NY/NJ Baykeeper opens new HQ in New Jersey

By Emily Bader
Matawan | Sep 4, 2018 at 11:23 am

NY/NJ Baykeeper held a gala ribbon-cutting and open house to celebrate the opening of its new headquarters in Matawan, it announced recently.

The new headquarters, it said, will allow it to continue its mission of improving water quality in the New York-New Jersey Harbor region.

About 150 people joined in on the celebration, including New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon, Monmouth County Freeholders John Curley and Gerry Scharfenberger, Matawan Mayor Joseph Altomonte, Hazlet Deputy Mayor Sue Kiley and Matawan Councilwoman Deana Gunn.

“NY/NJ Baykeeper is thrilled to have relocated in Matawan, a wonderful, caring community that is one of New Jersey’s great historic towns,” Greg Remaud, NY/NJ Baykeeper CEO, said. “We have existing good ties here and look forward to growing this relationship with both its residents and leaders. We’re just upstream along the Matawan Creek from neighboring Keyport, where we maintain strong ties and very fond memories. Our new location has made us feel immediately at home and provides convenient travel to the waterways we care for throughout the Raritan Bayshore and NY-NJ Harbor region.”

For about three decales, NY/NJ Baykeeper has been advocating to protect, preserve and restore the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary.

“NY/NJ Baykeeper has had a long history of environmental advocacy and we continue to work towards preserving, protecting and restoring our local waterways and open space in and around the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary,” Meredith DeMarco, NY/NJ Baykeeper chief operating officer, said. “Our new headquarters in Matawan will enable us to expand our advocacy through a variety of initiatives, including our Restoration and Living Shoreline, Land Conservation, Pumpout Boat and Raritan Riverkeeper programs. NY/NJ Baykeeper has been warmly received by the Borough of Matawan, and we look forward to a collaborative partnership as we grow our presence here and across New York and New Jersey. We are grateful to our elected officials, friends and supporters who continue to support our efforts.”

“The opening of our headquarters in Matawan represents a major step forward for the NY/NJ Baykeeper which for three decades has been working to protect, preserve and restore the environment of the Hudson/Raritan Estuary,” said John D’Amico, NY/NJ Baykeeper board chair judge. “We thank our members, contributors and elected officials for helping us to end pollution, restore aquatic habitats, discourage inappropriate development and improve public access to the most urban estuary in the world.”

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