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Dredgefest a Success!

Thanks to all who attended or supported the SRCC 15th Anniversary Celebration and Dredgefest Kick-off on June 30, 2016. Over 400 members and other local people with both ecological and financial interests that will benefit from an improvement to this impaired waterway attended the event to support our mission and goals.

At the event, Senator Jennifer Beck presented the SRCC with a joint legislative resolution from the State Senate and Assembly, recognizing the SRCC for 15 year anniversary and its accomplishments, especially in regard to its “tireless efforts that have contributed immeasurably to the development and implementation of a dredging plan for the Shark River” and “its worthwhile mission of enhancing the water quality of the Shark River Estuary and its fresh water tributaries.”

The SRCC presented a 2016 “Friend of Shark River” environmental leadership award to Brian Hegarty, founder of the Shark River Cleanup Coalition. Brian led the successful campaign to have the Shark River Brook and its tributaries designated as a Category One stream, and called for the wide scale dredging of the Shark River, as first proposed in 2005. Without his leadership, the SRCC would not be in existence today.

The SRCC presented a 2016 SRCC “Friend of Shark River” environmental champion award to Thomas Arnone, Monmouth County Freeholder Director, in recognition of his 15 years of dedication and commitment to protecting the Shark River. As mayor of Neptune City, and later as Monmouth County freeholder, Tom continued to seek ways to bring about the dredging of the Shark River, which is scheduled to start shortly.

The SRCC presented a 2016 “Friend of Shark River” environmental service award to Randy Bishop, Neptune Township councilman, for his continued efforts to protect and preserve the Shark River estuary, including his persistence in finding ways to the dredge the Shark River.

The SRCC presented a 2016 “Friend of Shark River” environmental achievement award to Jennifer Beck, NJ State Senator for New Jersey’s 11th Legislative District, for her success in securing the funding through the Transportation Trust Fund for the current dredging project, the first dredging of Shark River in 40 years.

This event raised over $10,000 to support our continued efforts to ensure a cleaner Shark River. Such programs include community outreach, cleanups, outdoor programs, water monitoring, horseshoe crab survey, advocacy, and litigation.