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Harbor Watershed Education & Urban Fishing Program

The Harbor Watershed Education and Urban Fishing Program is a four-day program that educates students (grades 5-7) from the Newark Bay Complex about their local watershed. Students learn about their watershed, how people’s actions affect the water and human health, and what they can do to help. Program activities include fishing, water quality monitoring, mapping and an eco-cruise.

The goals of the program are to make young people aware of the complexity and interrelated nature of the Harbor/Bight ecosystem, both through the classroom and through hands-on contact with local waters, and to build environmentally responsible citizens who will be able to understand local environmental problems and seek solutions through appropriate action.

The DEP Divisions of Watershed Management, Science, Research & Technology and Fish & Wildlife, in cooperation with the Hackensack RiverKeeper, the city of Bayonne and the Municipal Utilities Authority of Bayonne, have offered this program since 1997.

Highlights
  • Eco-tour of the harbor with the Hackensack Riverkeeper.

  • Map
  • 3 days of outdoor activities in and around the Newark Bay.


  • Program is offered free to schools in the Newark Bay Complex.
Target Audience(s)
Educators and students (grades 5-7) within the Newark Bay Complex

Additional Information
Lynette Lurig
Division of Science, Research and Technology
401 East State St., 1st Floor
PO Box 409
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: 609-633-1314
www.nj.gov/dep/dsr/urbanfishing/

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