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Help us 'grow' a movement for a healthier Barnegat Bay ecosystem

Our "Award Winning" Bayscape for Barnegat Bay engages individuals, businesses, private communities, houses of worship, clubs, schools and governments throughout the Barnegat Bay watershed to become better stewards of the coast and bay by becoming better stewards of the land.

Barnegat Bay has been in serious ecological decline due to many human activities that take place on the watershed lands that drain to the Bay. Scientific studies have shown that large quantities of the stormwater (nutrient) pollution entering the Bay is from non-point sources due to land use and development.

We can all help protect and restore the Bay by implementing native plant gardens and reducing lawn areas and polluted run-off. Our Bayscape program educates participants about the best practices for managing their own property to protect and restore the ecosystem such as:

  • reducing your lawn area or bordering your existing lawn with plant buffers
  • practicing appropriate use of pesticides and fertilizers
  • creating habitat for pollinators and other species
  • limiting water use 
  • using native plantings to improve the health of the entire ecosystem along the coast

The program pays special attention to educating inland communities that are not directly adjacent to the water about the importance of proper stewardship of all the watershed land areas to protect water quality in our streams, rivers and Bay.

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Upcoming Events (Red=NJ; Blue=NY; Green=FL)

Fri Sep 18 @ 3:00PM - 03:00PM
Sandy Hook BioBlitz
Sat Sep 19 @ 3:00PM - 03:00PM
Sandy Hook BioBlitz
Wed Sep 23 @ 6:00PM -
Fall Equinox Walk
Sat Sep 26 @ 4:00PM - 07:00PM
Jamaica Bay Sunset Ecology Cruise
Sat Oct 03 @12:00AM - 12:00PM
Raptor Trust/Great Swamp Refuge
Sat Oct 10 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Fort Tilden Hawk Watch
Thu Oct 29 @ 6:30PM - 09:00PM
Jamaica Bay Task Force Meeting
Fri Oct 30 @ 7:30PM -
Spooky Tales/Ghosts of Historic Fort Hancock
Sat Nov 07 @ 8:00AM -
Surf Fishing Clinic at Sandy Hook
Thu Nov 19 @12:00AM - 12:00PM
Assateague/Chincoteague Weekend