Clean Ocean Action

Rally for the Navesink

What is Rally for the Navesink?

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. The coalition was formed in 2016 in response to a downgrade of over 500 acres of of shellfishing area due to pollution. Pollution sources include urban and agricultural stormwater runoff and failing infrastructure. 

Clean Ocean Action 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. 

Rally for the Navesink is an alliance of groups coordinated by Clean Ocean Action including: American Littoral Society, Bayshore Regional Watershed Council, Clean Ocean Action, Fair Haven Sailing Club/River Rats, Hartshorne Woods Association, Monmouth Conservation Foundation, Navesink Maritime Heritage Association Navesink River Rowing, Navesink Shrewsbury River Fishing Club, NY/NJ Baykeeper, Oceanport Waterwatch, Pirates Care, Recreational Fishing Club - NJ Chapter, Riverview Medical Center, Shrewsbury Yacht Club, Sierra Club - Shore Group

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When: Wednesday, November 30th

5:30 PM-Part One (Education)

7:00 PM-Part Two (K9 Source-Tracking Results)

Where: Monmouth Boat Club

What: Learn how you can connect your school community to help reduce pollution in the Navesink River and find out the latest K9 source-tracking results.

Hosted by Clean Ocean Action





OCTOBER 2016 at Knollwood School, Fair Haven, NJ

On October 20 Monmouth Conservation Foundation hosted a public meeting on behalf of Rally for the Navesink focusing on "River-Friendly Living" and steps that individuals living in the watershed can take to improve water quality in the River.

Presenters Included:
Karen Waltzer, Public Outreach Coordinator from
Barnegat Bay Partnership
Click here for Native Plants Presentation

 Becky Laboy, Education and Outreach Specialist from
Ocean County Soil District
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Jersey Friendly Yard Pilot Projects Presentation

Zach Royle, Wreck Pond Habitat Restoration Coordinator from American Littoral Society
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Steve Turoto, Director of Science from 
Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association
Click here for River-Friendly Living Certification Program Presentation


Dr. Christopher C. Obropta, Extension Specialist from
Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Click here for Green Infrastructure: How We Can Protect Our Communities & Our Waters

After the presentations, attendees networked with resources available including: Apple Seed Permaculture, Terra Tech Environmental, Master Gardeners of Monmouth, The Little Plant Company, Toadshade Wildflower Farm, Real Organic Farms

SEPTEMBER 2016 at Riverview Medical Center
 Red Bank, NJ

Clean Ocean Action brought in the hounds to help improve water quality in the Navesink River throughout the week of September 19th. COA partnered with Environmental Canine Services (ECS), a company based in Maine that uses scent-trained canines to detect failing sewer and septic infrastructure. The canines and their trainers, Karen and Scott Reynolds, worked with COA to analyze past tracking and water monitoring studies to determine "hot spot" locations and to develop a strategy for following the scent of failing infrastructure "upstream" into the municipalities that surround the River.
To read more of this story click here.

AUGUST 2016, First Presbyterian Church of Rumson

Dr. Bologna of Montclair State University updated the public on the status of Clining Jellyfish, an invasive species with a powerful sting, found for the first time in New Jersey in the Shrewsbury River.

Bob Schuster, Chief of the NJDEP Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring discussed the results of recent water quality testing during wet and dry weather.

Zach Lees released the results of the "ship and sniff" testing, utilizing partnership with Environmental Canine Services and their scent-trained canines. 

Dr. Nicole Fahrenfeld of Rutgers University of Civil and Environmental Engineering explained results of DNA analysis on bacteria found in the Navesink.

Debbie Mans, Executive Director of NY/NJ Baykeeper, reported that the Royal Flush Pump Out Boat, which operates on Fridays and Saturdays until October 1, has successfully collected 6,500 gallons of waste and chemicals from boats in the watershed.

To read more from August click here.

JUNE 2016, Bingham Hall, Rumson, NJ

Zach Lees, Coastal & Ocean Policy Attorney for COA presented nearly a year of research in a report entitled "Pathogen Pollution in the Navesink River" Addressing Fecal Contamination in the Navesink Watershed. Click to read the full report.

Bob Schuster, Interim Bureau Chief at the NJDEP Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring, presented the NJDEP's 2105 Annual Report on the Navesink River and discussed the NJDEP's source-tracking plan for the River. 

Karen Reynolds, owner of Environmental Canine Services in Maine, presented on scent-trained canines with the ability to detect and track human waste in lakes, rivers, stormwater systems, streams and and oceans.

Dr. Christopher C. Obrupta, Extension Specialist from Rutgers Cooperative Extensive, presented Impervious Cover Assessment Plan and Reduction Action Plan for Fair Haven, NJ to close the meeting.


Background & History

A 2008 New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Stormwater and Microbial Study of the Navesink River indicated baterial pollution, especially after a rain event.
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In January of 2016 the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection closed 565 acres of the Navesink River to shellfishing due to fecal contamination. Click here for additional information.  

In June 2016 Zachary Lees, COA Coastal & Ocean Policy Attorney published a report entitled "Pathogen Pollution in the Navesink River" Addressing Fecal Contamination in the Navesink Watershed.
Click to read the full report.

Volunteer Opportunities

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