Central Jersey Stream Team
Central Jersey Stream Team

Our Next Cleanup Event is Saturday, September 23, 2017!

Trash Away in Piscataway! Raritan River Cleanup!

Please join CJST for our next cleanup on the main stem of the Raritan River from the Queen's Bridge In Bound Brook to Riverside Park in Piscataway! Our goal for this event is to clean a roughly 1.5 mile stretch of the main stem of the Raritan River and its banks between the Bound Brook, South Bound Brook, Middlesex Borough, Franklin and Piscataway.  We will also be cleaning in Riverside Park for those who do not want to go in the water. 


The event begins at 8:00 AM at the pavillion at Riverside Park on River Road in Piscataway (use 430 River Road, Piscataway, NJ  08854 as the closest address and look for the CJST truck and trailer).  Come on out and join us for sign up, instructions and safety.  Piscataway had graciously offered to provide breakfast and lunch and other supplies for the volunteers! 

 

From the parking area, we will shuttle to the launch point at the Queen's Bridge in Bound Brook.  Life vests will be provided but the water depth is fairly shallow most of the way.  There are areas in this section where the rocks can get very slick so wear footwear that has some tread left.  If you do not feel comfortable in the river or don't want to get wet, we recommend staying with our land team which will be cleaning Riverside Park and surrounding public lands.

 

Higher or cloudy water will probably cancel the water portion of the event but we will still try to do the land cleanup unless the weather really isn't cooperating.  We will try to keep everyone posted.


Please note that registration/RSVP is important so that we know what kind and how many supplies and refreshments to bring and set up.  This is especially true if you are bringing a larger group.

Volunteer Instructions:

1.  Bring along your family and friends! It's going to be a really fun and great day! The more junk we find the more rewarding the experience!

2. Wear sturdy footwear and clothing you don't mind getting wet or dirty!  For those in the river, you will get wet!  We need the space in the canoes for trash!  If you are staying on land, we also recommend sturdy footwear, clothes you don't mind getting dirty and long pants if you are venturing go into the woody areas.

 

3. If you have your own canoe and don't mind using it for trash, please let us know when you RSVP.

4. We will provide garbage bags, work gloves, tools, sunscreen, bug spray, life vests, breakfast, lunch, and water for volunteers.

So come on out! We look forward to restoring this small piece of the wathershed with you!

 

Please contact Jens Riedel at jens.riedel@cjstreamteam.org or 908 240-1346 if you have questions or if you plan on bringing a larger group.

 

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The Central Jersey Stream Team is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration of Central Jersey waterways and surrounding land for environmental protection and sustainable recreational use. Our aim is community engagement with hands on projects designed to establish and encourage new environmental stewards.

 

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