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BREAKING NEWS!  – NJDOT/DEP News Release

Click Here to Read the Press Release

What is not mentioned in their release, is that The SRCC  pursued this investigation of the outfall pipe early on.  Our water sampling data in this area for bacteria levels goes back to 2005.

Sampling conducted by the Monmouth County Board of Health was stopped several years ago due to a lack of funding/manpower, and the fact that the beach had been closed to swimming for so many years.  

Photos taken last February  show the exposed outfall pipe being investigated by former Monmouth county engineer Turner Shell, American Littoral Society restoration director Al Mojeski, and Monmouth County Health official Dave Sorensen (pictures by SRCC, Bill Sciarappa) as part of a joint 319(H) grant application for a living shoreline to remediate the bacteria in the river through the planting of mussel beds.  

The SRCC started taking weekly water samples for an independent lab in the summer of 2016 at both Memorial Park and Shark River Beach and Yacht club  to document the bacteria problem, since nothing was being done by other agencies.  Requests to post large “No Swimming”  signs that clearly indicated that the water at those sites was polluted were rejected by Neptune City and Neptune officials.  The SRCC continued to send its high bacterial level lab results to Neptune City and demand that action be taken. Mayor Brown took then the fight to the next level,  And that is where the state government stepped in.

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In photo from left to right: Tom Arnone, Freeholder Director, John Dempsey, SRCC Board, John Curley, Monmouth County Freeholder, Randy Bishop, Neptune Township Committeeman, Jennifer Beck, State Senator, Robert Brown, Neptune City Mayor, Serena DeMasi, Monmouth County Freeholder, Toto Tasso, Jeff Hoffman, and Arlene Sciarappa, all SRCC board members, Matt Doherty, Belmar Mayor, and Bill Sciarappa, SRCC board.

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Please feel free to visit this site often as we are constantly updating it.

This is your river and it needs your help to clean it up.

SRCC Highlights

  • E. Coli Poop-ulates Shark River Waters
    The primary pollutants in the Shark River are E. coli bacteria, sediment particles, and fertilizer. In the case of swimmers, the DEP estimates on the current bacterial exceedance for human health standards is that a minimum of 37 out of 1000 people exposed to these waters will get an eye, ear, throat, nose or other infections caused by staph and strep pathogens as well as a chance of hepatitis and viral diseases.
  • Shark River dredging saved from TTF shutdown
    The Shark River dredging project that was stalled by the gas tax impasse will resume "any day" now after state officials realized they risked losing an undisclosed amount of federal funding for the work, a Monmouth County freeholder said.
  • Announcement on restart of Shark River dredging project canceled without explanation
    Monmouth County officials abruptly canceled the news conference where a plan to restart the stalled Shark River dredging project Monmouth County officials would be announced.
  • Dredgefest a Success!
    The SRCC celebrated its 15th-year anniversary by hosting "DREDGEFEST" at the Headliner in Neptune on June 30th, 2016 to kick-off the long-awaited dredging of the Shark River.
  • Friends of Belmar Harbor Sail-abration
    Friday, June 17th, 2016....Maclearie Park at L Street Beach, Belmar NJ....4:00pm to dusk, Click for more information
  • Dredgefest 2016 Information
    Dredgefest 2016 flyer and info.
  • Beach Sweeps – Shark River Cleanup – April 30th
    Join the Shark River Cleanup Coalition in an environmental cleanup of the Shark River on Saturday, April 30th. Cleanup starts at 9:00am - Memorial Park, Neptune City. See you there!

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  • SRCC Non-Profit Organization
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