largest volunteer cleanup for waterway and ocean health. Hosted locally by New Jersey Clean Community Council, the Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanup event has motivated 8.5 million people – including those from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut – in more than 100 countries to cross nearly 300,000 miles to collect more than 144 million pounds of trash from the world’s waterways since 1986. The focus of International Coastal Cleanup Day is as much on inland and urban waterways as it is on New Jersey’s shores, since a piece of trash dropped in Morristown, Trenton or elsewhere can end up in our ocean.


Urban Waterways Are in Distress

There are more than 200 rivers and streams in New Jersey1, many of which were aversely affected when Superstorm Sandy dumped raw and partially treated sewage throughout the state’s waterways.2  Waterways in urban areas face additional challenges, such as runoff of oil, rubber, heavy metals and other contaminants from automobiles. Urban waterways also may be affected by garbage dumps, toxic waste, chemical storage, and littering. This can leave them unfit to be used as drinking water or even recreationally for fishing, boating or swimming.


For example, the Delaware River that runs along New Jersey and New York is a drinking water source for approximately 15 million people,3 yet an environmental group claims it is the fifth most polluted river in the nation.4


The Industrial Revolution left its mark on the Hudson River with buildups of chemicals and other toxins. Since 1987, the Hudson River Estuary Program has been in place to renovate the estuary. The program helps to ensure clean water and protects and restores fish and wildlife habitats.5


The Passaic River is another casualty of the Industrial Revolution. A group of dedicated volunteers is successfully spearheading a cleanup and revitalization effort.6  Among their goals in the river cleanup are: (1) saving the food chain, (2) economic revitalization, (3) recreational opportunities, and (4) an ecosystem that will help control flooding.


Ocean Conservancy’s Snapshot of Ocean Trash

The annual International Coastal Cleanup is hosted nationally by Ocean Conservancy, a Washington, D.C.-based environmental nonprofit advocacy organization that promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems. During each yearly event, volunteers record on standardized data cards the items they find. Ocean Conservancy compiles and analyzes the data and publishes the world’s only item-by-item, location-by-location snapshot of ocean trash. Readers can share their passion for cleaner waterways at and


About the New Jersey Clean Communities Council Inc.

NJCCC was established in 1986 to help change the attitudes that cause littering. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation under contract to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to oversee grants disbursed to 559 towns and 21 counties for the implementation of litter abatement programs and to provide for a statewide program of public information and education. In 2011, it “adopted” the state’s Adopt-a-Beach program from the NJDEP. Its awards programs honor businesses, community organizations, schools and individuals for making New Jersey cleaner and greener. For more information, contact the NJCCC at 222 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608, 609-989-5900, The NJCCC’s statewide anti-litter campaign is making a difference throughout New Jersey.




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Sharing Strength, Giving Back: Become a Volunteer Advocate for Victims of Sexual Violence

April 23, 2018

Openings are still available in the upcoming training series for Volunteer Advocates for victims of sexual violence. The sessions are scheduled twice weekly beginning on Tuesday, May 1 and continuing until Thursday, June 14.

The training is free. No previous experience in counseling is required. Volunteer Advocates work with the professional staff at Union County’s Rape Crisis Center to ...

Free Public Panel Will Explore Sexual Assault and Consent

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites members of the public to attend a panel discussion on sexual assault and consent on Wednesday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m. in Room N-4 at Union County College, 1033 Springfield Avenue in Cranford. The panel will feature a question and answer session.

The panel discussion is intended to raise awareness about sexual assault and consent in ...

Presentation on College Admission and College Readiness At New Providence High School, Tuesday, April 24

New Providence High School will host a special parent presentation, “College Admission Does Not Guarantee College Readiness!” with Dr. Joel Ingersoll, Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the New Providence High School Auditorium, 35 Pioneer Drive.

Dr. Joel, a NJ Licensed Psychologist and Certified Master Coach, will lead a one-of-a-kind experience, designed to help you maximize ...

Politics IS Government in Union County

April 22, 2018

After Bruce Patrson of Garwood was stopped from speaking at the Union County freeholder meeting of March 22 regarding the politics behind refusing to give the party line to a sitting freeholder I thought this brazen suppression of free speech could not go unanswered. A the the April 19 meeting I answered with these comments.

After ten years of following government in Union County I conclude ...

New Providence Borough Council to Cultivate Relationships with County Officials

April 12, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Councilman Robert Robinson touted the importance of personal relationships with Union County representatives at the Monday, April 9 council meeting.

Union County Freeholders Angel Estrada and Bette Jane Kowalski attended the Street Smart campaign kick-off event prior to the meeting providing the council members with the opportunity to chat face-to-face with the two ...

Student Led #Rally4 Action to Protest Gun Violence Held Friday in Springfield

April 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Fueled partially by their disappointment that students were not allowed to leave school for the nationwide student protest last month, student leaders planned a rally Friday on the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine massacre in Colorado. At 4:30 p.m., students, parents, families, community members met at Chisholm Community Center to register voters, make ...

Student Led #Rally4 Action to Protest Gun Violence Held Friday in Springfield

April 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Fueled partially by their disappointment that students were not allowed to leave school for the nationwide student protest last month, student leaders planned a rally Friday on the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine massacre in Colorado. At 4:30 p.m., students, parents, families, community members met at Chisholm Community Center to register voters, make ...

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