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Calendar Events

Feb 23 (Mon), 6:00 pm
The Future of Monmouth County's Open Space
Mar 23 (Mon), 6:00 pm
Yes, You Can! Exploring the Power of One Committed Person
Apr 27 (Mon), 6:00 pm
Dinos Soar in New Jersey - Still
May 25 (Mon), 6:00 pm
Is NJ Running Out of Water?

The Sierra Club is a non-profit member-supported, public interest organization that promotes conservation of the natural environment by influencing public policy decisions--legislative, administrative, legal, and electoral.

When you join the Sierra Club in Monmouth County, New Jersey, you automatically become a member of the Jersey Shore Group.

Note that it is not necessary to be a member in order to make our acquaintance.

Now on our Facebook Wall

Are you a Rebel With a Cause? Come out to MU on 2/9 and be inspired at the scre...
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Are you a Rebel With a Cause? Come out to MU on 2/9 and be inspired at the screening of REBELS WITH A CAUSE.

From producer/director Nancy Kelly: "I'm a filmmaker, writing because my award-winning environmental documentary Rebels with a Cause will screen at Monmouth University on February 9 at 7:30 PM. Rebels has been very well-received and played all over the US. I always invite some local "rebels" to join me for the Q&A following the screening. Local Sierra Club "rebels" have joined me for many screenings."

Rebels is a positive environmental story about saving coastal lands from development and features Edgar Wayburn, who was President of the Sierra Club for several years. It inspires audience members to think about environmental issues in their community. Are there Sierra Club members in the West Long Branch area who might like to join me?

More information about the screening, including a preview:

"With the help of engaging interviews, excellent graphic maps, and Lou Weinert's cinematography—his Bay Area landscape shots are beautiful—filmmakers Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto are able to translate what was essentially an incremental bureaucratic fight into cinematic terms…In the end, you'll probably more appreciate the area we call home—and grab your hiking (or bicycling) gear." —San Francisco Chronicle review

On Screen in Person: Rebels With a Cause | Event Details | Monmouth University ...more

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Shore Group Happenings:

We have had several cleanups with a coalition with Monmouth University, all the towns on the Whale Pond Brook watershed, and the N.J. Friends of Clearwater. Our goal is to clean up the watershed and educate local residents about the detrimental effects of lawn fertilizers and storm water run-off, and the importance of integrated pest management. We have held several hikes along part of the watershed and have shown the documentary film, A Chemical Reaction, which chronicles the harmful effects of common lawn and garden pesticides and one town's fight to ban them.

Help Needed for Cleanups:

If you would like to participate in cleanups of our local waterways, please contact Laura Bagwell at In this vital effort, our Group joins forces with the Navesink Swimming River Group which, since 2002, has removed more than 20 tons of debris from our local banks and streams.

General Meetings:

The general meetings of Sierra Club Jersey Shore group and NJF Clearwater take place the fourth Monday of every month (except April, May, July, August and December). The meetings are hosted by Brookdale Community College Environmental Club to encourage BCC students to be involved in statewide and national debates on the importance of strong environmental regulations. At the Lincroft meeting, a cash buffet begins at 6:00 p.m. and presentations begin at 6:30 p.m.

To get to Brookdale, take Parkway Exit 109 to Route 520 West (Newman Springs Road, which becomes E. Main Street at the Lincroft campus). Take the traffic circle into the campus and follow the signs to the Warner Student Life Center (SLC), where the meeting will be in the Twin Lights 1 Room. Use parking lot 7. As you walk towards the building complex, Warner will be on your left. If lot 7 is full, use parking lots 5 or 6. A map is at BCC campus map

Shore Group Ex Comm meetings are held at Luigi's in Lincroft at 6:15 on the second Tuesday of the month, excluding July, August and December.

Come to our Next Meeting!

