Resolve to Protect Nature in the New Year –


Dec 31, 2021

Resolve to Protect Nature in the New Year

By Lori Draz

Monmouth County is alive with so many pure locations to go to, take pleasure in and shield. With Monmouth County’s 27 miles of ocean shoreline, 26 miles of bay shoreline and 4 main rivers (Navesink, Shrewsbury, Shark, and Manasquan), Monmouth is 30 % water. So why not make this the yr you do extra to shield them?

In addition, the county has greater than 10 % (42,111 acres) of public open house, which attracts a variety of visits from the county’s 619,000 residents and the hundreds of out-of-city guests – and means extra air pollution to the land and waterways. 

If you desire to to take motion to maintain the native waterways clear, all of it begins with schooling, which is offered from various space organizations. 

The Jersey Shore Partnership is a not-for-revenue, non-partisan group that’s New Jersey’s main advocate for state and federal funding to shield and protect New Jersey’s 127-mile shoreline that yearly generates a $20 billion tourism economic system and brings in hundreds of thousands of federal {dollars} in a price-sharing partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Navesink Maritime Heritage Association is a not-for-revenue group devoted to preserving information and appreciation of Monmouth County’s maritime heritage and the ecology and respectful use of the waterways. 

Clean Ocean Action is at all times working to enhance and shield pure assets and make them livable for wildlife and folks. From stories and outcomes to improved insurance policies and ordinances to shield waterways and communities, these organizations are taking direct motion to guarantee our pure areas are wholesome and useful. 

People can assist these organizations and the assets they work to shield by attending occasions and collaborating in packages similar to the standard and provoking Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweeps to studying some at-house methods to scale back impacts on the atmosphere. You can attend the Rally for the Waterways conferences to hear from native specialists about water high quality and different urgent environmental points. The Rally for the Waterways conferences are Thursdays, Jan. 27, March 31, May 26, July 28, Sept. 29 and Nov. 17.

In addition, a brand new yr offers alternatives to break previous habits. Clean Ocean Action suggests decreasing the use of single-use plastics, in addition to conserving power, utilizing much less water and making extra eco-pleasant purchases. According to Clean Ocean Action, “Regarding plastic pollution, a recent new report released by the well-respected National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine affirms the United States of America as the leading contributor to the plastic waste problem in the global ocean. The report calls for initiatives to reduce the plastic waste and ways to track and monitor it. In New Jersey, a new statewide law goes into effect in May 2022 that bans plastic carry-out shopping bags, bans paper bags at large grocery stores, and requires plastic straws be distributed to customers upon request. These minor behavioral changes will reduce plastic litter on our beaches, in our waterways and in our communities.”

This yr, reconnect to the seashores, the parks, the waterways and trails, and to therapeutic energy of nature. Enjoy them, respect them and shield all of them.