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In 2019, the Environmental Endowment for New Jersey awarded 17 grants totaling $274,000 to non-profit organizations to carry out a variety of environmental improvement projects in the northeast metropolitan area and in the Delaware River Basin and the Schuylkill Valley.   The Endowment Board voted to make the following grants in 2019:


1.    American Littoral Society ($16,000)  Highlands, New Jersey:to support work of the Delaware Bay Program Director, Executive Director and the Bayshore Habitat Restoration Coordinator to frame and carry out conservation advocacy and policy directives for the Delaware Bayshore office. (732-291-0055)


2.    Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions ($17,000) Mendham, New Jersey:  to work with environmental commissions, municipalities, and communities to improve water quality through educating about stream restoration and reducing impacts of Combined Sewer Overflows (SCOs) and flooding through green infrastructure. (973-539-7547) 


3.    Clean Ocean Action ($17,000) Highlands, New Jersey: to improve the water quality in the Delaware River by reducing sources of harmful debris through track down and elimination of litter sources using community involvement. (732-872-0111)


4.    Comité de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas – CATA ($17,000) Glassboro, New Jersey: to survey pesticide practices on farms in New Jersey based on the new Worker Protection Standard (WPS) revision to determine current agricultural practices that negatively impact the environment and help reduce toxic exposure for farmworkers and address agricultural runoff polluting our water systems. (856-881-2507)


5.    Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, Inc. ($20,000) Milanville, Pennsylvania:  to continue the efforts of DCS to shape the policies of the DRBC to gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing to avoid what could be an ecological disaster of immense proportions. (845-252-6677)


6.    Delaware Riverkeeper Network ($18,000) Bristol, 

Pennsylvania:to continue ongoing efforts to set precedent, through the permitting of PSE&G’s NGS and other industrial facilities in the region, that closed cycle cooling is best technology available (BTA) as required by the Clean Water Act (CWA). (215-369-1188)


7.    Eastern Environmental Law Center ($20,000) 

Newark, New Jersey:  to provide free or low cost legal representation to environmental and community organizations seeking to preserve and improve the health of their watersheds by protecting preserved land and sensitive resources, requesting remediation of hazardous waste and preventing other pollution impacts especially in communities of color and low income. (973-424-1166)


8.    Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center ($18,000) New Brunswick, New Jersey:for campaign to elevate anti-degradation Category One protections, including buffers for key waterways statewide that attain exceptional water supply significance or ecological significance or trout streams including advocacy to reduce invisible chemical contaminants from polluting New Jersey’s drinking water. (732-709-1431)


9.    Food & Water Watch ($17,000), New Brunswick, New Jersey:  to support their work to protect New Jersey’s public health and environment from a number of major oil and gas pipelines and related fossil fuel infrastructure proposals. (732-839-0866)


10.  Fund for a Better Waterfront ($7,000) Hoboken, New Jersey:to solidify a plan for Hoboken’s unfinished portion of its waterfront, securing the two missing links of FBW’s proposed contiguous, public riverfront park at Union Dry Dock and Stevens Institute while extending the landscape design and pedestrian/bicycle-friendly model of the South Waterfront northward. (201-217-0500) 


11.  Future City Inc.($7,000) Elizabeth, New Jersey:to continue to inform, train, mentor and develop Citizen Science Advocates for Clean Water within the Arthur Kill Blueway. (908-659-0689)


12.  Ironbound Community Corporation ($15,000) Newark, New Jersey:for continued work on the Passaic River Project including work to extend the riverfront park toward the Newark downtown area, the cleanup of the Passaic River, community resiliency initiatives, and riverfront park programming and stewardship activities to protect these natural resources. (973-817-7013 x 207)


13.  Musconetcong Watershed Association ($16,000) Asbury, New Jersey:  to aid policy capacity to raise protection levels on the Musconetcong River, and river systems with similar hydrology, through DEP administrative changes and regulatory change. (908-537-7060)  


14.  New Jersey Audubon Society ($17,000) 

Bernardsville, New Jersey: to expand the advocacy efforts of the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed (CDRW) to include defense against the severe budget cuts and regulatory rollbacks to environmental protection proposed by the current Administration and Congress, in addition to continuing their successful work influencing Delaware River Basin Restoration Program funding. (908-396-6520)


15.  Raritan Baykeeper dba NY/NJ Baykeeper  ($18,000) Matawan, New Jersey:  to further their mission to protect, preserve, and restore the Hudson-Raritan Estuary through their Clean Water Campaign that combines statewide policy initiatives, legal actions, and on-the-ground education and training for urban communities. (732-888-9870)


16.  Sierra Club – NJ Chapter ($17,000) Trenton, New Jersey:  to build a campaign to restore and enhance strong protections for New Jersey’s waterways and drinking water. (609-656-7612)


17.  Work Environment Council of New Jersey (WEC) ($17,000) Trenton, New Jersey:for continued support for public campaign to Stop Chemical Disasters! Respect Our Right to Know. (609-882-6100 x 301)