Monday, February 23 at 6:00 pm — The Future of Monmouth County's Open Space
William D. Kastning, executive director of the Monmouth Conservation Foundation, will discuss his organization’s plans for continued open space acquisitions. The public referendum on funding the NJ Preservation Program, which includes Green Acres open space purchases, farmland preservation, and historic preservation, was approved by voters Nov. 4. Open space advocates had been concerned that while past referenda have always passed, the margin of approval has gradually decreased because of economic uncertainties. The MCF has been preserving land and protecting the natural resources of Monmouth County for over 36 years. More Information.

Monday, March 23 at 6:00 pm — Yes, You Can! Exploring the Power of One Committed Person
Exploring the power of one committed person, three Monmouth environmentalists explain what they personally are doing to save the planet, beginning with Monmouth County. Laura Bagwell of the Jersey Shore Group will speak on growing popularity of community vegetable gardens and the work she is doing in Long Branch. Faith Teitelbaum, co-founder of the Whale Pond Watershed Association and a Jersey Shore board member, has agreed to speak on the association’s plan to build a “fish ladder” to allow spawning fish to enter the creek. They are working with an advisor from the National Marine Fisheries Service. Then Susan Haresty, a Monmouth County Parks naturalist, will explain how homeowners can plant flowers and shrubs that will help preserve the dwindling population of Monarch butterflies, which are threatened by pesticides and reduced migratory habitat. More Information.

Monday, April 27 at 6:00 pm — Dinos Soar in New Jersey - Still
The only remaining major “dig” of dinosaur bones in NJ is in Mantua Township, headed by Dr. Ken Lacovara, a celebrated paleontologist from Drexel University. At the New Jersey dig, Lacovara has been working with a team of student researchers, plus over a thousand volunteers, for about the last six years. Their excavation work has unearthed many fossils, including a 7-foot long prehistoric crocodile and a bus-sized predator. Dr. Lacovara maintains that today’s birds are dinosaurs, and not just a species evolved from dinosaurs. The issue, though still debated by some paleontologists and taxonomists, increasingly suggests the chirping little critters are really dinosaurs, a caution we mammals should not ignore. Since the 17th Century, New Jersey’s marl pits were the first consistent sources of dinosaur remains until marl mining declined in the 20th century. More Information.

Monday, May 25 at 6:00 pm — Is NJ Running Out of Water?
Robert Kecskes, former NJ Department of Environmental Protection Section Chief (retired), will discuss the increased demands on the state’s water supplies and what it means for the future. He was responsible for state and regional water supply planning in New Jersey. He also authored major portions of the NJ Statewide Water Supply Plan and numerous regional water supply plans involving, among other aspects, water availability, demand projections, and alternative water supply plans. He now is a water management consultant.The state has periodically experienced water shortages, due mainly to drought. But in recent years, concerns have been raised that unrestricted development is straining the state’s surface (reservoir) and underground (well) water supplies, which when combined with as-yet unpredictable climate changes, may not be so easily alleviated. In some of the Raritan Bayshore communities, brackish underground water from the bay is replacing the over-pumped groundwater drinking water, literally leaving a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. What must change? Mr. Kecskes has some suggestions. More Information.

Need directions or more information? Call Dennis Anderson, 732-970-4327, or email and check upcoming meetings and other dates for your diary .

Previous years events

2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005,


Please join us as we forge ahead in our efforts to form a grassroots coalition of people who want to actively participate in helping to restore the beautiful resources of the Navevink/Swimming River and the Whale Pond Brook\Takanassee Lake watersheds. We'll be planning clean-ups, hikes, bike rides, efforts to educate the public on subjects such as the proper use of pesticides and fertilizers and the colorful history of the watersheds.

Get involved in an area that interests you, or make your own area......but please join us.

Contact: Faith Teitelbaum, 732-513-5445 - Jersey Shore Group - Conservation Chair


The Jersey Shore Group provides opportunities for the following types of activities:

  • assisting local agencies in ongoing conservation projects
  • working to influence environmental decisions at local, state and national levels
  • enjoying our environment through hiking, canoeing, camping etc

If you have questions of any sort, you can always contact our membership chair, Robert Grize:

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