List of Grants (December 2022 and April 2023):
American Littoral Society, Highlands, New Jersey – $10,000
The American Littoral Society will use funds to help provide and create tools that elevate the effort of decision makers and residents to preserve open space from pressures of development, properly manage stormwater at the regional level, and protect critical species such as the horseshoe crab and Red Knot.
Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions, Mendham, New Jersey - $18,000
ANJEC will be working with environmental commissions, municipalities, and communities to improve water quality through educating about stormwater management and reducing impacts of Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) and flooding through green infrastructure (GI) and educating about stormwater utility.
Clean Ocean Action, Long Branch, New Jersey – $18,000
The funds will be used to protect and enhance water quality and public health by identifying and reducing upstream sources of litter including plastics to the Delaware River. COA will educate, motivate, engage, train, and empower citizens by supporting community groups to target waterway litter zones, help them remove trash, and sustain litter-free environments.
Clean Water Fund, Long Branch, New Jersey – $20,000
Funds will be used to address cumulative environmental justice, adverse water and related climate impacts that urban, low-income communities and communities of color experience on a daily basis by promoting greener community-driven solutions, as well as local and state policies to enhance climate resiliency, water quality and community life
Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, Inc., Narrowsburg, New York – $20,000
Funding would be used to protect the waters of the Delaware River Basin from contamination, with special focus on blocking regulations proposed by the Delaware River Basin Commission permitting import of toxic, radioactive oil and gas drilling waste into the basin and removing water from the basin for the purpose of fracking elsewhere.
Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Bristol, Pennsylvania – $20,000
Funds are requested to support continued efforts to set precedent, through the permitting of PSEG’s Salem NGS and other industrial facilities in the region, that closed cycle cooling is the best technology available as required by the Clean Water Act, and to advocate on behalf of critically endangered Atlantic sturgeon.
Eastern Environmental Law Center, Newark, New Jersey - $20,000
EELC will continue to provide pro bono legal assistance to environmental justice groups in Newark, Camden and other state-designated “overburdened communities” support environmental advocacy groups in their campaigns to enhance water quality protections and stop unsustainable development in the Delaware and Raritan Watersheds.
Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center - $20,000
Funding for their project to support the adoption of inland flood zone protections and propose protections for waterways above drinking water supplies, exceptional recreational waterways and Highlands waters.
Food and Water Watch - $20,000
To support their work to protect New Jersey’s public health and environment from a number of major gas pipelines, power plants, and related fossil fuel infrastructure proposals.
Fund for a Better Waterfront - $20,000
For their project to complete the missing and unfinished portions of the waterfront park with a special focus on the 3-acre Union Dry Dock site that will lead to a fully connected park along the Hudson River in Hoboken that will serve as a model for waterfront development.
Future City Inc., Elizabeth, New Jersey - $7,000
Future City Inc. will continue to develop a network of local Clean Science Water Advocates by enhancing public education targeted for residents and visitors to waterfront neighborhoods by utilizing bilingual Citizen Science Advocates with the Arthur Kill Blueway to conduct aggressive, culturally relevant clean water public advocacy and education campaign (Spanish) and to continue to engage City of Elizabeth officials in reviewing, implementing and/or revising local ordinances.
Groundwork Elizabeth - $7,000:
For their continued work to reduce erosion along the Trotter’s Branch of the Elizabeth River and engage the community in this work. It will support the cost of materials and improve the partnership of community members engaged in their task force.
Ironbound Community Corporation - $11,000:
To support the Greater Newark Healthy Communities Project. This includes continued work to steward and expand Newark Riverfront Park, to cleanup the Passaic River, and advance community resiliency initiatives to protect these natural resources and those who live there.
Musconetcong Watershed Association, Asbury, New Jersey – $18,000
Funds will help them provide increased protections for recreational waters in New Jersey through implementation of a coordinated Great Waters Campaign, with supporting advocacy and legal work.
National Institute for Healthy Human Spaces, Inc., Camden, New Jersey – $7,000
Funds will be used to help change the disparities in Camden County between the well-developed eastern suburban Cooper River and the western border undeveloped in Camden through advocacy while promoting the restoration and building up of the Cooper River West in Camden City as well as Penn Treaty Park Delaware River Waterways in Philadelphia.
NewarkDIG (Doing Infrastructure Green) - $18,000
To provide paid apprenticeships to Newark GreenWorks GI certification trainees for real-world job training experience to support job placement and entrepreneurialism by engaging local residents in job training opportunities to construct the projects or in community education and awareness about the benefits of the projects, especially in CSO areas of the city.
Plastic Free Delaware, Wilmington, Delaware – $8,000
Funds are requested to support outreach and educational programs, awareness building, and advocacy initiatives in Delaware regarding plastic pollution through strategic planning and capacity building. This includes proactive initiatives to reach underserved, non-traditional audiences, and build board/working group capacity and diversity.
Raritan Baykeeper, Inc. dba NY/NJ Baykeeper - $18,000
To continue their effort focused on improving water quality in the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary, primarily through their Combined Sewer Overflow Campaign conducted in collaboration with Hackensack Riverkeeper. This campaign works toward eliminating water pollution caused by combined sewers and stormwater run-off by enforcing and strengthening permits and policies and by encouraging green infrastructure and public engagement at the state and local levels.
Sierra Club – New Jersey Chapter - $20,000
For their Protect, Preserve NJ campaign that aims to protect and preserve New Jersey’s critical water sources from harmful development, climate change, contamination, and other threats. They will work to educate the publc, raise awareness with government leaders, and find effective solutions to protect New Jersey’s water.
South Ward Environmental Alliance (SWEA), Newark, New Jersey - $18,000
SWEA will use funds to form a Technical Assistance Center for the South Ward of Newark with a unique coalition of partners to address impactful quality of life issues, water quality, flooding and energy justice policies and programs that can serve as a model for community-based organizations by engaging and educating the next generation of Environmental Justice advocates regarding the PVSC service area.
Waterspirit (in collaboration with Green Amendment for the Generations), Rumson, New Jersey - $7,000
Working together with Green Amendment for the Generations, they will educate, train, and empower New Jersey communities on the benefits of a Green Amendment which are constitutional Bill of Rights amendments that recognize the rights to pure water, clean air, a stable climate, and healthy environments for all.
Work Environment Council of New Jersey (WEC), Trenton, New Jersey - $20,000
WEC will use funds to continue to build on the progress made and advocate for stronger rules to prevent chemical disasters to protect our environment and communities from toxic catastrophe, educate workers and community members on Right to Know laws, and assure that the public will have access to chemical emergency response plans.