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

If you would like to become involved please contact outreach@(Spam protected email address)

Or, check out the Rally For the Navesink Facebook page for important updates and events.



RSVP for Fall Water Quality Trainings to projects@(Spam protected email address)


Volunteers NEEDED for the Navesink River “Citizen Water Monitoring Program”


Rally for the Navesink seeks to reduce pollution to the river and to instill communitywide “watershed mindfulness.”  It is a no-blame game, find it fix it, grassroots approach that helps track down sources of pollution and fosters collaboration with the many varied and talented groups in the 95 square mile watershed.  Importantly, the Rally partners with state and local elected officials and agencies. 


The next phase of pollution track down is underway. Clean Ocean Action, in partnership with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the Navesink River Municipalities Committee, seeks citizen volunteers to partake in a citizen science water quality sampling program in the Navesink River watershed.  Sampling will focus on the microbial source tracking under ambient conditions.


This is part of the “Find It and Fix It” approach of the Rally for the Navesink:

        Seventeen locations have been identified (four or five per town) in Tinton Falls, Red Bank, Middletown, and Fair Haven (see below).

        Required time is Wednesday mornings between 8am and 10am

        The sampling technique is basic and straight-forward, but training is required.

        The entire sampling process including pick up and drop off is estimated to take an hour.

        Volunteers will pick up and drop off sample bottles from designated locations within the watershed.

        The duration of this entire testing program is 52 weeks however; the frequency of each volunteer’s involvement will depend upon many factors, such as number of volunteers.


All volunteers must attend at least one training session, which is conducted by the NJDEP staff.  Volunteers will learn the protocol required for sampling.  Trainings are mandatory for all volunteers.


Become a citizen scientist for the Navesink River. This citizen science water quality sampling program is an important and  great way to be part of the pollution solution for Navesink River. 

For more information please visit the Rally for the Navesink Google Drive- Citizen Science Folder.

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Highlands, NJ 07732
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