RED BANK, NJ: A virtual “Rally for the Navesink” meeting will be held tonight, Thursday, September 24, 7:00pm.

The meeting will provide updates from around the watershed with alliance partners sharing educational resources for teachers, young adults and area residents.

Formed in 2016 in response to over 500 acres of shellfishing that was downgraded due to pollution, Rally for the Navesink is a coalition of groups dedicated to improving and maintaining water quality in the Navesink River watershed through research, education and policy.

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Pollution sources include urban and agricultural stormwater runoff and failing infrastructure.

Clean Ocean Action (COA), released an in-depth report on these issues in June of 2016, and as part of Rally for the Navesink, has been organizing public meetings, source tracking efforts, and pursuing regulatory and policy tools as well as education and outreach in the watershed.

“At the upcoming Rally for the Navesink meeting, we are bringing attention to two important issues which require active participation and input from the community.  Mayor Perry will be joining us to discuss the Middletown Open Space Trust Fund referendum, which will appear on the General Election ballot.  Plus, we will be discussing the latest updates on the Oceanic Bridge and informing residents on how they can offer their input.

As students are heading back to school, we’re also using this meeting to highlight the many fantastic educational resources and activities available from our Alliance partners, including American Littoral Society, Monmouth Conservation Foundation, and Save Coastal Wildlife,” said Alison Jones, Watershed Program Coordinator for Clean Ocean Action.

Urban and agricultural stormwater runoff and failing infrastructure were evidenced as primary pollution sources.  In 2016, COA released a comprehensive report entitled, “Pathogen Pollution in the Navesink Riverpdf.”

Registration is required.  To register, click HERE.

"We are now faced with twin challenges that affect all waterways and pose a risk to the health of humans and environment. Polluted stormwater runoff and climate change impacts on wet weather events harm the water quality of all waterways and the Navesink watershed is no exception.  Rally for the Navesink coalition in its fourth year now continues to focus on engaging and empowering the community to "find and fix" sources of pathogen pollution in the Two Rivers, the key being "no blame game", but just to find a solution to end this pollution,” said ​Swarna Muthukrishnan,  Staff Scientist for Clean Ocean Action.

To review agenda and presentations from past meetings on Rally for the Navesink Google Drive, click HERE.

For the most up-to-date meeting information, including location, agendas, cancellations/date changes, and more, visit Rally for the Navesink on Facebook.

The Navesink River is a jewel in our area.  Become informed, educated and involved by registering for the meeting.

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