RED BANK, NJ: Many of you braved a cold, wintery evening to attend last Thursday’s Rally for the Navesink meeting at Bingham Hall. A special thanks to our guest speaker, Joe Reynolds of Save Coastal Wildlife, for his informative and adorable presentation on the seals of Sandy Hook Bay.

Missed the meeting? Keep reading to view presentations and highlights shared from Alliance partners.

Seals of Sandy Hook Bay

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· Save Coastal Wildlife (SCW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about the preservation and protection of coastal wildlife along the Jersey Shore.

· Joe Reynolds, local naturalist and President of SCW, shared his knowledge about the local seal population that can be spotted in Sandy Hook Bay. Check out his presentation, full of incredible seal photos, HERE.

· Did you know? When observing seals, you should always stay at least 150 feet (50 yards) away to avoid disturbing them. Binoculars allow for up close viewing while respecting wildlife.

Navesink River Water Quality Update

· Dr. Swarna Muthukrishnan, Clean Ocean Action’s Staff Scientist, provided a status update on water quality in the Navesink River. Her presentation, which includes both citizen science data and data collected by the NJDEP, can be viewed HERE.

· The data indicates that the remaining sources contributing to pathogen pollution are most likely from horses, dogs, and other domesticated animals. If you’d like to get involved in the initiative to connect with and educate local horse owners about best management practices, please email outreach@CleanOceanAction.org.

Seeking Volunteer Citizen Scientists for Navesink River Water Quality Monitoring!

· Join the team of citizen scientists helping to track down poo-llution in the Navesink River watershed by attending a training session for interested volunteers. The next training session will be held on Tuesday, February 18th at 6:00 pm at Monmouth Boat Club. Click here for more information, and email outreach@CleanOceanAction.org to RSVP.

Other News, Updates, and Events

· Clean Ocean Action and the Rumson Environmental Commission will be holding the 3rd Annual Rally for the Rivers Eco-Fest on Saturday, May 30th at Victory Park in Rumson. Email outreach@CleanOceanAction.org if you’d like to get involved!

· Monmouth County Health Department announced that their pumpout boat, “Royal Flush,” will be retired, but a new pumpout boat (yet to be named) will take its place this summer in the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers.

· NY/NJ Baykeeper will be continuing their oyster restoration project at NWS Earle and recently received a grant from NFWF to expand their living shoreline.

· Navesink Maritime Heritage Association’s regular monthly meeting, free and open to the public, will be held on February 12 at 7:30pm at Bahrs Landing Restaurant and will feature a presentation on rooftop solar.

· Rumson Garden Club’s next meeting, free and open to the public, on February 18 at 6:30 pm at Bingham Hall will feature a discussion about recycling with Gary Sondermeyer, Vice President of Bayshore Recycling.

· WATERSPIRIT will be hosting a local movie night, showcasing two historical films from local filmmaker Chris Brenner, on Saturday, March 14 at 4 pm at Rumson Presbyterian Church. This is one of many upcoming events hosted by WATERSPIRIT; their event calendar can be viewed here.

Clearly, there is a lot to look forward to in 2020 in the Navesink River watershed and beyond! Save the date for the next Rally for the Navesink meeting on Thursday, March 26th at 7pm.

To read a TAPinto Red Bank article on this meeting with lots of Navesink River pictures, click HERE.

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