RED BANK, NJ – The Navesink River Municipalities Committee (NRMC) held their first meeting of the New Year on Thursday, January 17th and was chaired by Brian Rice, a Fair Haven resident and licensed boat Captain.
The NRMC is an environmental group that is dedicated on ensuring that our greatest natural asset, the Navesink River, remains an environmentally viable waterway.
NRMC members include two representatives from Tinton Falls, Red Bank, Fair Haven, Rumson, and Middletown, plus a council member from each town that encompass the Navesink River.
The NMRC has partnered with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and trained volunteers to monitor the water in dozens of locations for bacteria contamination and to determine the source.
The group also works closely with Clean Ocean Action who helped assembled the coalition of citizen/scientists to check the ninety-five stations in the river.
Bill Heddendorf, Environmental Specialist with the NJ DEP’s Bureau of Water Monitoring, discussed contamination similarities at McClees Creek in Middletown and the Pine Brook in Tinton Falls noting that January thru July the levels were very low, spiked significantly in August, and then dropped down starting in October to nearly zero in November and December. “The land uses are very similar, they’re all horse farms, a lot of agriculture in the area. We found more elevated levels when it comes to (contamination). You’ll hear that overdevelopment is causing havoc on water quality, like the development in Red Bank. We found that agriculture has its own issues in itself,” said Heddendorf.
Metrovation, a private real estate development company which locally owns The Grove, West Side Lofts and The Anderson Building was represented by Amanda Lynn, Special Events Coordinator. “We are a very environmentally conscience organization, are patrons of the Littoral Society and their oyster program and the Monmouth Conservation Foundation.”
Lynn discussed an upcoming summer kickoff event, “Life on the Two Rivers” to be held on Saturday, May 18th, at The Grove. Local waterway charities and organizations will be provided opportunities to offer education, and we’ll have a showcase of interactive activities on the water.”
These are a group of volunteers who are passionate about keeping a watch on the treasure that we call the Navesink River.
We’re lucky to have such people.
Want to be one? Contact Clean Ocean Action and offer your services!