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Red Bank Cleanup Nets Large Haul

Volunteers collected trash from along Red Bank's waterways over the weekend.

The Red Bank Environmental Commission and Navesink Swimming River Watershed Group held a Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweeps cleanup in Red Bank recently netting plenty of trash and illegally dumped waste, including tires and full toilet bowls.

According to Commission Chair Laura Bagwell, the Saturday event saw cleanup at multiple sites throughout Red Bank, including the end of Drs. James Parker Boulevard, Maple Avenue and around the train station.

Those interested in participating in future cleanup efforts are asked to email RedBankEC@gmail.com for more information.

JosephGhabourLaw October 23, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Congratulations to the volunteers! What amazing work. It's such a shame to see what people dump on our public lands.
Barron Hilton October 23, 2012 at 06:39 PM
People in red bank apparently have nothing better to do with old toilet bowls.
Marjorie Smith October 24, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Toilets? Seriously?
GreenGrp October 24, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Really Patch!? Thanks for the shout-out but is this what you call informing the local citizenry? This is serious local news that certainly deserves more attention by both the local media and local government. I mean how about asking the obvious questions. Where did all this come from, who put it there in the first place, what is being done to clean up sites like this and more importantly, what are plans to mitigate this issue moving forward. Not only is the site at the end of James Parker woods but it is also a watershed into the Navesink River. If I wrote this "article" I would highlight the most pressing issue that this type of environmental disregard threatens our second most valuable natural resource as humans; WATER. The article should read, "RB Cleanup Exposes Comprehensive Environmental Incompetence."
CitizenGRN October 24, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Thank you to all the volunteers for making Red Bank a cleaner place. I'll have to agree with GreenGrp though, there's a bigger story here than people lending a hand. Those items found in the woods at the end of Dr. James Blvd. pose a HUGE threat to our local environment. Tires make for a great nesting ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes and batteries contain both lead and sulfuric acid that can leak into the ground and river and have adverse effects on both animals and humans. During the summer months people are crabbing all around the Navesink who knows what kind of chemicals they are putting into their bodies while enjoying a bountiful feast after a day long hunt. Something more should be done to discover if there are more sites like this along our river.

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