Central Jersey Stream Team
Central Jersey Stream Team

July 20, 2019 - Divide &  Conquer! - South Branch Raritan Cleanup  *Canceled*

For our next cleanup, CJST will re-visit some of the inaugural stretches of the South Branch that started the organization in 2013. We'll be dividing into two teams for this cleanup so we can get a longer river section done. So we invite all our volunteers and friend to come out for a morning of fun and exercise pulling out tires and whatever else we may find!
 
The event begins at 8:00 AM. Please meet at the former flea market site in Neshanic Station next to the Elm Street Bridge.  Thre is a new gravel parking area surrounded by wood barriers on the left side after cross the bridge.  Use 150 Elm Street, Branchburg, NJ 08853 as the closest address for your GPS. Look for the CJST truck and trailers. The flea market will be taking place across the street.  Please be aware there are height and weight restrictions on this bridge so you may need to enter from the other side of town.  Join us for sign up, instructions and safety and enjoy some breakfast on us! From here, we will split into two teams.  One team will start at the meet up spot and clean to Clawson Avenue in Hillsborough.  The other group will shuttle to Clawson Avenue and clean to Studdiford Drive. This will be a mostly in-river event and you will get wet. Due to heavy vegetation, any land cleanup would be limited to the area surrounding the meet up location and along the river trail. Volunteers who don't want to get wet can assist the river team with emptying boats and shuttling volunteers. We encourage volunteers to bring their own canoes or flat bottom boats if they have them.
 
Please note that registration/RSVP is important so that we know what kind and how many supplies and food to bring. 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 (closed toes are recommended) and clothing you don't mind getting dirty and wet! We will be walking in the river most of the time in waist high water or less but there are some deeper sections. Life vests will be provided. Hats and sunscreen are recommended. Keep in ind that there will also be sections with thick aquatic vegetation although these can generally be bypassed.
 
We will provide garbage bags, work gloves, tools, breakfast, and water for volunteers.
 
So please come on out and help the river! We look forward to restoring this small piece of the Raritan 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.

 

June 29, 2019 - Rahway Community Cleanup

Please join CJST as we again venture outside the Raritan watershed and help our friends at the Rahway River Watershed Association continue to clean a section of the river behind city hall and the library in Rahway.  We pulled tons of tires, shopping carts, bikes and other junk out of here last September.  During this cleanup, we will focus on the sections just upstream and downstream of the previous location.  The river bottom will again be accessible when the tide is low although it won't be dropping quite as low as last time.  This will be another wet and muddy one!  We will wade in to pull out trash using a few boats for transport.  Please bring waders or wear some old sneakers that can get wet and dirty!  There will again be the opportunity to clean along the banks for those who don't want to go in the water.  The water team will also need help moving the junk from the river to the disposal area.  Rahway DPW will be handling trash disposal.  We hope that many of our regular volunteers will again make the trip and we that are local volunteers from last year will join us again!

The event begins at 9:30 AM and will end around 1:00 PM.  Please meet next to the library at 2 City Hall Plaza in Rahway.  There is plenty of parking.  Look for the CJST truck and trailer.  Join us for sign up, instructions and safety and enjoy some food for volunteers after the the cleanup sponsored by the Rahway Public Library!


Please note that registration/RSVP is important so that we know what kind and how many supplies to bring and get a headcount for lunch.  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 dirty or wet!  Bring waders if you have them and want to get in the water.  And dress for the weather!  And bring a change of shoes!

 

We will provide garbage bags, work gloves, tools, and water for volunteers.

So please come on out and help the river! We look forward to restoring this small piece of the Rahway 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.

 

May 18, 2019 - Green Brook Park Cleanup in Plainfield - Round 2!   9:30am - 12:30pm

Please join CJST as we return to Green Brook Park in Plainfield and North Plainfield.  The Green Brook flows through this park after passing through the highly urbanized areas of Plainfield where it picks up a lot of litter and dumped trash.  We made a good dent last year but it still needs some extra TLC.  We will again be partnering with our friend Cathy Cole, a local resident and environmental champion.  We will work a bit upstream and downstream of where we were last year and maybe one of the tributaries.  The stream here is knee deep or less in most places so there will be an opportunity to wade in to pull out trash.  Please bring tall boots or waders, or wear some old sneakers that can get wet!  Of course there is plenty of opportunity to clean along the banks for those who don't want to go in the water.  We will be working with Union County Parks who will handle trash disposal. 

The event begins at 9:30 AM on Park Drive between Clinton Avenue and West End Avenue in Plainfield north of Route 28 We will be closer to the CLinton Avenue side.  Park along the road or in the small lot.  Come on out and join us for sign up, instructions and safety...and enjoy some breakfast on us!


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 dirty or wet!  Bring waders if you have them and want to get in the water.  And dress for the weather!

 

We will provide garbage bags, work gloves, tools, breakfast, 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.

 

May 4, 2019 - Let's Clean Up the Streams!

Dunellen Cleanup 9:00am - 12:00pm

CJST and Dunellen Borough will be cleaning the Bonygutt Brook and its tributaries in Dunellen!  We'll be picking up trash in the wooded areas and along the banks of the streams on the south side of town.  Lots of litter and som flooding debris.
  
The event begins at 9:00 am. We will meet at the Dunellen Fire House at 231 S. Madison Ave, Dunellen 08812 and then split up to different locations.
 
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. Waters, snacks, and supplies will be provided!
Volunteer Instructions:

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

2. Wear sturdy footwear and clothing you don't mind getting wet or dirty! If you plan on cleaning near or in the stream we recommend wearing tall waterproof boots, waders, or old sneakers you don't mind getting wet.

4. We will provide garbage bags, work gloves, tools, sunscreen, bug spray, and water for volunteers.
 
So come on out! We look forward to restoring this small piece of the watershed 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.

 

3/31/2019 - Green Brook Cleanup

CJST will be assisting Surfrider Foundation (Jersey Shore Chapter) in an emergency clean-up at the Green Brook!
There's a lot of work to do on land because of the major flooding from last summer!  Over 95% of the debris is PLASTIC and will inevitably flow downstream into the river or ocean.  
The event begins at 12:00 pm. We will meet at 275 Greenbroork Rd. Green Brook Township 08812.
 
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. Waters, snacks, and supplies will be provided!

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 dirty! Please dress for the weather and in layers since you will get warm while cleaning.

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

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

Please contact Jens Riedel at jens.riedel@cjstreamteam.org or (908) 240-1346 or
Mike: chair@jerseyshore.surfrider.org, if you have questions or if you plan on bringing a larger group.

 

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