15th Anniversary Celebration and Dredging Kick-Off Party
Where: THE HEADLINER, NEPTUNE NJ
When: THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2016
6:00 PM-10:00 PM
What: BANDS, FOOD, GIFT AUCTION, ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED IN ALL AREAS FOR THE HEADLINER EVENT!!
PLEASE EMAIL US IF YOU CAN HELP US OUT!!
Our Shark River has been the focus of a long battle to maintain and preserve this valuable natural resource. It is used by local residents and summer visitors for boating, fishing, and other forms of recreation. Businesses along the river depend on a healthy river to maintain their livelihood. Landowners depend on the river to keep their home values stable. Wildlife depends on the river for survival.
Since 2001, the mission of the Shark River Cleanup Coalition Inc. has been to enhance the water quality of the Shark River Estuary and its fresh water tributaries, to improve and protect habitats important to the conservation of wildlife, to protect the recreational and commercial uses from degradation and pollution; thereby ensuring the ecological health and economic stability of this important watershed.
After over 15 years of urging the decision makers to develop and implement a dredging plan for the Shark River, we are excited that the first step is finally taking place, thanks to the efforts of some of our local politicians and “Save Shark River” advocates. Mobile Dredging, the contractor, started the process in late December and continued through the beginning of January. The dredging process will start up again on July 1- December 31, 2016. In order to celebrate this FIRSTSTEP, a fundraiser is being planned for June 30 at the Headliner, which will recognize and acknowledge the recent efforts to protect, preserve, and restore our estuary, the Shark River, and the many recreational sports and pastimes that take place on it.
However, we fear that this first step may be the only step that is taken. The current plan calls for the dredging of 101,494 cubic yards of sediment in the southern navigational channels of the Shark River. This plan leaves many shorelines along the Shark River clogged, silted in, and dying a slow death. Our voices need to be heard now, so that our politicians know that this struggle is not over. Help us to Save the Shark River Watershed by supporting our Headliner event.
Donations of food, gift auction items, etc. are welcome as well. Tickets for the event will be available at a later date. You can also make a tax-deductible donation at, http://sharkriver.org/donations/, or mail your contribution to SRCC, PO Box 2241, Neptune City, NJ. All donations will be used to continue our battle to preserve our river, and more than ever, we need your presence at this event to send a clear message to our legislators that we intend to continue our fight to keep the River alive.
On behalf of myself, the SRCC Board of Directors, and our members, we would like to thank you in advance for your help and support.
James McNamara, President William Sciarappa, Board Member
Arlene Sciarappa, Secretary John Brennan, Board Member
Jeffrey Hoffman, Treasurer Matthew Gregg, Board Member
John Dempsey, Board Member Toto Tasso, Board Member