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In 2017, the Environmental Endowment for New Jersey awarded 21 grants totaling $319,000 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 2017:


1.     American Littoral Society ($15,000) Highlands, New Jersey: to support staff salary costs to carry out conservation advocacy and policy directives originating in the Millville, NJ office. (732-291-0055)

2.     Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions ($15,000) Mendham, New Jersey: for their work with environmental commissions, municipalities and communities to improve water quality through stream restoration and reducing impacts of Combined Sewer Overflows and flooding through green infrastructure.  (973-539-7547)


3.     Clean Ocean Action ($20,000) Highlands, New Jersey:  to engage research, education and citizen action to reduce litter in the Delaware River. (732-872-0111)


4.     Clean Water Fund ($15,000), Long Branch, New Jersey:  to conduct food service and consumer education/engagement program ReThink Disposal that will significantly reduce volume of single use disposables generated in selected restaurants, food trucks and/or institutions in order to minimize litter and damage to storm water systems, NJ waterways and marine life.  (732) 963-9826


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 ($20,000) Bristol,

Pennsylvania:  to continue legal and advocacy work to defend the Delaware River and its communities and habitats from the adverse impacts of PSE&G’s Salem Nuclear Generating Station (NGS) as well as from PSE&G’s expansion of its electric and gas generation and transmission infrastructure. (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 requiring the remediation of hazardous waste, preventing pollution impacts and protecting land and natural resources. (973-424-1166)


8.     Edison Wetlands Association, Inc. ($15,000), Edison, New Jersey:  to protect and restore environmentally sensitive areas in central New Jersey’s Raritan River Estuary through education, action and public awareness. (732-321-1300)


9.     Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center ($20,000) New Brunswick, New Jersey: for their project to outline a road map for progress on the state level by organizing on core environmental issues that impact drinking water.(732-659-1025)


10.   Fund for a Better Waterfront ($15,000) Hoboken, New Jersey: work to secure the missing links in Hoboken’s waterfront park thereby protecting these sites as public open spaces. (201-217-0500)


11.   Future City Inc. ($5,000) 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.   Green Delaware ($5,000) Port Penn, Delaware:  the primary focus will be to support and expand communications including placing a weekly column about environmental issues in Delaware publication. (302-299-6783)


13.   Ironbound Community Corporation ($15,000) Newark, New Jersey: to continue work of the Ironbound Passaic River Project to extend the riverfront park toward the Newark downtown area, the cleanup of the Passaic River, and the riverfront park programming and stewardship activities to protect natural resources. (973-817-7013 x 207)


14.   National Institute for Healthy Human Spaces, Inc. ($15,000) Absecon, New Jersey: to build an environmental justice application (App) in order to enhance, promote and expand their environmental justice and urban water quality justice work primarily in the city of Camden and towns affected by flooding from the Delaware River and its tributaries. (267-353-5123)


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

Bernardsville, New Jersey:  to continue advocacy efforts coordinated by the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed in support of federal funding for the Delaware Valley Restoration Program as enacted by the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act in 2016. (908-396-7405)

16.   New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Education Fund  ($15,000) Trenton, New Jersey: to ensure voters and key elected officials are fully aware and engaged in an agenda that protects and enhances the state’s water quality. (609-331-9922)


17.   Pinelands Preservation Alliance ($15,000): to expand efforts to protect the critical and fragile Pinelands ecosystem from the damages of off-road vehicles. (609-859-8660 x19)


18.   Raritan Baykeeper dba NY/NJ Baykeeper  ($20,000) Keyport, New Jersey: to continue Clean Water Campaign and support advocacy and litigation efforts to achieve water quality improvements for the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary, including the lower Passaic River, Newark Bay, Arthur Kill, Kill van Kull, and Raritan Bay. (732-888-9870 x 2)


19.   Sierra Club – NJ Chapter ($15,000) Trenton, New Jersey:  continue their work to educate and engage citizens to work to uphold water quality protections, prevent rollbacks and block proposals that threaten clean water in New Jersey. (609-656-7612)


20.   South Camden Citizens in Action ($5,000), Camden New Jersey:  to build capacity of this neighborhood-based environmental organization to challenge expansion of polluting industries. (856-883-9450)


21.   Work Environment Council of New Jersey (WEC) ($20,000) Trenton, New Jersey:  to ensure that the public wins access to information about chemical and crude oil hazards with a particular emphasis on training first responders in North Jersey counties, building on the commitments received from SERC and examining policy options for improved oversight of freight railroad crossings, particularly for rivers, reservoirs and other waterways. (609-882-6100 x 301)