Harbor Watershed Education and Urban Fishing Program is a four-day program
that educates children from the Newark Bay Complex and throughout New
Jersey about their local watershed. Children learn about how people’s
actions affect the water and human health, and what they can do to help.
DEP’s Divisions of Watershed Management and Science, Research
& Technology in conjunction with the Division of Fish & Wildlife,
the Hackensack RiverKeeper,
the city of Bayonne and the Municipal Utilities Authority of Bayonne
have offered the program for over 10 years.
program, started in 1996, as a one day fishing excursion in Bayonne.
In the early 1980’s the DEP discovered high levels of certain
chemicals in several species of fish & the blue crab in the Newark
Bay Complex. The Advisory
Booklet will show you what species are under advisory & what
waterways are included. The contamination is the result of many things,
including industry by-products & illegal dumping along the waterways.
was suggested by a group of citizens who believed that educating their
youth through use of local natural resources would create a greater
awareness of their watershed and instill a sense of stewardship toward
local natural resources.
first several years of the Urban Watershed Program were conducted only
in the Newark Bay Complex. The program has now expanded to other urban
areas around the state. Trenton and Camden have participated over the
last three years, and we hope to add several more cities in the future.